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In her small town, seventeen year-old Delia Dee Skinner is known as the girl who wasnt taken. Ten years ago, she witnessed the abduction of her best friend, Sibby. And though she told the police everything she remembered, it wasnt 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 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 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 is she willing to reveal about herself in order to uncover the truth? Dee’s about to find out what’s really at stake in unraveling the mystery of the little girls who vanished.


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In her small town, seventeen year-old Delia Dee Skinner is known as the girl who wasnt taken. Ten years ago, she witnessed the abduction of her best friend, Sibby. And though she told the police everything she remembered, it wasnt 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 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 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 is she willing to reveal about herself in order to uncover the truth? Dee’s about to find out what’s really at stake in unraveling the mystery of the little girls who vanished.

30 review for I Hope You're Listening

  1. 5 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    Dee still cant get over the fact her friend Sibby was taken when they were children. Ten years later she lives in a different house with her parents and secretly runs the podcast: Radio Silent. Dee and her peeps across the web, help find missing persons. Dees friend, Burke, helps her with the technical parts of the broadcast. I love him and wished he was in the book more. He made me laugh out loud, as well as Dees father. He was a hoot and I loved his 90s vibe. I would have given the book more Dee still can’t get over the fact her friend Sibby was taken when they were children. Ten years later she lives in a different house with her parents and secretly runs the podcast: Radio Silent. Dee and her peeps across the web, help find missing persons. Dee’s friend, Burke, helps her with the technical parts of the broadcast. I love him and wished he was in the book more. He made me laugh out loud, as well as Dee’s father. He was a hoot and I loved his 90’s vibe. I would have given the book more stars but as I enjoyed it, I didn’t love it. For me, there was a bit missing. I did enjoy the book overall. Thank you to Netgalley and Albert Whitman & Company for a digital copy of this book. Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾 BLOG: https://melissa413readsalot.blogspot....

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lex Kent

    3.50 Stars. This was a good YA mystery. Im a big mystery fan and have been since I was a little kid running around with my Nancy Drew books. When I saw this book, about a gumshoe teenager, I thought that this could be a lot of fun and might even be a little reminiscent for me. I did enjoy this read but I do have to admit Im a little bummed that I didnt love it. There is a lot of really good here, so much potential for a fantastic story that Im disappointed that there were too many bumps that 3.50 Stars. This was a good YA mystery. I’m a big mystery fan and have been since I was a little kid running around with my Nancy Drew books. When I saw this book, about a gumshoe teenager, I thought that this could be a lot of fun and might even be a little reminiscent for me. I did enjoy this read but I do have to admit I’m a little bummed that I didn’t love it. There is a lot of really good here, so much potential for a fantastic story that I’m disappointed that there were too many bumps that just kept this in the good but not great category. I loved the premise of the book. After surviving an abduction that led to her best friend’s kidnapping 10 years ago, Dee runs a popular podcast searching for missing people. While it’s too late to help her best friend, she can help find others. Podcasts are so popular right now especially true crime ones so I thought the idea for this book was not only timely but really interesting, I sure was not going to pass up reading this. One of the main issues I found was that this book almost felt like two different books. I sat down yesterday and attempted to read this whole book but I could not get into it. There were a lot of podcast elements which I didn’t think were written all that interestingly and I wondered why is it so popular with her listeners? And I also felt like the main character was too stiff and I just didn’t understand or connect with her enough. I ended up putting the book down and watching The Incredible Doctor Pol fix-up animals instead. Today, I sat down with determination that I was going to read and finish this book. Luckily, for me, the second half of the book was really good. It felt so different to me. There was finally a new secondary character who wasn’t wooden or yelling at the main character Dee for no reason. Sarah, who is the potential romantic interest for Dee, was just what the story really needed. She got Dee to actually talk and feel and all of a sudden I’m connecting and liking Dee too. Not only do the characters improve but the podcasts sudden becomes interesting and as readers we are in the middle of not one, or two, but three mysteries. While some mysteries are larger than others, they all kept me wondering and most importantly reading. I had fun with the last half and I just wish the whole book was that good. As I mentioned there were multiple mysteries going on. The big mystery ended up being the climax of the book and was really exciting. It had my blood pumping a bit which was always fun. However, the medium sized mystery ended up with a disappointing end. It is solved but we don’t know how. Nothing is said how the pieces were put together and how the person solved it, nothing. Instead the person just knows all the answers and announces them. It was a bit deflating after the great ending of the big mystery. A similar thing happened midway in the book too when Sarah figures out something almost no one else knows. So how did Sarah know? I don’t know, we are never told because she never explains it and no one asks, which doesn’t make sense since it was a huge secret. I get why this was done because it moved the plot in an important direction, but it’s almost the equivalent of giving the lady knight the new power of flight right before she is blasted with a column of dragon fire. You’ve got to explain the “how and why’s” to your readers, you can’t just make it so. As you can probably tell this was a bumpy read for me but I still liked it. Half the book is really good and well done, it’s a shame it all didn’t come together. Even with my issues, I would still recommend this to mystery fans. In fact I’d recommend this to any mystery fans from teens to adults. Had I read this as a teen I would have LOVED IT! The YA, FF romance is super cute and the second half of the book is fun to read. The thing is you just need to be prepared for some bumps and some big ones at that, but I still think this is worth the read. A copy was given to me for a honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kai

    do not pitch a novel as SADIE meets TWO CAN KEEP A SECRET and make me wait one whole fucken year - sincerely, a distraught reader

