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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (297 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jacquelyn Mitchard Narrator: Rebecca Gibel Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The What We Saw at Night Series Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9781482984286
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In a small hospital town, a trio of teens rebel against their fatal diagnosis of XP (an allergy to sunlight) with late night Parkour, an extreme sport of daredevil risks. On a random summer night, while scaling a building like any other, the three happen to peer into an empty apartment and glimpse an older man with what looks like a dead girl. A game of cat-and-mouse ensues that escalates through the underground world of hospital confinement, off-the-grid sports, and forbidden love. Allie, who can never see the light of day, discovers she’s the lone key to stopping a human monster.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The fast pace is set from the beginning with Juliet’s dazzling jump across the buildings…Recommended for readers who enjoy a unique twist on realistic fiction.”


  • “This latest from Mitchard is quickly paced and intricately plotted, with flares of humor cobbled into the dialogue…The suspense will keep [readers] engrossed.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Dangerously addictive, breathtakingly beautiful, terminally awesome.”

    Lauren Myracle, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A contemporary thriller whose tension and excitement are tempered by coincidences, near misses, and credulity-stretching assumptions.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • What We Saw at Night combines exhilaration, fatalism, and mystery in a gripping novel.”


  • What We Saw at Night is an engaging blend of real-world drama involving a life-and-death illness and a whodunit thriller. Imagine John Green’s recent The Fault in Our Stars in a mash-up with a Nancy Drew mystery. Plus some roof jumping and wall scaling.”

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

  • Selected for the Spring 2013 Kids' Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Randy | 2/18/2014

    " Interesting premise, choppy narration. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alissa | 11/20/2013

    " An interesting story. Unfortunately, I wasn't expecting there to be a cliffhanger. Or a sequel. I'm starting to have a problem with sequels, trilogies, series, etc. That is: By the time the next book comes out, I've forgotten much of the previous book. Also, some books (like this one) demand a definite conclusion within the single volume. And when that doesn't happen, it feels more like the author is stretching the story un-necessarily just to squeeze as much milage (and $$) from it as possible. Not sure I'd read the sequel. But an interesting story. I'd recommend it if it was what was wanted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Murray Johnson | 11/17/2013

    " A YA novel about three high school friends with XP, the genetic disease that makes them allergic to sunlight, and since they can only be outside at night, they decide to take up Parkour - the stunt sport of scaling and leaping off buildings. Allie on one of her Parkour traces spies a supposedly dead girl and a man with a white streak in his hair. Now, she and her friends try to figure out if there was a murder and who this mystery man might be. I like that the XP was not the plot device in this novel, but how it was just another character trait and the mystery drove the plot. My only disappointment is that it ended with a cliff hanger and it looks like it will be followed up with a sequel, "What We Lost in the Dark." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caitlin | 11/7/2013

    " Fabulous, in rather a depressing way. It was fast-paced and gripping. The end was a bit of a shock. I nearly cried. The author must have lived in a small northern Minnesota/Wisconsin/Michigan town at some point. She really captured the "vibe" of such towns. I eagerly await the sequel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cherie | 10/28/2013

    " B+ Really interesting. Story of Allie, her best friend (and a girl she idolizes) Juliet, and her other best friend Rob - all of whom have XP, a very strange disease where the people cannot be exposed to light or they will blister - so despite being 17, they live at night - sleep during day. But what they see at night isn't always the best thing and Allie very quickly finds herself seeing some horrific thing - and how is her best friend Juliet involved? At the end I wasn't AS into it but I think it was super interesting. It was mostly b/c she made it so there will be a sequel which is a little annoying. I want to know what happens now! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen Tompert | 10/27/2013

    " I might have rated this book higher if it hadn't ended with no real resolution just as a lead in to a second book. Pretty damn disappointing considering how much I liked the characters, "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marca | 10/22/2013

    " I did not realize this book was a teen novel and part of a trilogy when I started. It's okay, but not a fan of of teen angst drama, and not a fan of "to be continued" novels that seems to be the trend. I like continuing characters, but I want the plot wrapped up when I get to the end of a book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 9/21/2013

    " review at booktrib.com "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tara | 9/9/2013

    " A really great premise that sadly goes nowhere. It was a mystery but the mystery dragged and then became a bit unrealistic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mandy dorso | 7/24/2013

    " This book was insanely awesome! Total cliff hanger! I cant wait for the follow up! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 4/19/2013

    " I wanted to love this book, and there are flashes of brilliance (I love both the fact Parkour united them and the descriptions of tracing), but mostly it left me with a confused-puppy-head-tilt. "

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About the Author
Author Jacquelyn Mitchard

Jacquelyn Mitchard’s first novel, The Deep End of the Ocean, launched Oprah’s Book Club and became an international bestseller, hitting #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Her other works, including The Most Wanted, Twelve Times Blessed, The Breakdown Lane, and Cage of Stars have also been well received. Mitchard has appeared on the Today show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, MSNBC, and numerous other local and national television and radio programs. She was a contributing editor for Parenting magazine and wrote a weekly syndicated column until 2007 which appeared in more than one hundred newspapers across the country. Her articles have appeared in Newsweek, Life, Reader’s Digest, TV Guide, Ladies’ Home Journal, and many other publications. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband and nine children.

About the Narrator

Rebecca Gibel is an award-winning stage, television, and voice actress. The narrator of over fifty audiobooks, Rebecca is facile in a wide variety of genres. Rebecca has worked across the country at theaters such as Trinity Rep, Cleveland Play House, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Intiman Theatre, and the Arden Theatre Company. She holds a BA from the College of William & Mary and an MFA in acting from Brown University/Trinity Rep.