[Book Discussion] Whistle In The Dark by Emma Healey

Emma Healey’s Whistle in the Dark is a thriller about a young girl called Lana who goes missing for four days but claims she doesn’t remember what happened to her. Her mother is convinced something happened during her time away and will stop at nothing to find out what that was.

At the heart of it, Whistle in the Dark is a tale of a mother in search for answers. It deals with frustration, grief, loss, happiness. As the story unfolds we learn more and more about the family, we learn more about Lana and her struggles, we learn about Jen’s struggles and the way the family is coping.

The thing I liked the most about this book was the characterisation. The characters were relatable, and I could understand the story from both points. Jen’s struggles were especially poignant, her feelings of self-worth, her loss and her struggle to understand were all feelings I feel like we’ve experienced in our lifetime. It was hard to read how much she cared, but was afraid of showing it. It was hard to read how much she was trying, but then Lana was struggling, too. It is a story about learning to communicate at its heart.

The plot of the story moved really well, and the writing really gripped me. I was hooked from start to finish and constantly curious as to what had happened. The way the novel ended was both harrowing and not what I had expected.

In short, I enjoyed the novel. I thought it was exciting and gripping!

What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

Halfway!

Hello!

We’re now approximately halfway through the bookclub month and I hope everyone’s been enjoying the book so far.

I have officially returned from Korea, and currently struggling with some jetlag. But, we’re powering on through.

What have you guys found interesting about Whistle in the Dark so far? I’m actually kind of dying to know what really happened to the daughter when she was missing. I’m not sure I buy the amnesia trick.

But, we shall see!

Let me know what you think in the comments!

[Book Discussion] Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman details the lives of two sisters as they grow up, from living with their aunts to finding their own lives.

Personally, I enjoyed the novel, it was light and entertaining. It wasn’t entirely what I expected it to be from the description, but was enjoyable.

I liked how the novel played with the ideas of love, betrayal and magic. The novel was really ambiguous in its use of ‘magic’. I felt like I was constantly questioning whether their magic was real, or whether it was just truly bad luck that kept bringing all these misfortunes on these women.

The writing style of the novel was fairly simplistic for the most part, but there was certain parts that stood out. It was written like a storyteller, you were getting all the information from some omniscient narrator who always knew just a little more than the reader and the characters in the novel. Perhaps in a more metaphorical sense, this was the magic speaking.

Hoffman knows how to write about love, or perhaps, knows how to make use of the feelings of love, as this is perhaps the biggest theme of the novel. Love centred everything, love between sisters, love between family and finally love between partners. Hoffman described the frustrations of love between family, and the scorching love between partners. At first it was sightly off putting, but in the end, I did kind of enjoy the overdramatic descriptions of love, particularly between Gillian and Ben Frye.

Overall, I would recommend it to someone, but perhaps only for someone looking for something within a certain genre.

What did you think of Practical Magic? Let me know!

Your May Book Thoughts!

Hello!

This is just a small prompted reminder that it’s almost the end of the Month!

Wow, this month has gone by super quickly! I hope everyone’s enjoyed Practical Magic! I’ve submitted my post on here, and it should (fingers crossed!) appear on the 31st of May!

This month has been a massive learning curve for me and this book club, and hopefully, I can make next month more interesting for everyone. I know this month might have been slightly disappointing, and I’m slightly disappointed in myself at how this month has gone. As they say, life sometimes gets the better of you.

I’ve started planning out some stuff for next month, and the winner of the June Book Poll (if you haven’t already voted, you can find the poll on this post) will be announced soon!

I’m quite excited for next month! I will be on holiday for the first two weeks, but I’ll try and get a few posts in for when I’m away!