Publication Date: 13/10/2022 ISBN: 9781405950244 Category:

The Whistling

Rebecca Netley

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication Date: 13/10/2022 ISBN: 9781405950244 Category:
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‘Wonderfully atmospheric, genuinely eerie’ GUARDIAN
‘Gripping, chilling and very, very satisfying’ DAILY MAIL
‘A ghost story that kept me guessing’ SUSAN STOKES-CHAPMAN
‘Perfect for a cold winter’s night’ DAILY MIRROR
‘It will chill you to the bone’ ANITA FRANK
‘If you’re looking for a chilling tale as we head towards Halloween, you’ve found it’ HEAT

When Elspeth arrives on a remote Scottish island to become nanny to a young child, she hopes to bond with her. Until she learns that, for reasons no one will explain, Mary has not spoken for months.

And the girl’s silence is not the only mystery.

Hypnotic lullabies drift down empty corridors.
Strange dolls appear in abandoned rooms.
And as the nights draw in, darker questions arise . . .

What happened to Mary’s late twin, William? Why did their previous nanny disappear so suddenly?

And is the whistling Elspeth hears at night just the storm outside?

Or is somebody coming for her . . . ?

*Longlisted for the Ondaatje Prize*


‘I was sucked in from page one and read it in one fell swoop’ 5* READER REVIEW

‘A wicked twist . . . brilliant, scary, clever. Horror writing at its best’ 5* READER REVIEW

‘A great story with moments of heart-grabbing terror, beautifully written’ 5* READER REVIEW

Publisher Review

Assured debut . . . This wonderfully atmospheric read offers both a satisfying puzzle and some genuinely eery moments * Guardian * If you're looking for a chilling tale as we head towards Halloween, you've found it . . . It's not easy to pull off a genuinely unsettling ghost story, but this evocative mystery succeeds beautifully * Heat, 'Read of the Week' * Gripping, chilling and very, very satisfying * Daily Mail * A perfectly conjured setting and an unfolding mystery that will keep you guessing to the very end . . . Atmospheric and eerie, it will chill you to the bone -- Anita Frank, author of The Lost Ones A terrific, all-absorbing read. A wonderfully eerie haunted house set-up is given new life by brilliant, atmospheric writing, and by those rare things in any ghost story: real heart and feeling. I loved it! -- Gytha Lodge, Sunday Times bestselling author While The Whistling is an intricately plotted ghost story, it is also a beautifully poignant study of grief that kept me guessing right to its satisfying end. A must read! -- Susan Stokes-Chapman, author of Pandora Dripping in gothic melodrama, this chilling mystery is the perfect read for a cold winter's night * Daily Mirror * A genuinely creepy book with a gripping mystery at its heart. For fans of Laura Purcell and gothic historical fiction, this is a must! * Woman's Weekly * If you love haunted house ghost tales that are as psychological as they are supernatural, then you'll love Rebecca Netley's atmospheric debut * Culturefly * A beautifully written and intricate gothic tale with an atmospheric setting * NB Magazine * A chilling read * Prima * Troubled children in a chilling, chilly house, built on an island off the Scottish coast . . . A touching and engrossing story, perfect for winter evenings! -- Hope Adams, author of Dangerous Women The Whistling is an incredibly haunting and utterly gripping tale, with writing so chillingly atmospheric I had to sleep with the lights on! If you enjoy a good scare, this book is for you -- Fiona Scarlett, author of Boys Don't Cry

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