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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: Paula Treick DeBoard Narrator: Emily Sutton-Smith Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2014 ISBN: 9781501201295
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A family's loyalty is put to the ultimate test in this haunting and unforgettable debut.

Kirsten Hammarstrom hasn't been home to her tiny corner of rural Wisconsin in years—not since the mysterious disappearance of a local teenage girl rocked the town and shattered her family. Kirsten was just nine years old when Stacy Lemke went missing, and the last person to see her alive was her boyfriend, Johnny—the high school wrestling star and Kirsten's older brother. No one knows what to believe—not even those closest to Johnny—but the event unhinges the quiet farming community and pins Kirsten's family beneath the crushing weight of suspicion.

Now, years later, a new tragedy forces Kirsten and her siblings to return home, where they must confront the devastating event that shifted the trajectory of their lives. Tautly written and beautifully evocative, The Mourning Hours is a gripping portrayal of a family straining against extraordinary pressure, and a powerful tale of loyalty, betrayal, and forgiveness.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Rich and evocative, told through the eyes of a introspective nine-year-old.”

    RT Book Reviews

  • “What most compels is the observant Kirsten’s account of how a small town and a family disintegrate under the weight of the tragedy.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Kept me on the edge of my seat throughout.”

    Mary Kubica, author of The Good Girl

  • “A novel you can’t put down…remarkably and thoughtfully visual.”

    James C. Schaap, author of Up the Hill

  • “A nonstop thrill to read…a fast-paced, tautly-written page turner.”

    Barbara Taylor Sissel, author of Evidence of Life

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About the Author

Paula Treick DeBoard lives with her husband Will and their four-legged brood in Modesto, California. She received a BA in English from Dordt College, an MFA in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine, and a practical education from countless students in her English classes over the years. Her short story “Casualties” placed second in the 2009 Wabash Prize for Fiction, judged by Tobias Wolff.

About the Narrator

Emily Sutton-Smith has appeared in several films, including The Butterfly Effect 3 and Nevermore, as well as several television programs. As an audiobook narrator, she has read titles by Iris Johansen, Kendra Elliot, and Shéa MacLeod, among others, and won an AudioFile Earphones Award.