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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christina Baker Kline Narrator: Coleen Marlo Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2015 ISBN: 9780062393890
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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’s best friend Jennifer vanished. Ten years later Kathryn still feels the void in her life—and the nagging guilt that she has failed her friend. When a divorce sends Kathryn back to her Maine hometown, the young journalist finds herself face-to-face with her past.

As she explores the events surrounding Jennifer’s disappearance, a pattern slowly begins to emerge. All the puzzle pieces are at her fingertips—it’s a matter of whether Kathryn can put them together. Facing her own fear and grief, she is finally able to come to terms with how Jennifer’s death has shaped her life and the lives of those who knew her. In the process Kathryn realizes that to understand the circumstances of Jennifer’s disappearance, she will have to expose herself to the same risks and dangers. Kathryn’s quest to find the truth ultimately becomes a quest to save her own life as she races against time to keep Jennifer’s fate from becoming her own.

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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

  • “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

  • “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

  • “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.”


  • A Chicago Tribune Editor’s Choice
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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

Coleen Marlo is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator who has been nominated for an Audie Award twice, winning in 2011. She has been awarded three Listen-Up Awards from Publishers Weekly, an AudioFile Audiobook of the Year Award in 2011, and was named Audiobook Narrator of the Year for 2010 by Publishers Weekly. She is a member of the prestigious Actors Studio and taught acting for ten years at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute. Marlo is a proud founding member of Deyan Institute of Voice Artistry and Technology.