Mysteries are always interesting to read, but even more so when it’s dark, rainy and cold outside. October is the perfect month for those ingredients and we were both excited about I Hope You’re Listening by Tom Ryan. Today is our spot on the book tour hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. Keep on reading for our review, favorite quotes and information about the giveaway running for US readers!
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?
Candyce: I’ve honestly never listened to podcasts, but after reading I Hope You’re Listening 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.
Isabelle: As you might know, I actually love listening to podcasts! And especially true crime ones. Mystery novels are some of my favorite stories to read and I was just super excited for this blog tour and this book. I hadn’t heard of the author before but I can tell you I really liked his writing style and will definitely pick up more books by him in the future.
We get a really compelling mystery. Ten years ago a girl was kidnapped and our main character was left behind. And now another girl has gone missing. Are the cases linked? Or do we have two separate cases? I really liked following this mystery and of course I tried to solve it before our characters do. About 75% into the story we got a tiny clue that helped me solve about half of the mystery. I was so proud of myself haha. And I really liked the way that part played out. The other half I didn’t guess at all! And I’ll admit I think that part went a bit fast. I would’ve liked to see that developed a little bit more.
Delia ‘Dee’ Skinner is our main character and I really liked her. She experienced something incredibly traumatic and I can’t even imagine going trough that. Her parents are very supportive and I enjoyed their dynamic. She started her podcast to try and help in a way she couldn’t when her best friend got kidnapped. I loved the little snippets we got of the podcast. Burke is Dee’s other best friend and he was quite interesting. I would’ve liked to see a bit more of him and think he was a bit under-utilised. He was also super supportive and deals with the trauma in his own way. And lastly we have Sarah, Dee’s new neighbour. She was an okay character, we don’t really learn that much about her and I didn’t particularly care about her. She was only important to me because she was important to Dee.
Overall I really enjoyed this book and the characters. The mystery was good and loved trying to solve it before Dee did. I will for sure pick up another book by Tom Ryan!
“I’ve always been kind of afraid of the internet, wary of the endless storm of terrible stories.”
“Obviously, not all of our cases end well. Murder. Suicide. Tragic accidents. There’s no way to avoid this because not every story has a happy ending. But take it from me, even a sad ending is better than no ending at all, ans that’s always been my goal: to deliver an ending to as many unfinished stories as possible.”
“It’s been ten years since Sibby disappeared, but the memories of that day keep finding new ways to haunt me.”
“You’re a needle in a haystack, Dee. You’re an interesting needle, with a helluva backstop, but it’s one big-ass haystack.”
There are a lot of amazing bloggers and bookstagrammers participating during this book tour. If you want to check out other posts, click here for the full schedule.
Giveaway (US Only)
One lucky reader will win a finished copy of I Hope You’re Listening. This giveaway ends on October 20th. Click here to enter.
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.
We’re both really happy we decided to join the tour for I Hope You’re Listening. If you’re looking for a good mystery to read, we definitely suggest picking this one up!