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Author: Claire North Narrator: Gillian Burke Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2016 ISBN: 9781478960928
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My name is Hope Arden, and you won’t know who I am. We’ve met before—a thousand times. I am the girl the world forgets.

It started when I was sixteen years old. A slow declining, an isolation, one piece at a time.

A father forgetting to drive me to school. A mother setting the table for three, not four. A teacher who forgets to chase my missing homework. A friend who looks at me and sees a stranger.

No matter what I do, the words I say, the people I hurt, the crimes I commit—you will never remember who I am.

That makes my life difficult. It also makes me dangerous …

The Sudden Appearance of Hope is the tale of a girl no one remembers, yet her story will stay with you forever.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Gillian Burke’s performance is unforgettable. It’s smooth, polished, and oh so graceful. Her voice shifts with the action and adjusts to Hope’s emotions, which range from stoic to frustrated, amazed to angry…Burke’s fluid narration draws the listener into the chilling world of Perfection and Hope’s drive to destroy its ever-growing power. Burke’s performance is as addictive as the story itself. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “Simultaneously a tense conspiracy caper, a haunting meditation on loneliness, and a brutally cynical examination of modern media…Well-paced, brilliant and balanced.”

    New York Times

  • “Smart, compelling fiction about this future that asks us to outsource ever-larger chunks of our selves to the cloud.”

    Tech Insider

  • “The experience of sitting with it, sinking into it, aching along with Hope as her loneliness shapes and breaks her, was wonderful, painful and moving.”


  • “Ostensibly a thriller concerning international espionage, this is an inquiry into modern human existence. Philosophical questions are threaded through the electrifying plot…North leads us into a brilliant world of elite but mindless humans and shines a sharp light on what a rare gift it is to be able to think for oneself and what the consequences of it are.”

    RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick!)

  • “[A] spellbinding story…Beautifully written, with a protagonist who is both tragic and heroic, the novel is remarkably powerful and deeply memorable.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 7/1/2016

    " First off The First Fifteen Lives is one of my favorite books of the last few years and Touch was quite fun. This book however was a real letdown, the overall plot was poorly setup, motivations were vague or simplistic and the payoff at the end was very disappointing. Maybe I just expected too much or just didn't get what Claire North was aiming for but the concept really had me excited and I just felt let down once I'd finished it. Read her first book Fifteen Lives and then decide if you want to try this book out. "

About the Author

Claire North is a pseudonym for Catherine Webb, a Carnegie Medal-nominated author. She has written novels in various genres, before publishing her first major work as Claire North, The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, in 2014. It received rave reviews and an Audie Award nomination and was named a Washington Post Best Books of the Year selection. Her novel, Touch, was named one of the Washington Post Best Books of the Year for 2015.