  4. 5 out of 5

    NAT.orious reads ☾

    4 STARS ★★ ★★✩ This book is for you if you are, like me, smitten with the genre of young adult (mystery) thrillers. There's a bit of romance, but it's not really at the forefront of the plot. Homophobes stay away please, this is a safe and inclusive space, no room for you here. ⤐ Overall. The synopsis gave me distinct Sadie vibes and had me helplessly flapping on the floor of my flat. Of course, I knew that such expectations were almost impossible to fulfil. Nonetheless, I Hope You're 4 STARS ★★ ★★✩ This book is for you if… you are, like me, smitten with the genre of young adult (mystery) thrillers. There's a bit of romance, but it's not really at the forefront of the plot. Homophobes stay away please, this is a safe and inclusive space, no room for you here. ⤐ Overall. The synopsis gave me distinct Sadie vibes and had me helplessly flapping on the floor of my flat. Of course, I knew that such expectations were almost impossible to fulfil. Nonetheless, I Hope You're Listening is a fantastic YA thriller that beautifully captures the importance of one's own role in making this world a better place for oneself. Being traumatised by childhood experiences sure is a thing for most of us, but I suppose few can say they watched their childhood friend being abducted. Dee is a very private character, both inside and outside the pages. Meaning, it is sometimes hard to see what's going on inside her head. Together with the fact that I didn't always feel the rise of suspense, this is the reason I cannot give a five-star-review. Apart from that, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this while in Vienna, Austria's capital. I had multiple theories going on at one point and am pleased to say that I only guessed half of the mystery. ⤐ What’s happening. ‘Is there something you can do to help? Listen up. Let's try.’ These are the words Dee speaks almost daily, disguised as the Seeker, host of the internationally known podcast RADIO SILENT. These are the words that make Dee feel like she has power in a reality that loses track of children, sisters, friends, neighbours daily. These are the words that keep her from spiralling into the case that got her to start a podcast in the first place - her childhood best friend's abduction. The abduction she witnessed. When, 10 years later, another young girl in the same neighbourhood goes missing, it seems like Dee has no choice but to revisit the events she tries to stay clear of. Con: ⇢ desire to keep identiy as Seeker secret ⇢ mean reporter on her tracks ⇢ triggers everywhere Pro: ⇢ cute new neighbour ⇢ thousands of laptop detectives at her disposal ⇢ them brains _____________________ 4 STARS. Would stay up beyond my typical hours to finish it. I found some minor details I didn't like, agree with or lacked in some kind but overall, this was enjoyable and extraordinary.

  5. 5 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    I have been so into stories featuring podcasts recently; particularly True Crime podcasts. When I heard about this novel, I knew I had to read it. Thank you so much to the publisher, Albert Whitman & Company, for providing me with a copy to read and review. I am stoked to get to it!

  6. 4 out of 5

    charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)

    On my blog. Rep: wlw mc & li CWs: child abduction Galley provided by publisher I Hope Youre Listening is a fast paced, tense mystery novel that follows Dee, ten years ago the witness to the abduction of her best friend, when another child is abducted. Dee has spent ten years with the knowledge that she is the sole witness to an abduction, but unable to recall much about it. To cope, she started a podcast, where she takes an unsolved case and, with the help of her followers, starts to dig up On my blog. Rep: wlw mc & li CWs: child abduction Galley provided by publisher I Hope You’re Listening is a fast paced, tense mystery novel that follows Dee, ten years ago the witness to the abduction of her best friend, when another child is abducted. Dee has spent ten years with the knowledge that she is the sole witness to an abduction, but unable to recall much about it. To cope, she started a podcast, where she takes an unsolved case and, with the help of her followers, starts to dig up potential leads. When another child is abducted, she is forced to confront the possibility of her identity, and her link to Sibby’s abduction, being exposed. I will admit that, going into this, I was expecting probably more of a mystery story than I got. That’s not to say I didn’t like what I got, but if you’re expecting something a bit more like Keep This to Yourself, you may be a little disappointed. Because, really, it’s more of a character-driven novel with mystery aspects. Dee doesn’t start investigating herself until about halfway in. But that’s great. I mean, I love mysteries, but I also love mysteries that are used as a vehicle to explore character development and that’s exactly what’s happening here. But when the mystery does get going, it gets going so well. The tension of the last quarter of the book was exquisite. I never knew quite what was going to happen with it. I mean, I had my guesses, but it still managed to completely blow them out of the water. So, if you’re looking for a solid YA mystery, that’s more character-driven, and builds up to an excellent ending, this is for you.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Paula M

    "I didn't start Radio Silent to bring myself attention. I started it for the opposite reason, to bring attention to cases and people who deserved it. To draw my own obsessive attention away from the mystery that's haunted me for more than half my life. It's never been about me. It's about the people who need finding." Reading I Hope You're Listening was such a roller coaster ride! The book is mainly about the aftermath of the disappearance of our protagonist's bestfriend. Dee was with "I didn't start Radio Silent to bring myself attention. I started it for the opposite reason, to bring attention to cases and people who deserved it. To draw my own obsessive attention away from the mystery that's haunted me for more than half my life. It's never been about me. It's about the people who need finding." Reading I Hope You're Listening was such a roller coaster ride! The book is mainly about the aftermath of the disappearance of our protagonist's bestfriend. Dee was with Sibby the day she disappeared and naturally, she somehow blames herself for what happened. Some days she still finds herself thinking, "what could I have done differently to prevent her from being abducted?" The trauma is still haunting her and her true crime podcast helps her with dealing with this.  This book has been marketed under the Thriller and Mystery genre and even though those are correct, I can't help but still be terrified as if what I'm reading is a Horror book. It's probably because I know that this kind of stuff happens in real life. The book truly captured the horrifying and heart-breaking events of having someone being taken away from you without you and that someone's consent. I Hope You're Listening was fast paced and truly an absorbing read. Each chapter leaves you interested and wanting for more. With Tom Ryans very readable writing, it's not hard to get lost on Dee's world and life. You'll find yourself feeling like she does. Wondering like she does. And wanting the truth like she does. Dee is a great character, she's not perfect in any way but I found myself rooting for her. Tom Ryan penned realistic and likeable characters and as the thrill and mystery solidify, you can't help but think that one of them is the "bad guy" I didn't have any issues with the characters at all, however, I did hope that the romance aspect was executed in a different way. I admire the fact that Dee doesn't have to come out at any point in the book, but I wished that Dee getting together with that particular character didn't happen so fast. As I Hope You're Listening is a mystery thriller, plot-wise, I would say that they mysterious atmosphere was well done! It kept me guessing and I really didn't foresee how everything will be wrapped up. Even though I hope that the "revelation" should've been MORE, I was still satisfied and contented with how it was done and finished.  Overall, I would recommend I Hope You're Listening to every mystery thriller junkies out there! I Hope You're Listening truly delivered, it will keep you engrossed 'till the very end.

