- Genre: Young Adult Mystery
- Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
- Publishing Date: October 6, 2020
Synopsis: 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?
Thank you to TBRandBeyoundTours, the author and Albert Whitman & Company for providing a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I Hope You’re Listening follows Dee, a kidnapping survivor who feels haunted by guilt and remorse for failing to help her best friend when she was taken ten years prior, who now runs a popular true-crime podcast in order to help find missing people all over the country. Dee is such a strong person. Traumatic events force people to grow up faster and Dee never felt like a 17-year-old high school girl. She was kind, curious, tenacious, and she had a purpose, you could even say it was a calling. These were the qualities that really made me instantly like Dee but she was not without her flaws. She was impulsive and even reckless at times and I was so scared for her sometimes.
The podcast scenes were really interesting and some of my favorite moments of this book. I’d imagine the different voices in my head with every new episode and I liked how Dee pointed out the statistics behind the missing cases, and especially about women of color and the way those are handled.
The mystery was very well done. I was instantly pulled me into the story and while I was reading, I noted down my theories and what I thought were clues foreshadowing the culprit and in the end, I got a thing or two right but it was still a very surprising ending.
With all that being said, I give this book: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Overall, I really quite enjoyed I Hope You’re Listening and I’m interested in reading more from this author. I recommend it if you like YA mysteries like A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson or One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus.
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.