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Whistling in the Dark by Lesley Kagen

Whistling in the Dark

by Lesley Kagen

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I found this book to be slow at times but enjoyed it none the less. It was about two sisiters im Milwaukee who have been left to fend for themselves when ther mother gets sick and is in the hospital. There is mystery and intrigue. ( )
  teeth | Aug 10, 2013 |
I don't really remember reading this book. I was in the eigth grade but despite the depressing story I really liked it. ( )
  gagirl101 | Nov 17, 2011 |
So once again I bought a book on a recommend. You know one of those recommends that state, “hey if you like this…well you’ll like this too.”
And in the beginning, let me tell you, it was love at first read.
I was telling people I knew, that I was reading the scariest book I’ve ever read. Scariest. And I was until, you know the near end.
The near END when I felt betrayed.
This writer, absolutely perfect. I was right beside these children. The main character, still love her despite the ending. Love the kid.
The ending, oh the ending. I mean we had a perfect set up here, a couple kids whom no one really paid any attention to. Sure the neighborhood tried to help out but we had a situation where a child new and understood evil, pure evil was out and nobody believed her. And with good reason in the end because the kid was dead wrong several times.
You know as I sit and write this I guess that is my major beef. The author betrayed the character, a character that was near perfect if not perfect in every way. I feel a sense of outrage, let the kid be RIGHT.
But in the last quarter of the story, the story line is taken away from this very capable young lady and any loose strings that needed to be tidied up were done so – and there were plenty of loose strings to be taken care of – oh the pity of it.
Would I recommend the book – I don’t know. I care about my reading friends. The novel was near perfection for most of the way and then I felt it was pushed for an ending. Was someone out there pushing that writer to finish. I’d like to know. It would be like the bill collector during the writing of Kubla Khan – (and frankly I’m no fan of the romantic poets but that was really too bad)
Okay, yes, I’d recommend it for the sole purpose in know, was anyone else as depressed as me in the end? ( )
  skwoodiwis | Sep 21, 2011 |
I really loved this book. The story of two sisters during one summer in Milwaukee, their mother has been hospitalized, their older sister is more interested in her boyfriend then in caring for them, and their stepfather has taken up drinking and womanizing in a big way. The two girls are pretty much left to their own devices and are running free. Unfortunately a murderer is also running free in the neighbourhood.

The story is told by Sally, the elder sister, who at 10 is a imaginative girl whose main purpose in life is to look after her younger sister, Troo. Sally is sure that she knows who the murderer is and she also is pretty sure that she is to be the next victim.

Set in the late fifties with lots of cultural references that I certainly enjoyed, this book brought back many memories of growing up in a close neighbourhood where the kids were running in and out of each others houses and playing group games of Red Light, Green Light and Tag. I found both Sally and Troo to be memorable heroines, both funny and wise beyond their years. I will long remember the fabulous O’Malley Sisters!

Whistling In the Dark is the first book I have read by Lesley Kagen, and I certainly will be on the lookout for more by this author. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Oct 11, 2010 |
Enjoyed it...didn't LOVE it. Actually, pretty suspensful! Loved that it was all written in a late 50s/early 60s vocabulary. ( )
  hallway | Apr 11, 2010 |
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It was the summer on Vliet Street when we all started locking our doors...

Sally O'Malley made a promise to her daddy before he died. She swore she'd look after her sister, Troo. Keep her safe. But like her Granny always said-actions speak louder than words. Now, during the summer of 1959, the girls' mother is hospitalized, their stepfather has abandoned them for a six pack, and their big sister, Nell, is too busy making out with her boyfriend to notice that Sally and Troo are on the Loose. And so is a murderer and molester.

Highly imaginative Sally is pretty sure of two things. Who the killer is. And that she's next on his list. Now she has no choice but to protect herself and Troo as best she can, relying on her own courage and the kindness of her neighbors.

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During the summer of 1959, ten-year-old Sally O'Malley fears that a child predator, who has already murdered two girls, will target her or her little sister, Troo, next. Sally's mom is in the hospital, while her big sister, Nell, is distracted by love and her stepdad, Hall, by the bottle.… (more)

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