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I Hope You're Listening

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  397 ratings  ·  221 reviews

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,
Published October 6th 2020 by Albert Whitman
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Tom Ryan Hey! The original title of my book was actually "Radio Silent" until someone at my publisher pointed out that there was already a book with a very sim…moreHey! The original title of my book was actually "Radio Silent" until someone at my publisher pointed out that there was already a book with a very similar name and I had to change it - I hadn't heard of "Radio Silence" at that point and still haven't read it, but from everything I've heard it's amazing. IHYL is a mystery/thriller.(less)

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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
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 mo
Lex Kent
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 ...more
Apr 14, 2019 marked it as to-read
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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.

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
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!

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. D
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 int
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 th
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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 pote
May 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
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 af
Books, Coffee & Passion
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 reall
Yna the Mood Reader
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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“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.
Monte Price
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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 everyt
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 hou
Ludwig Reads
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
“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.

PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
***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 opposi
I loved Keep This To Yourself and Tom Ryan does it again! I could not put this book down. RTC. ...more
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
Jun 26, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 in ...more
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.
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 ...more
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
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. Tr
Candyce Kirk
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 h
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
Sep 14, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
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.
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 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 seventee
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 b
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 Detect ...more
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Tom Ryan is the author of several books for young readers. His YA thriller KEEP THIS TO YOURSELF was the recipient of the 2020 ITW Thriller Award for best YA thriller and the 2020 Arthur Ellis Award for best YA mystery. Three of Tom's novels have been chosen for the ALA Rainbow List, and he was a 2017 Lambda Literary Fellow in Young Adult Fiction. Tom, his husband, and their dog currently divide t ...more

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