  8. 4 out of 5

    I. B.

    My favorite part about this book is how progressive it was. ✓ LGBTQ main character ✓ stay-at-home Dad ✓ minority representation, especially in mentioning that minorities in missing-persons cases are much more likely to be under-investigated ✓ positive light on cannabis consumption This was a good read. It wasn't extraordinary; I think it lacked a deeper meaning. Dee was a very private main character, both as the Seeker and as the POV. There are a lot of times I wish the author had delved deeper My favorite part about this book is how progressive it was. ✓ LGBTQ main character ✓ stay-at-home Dad ✓ minority representation, especially in mentioning that minorities in missing-persons cases are much more likely to be under-investigated ✓ positive light on cannabis consumption This was a good read. It wasn't extraordinary; I think it lacked a deeper meaning. Dee was a very private main character, both as the Seeker and as the POV. There are a lot of times I wish the author had delved deeper into her psych, into what she was directly feeling as things unfolded. I liked the incorporation of the podcast of this mystery, I thought it added a nice twist to your typical abduction-centered-teen-novel. I would recommend to pick this up for a good read!

  9. 5 out of 5

    hima ☾

    ten years after witnessing the kidnapping of her best friend, delia "dee" skinner has devoted herself to bringing missing people home, desperate to save others the way she couldn't save sibby. never mind that she was seven years old; the guilt weighs on her every day, and anonymously running her podcast, radio silent, has become a veritable obsession. when another little girl goes missing from her small town, and dee receives a tip from someone who swears they'd seen sibby alive, dee realizes ten years after witnessing the kidnapping of her best friend, delia "dee" skinner has devoted herself to bringing missing people home, desperate to save others the way she couldn't save sibby. never mind that she was seven years old; the guilt weighs on her every day, and anonymously running her podcast, radio silent, has become a veritable obsession. when another little girl goes missing from her small town, and dee receives a tip from someone who swears they'd seen sibby alive, dee realizes that she's got to find the answers to bring them both home. ◦ i actually really liked this one! it took a couple of tries for me to get into—i wasn't totally taken by the beginning—but as the plot really began to unfold it became pretty fun, so i was pleasantly surprised by that! ◦ dee—i didn't like dee, like, as a person. she definitely grated on me. but here's the thing: she's seventeen, has been through hell, and definitely acts like it. at times she's unnecessarily abrasive, super selfish, and an awful friend. i found the decisions she made rash, but not in the sense that it felt like she was only making these decisions to justify the plot; she actually read to me as an impulsive, obsessive person. so while dee isn't a super sympathetic character by any means (i mean, aside from the obvious) she definitely holds her own. ◦ i wish we'd seen more of burke! i think there were a lot of places to really bring him to life—especially considering his circumstances—but instead it felt like he'd been relegated to a pretty flat best friend role. ◦ the romance sort of sucks. it happens really quickly, with little development. it's a super understated thread of the story, and while dee and sarah's relationship didn't detract from anything, i would hesitate to say having them together really added anything. plus sarah isn't a particularly important or whole character by herself. ◦ i'm also not sure what the intent of the main radio silent case—with vanessa and nia—was? i thought the snippets of the podcast pertaining to that pulled me out of the important bits of the story, making it feel a little disjointed. ◦ despite these things, i'd say i hope you're listening was a success for me. i wanted to find out what happened to sibby nearly as much as dee. 3 stars! *arc provided by netgalley in exchange for an honest review!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rach

    Seventeen Delia Dee Skinner is known as this girl who wasnt taken. Ten years ago she witnessed the abduction of her friend Sibby. To this day Sibby has never been found. Dee now does a podcast that helps people find missing people. She is known as The Seeker on the podcast as she wants to remain anonymous. Another little girl goes missing in the town and it seems the case is linked to Sibbys disppearance. Dee decides to get answers and investigate. This is a interesting book. It shows the Seventeen Delia “Dee” Skinner is known as this girl who wasn’t taken. Ten years ago she witnessed the abduction of her friend Sibby. To this day Sibby has never been found. Dee now does a podcast that helps people find missing people. She is known as The Seeker on the podcast as she wants to remain anonymous. Another little girl goes missing in the town and it seems the case is linked to Sibby’s disppearance. Dee decides to get answers and investigate. This is a interesting book. It shows the aftermath of what happened to Dee. How she deals with the guilt from being the one that wasn’t taken. I love that she decides to help other people who are presumed missing through her podcast. I thought the romance side was a little bit too instant. The book keeps you on edge as you go on the journey with Dee in trying to find the missing little girl and maybe found out what happened to Sibby all these years later. It was a good solid read with plenty of mystery and might getting me to listening to podcasts myself. I received a DRC from Edelweiss and the publisher for an objection review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Books, Coffee & Passion

