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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: Paul Tremblay Narrator: Erin Bennett Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2016 ISBN: 9780062471925
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A family is shaken to its core after the mysterious disappearance of a teenage boy in this eerie tale, a blend of literary fiction, psychological suspense, and supernatural horror from the author of A Head Full of Ghosts.

Late one summer night, Elizabeth Sanderson receives the devastating news that every mother fears: her thirteen-year-old son, Tommy, has vanished without a trace in the woods of a local park.

The search isn’t yielding any answers, and Elizabeth and her young daughter, Kate, struggle to comprehend Tommy’s disappearance. Feeling helpless and alone, their sorrow is compounded by anger and frustration: the local and state police have uncovered no leads. Josh and Luis, the friends who were the last to see Tommy before he vanished, may not be telling the whole truth about that night in Borderland State Park, when they were supposedly hanging out at a landmark the local teens have renamed Devil’s Rock.

Living an all-too-real nightmare, riddled with worry, pain, and guilt, Elizabeth is wholly unprepared for the strange series of events that follow. She believes a ghostly shadow of Tommy materializes in her bedroom, while Kate and other local residents claim to see a shadow peering through their windows in the dead of night. Then, random pages torn from Tommy’s journal begin to mysteriously appear—entries that reveal an introverted teenager obsessed with the phantasmagoric; the loss of his father, killed in a drunk driving accident a decade earlier; a folktale involving the devil and the woods of Borderland; and a horrific incident that Tommy believed connects them.

As the search grows more desperate, and the implications of what happened become more haunting and sinister, no one is prepared for the shocking truth about that night and Tommy’s disappearance at Devil’s Rock.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The novel is never, at any point, exactly what you expect it to be…Tremblay is most interested in the in-between places, in feelings that are indeterminate and perhaps unknowable.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “[A] creepy, interesting read, great for horror fans.”

    SFRevu

  • “Tightly plotted and atmospheric…Tremblay uses concise prose and smooth storytelling to evoke raw emotion in this tale of love, loss, and terror…[A] stunning and tantalizing work of suggestive horror.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “This tense, quick-moving story, part mystery and part folktale with a dash of police procedural, moves between points of view that offer tantalizing clues and moments of discomfort. The result is a satisfying piece of fiction that shifts genres underneath the reader.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Tremblay excels at atmospheric unease.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Erin Bennett narrates this spooky, partly supernatural, story, which is told in the present tense with flashbacks. She portrays Elizabeth, Tommy’s mother, and his sister, Kate, with empathy and controlled emotion. The steadiness of her narration moves the listener through their pain, guilt, and misery, adding a new dimension to the relationships in the story. Bennett seamlessly transitions between characters and effortlessly distinguishes their genders and ages. The psychological suspense of this eerie story and its ambiguity are powerfully enhanced by Bennett’s reading.”

    AudioFile

  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week for June 17, 2016
  • An Indie Next List Pick for July 2016
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About the Author
Author Paul Tremblay

Paul Tremblay is a multiple Bram Stoker Award finalist and author of the crime novels The Little Sleep and No Sleep till Wonderland. He is currently the president of the board of directors of the Shirley Jackson Awards, and his essays and short fiction have appeared in the Los Angeles Times and numerous anthologies.

About the Narrator

Erin Bennett is a Los Angeles–based stage actress who played Carlie Roberts in the BBC radio drama Torchwood: Submission. She can be heard on several video games and has won two AudioFile Earphones Awards for her audiobook narrations. Regional theater appearances include the Intiman, Pasadena Playhouse, Arizona Theatre Company, A Noise Within, Laguna Playhouse, and the Getty Villa. She trained at Boston University and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.