“I Hope You’re Listening” by Tom Ryan: spoiler-free review

i hope you're listening

My Star Rating: 4 stars /5 //

A Young Adult thriller about a girl that deals with grief after her best friend goes missing. She is the host of a true-crime podcast that works on finding missing people.

“In her small town, seventeen-year-old Delia “Dee” Skinner is known as the girl who wasn’t taken. Ten years ago she witnessed the abduction of her best friend, Sibby. And though she told the police everything she remembered, it wasn’t enough. Sibby was never seen again. At night, Dee deals with her guilt by becoming someone else: the Seeker, the voice behind the popular true crime podcast Radio Silent, which features missing persons cases and works with online sleuths to solve them. Nobody knows Dee’s the Seeker, and she plans to keep it that way.When another little girl in town goes missing, and the case is linked to Sibby’s disappearance, Dee has a chance to get answers with the help of her virtual detectives and the intriguing new girl at school. But how much of her own story is she willing to reveal in order to uncover the truth?”

I hope you're listening

Why did I read this book??

I received an eARC (Advanced Reader Copy) from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. When I requested this book, what instantly grabbed my attention was the gorgeous cover and the summary. Plus… the reviews on Goodreads at the time were really good. 

Also, this is the first time that I’ve ever read anything by Tom Ryan. 

So yeah… I’m very excited to share with you guys my spoiler-free review of this standalone! 


Book cover: 


Author: Tom Ryan

Publisher: AW (Albert Whitman) Teen 

Date of Publication: October 6, 2020

Genre: Young Adult Fiction / Thriller & Suspense

Number of pages: 368 


Reading Experience?

From the very beginning, it was so easy to follow along. I was never confused by the POVs and never felt forced to keep on reading. 

Even though this book deals with missing persons cases, I appreciate the fact that there were no graphic descriptions of any event (as in, traumatic event).  

Diverse Characters?

I’m not going to spoil anything but, if diversity is a factor you take into account when choosing a book, this one should definitely go in your TBR. 

Side note: I love thrillers with teenagers as the main characters.  

A copycat version of “Sadie” by Courtney Summers?

Not at all.  

Yes, it’s a YA thriller, the main character is a teenager, and there is a podcast about missing people. 

Other than that, the themes, plot, and format are very different. Plus, the POVs are totally different too. 

I mean, if you liked “Sadie”, you will probably like “I Hope You’re Listening”. BUT if you constantly compare both books while reading, it will totally ruin your experience. My recommendation is to treat this book as if you have never read “Sadie”.


The e-format that I was given had some texts in red and then it suddenly switched to black in the middle of a sentence. This made me think someone else was talking or something else was going on when none of those things were happening. I don’t know if this is how it will actually look like on paperback format, but I definitely struggled with this. Also, the romance to me felt kind of rushed.

Overall thoughts?

For someone who loves thrillers, I can be very picky with endings. BUT, I’m glad to say that I was very satisfied with the ending of this one. Also, the fact that this book had short chapters was one of the things that made it so easy to follow along. The perfect book for you to read in October for sure! 

Would I read another book by the same author?


I’m very intrigued by “Keep This to Yourself” and really look forward to reading it. 


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