    Books, Coffee & Passion Im obsessed with podcasts so I knew I needed to read I Hope Youre Listening as soon as I read its synopsis. Additionally, I couldnt resist the fact that its a mystery thriller which made it perfect to read in October. Im so glad I read it! I read 50% in one sitting and I only stopped because I needed to work and while I was at work, I kept thinking about this story. As soon as I got home, I finished it because I literally couldnt wait. I guess you can tell I was really Books, Coffee & Passion I’m obsessed with podcasts so I knew I needed to read I Hope You’re Listening as soon as I read its synopsis. Additionally, I couldn’t resist the fact that it’s a mystery thriller which made it perfect to read in October. I’m so glad I read it! I read 50% in one sitting and I only stopped because I needed to work and while I was at work, I kept thinking about this story. As soon as I got home, I finished it because I literally couldn’t wait. I guess you can tell I was really hooked! I totally was. From page one, this book kept me on my toes. Guessing, guessing, guessing. There’s something about Tom Ryan’s writing that captivated me completely and I just couldn’t stop reading. I NEEDED to know what, who and why, especially regarding the main mystery. Yes, there’s more than one mystery! Dee is an amazing character, she kept so much to herself, she carried so much on her shoulders and even when she was being self-absorbed, like any teenager especially a teen that went through what she did when she was a child, I absolutely loved her. Burke, her childhood friend, was also a great character, their friendship was solid even with its ups and downs and I loved their moments together. I wish we could’ve seen more of Burke as the story developed. I also loved Dee’s Dad, he was so funny and sweet. I really enjoyed the fact he was a stay-at-home Dad. Sarah, who moves into the house across the street, was a great addition to the story. She played a major role in Dee’s character development and I really liked how their relationship grew. She was exactly what Dee needed. There were a few things that I felt weren’t explained well or at all. Sarah figures something out and I didn’t get how she grasped it. It bothered me that Dee didn’t even ask Sarah how she figured it out which made me feel like there was a piece of the puzzle missing. Also, one of the mysteries, the one wrapped up at the very end of the book, is solved but I couldn’t figure out how too. I don’t think we got the details of how the person who solved it got to the bottom of it or maybe I missed something? Anyway, I really loved how the main mystery is wrapped up, though, as well as the mystery that Dee, as The Seeker, was helping to solve on her podcast. This was the first book written by Tom Ryan I’ve read and it definitely won’t be the last. Overall, I Hope You’re Listening is a gripping, emotional, fast paced, entertaining, solid YA mystery thriller. I recommend it to readers who enjoy this genre or that are looking for an enjoyable mystery October read. Rep: LGBTQIAP+ TW: Drug use; Child Abduction/Kidnapping. *Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me an ARC in exchange for my honest review.*

  12. 4 out of 5

    Yna the Mood Reader

    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. 📚 Series? No. 📚 Genre? YA Mystery/Thriller. 📚 POV? Single, first person. 📚 Cliffhanger? No. ⚠ Content Warnings:  Abduction. Abuse. ⚠ Book Tags :  Podcasts. Small town mystery. Young sapphics in love. Stay at home dad. Slow “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.” 📚 Series? No. 📚 Genre? YA Mystery/Thriller. 📚 POV? Single, first person. 📚 Cliffhanger? No. ⚠ Content Warnings:  Abduction. Abuse. ⚠ Book Tags :  Podcasts. Small town mystery. Young sapphics in love. Stay at home dad. 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! ☁ THE CRITERIA ☁ 🌼 Blurb:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 🌼 Main Character:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ 🌼 Significant Other: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ 🌼 Support Characters:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ 🌼 Writing Style:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ 🌼 Character Development:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ 🌼 Thrill: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ 🌼 Pacing: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆ 🌼 Ending: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ 🌼 Unputdownability: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ 🌼 Book Cover:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ ☁FINAL VERDICT: 4/5 ☁ Much thanks to TBR and Beyond Tours and Albert Whitman & Co. for this complimentary copy. This review is voluntary and opinions are fully my own. Also, Quote/s are taken from the ARC and may be different in the final published copy. 📚 Blog ♡ Booktube ♡ Bookstagram ♡ Facebook ♡ Twitter 📚

  13. 5 out of 5

    Monte Price

    I was very excited when I received this arc and even though it took me forever to actually get around to it this book lived up to all of the expectations. My first Tom Ryan book was Keep This to Yourself and this was every bit as good. There's just something about mysteries surrounding childhood friends and the surviving friend doing their best to figure out what happened that Tom just excels at. I'm also not sure what it says about me to love that very niche mystery says about me? I loved I was very excited when I received this arc and even though it took me forever to actually get around to it this book lived up to all of the expectations. My first Tom Ryan book was Keep This to Yourself and this was every bit as good. There's just something about mysteries surrounding childhood friends and the surviving friend doing their best to figure out what happened that Tom just excels at. I'm also not sure what it says about me to love that very niche mystery says about me? I loved everything about this, the way the tension slowly ratchets up, the way I felt I was solving the case right alongside Dee only for the twist to surprise me in the best way possible with all the clues right there and just not assembled in any kind of way I would have put them together. The side characters were also just great; Burke and Dee's father were clear standouts for me. Dee's father in particular, that man is gonna stick with me for a while. The friends lovers with Sarah and Dee was also v cute, love that for them. Dee as a protagonist I found to be highly relatable and I was rooting for her at every turn as she tried to process past trauma and navigate the current situation she found herself in. Also I'm not a person that usually says that a book has certain vibes, but the autumnal/wintery vibes were here for me. If you're looking for those, here they are. 10/10 would highly recommend this one. I could not and did not want to put this book down almost from the moment that I read the first chapter.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kal ★ Reader Voracious

