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Author: Megan Abbott Narrator: Emily Bauer Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Audio Length: Release Date: July 2011 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781481571135

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Thirteen-year-old Lizzie Hood and her next-door neighbor Evie Verver are inseparable, best friends who swap clothes, bathing suits, and field-hockey sticks and between whom—presumably—there are no secrets. Then one afternoon, Evie disappears, and as a rabid, giddy panic spreads through the balmy suburban community, everyone turns to Lizzie for answers. Was Evie unhappy, troubled, or upset? Had she mentioned being followed? Would she have gotten into the car of a stranger?

Compelled by curiosity, Lizzie takes up her own furtive pursuit of the truth. Haunted by dreams of her lost friend and titillated by her own new power at the center of the disappearance, Lizzie uncovers secret after secret and begins to wonder if she knew anything at all about her best friend.

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  • “This is a gripping and disturbing novel, a fever dream of adolescent desire and adult complicity.”

    - Tom Perrotta, New York Times bestselling author
  • “A sensitive, unconventional tale about the infinitely complex mystery of sexual awakening.”

    - The Guardian (London)
  • “Noir triumph…In wonderfully descriptive prose, Abbott weaves a tale of intrigue…It will haunt you.”

    - Huffington Post
  • “Abbott takes a devastating look at the dark underbelly of suburban life…Nobody is innocent in an Abbott novel, but the characters and their complex, murky motivations are gripping. This intense novel will stay with you.”

    - RT Book Reviews (4 stars)
  • “Fans of Tana French and Kate Atkinson will welcome Abbott’s haunting psychological thriller set in what appears to be pre–cell phone suburban America…Abbott expertly captures the nuances of lost innocence and childhood friendships, without ever losing an undercurrent of menace.”

    - Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • “Edgar Award winner Abbott offers a fascinating twist on the coming-of-age story, blending a tale of young women just discovering their sexuality with suspense and plenty of plot twists."

    - Library Journal
  • “Abbott, well-known as a hard-edged noir author, has crafted a unique mystery lush with sensory details.”

    - Booklist


  • A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year in Mysteries and Thrillers
  • An Indie Next List selection
  • A 2012 Anthony Award Nominee for Best Novel
  • A Literary Hub Pick of Books for Fans of Veronica Mars

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I'm a longtime fan of Megan Abbott's, and THE END OF EVERYTHING is very different from her previous work. But the writing has the same intense, hypnotic quality that I first fell in love with when I discovered Abbott's work, and I absolutely loved this book too. Highly recommended! "

    - Hilary, 7/19/2011
  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " This one got s big build up for me, but came up a bit short. I Think it will do well. "

    - Abby, 7/16/2011
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Parts of this book literally took my breath away. "

    - Holly, 7/15/2011
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " This book was not as good as I thought it would be! Kind of a disappointment. "

    - Carol, 7/12/2011
  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Finished in less than 1 day. Very predictable. "

    - Jen, 7/12/2011
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " started slow for me. however, after finishing it, it won't leave me. disturbing. "

    - Diane, 7/10/2011
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This book makes you feel the pain of being thirteen and not knowing what it all means or who to trust. After I finished it, I still had a dozen more things I wanted to know - sequel please! "

    - Sally, 7/8/2011
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Great book. Abbott captures the joys and pains of being 13 with absolute perfection. The writing was gorgeous, the characters fleshed out and beautifully realized, and the book was subtle and quiet with a strong plot. A lovely, slim, and disturbing vacation read. "

    - Kat, 7/4/2011

About the Author

Megan Abbott is an Edgar Award–winning author of several novels and nonfiction and the 2019 recipient of the Pinckley Prize for Distinguished Body of Work. Her novel The Fever won the International Thriller Writers Award and Strand Critics Award for Best Novel and was chosen one of the best books of the year by Amazon, National Public Radio, the Boston Globe, and the Los Angeles Times. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, and the London Guardian, among others. Her stories have appeared in numerous anthologies. She received her PhD in English and American literature from New York University. She is a staff writer on HBO’s David Simon show, The Deuce.

About the Narrator

Emily Bauer is an award-winning voice-over actress who has read for dozens of popular audiobooks for children and adults, including Margery Williams’s Velveteen Rabbit, Meg Cabot’s Insatiable, and Ann Aguirre’s Enclave. Her film credits include Mona Lisa Smile and Long Distance. She has done voice-overs for Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind and Pokemon and has voiced scores of TV and radio commercials as well as cartoons, talking toys, and video games.