Whistling in the Dark by Lesley Kagen

Reviewed by Jayne S (Library Staff)

This story is told by 10 year old Sally O’Malley during the summer of 1959 in Milwaukee. She and her sister, Troo, have their idyllic life disrupted when their mom goes into the hospital, their stepfather deserts the family, and two young neighbor girls are molested and murdered.

I liked the time period references throughout the book that included neighborhood celebrations, shopping at the five and dime store and not being able to see their mom in the hospital because children were not allowed to visit. It took me back to my own hometown memories.

The murders were an intriguing story line, incorporating Sally’s fears that she would be the next victim. New suspects were added throughout the story, it kept me guessing who the killer was to almost the very end.

The story was well written; the girls’ lives, challenges and goals were insightful. I enjoyed this book very much and highly recommend it.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC KAGEN)


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