    ✨ You can read the first three chapters on Tom's website here! Okay so listen: Keep This to Yourself is one of the best YA mystery/thrillers I've ever read and landed Tom Ryan on my insta-buy list for YA thrillers. Of course as a result my expectations going in were super high, the author delivered another thrilling queer YA mystery that I devoured in just under 4 hours! Ten years ago, Dee witnessed her best friend's abduction while they were playing hide and seek in the woods by their houses. ✨ You can read the first three chapters on Tom's website here! Okay so listen: Keep This to Yourself is one of the best YA mystery/thrillers I've ever read and landed Tom Ryan on my insta-buy list for YA thrillers. Of course as a result my expectations going in were super high, the author delivered another thrilling queer YA mystery that I devoured in just under 4 hours! Ten years ago, Dee witnessed her best friend's abduction while they were playing hide and seek in the woods by their houses. She's been plagued by guilt that despite her best efforts she wasn't able to give the police information that could lead to Sibby's recovery. For the past year, she's been bringing together a true crime army to solve other cases through her podcast Radio Silent. "The idea for a podcast arrived about a year ago, on a night like tonight. I was lying awake in bed, wallowing in helplessness, when all of a sudden, something shifted. I'd had enough. There had to be something I could do." I like the fresh perspective this brings to the mixed-media podcast element of books like Sadie and I Killed Zoe Spanos. Plagued with sleepless nights and anxiety, Dee works through her feelings by assuming her Seeker identity to shine a light on countless other unsolved cases. She couldn't bring closure to Sibby's disappearance, but with her podcast she enlists the help of true crime fans to bring that closure to others. But she's been careful to keep her real life and her Seeker persona separate, so when another girl goes missing in her town it brings a lot of unresolved feelings up for her. "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." The book begins with a flashback of the day Sibby went missing ten years in the past (okay, technically, it begins with a snippet of Dee's podcast introduction but that's not the point here), and the author conveyed so much information with the narrative voice's tone. The flashbacks feel exactly how a child would tell a story with the sentence structure and focus on seemingly inconsequential pieces of information... and it immediately made me so protective of Dee. Many mystery/thriller stories are told with the past and present interwoven together in a nonlinear exposition. But let me tell you: Tom Ryan impressed me with his use of this storytelling device with the tonal shift between flashbacks and present day POVs! I adore the side characters and Dee's relationship with them so much. Her friendship with Burke especially is one I enjoyed, particularly the layers of complex history the two of them have. (PS. Burke must also be protected.) I absolutely adored Dee's relationship with her dad - as well as the fact that her parents aren't absent. As a side note... have you ever read a book and related with the parent before? Because uh... Dee's dad is iconic with his blaring Soundgarden and flannel shirts and this is the first time I've felt my age and I'm having a CRISIS. In case you aren't aware, this book has a sapphic relationship. The new girl next door Sarah makes for a lovely addition to Dee's life as well, and I appreciate her ride-or-die vibes. However, I'll admit the romance came out of left field a bit for me. With first person perspective, I'm accustomed to more pining thoughts, so when the first kiss happened it felt a little unearned. But, I'm happy to report even though the romance went from zero to sixty, once established it was so soft and heartwarming! This is a fast paced and intricately plotted read. There isn't any downtime and every moment is full of tension that kept me guessing while describing the settings so well that I could picture it in my head. This wasn't as twisty of a read but definitely surprised me, which is good because I tend to guess the culprits more often than not. I will admit there is one thing that bothered me about how everything wrapped up, which is more than likely as a result of my analytical way of reading more than anything else. (view spoiler)[But seriously, how did they know Dee's real name in the forest chase? She gave them a fake name. I think one of the guys recognized her (which is weird because it's been 10 years), but still. And what was the whole "we want to tell you the whole truth" thing?! I am so bothered by this for some reason and want answers lol (hide spoiler)] If you're a fan of true crime podcasts and books that incorporate podcast elements like Sadie and I Killed Zoe Spanos, this is definitely a book to TBR! I Hope You're Listening is a fresh addition to the growing body of thrillers incorporating podcasts into the narrative with a fresh perspective. Representation: f/f relationship, LGBTQIAP+ (lesbian main character) Content warnings: drug & marijuana use, slut shaming (challenged) ✨ Reader Voracious patrons get access to an exclusive reading vlog & much more over on Patreon! ARC sent by Albert Whitman & Co for my honest review. This has not affected my opinions in any way. 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  15. 4 out of 5

    Ludwig Reads

    Its been ten years since Sibby disappeared, but the memories of that day keep finding new ways to haunt me. Dee Skinner witnessed the abduction of her best friend ten years ago. Today, as she still deals with the guilt of being the girl who was not taken, shes the anonymous voice behind a popular true crime podcast called Radio Silent, and now theres a new missing persons case seemingly connected to her best friends that she needs her listeners to acknowledge in hopes of solving it. This story “It’s been ten years since Sibby disappeared, but the memories of that day keep finding new ways to haunt me.” Dee Skinner witnessed the abduction of her best friend ten years ago. Today, as she still deals with the guilt of being “the girl who was not taken”, she’s the anonymous voice behind a popular true crime podcast called “Radio Silent”, and now there’s a new missing persons case seemingly connected to her best friend’s that she needs her listeners to acknowledge in hopes of solving it. This story has a “Riverdale” feel to it that will definitely appeal to YA readers. It alternates between the present day and 10 years earlier, the time of the protag’s BFF’s abduction, and slowly progresses to the final reveal which, while not as dark as Keep This To Yourself’s, would certainly bring satisfaction to readers of this genre.

  16. 5 out of 5

    PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

    ***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of I HOPE YOURE LISTENING by Tom Ryan in exchange for my honest review.*** Oh Tom Ryan, Im falling in book-love with you. I HOPE YOURE LISTENING is even better than Ryans last year gem KEEP THIS TO YOURSELF. Im a sucker for missing person stories, so I knew I had to preorder. Billed as a cross between SADIE and TWO CAN KEEP A SECRET, I hoped the hype didnt set me up for disappointment. Reading I HOPE YOURE LISTENING is the opposite of ***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of I HOPE YOU’RE LISTENING by Tom Ryan in exchange for my honest review.*** Oh Tom Ryan, I’m falling in book-love with you. I HOPE YOU’RE LISTENING is even better than Ryan’s last year gem KEEP THIS TO YOURSELF. I’m a sucker for missing person stories, so I knew I had to preorder. Billed as a cross between SADIE and TWO CAN KEEP A SECRET, I hoped the hype didn’t set me up for disappointment. Reading I HOPE YOU’RE LISTENING is the opposite of disappointing. I fell in love with seven-year-old Delia and her best friend Sibby. Ryan expertly captured Dee’s voice in a way that made me feel like a kid was telling me her story. Often, I can tell the gender of a writer by the representation of girls and women characters. Ryan’s female characters are as authentic as women writers’ in a way I haven’t read since adult literary fiction writer Chris Bohjalian. I don’t want to give away any plot points for fear of spoiling a single word of I HOPE YOU’RE LISTENING. Delia’s podcast episodes felt as real as Sadie’s. I hope publishers find a spectacular narrator to do the audiobook. Rush right out and preorder or order I HOPE YOU’RE LISTENING. Then schedule a day to read without interruption.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    I loved Keep This To Yourself and Tom Ryan does it again! I could not put this book down. RTC.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Gabriella

    Thank you to NetGalley and AW Teen for the ARC of this book. 4.5 stars. This was just SO good! It was a pleasure to follow Dee's journey along with her: while searching for others, she also learned so much about herself. The dread built up throughout the story, but I was completely in the dark until the last quarter of the book, where stuff got REALLY real, REALLY fast. I was definitely on the edge of my seat. Plus, the ending is poignant and satisfying. My only real plot-related gripe is that I Thank you to NetGalley and AW Teen for the ARC of this book. 4.5 stars. This was just SO good! It was a pleasure to follow Dee's journey along with her: while searching for others, she also learned so much about herself. The dread built up throughout the story, but I was completely in the dark until the last quarter of the book, where stuff got REALLY real, REALLY fast. I was definitely on the edge of my seat. Plus, the ending is poignant and satisfying. My only real plot-related gripe is that I felt like the romance could have been more developed, but I still thought it was sweet. (The e-ARC I got definitely needs some intense editing, so I hope that gets cleared up before final publication.)

