I Hope You’re Listening
Author: Tom Ryan
Genre: Young Adult Mystery/Thriller
Imprint: Albert Whitman Teen
On-Sale: October 6, 2020
Pages: 368 pages
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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
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.
Much thanks to TBR and Beyond Book Tours for sending me a copy for review and for inviting me to be a part of this tour. This review is voluntary and opinions are fully my own. Also, all quotes are taken from the ARC and may or may not appear in the final published copy.
Slow Building But Definitely Delivers
I have always loved reading books with different methods of narration, like using podcast formats. This is why when an invite to join the tour for I Hope You’re Listening, I hopped on the chance to join.
The YA thriller subgenre keeps on calling out to me and I admit that it’s quite hard to resist! They (almost) always impress me, or at least, satisfy me. Well, this one definitely did!
I Hope You’re Listening brought me to the life of Delia “Dee” Skinner. Ten years ago, she witnessed her bestfriend Sibby get abducted. She was left behind and she feels guilty about it. So, she created the podcast Radio silent to help bring light to missing person’s cases and have them solved. It blows up, but here’s the thing, people don’t know she’s the one behind it.
In their small town, 10 years after the traumatic event changed her life, another girl goes missing. Dee is compelled to help, but what if this entails bringing her past back to the spotlight?
Ahhh, sounds good, right?
I loved how intriguing the premise of the book was and that it had mysteries within the mystery through the podcast. It made my mind more alert in diving into the story.. and it made me like the book more.
On a side note, I also loved how Dee’s sexuality was handled in the story. Her parents’ and friends’ behavior towards. The romance is very little.. but it was very cute.
Now, towards the end, I have to admit that the resolutions made me go “Hmmm?”. The plot twist is not what I was expecting, but I was in need of a little more shock factor than was provided.
All in all, this book is the perfect October read. There were many spooky parts and the mystery was good. It was a thrill to read, I promise!
My Book Rating Breakdown
🌼 Main Character:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Significant Other: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Support Characters:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Writing Style:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Character Development:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Thrill: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Pacing: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Ending: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Unputdownability: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Book Cover:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
Final Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4/5)
My Favorite Quotes
“The world is full of missing people, and the sad truth is that many of them will never come home. But I believe there’s a story behind every missing person, and maybe, just maybe, if we begin to dig up the details together, we can find our way to some more happy endings.”
‘Is there something you can do to help?
“But take it from me, even a sad ending is better than no ending at all, and that’s always been my goal: to deliver an ending to as many unfinished stories as possible.”
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