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  • Writer's pictureAshley Mongrain

I Hope You're Listening

Updated: Jul 15, 2021

Rating - ⭐⭐⭐1/2

"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."


I Hope You're Listening is a standalone YA mystery novel by Tom Ryan.

I didn't mind this at all. It had a solid plot that was interesting enough to keep me captivated, and I would have given this a higher rating if it wasn't for some choices that I didn't like.

As I said, I thought that this was an interesting story because of the way true-crime was incorporated into it. The idea that Dee runs a true-crime podcast that covers live cases in order to try and help people was kind of refreshing (as someone who loves listening to true-crime podcasts). I liked how the author didn't take the angle that Dee was doing what she was doing because she obsessing over what happened. Instead, it was a way for her to cope with her grief by trying to help people who are in the same situation as her.

Now, one thing I didn't like as much was the direction the book went in terms of what happened to Sibby. Some rash decisions were made that didn't exactly end well. In terms of what happened with Layla, I was able to catch on because it was similar to what happened in another book I read.

Another minor thing I didn't like was the romance. I liked that it was a F/F relationship and I liked how on Dee's part her attraction was made known, but it was rather insta-lovey which I didn't like.

Overall though, this was an enjoyable read.

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