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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (17,839 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Heather Gudenkauf Narrator: James Colby, Eliza Foss, Cassandra Morris, Andy Paris, Thérèse Plummer, Tony Ward Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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It happens quietly one August morning. As dawn’s shimmering light drenches the humid Iowa air, two families awaken to find their little girls have gone missing in the night.

Seven-year-old Calli Clark is sweet, gentle, a dreamer who suffers from selective mutism brought on by tragedy that pulled her deep into silence as a toddler. Calli’s mother, Antonia, tried to be the best mother she could within the confines of marriage to a mostly absent, often angry husband. Now, though she denies that her husband could be involved in the possible abductions, she fears her decision to stay in her marriage has cost her more than her daughter’s voice.

Petra Gregory is Calli’s best friend, her soul mate, and her voice. But neither Petra nor Calli has been heard from since their disappearance was discovered. Desperate to find his child, Martin Gregory is forced to confront a side of himself he did not know existed beneath his intellectual, professorial demeanor.

Now these families are tied by the question of what happened to their children. And the answer is trapped in the silence of unspoken family secrets. Brilliantly illuminating such characters as a drunken wife-beater and a vengeful professor, a mesmerizing performance by a full cast of narrators keeps listeners in rapt attention right through the stunning conclusion.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is the kind of compelling, can’t-put-it-down audiobook that will have listeners driving around the block a few extra times just to find out what happens next…The cast renders each character believable and expertly ratchets up the suspense. The pacing is exactly right, and the different narrations flow into each other seamlessly and naturally.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred audio review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Selected for the August 2009 Indie Next List
  • A 2010 Barry Award Nominee for Best Paperback Original
  • A 2010 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best First Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Monkey | 2/11/2014

    " enjoyable read- not super notworthy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jes | 2/4/2014

    " I really love the way that Heather Gudenkauf writes. The two books I have read by her are absolutely gorgeous and have such a simple flow, which makes her books so easy to read and to follow. I loved Callie and Ben, their sibling relationship melted my heart and knowing that Ben would do anything to protect his little sister was lovely to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Angela | 1/25/2014

    " You can't say this is an enjoyable story, but it is a page turner. I could not put it down. It's the story of two 7 year old girls who are abducted during the night. A gripping story that follows the anguished families through this horrific ordeal. Well written, I was hooked and could not wait to see what happened next and how it would end. Would recommend. Would give 4.5 stars if I could. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jessie Mae | 1/19/2014

    " So good. A must read' "

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