Julie E edited the summary of Whistling In the Dark Thursday, June 16, 2011.
Sally and Troo are sisters. Their mom, Helen, is hospitalized for much longer than had been expected, and the girls are left in the care of their step-father and older half-sister. Their step-father is a drunk and fails to care for the girls. Their sister, Nell, is concerned with her own needs and fails to care for the girls as well. The two sisters figure out ways to get meals from neighbors. During much of the time, the girls are unsupervised and filthy. While this is happening, three girls from the area have gone missing. Two are found dead, and a killer is on the loose. Sally has a suspect in mind, but no one believes her. Eventually, she uncovers the truth about the murderer and a secret that her mom has been keeping for many years.