Whistling In the Dark
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After a few heavy books, I always like to check myself with something a little lighter and more humorous. Whistling in the Dark by Lesley Kagan was just that type of book for me, one read with pure enjoyment.  It’s set in 1950s Milwaukee with a 10 year old female narrator and is a mystery that keeps you guessing. I loved the just right description, fast plot and witty characters. It is the kind of book you want to jump into and be a part of. There were times I was laughing out loud and longing to share the silly quotes and inner workings of a pre-teen mind with someone. The premise of the story is about a double murder, so if you are really sensitive to subject matter it may not be for you, but because of the writing I smiled the whole time and couldn’t finish it fast enough. Now, if you need everything to be plausible and you can’t just enjoy a book if it doesn’t all “check out” you may not like it as much as I did, but it is a great, lighter, quick read. 

Amazon.com summary: 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.