  19. 4 out of 5

    ✫erin✫

    This book is perfect for YA readers and has a great storyline. If you are wondering why my rating doesn't reflect what I've just said, its because I had higher expectations for this book. I love mysteries, and especially in the YA genre, they can be amazing. This book just didn't live up to how it started. The ending was anticlimactic, so it kind of ruined the entire book. But don't only take my word for it, I am pretty judgemental.... overall it's a decent read and worth it if you are at all This book is perfect for YA readers and has a great storyline. If you are wondering why my rating doesn't reflect what I've just said, its because I had higher expectations for this book. I love mysteries, and especially in the YA genre, they can be amazing. This book just didn't live up to how it started. The ending was anticlimactic, so it kind of ruined the entire book. But don't only take my word for it, I am pretty judgemental.... overall it's a decent read and worth it if you are at all interested in the plot.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    I adored every single thing about this. It was honestly the perfect mystery-thriller for me. I mean, childhood best friends?? an old abduction that gets attention again 10 years later?? girls falling in love?? main character with a secret crime podcast?? This story was twisty, creepy and beautiful all rolled into one. The main character owns my heart and I loved watching how she unfolded the mysteries of the cases.

  21. 4 out of 5

    여리고

    This has everything I needed in a book and more! I'm dying of waiting so patiently for this! Now I know how being tortured to death feels like...all because of this book and nothing else! <3

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mehsi

    I received this book from the Tour Host in exchange of an honest review. I was already looking forward to this book and so I was excited that I had the chance to read it early. In the end I managed to wait at least until October 1st as I wanted this one for Hallowtober. But boy this was a ride, I just couldnt stop reading. Thankfully, between all the exciting parts there were also some moments to breathe. Meet Dee, or Delia. A girl who had a very traumatic experience. When she was a kid her best I received this book from the Tour Host in exchange of an honest review. I was already looking forward to this book and so I was excited that I had the chance to read it early. In the end I managed to wait at least until October 1st as I wanted this one for Hallowtober. But boy this was a ride, I just couldn’t stop reading. Thankfully, between all the exciting parts there were also some moments to breathe. Meet Dee, or Delia. A girl who had a very traumatic experience. When she was a kid her best friend got kidnapped while she was there. We see how that still affects her to the day and also that this is why she started the podcast. To at least help out others because she couldn’t help Sibby. She is a strong character, or at least tries to be. I loved her from the first page and she only got better with each new piece of information we get about her. At times we go back in time, 10 years, to the moment when the kidnapping happened. My heart broke when we got the last piece of the puzzle. Poor Dee. 🙁 I am not a fan of podcasts in real life, probably for the same reason as I am one to read audiobooks. My ADHD just doesn’t let me concentrate on things like that. But I do LOVE LOVE podcasts in books, especially thriller/mystery books as it definitely adds something to the story. I also liked, hopefully that is the correct word given what the podcast is about, the podcast and how much hard work Dee put into it. And how much good it did. We see several cases and we also read about other cases. Dee has quite a record with finding people, so I could only imagine how hard it is for her that she never could find her best friend. The romance was just perfection, it was there and it was fantastic, but it wasn’t overpowering from the mystery, the exciting moments. Sometimes that happens, so I am happy with how it ws done here. You are definitely shipping these characters. I just love reading how Sarah affected Dee. Just by wearing something cute, or just by saying something. It was adorable. I loved seeing them get closer and I just loved how sweet Sarah was. How she listened, how she figured out Dee’s secret but also kept it a secret, and so on. I absolutely loved Dee’s parents, and my favourite would be the dad. He was just hilarious and wonderful. The things he said just didn’t fit his age so that both his wife and daughter would at times cringe at it. I had a big laugh when Dee and Burke came home… to find Dee’s dad totally baked. 😛 I am still not sure about Burke. On the one hand, great character and I do understand why he changed and became more distant. HOWEVER, I was just pissed that he kept pushing Dee into doing a podcast about Layla while she clearly said no. While she clearly was uncomfortable with it all. Respect her damned wishes. Even later on he keeps saying stuff that just had me rolling my eyes. I get he was affected just like Dee, just like many people. But no need to chew her out. 😐 Quinlee (or whatever the bitch name was) was one of the worst characters in the book and I kept hoping that karma would dole out some justice because hot dang that woman is a mess. I loved that this all took place in a small town. There is just something special about mystery/thriller books that take place in there. Everyone knows each other. The ending and seeing Dee go full out on finding Sibby was just wonderful, exciting, the pages went by even faster than they already did. It was great to see Dee follow the snippets of information she had and make something out of it. She is always saying that she just finds the stories to tell on her podcast and that she leaves the rest to the Laptop Detectives, but here she is, along with Sarah, and she is doing something amazing. That scene when she found (view spoiler)[ Sibby? TEARS, I was just so happy to see Sibby alive. Healthy. Then there was the scene when Dee was running away and broke out of the forest, OMG more tears. You had all that tension and then that scene happens in front of you and BOOM, tension just flows away. Beautiful. (hide spoiler)] The Layla case was also an interesting one and the parallels with Sibby were creepy. I can just imagine how it is for Dee, for the town. Another missing girl. Exactly 10 years after. Copycat? The same person again? I am glad that this case also got closure, and no I won’t tell you what happens. I was so happy with the last chapters. That was a great way to end this book. A great conclusion. All in all, if you are looking for an exciting and mysterious read with great characters and sweet LGBT romance? Try out this one. Perfect for this Halloween season.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Brinley

