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I Hope You’re Listening by Tom Ryan
Genre: Young Adult Mystery
Publishing Date: October 6, 2020
EVERY MISSING PERSON HAS A STORY.
In her small town, seventeen-year-old Delia “Dee” Skinner is known as the girl who wasn’t taken. Ten years ago she witnessed the abduction of her best friend, Sibby. And though she told the police everything she remembered, it wasn’t enough. Sibby was never seen again.
At night, Dee deals with her guilt by becoming someone else: the Seeker, the voice behind the popular true crime podcast Radio Silent, which features missing persons cases and works with online sleuths to solve them. Nobody knows Dee’s the Seeker, and she plans to keep it that way.
When another little girl in town goes missing, and the case is linked to Sibby’s disappearance, Dee has a chance to get answers with the help of her virtual detectives and the intriguing new girl at school. But how much of her own story is she willing to reveal in order to uncover the truth?
This book was a pleasant surprise. I’m not sure why since it’s exactly the type of book I enjoy. But I think my slump just made everything sound like I wouldn’t like the books if I picked them up. I’m glad that seems to be over.
Dee keeps mostly to herself. She has a best friend, Burke, but her other best friend was kidnapped ten years earlier. Dee was there and blames herself for not keeping Sibby safe. In order to do something, Dee starts up a podcast. They only know her as The Seeker, but she covers cases and then the Laptop Detective Agency (LDA) take over. It’s a group of online sleuths that try to help solve cases when police have no real leads. Sometimes the missing people are found alive, other times they aren’t. Dee gets thrown back into her nightmares when another little girl goes missing. Not only has she been taken, but that little girl lived in Dee’s old house. There was a note left that made it look like the cases were connected.
Dee doesn’t cover that case on her podcast. But with the encouragement of her new girlfriend, Sarah, Dee starts looking into things herself. She follows leads to try to find out what happened to Sibby and to find the missing girl, Layla. Dee still doesn’t want to open up and is afraid to go back ten years ago. But she still hears a man’s voice inside her head. With a little bit of help, Dee starts to wonder if she can really solve the case of her missing best friend.
I really enjoyed this. The pacing was great and it was hard to put down. Dee is a likable character and I loved that she found Sarah and some happiness.
I gave this book 4 1/2 stars rounded up to 5. Thank you to Tom Ryan and Albert Whitman for my review copy.
Warnings for kidnapping, brief talk of suicide, drugs.
Tom Ryan is the award winning author of several acclaimed books for young readers. He has been nominated for multiple awards, and was the winner of the 2020 Arthur Ellis Award for Best YA Crime Book. Two of his books were Junior Library Guild selections, and three of his young adult novels, Way to Go, Tag Along, and Keep This to Yourself, were chosen for the ALA Rainbow List, in 2013, 2014 and 2020. He was a 2017 Lambda Literary Fellow in Young Adult Fiction.
Tom, his husband and their dog currently divide their time between Ottawa and Nova Scotia.
Finished copy of I Hope You’re Listening. This giveaway is US only and ends on October 20th.
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