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ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: I Hope You’re Listening
Author: Tom Ryan
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery
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?
Dee is a survivor. As a child her friend was taken right in front of her and there was nothing she could do. Now, ten years later, she runs one of the most popular missing persons podcasts. It helps her deal with her guilt for not having been taken along with Sibby.
Dee hides behind her podcast. Her best friend Burke is the only one who knows about Radio Silent. When a girl living in her old house goes missing she has an eerie suspicion that the two cases are connected. Dee’s identity as “The Seeker” is threatened when the media swarms her small town and everything that happened that day ten years ago comes knocking. Between trying to keep her identity anonymous while also trying to do what she can to help find the missing girl, Dee finds herself with the toughest decision she’ll have to make. Does she reveal who she is in order to get tips on both cases or keep it buried in hopes people won’t make the connection?
When Burke’s uncle becomes a suspect in the newest missing person’s case Dee’s friendship is tested. Burke begs her to reveal herself by showcasing Sibby’s case on her podcast to see if it will help find the missing girl and clear his uncle’s name. Dee decides to work on Sibby’s case outside of the podcast and with a little help from the girl across the street.
This mystery is told between past and present as the two cases intertwine with each other. I also enjoyed having the parts of the book where Dee is putting together her next episode of Radio Silent which leads us to solving a third mystery outside the two in her small town. The writing was really well done having included different timelines and formats throughout the book. I definitely recommend it to YA thriller/mystery lovers and it’s a great one for those who enjoy True Crime missing person’s podcasts like I do.
Finished copy of I Hope You’re Listening. This giveaway is US only and ends on October 20th.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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.
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