    I just want to start this off by saying that I am not a mystery reader. As a genre, I normally avoid it. I think I normally find the stories unrealistic, and the characters irrational. While both of those elements were present in this book, I really loved the way it explored the mysteries and the surrounding cases. I Hope Youre Listening is the tale of Dee, the girl who was left behind. Ten years earlier, her best friend Sibby was abducted while they played together, and she was never found. I just want to start this off by saying that I am not a mystery reader. As a genre, I normally avoid it. I think I normally find the stories unrealistic, and the characters irrational. While both of those elements were present in this book, I really loved the way it explored the mysteries and the surrounding cases. I Hope You’re Listening is the tale of Dee, the girl who was left behind. Ten years earlier, her best friend Sibby was abducted while they played together, and she was never found. Trying to deal with her guilt of not being able to save her, Dee runs a true crime podcast focused on missing persons cases. After another little girl disappears from Sibby’s former house, Dee is forced to relive and rediscover the events of ten years before. I know some other reviewers have complained about the podcast elements, but I really loved them. I found Vanessa and Nia’s cases super interesting, and I loved watching them develop. I felt like the podcast really added an element that I’d never seen before, that made this different than other mysteries. The podcast also allowed us to get to know Dee a bit better, which I loved. I was a bit disappointed by the ending of this, but it was minor disappointment. The mystery involving Sibby was done excellently, I was even getting creeped out by the end. I was invested and curious as to what had happened to her the entire time, which is essential in a mystery. It wrapped up in the best way possible, making the writing of Layla’s case seem even worse. I felt like her case wrapped up way too quickly, and without much foreshadowing. It felt like it came out of nowhere, and just felt slightly anticlimactic. I didn’t care too much about Sarah and Dee’s romance. It was a small part of the story thankfully, but I almost feel like it needed a bit more page time to really develop. Instead of feeling like Sarah was an essential part of the story, an independent character, she felt like she was only there to be the love interest. They got together too fast for my tastes, and I just never connected to either of them. Despite complaining about both the romance, and the resolution of one of the mysteries, I really enjoyed this book! It felt unique, and I was super invested in the story. I’d definitely recommend to fans of mystery! Thanks to Tom Ryan and Netgalley for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Candyce Kirk

    I've honestly never listened to podcasts, but after reading I Hope You're Listening. After reading this book that may just need to change. I loved how our main character's podcast was intertwined with this story and how something created to make a character feel she was doing something turned out to become something so big. The main character Dee has experienced something traumatic. Her best friend was kidnapped when they were younger. She was there that day and it's something that still haunts I've honestly never listened to podcasts, but after reading I Hope You're Listening. After reading this book that may just need to change. I loved how our main character's podcast was intertwined with this story and how something created to make a character feel she was doing something turned out to become something so big. The main character Dee has experienced something traumatic. Her best friend was kidnapped when they were younger. She was there that day and it's something that still haunts her. This is something she always carries with her, but even more so now when a little girl is taken from her old house. I really liked Dee as a character. After experiencing something like that she still tries to live her life and even help through a true crime podcast to help find missing people. I can't imagine how it feels to know you're still here when your best friend isn't. I loved how determined she was and strong. Yeah, she may have been a bit reckless at times, but I can completely understand that. I loved the mystery in I Hope You're Listening. I tried solving the puzzle along with our main characters, but I wouldn't have guessed how this was going to end. It fit the story really well though and I love when an author takes a story to a place I didn't see coming. The author created an atmospheric book that kept me reading. As always with mysteries, you really need to experience it yourself. I do know that I'll be looking into the author's other books after loving this one.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Eva B.

    Thank you to Netgalley for proving me an arc! This did not impact my view on the story in any way. DNF at around 25% in. I couldn't connect to any of the characters, and I found the writing very bland and juvenile, and also very "how do you do, fellow kids!" I was intrigued by the mystery involving Sibby's disappearance, but not intrigued enough to keep reading. There were no glaring issues in the book, and so I'm giving it a 2 star rating. As far as YA mysteries with podcasts go, there's better Thank you to Netgalley for proving me an arc! This did not impact my view on the story in any way. DNF at around 25% in. I couldn't connect to any of the characters, and I found the writing very bland and juvenile, and also very "how do you do, fellow kids!" I was intrigued by the mystery involving Sibby's disappearance, but not intrigued enough to keep reading. There were no glaring issues in the book, and so I'm giving it a 2 star rating. As far as YA mysteries with podcasts go, there's better out there, and while I can see why others might enjoy this one, it wasn't for me.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cielo

