Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Whistling in the Dark: Sisters and friendship

Whistling In the DarkWhistling In the Dark by Lesley Kagen

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It took me quite a few pages to get captured by this moves fairly slowly in the beginning. It's beautifully written, though...a story of two young girls in the late '50s who are essentially left to their own devices one summer while their mother is in the hospital and her third husband goes off on a long bender. Their older sister is supposed to be supervising them, but she's got different priorities. In the meantime a molester-murderer is on the loose in their town.

I found the premise vaguely upsetting, to think of these poor girls totally on their own and unsupervised and in danger. Much of the plot is based on the author's own childhood, growing up in Milwaukee, WI. (The author published this book, her first, when she was about 56.)

In the end, it was a very satisfying read and I would recommend it to others...if you enjoy good writing and are not expecting too much action throughout.

I love stories of sisters and female friendship, and this book was definitely satisfying for those reasons!

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