The Whistling

A Novel

by Rebecca Netley

On Sale: 05/16/2023

The Whistling

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The Whistling

A Novel

by Rebecca Netley

On Sale: 05/16/2023


About the Book

If you can hear it, it’s already too late . . .

Alone in the world, Elspeth Swansome takes the position of nanny to a family on the remote Scottish island of Skelthsea. Her charge, Mary, hasn’t uttered a word since the sudden death of her twin, William—just days after their former nanny disappeared. No one will speak of what happened to William. Just as no one can explain the hypnotic lullabies sung in empty corridors. Or the strange dolls that appear in abandoned rooms. Or the faint whistling that comes in the night . . .

As winter draws in and passage to the mainland becomes impossible, Elspeth finds herself trapped. But is this house haunted by the ghosts of the past? Or the secrets of the living?

Critical Praise

“Dripping in gothic melodrama, this chilling mystery is the perfect read for a cold winter's night.”  — Daily Mirror (UK)

“Gripping, chilling and very, very satisfying.”  — Daily Mail (UK)

“[A] wonderfully atmospheric read offers both a satisfying puzzle and some genuinely eerie moments.” — The Guardian

“It’s not easy to pull off a genuinely unsettling ghost story, but this evocative mystery succeeds beautifully." — Heat

“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 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

“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

“An intricately plotted ghost story. . . kept me guessing right to its satisfying end. A must read!” — Susan Stokes-Chapman, author of Pandora

“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”.  — Hope Adams, author of Dangerous Women

“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.” — Fíona Scarlett, author of Boys Don't Cry

"The Whistling with its beautiful prose, creeping atmospheric dread, and dark and sinister secrets, sank its hooks into me from the opening line and didn’t let up until the twisty end."  — Ashley Tate, author of Twenty Seven Minutes

"The Whistling will transport you to a remote Scottish island with uncanny ease. Rebecca Netley’s writing drips with 19th century atmospheric dread as she pulls the reader into the eerie new world of her grief-stricken protagonist and the sinister mystery this young woman must uncover. I was captivated and read late into the night, compelled to keep turning the pages! " — Charlene Carr, author of Hold My Girl

"The Whistling hums with a palpable sense of menace, creeping under your skin from the very first page. Netley writes with such skill, creating a deep and haunting atmosphere that pulls you in and doesn’t let up. Beautiful, chilling, and very very spooky!"
Kate Collins, author of A Good House For Children


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443468459
  • ISBN 10: 1443468452
  • Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers
  • On Sale: 05/16/2023
  • Pages: 384
  • List Price:25.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Gothic
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Ghost
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Historical

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