    Thank you to TBR and Beyond Tours and the publisher for providing me an eARC of this book in exchange of an honest review! 3.5 stars I Hope You're Listening tells the story of seventeen-year-old Delia "Dee" Skinner, a girl whose life changed drastically after the abduction of her childhood bestfriend, Sibby, when they were playing at the forest ten years back. Ever since, Dee hasn't moved on entirely and the survivors guilt she feels has lead her to creater her own escape, a podcast named "Radio Thank you to TBR and Beyond Tours and the publisher for providing me an eARC of this book in exchange of an honest review! 3.5 stars I Hope You're Listening tells the story of seventeen-year-old Delia "Dee" Skinner, a girl whose life changed drastically after the abduction of her childhood bestfriend, Sibby, when they were playing at the forest ten years back. Ever since, Dee hasn't moved on entirely and the survivors guilt she feels has lead her to creater her own escape, a podcast named "Radio Silent" where she's The Seeker: an online persona who helps solve disappearance cases. Things take an unexpected turn when a little girl goes missing on her own town, in a very similar way Sibby did, and she starts to question if both cases are connected. This is a very light book to read. Ryan does a great job at telling the events of the story in a very straight-forward and inmersive way. I Hope You're Listening is the kind of book you coukd read in one go, partly because of this but also because once you familiarize with the plot and the characters, all you want to do is find out the whole truth. Dee is a very well written character. I liked how as you read her story and get a look inside her thoughts, you can see how the events of the past have contributed to the girl she is today. She's very mature, being forced to grow up so fast because of the tragedy that marked her life, but you can also feel her desire to be a normal girl and stay away from the limelight. As this boon deals with abductions and crime scenes, there's the inevitable involvement of the media. Ryan portrays the different aspects of journalism, the lack of ethics of some reporters and the true and genuine intentions of real professionals who just want to report the truth. More than anything, this book speaks about the importance of seeking the truth and answering all the unanswered questions hanging above your head. About fighting for justice and for closure, whether the outcome is good or bad. But it's also about teenagers who were forced to grow up on the spotlight in a negative circumstance and how they deal with it. It shows the reader that while it's not good to live in the past, it's not right to let it go without doing the best you can to fix what's wrong from it. There's just two things that make me rate this book anything under 4 stars: the mystery element and the romance. I like my mystery books full of plotwists and unexpected turns, and this wasn't the case, though I was surprised a couple times throughout the book. If you like mystery books that are a little more "light" and relaxed, this one can be great for you. About the romance included... I think it was a bit unnecessary. I feel like it didn't contribute anything to the plot and the growth of Dee's character, and I don't think it would've make a difference if it wasn't included. It also had an insta-love kind of vibe I didn't like. All in all, I'm happy I read this book. The ending was great and it tied all the loose ends and all the characters had a proper closure, and that's always a good feeling. I felt satisfied when I closed this book. If you liked Radio Silence, Sadie and A Good Girl's Guide to Murder, check out I Hope You're Listening!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    I Hope Youre Listening reminds me of Gwenda Bond/Rachel Caine/Carrie Ryans Dead Air, with shared prose and podcast styling. Transcripts of the podcast serve to bring you deeper into the mystery while the prose keeps you firmly in the day to day. Theyre interwoven, begging you to ask how much of the Seeker is in Dee and how much of Dee is in the Seeker. I Hope You’re Listening reminds me of Gwenda Bond/Rachel Caine/Carrie Ryan’s Dead Air, with shared prose and podcast styling. Transcripts of the podcast serve to bring you deeper into the mystery while the prose keeps you firmly in the day to day. They’re interwoven, begging you to ask how much of the Seeker is in Dee and how much of Dee is in the Seeker.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Evie Drae

    I received a copy of this book via the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. When I saw this book on NetGalley, I couldnt hit the request button fast enough. Seriously. Not only is the cover stunning and eye-catching, but the blurb drew me in and made me want to immediately sink my readerly teeth into this story. And Im not even a YA fan, generally speaking. However, I Hope Youre Listening by Tom Ryan is a superbly handled story about a seventeen-year-old who feels seventeen. I received a copy of this book via the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. When I saw this book on NetGalley, I couldn’t hit the request button fast enough. Seriously. Not only is the cover stunning and eye-catching, but the blurb drew me in and made me want to immediately sink my readerly teeth into this story. And I’m not even a YA fan, generally speaking. However, I Hope You’re Listening by Tom Ryan is a superbly handled story about a seventeen-year-old who feels seventeen. Not in that annoying way where authors of YA sometimes try to age their own voice down simply by being bratty or whiny or impossibly immature. No, Ryan has a clear handle on the YA genre and manipulates his prose to feel both genuine for a character of that age and well-written so readers at any point in their lives can enjoy his words. I went into this read assuming I’d enjoy it, which was such a pleasure. That isn’t always the case, but I just had a feeling about this book and about the MC Dee. And boy, was I ever right. I was thoroughly engrossed in the story and related surprisingly well to Dee, considering I’m twice her age. (Again, that’s all on Ryan and his mad YA voice skillz.) And the plot, conflicts, and side characters were all so intriguing and real that I had one of those rare reading experiences where I took a break to get some water and had to reorient myself to the real world. I was pulled along by the mystery and thrill of the story from the very opening page. I felt every tense, apprehensive moment right alongside Dee. It was such a delightful rollercoaster ride and one I will highly recommend. The only “down” side for me, on a personal level, was that—despite relating to her—I was frequently frustrated with Dee as a character. While part of this has to do with her age (again, that realism in action!), a lot of it was just her, as a human. She was selfish, abrasive, and often unkind to her friends. I understand she has been through a lot, and she’s still young with a lot of years left to grow into a better person, but as our protagonist, it made it a bit difficult for me at times to stay in the story when I wanted to throttle the person I was supposed to be rooting for. Other than that—and it truly is a personal issue, and one I think the other qualities of the story manage to prevent from being any kind of deal-breaker—I would definitely recommend this book. Readers who enjoy a good thriller-mystery will love this, and I believe stalwart YA readers will be thoroughly impressed with Ryan’s skill.

  29. 5 out of 5

    emma

    I received an ARC from the publisher This was an enjoyable fast paced mystery novel with a likeable main character and an intriguing mystery. Tom Ryan did an excellent job at drawing the reader in the mystery and making you care about it. I couldn't put this down because I needed to find out what had happened to Sibby. I liked Dee a lot and enjoyed the development of her romantic relationship, even if it felt a little rushed at times. My only objection is that I felt at times Dee could have I received an ARC from the publisher This was an enjoyable fast paced mystery novel with a likeable main character and an intriguing mystery. Tom Ryan did an excellent job at drawing the reader in the mystery and making you care about it. I couldn't put this down because I needed to find out what had happened to Sibby. I liked Dee a lot and enjoyed the development of her romantic relationship, even if it felt a little rushed at times. My only objection is that I felt at times Dee could have been a better friend, but overall a very good read.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ocean

    I love a good mystery, and Tom Ryan has knocked it out of the park once again. I Hope You're Listening is such an intriguing story full of twists and turns, fascinating mysteries and more than one happy ending. I love the relationship between Dee and Sarah, they're so cute together and it's so refreshing to see an f/f relationship where there's no big coming out scene or any homophobia, they're just together and it's accepted, as it should be. I really enjoyed Dee's podcast and the Laptop I love a good mystery, and Tom Ryan has knocked it out of the park once again. I Hope You're Listening is such an intriguing story full of twists and turns, fascinating mysteries and more than one happy ending. I love the relationship between Dee and Sarah, they're so cute together and it's so refreshing to see an f/f relationship where there's no big coming out scene or any homophobia, they're just together and it's accepted, as it should be. I really enjoyed Dee's podcast and the Laptop Detectives Agency working hard to search for missing people, the cases were really interesting. I really enjoyed reading this, as I have with all of Tom Ryan's books, and I can't wait to see what he'll write next.

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