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Author: Christina Baker Kline Narrator: Amanda Troop Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2015 ISBN: 9780062440433
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train comes a novel about friendship and the memories that haunt us

On the night of her high school graduation, Kathryn Campbell sits around a bonfire with her four closest friends, including the beautiful but erratic Jennifer. "I'll be fine," Jennifer says, as she walks away from the dying embers and towards the darkness of the woods. She never comes back.

Ten years later, Kathryn has tried to build a life for herself, with a marriage and a career as a journalist, but she still feels the conspicuous void of Jennifer's disappearance. When her divorce sends her reeling back to the Maine town where she grew up, she finds herself plunged into a sea of memories. With nothing left to lose, she is determined to answer one simple question: What happened to Jennifer Pelletier?

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Quotes & Awards

  • Desire Lines is that best possible literary mystery: a complex, superbly subtle novel with a tight plot that keeps one guessing right up until the end.”

    Anita Shreve, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Kline’s handling of the large cast of characters…[is] so well done that the reader will keep turning the pages.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “What makes this Gen X–targeted novel so satisfying is how intelligently Kline dovetails Kathryn’s challenge to find her way in life with her attempts to solve a psychologically resonant mystery.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “A novel involving a vanished and, of course, stunning young woman is hardly a new concept, but Christina Baker Kline artfully crafts this absorbing book, bringing equal insight to the characters of Kathryn, the protagonist, and Jennifer, the friend who disappeared ten years before on the night of their high school graduation.”

    Chicago Tribune (Editor’s Choice)

  • Desire Lines has the staying power of art. I hesitate to call Kline a ‘serious novelist’ for fear of obscuring her easy style and fluid metaphor making, not to mention the simple pleasures of her eventually suspenseful story—but she’s the real deal. Kline dramatizes private life, from the charged crosscurrents of broken families to the robust intimacies of sex, with a generous, knowing appreciation of human nature. But what impresses most about the author is the pulsing depth and ambiguity she brings to her sometimes maddening but lovable main character, Kathryn, who blooms into adulthood as she turns over the soil of her past and exposes the hidden turnings of the human heart.”

    Boston Globe

  • “A taut, absorbing novel about a woman who must solve a haunting mystery in order to move on with her life…Kline’s edge-of-the-seat denouement ties up the plot threads with dexterity and also allows for a plausible future for Kathryn herself.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Kline creates an intriguing and suspenseful novel of self-discovery as Kathryn confronts old friends with long-held secrets.”

    Library Journal

  • “A dark, sensual, emotionally charged, highly suspenseful thriller that probes the bleaker side of the human psyche and explores the nature of conflict, trust, passion, and obsession, this gripping story is a must-read.”

    Booklist

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About the Author

Christina Baker Kline was born in Cambridge, England, and was raised there and in the American South and Maine. She is the author of five novels, the coeditor of About Face: Women Write about What They See When They Look in the Mirror, and the coauthor of The Conversation Begins: Mothers and Daughters Talk about Living Feminism. Kline lives with her husband and three sons in Montclair, New Jersey.

About the Narrator

Amanda Troop is a Los Angeles–based actress with experience in film, television, and theater. She has also done extensive voice-over work for video games, films, and commercials.