Eight Audiobooks About the Missing and the Lost Coming in July

Brown, Janelle. Watch Me Disappear. Books on Tape. ISBN 9781524778279. Read by Kaleo Griffith & Tavia Gilbert.
It’s been a year since Billie Flanagan—a Berkeley mom with an enviable life—went on a solo hike in Desolation Wilderness and vanished from the trail. Her body was never found, just a shattered cellphone and a solitary hiking boot. Her husband and teenage daughter have been coping with Billie’s death the best they can: Jonathan drinks as he works on a loving memoir about his marriage, while Olive withdraws from both her father and her friends. But then Olive starts having strange visions of her mother, still alive. Jonathan worries about Olive’s emotional stability, until he starts unearthing secrets from Billie’s past that bring into question everything he thought he understood about his wife.

Chase, Eve. The Wildling Sisters. Books on Tape. ISBN 9780735207721. Read by Clare Corbett & Emilia Fox.
When 15-year-old Margot and her three sisters arrive at Applecote Manor in June 1959, they expect a quiet English country summer. Instead, they find their aunt and uncle still reeling from the disappearance of their daughter, Audrey, five years before. As the sisters become divided by new tensions when two handsome neighbors drop by, Margot finds herself drawn into the life Audrey left behind. When the summer takes a deadly turn, the girls must unite behind an unthinkable choice or find themselves torn apart forever. Fifty years later, Jesse is desperate to move her family out of their London home, where signs of her widower husband’s previous wife are around every corner. Gorgeous Applecote Manor, nestled in the English countryside, seems the perfect solution. But Jesse finds herself increasingly isolated in their new sprawling home, at odds with her 15-year-old stepdaughter, and haunted by the strange rumors that surround the manor.

Douglas, Claire. Local Girl Missing. Blackstone. ISBN 9781538418116. Reader TBA.
The old Victorian pier was a thing of beauty until it was allowed to decay. It was where the youth of Oldcliffe-on-Sea would go to hang out. It’s also where 21-year-old Sophie Collier disappeared 18 years ago. Frankie Howe was Sophie’s best friend, and even now she is haunted by the mystery of what happened to Sophie. When Frankie gets a call from Sophie’s brother, Daniel, informing her that human remains have been found nearby, she immediately wonders if it could be Sophie, and returns to her old hometown to try and find closure. Daniel believes that Sophie was terrified of someone and that her death was the result of foul play rather than “death by misadventure,” as the police claim. Daniel arranges a holiday rental for Frankie that overlooks the pier where Sophie disappeared. In the middle of winter and out of season, Frankie feels isolated and unnerved, especially when she is out on the pier late one night and catches a glimpse of a woman who looks like Sophie.

Henry, Christina. Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook. Recorded Books. ISBN 9781501952470. Reader TBA.
On an island lives a boy called Peter and his band of merry lost boys, young forever. That is, unless they get sick or killed by pirates or eaten by crocodiles or unless—inexplicably—they grow old. For some of them do grow old, and nobody knows why. One of these boys is called Jamie, and he was the first boy that Peter ever brought to the island. Jamie’s lived there for longer than he can remember, and it’s not all fun and games. Peter thinks the boys are replaceable, that if one dies or grows up, he can swap in another from the Other Place, the place where he collects new playmates. Jamie looks out for the boys and takes care of them. He does everything Peter does not. Jamie tries to keep them alive because, to him, they matter. When Peter steals a boy who is too young, Jamie takes the boy under his wing. But Peter won’t have that, for nobody will ever take Jamie from him. Ever.

Kamal, Sheena. The Lost Ones. HarperAudio. ISBN 978-1538418208. Reader TBA.
Kamal’s series launch begins with a phone call that Nora Watts has dreaded for 15 years—since the day she gave her newborn daughter up for adoption. Bonnie has vanished. The police consider her a chronic runaway and aren’t looking, leaving her desperate adoptive parents to reach out to her birth mother as a last hope. A biracial product of the foster system, transient, homeless, scarred by a past filled with pain and violence, Nora knows intimately what happens to vulnerable girls on the streets. Caring despite herself, she sets out to find Bonnie, knowing she risks reopening wounds that have never really healed—and plunging into the darkness with little but her instincts and a freakish ability to detect truth from lies to protect her. The search uncovers a puzzling conspiracy that leads Nora on a harrowing journey of deception and violence, from the gloomy rain-soaked streets of Vancouver, to the icy white mountains of the Canadian interior, to the beautiful and dangerous island where she will face her most terrifying demon. All to save a girl she wishes had never been born.

Kennedy, Deborah E. Tornado Weather. Macmillan Audio. ISBN 9781427286482. Reader TBA.
Five-year-old Daisy Gonzalez’s father is always waiting for her at the bus stop. But today, he isn’t. As the bus driver, Fikus, lowers her wheelchair to the ground and looks around, chaos erupts behind him as one child has an accident and the rest begin to scream. When Daisy says her house is right down the road, she’ll be fine, and begins to wheel herself away, Fikus lets her go. And that’s the last time she is seen. Nearly everyone in town suspects or knows something different about what happened, if they could only put the pieces together. They also know a lot about each other. The immigrants who work in the dairy farm know their employers’ secrets. The manager of the laundromat knows who laid a curse on the town and why. A soldier daydreaming of his hometown can see it more clearly than the people still there. And the police officer doesn’t realize how much he knows.

Paris, B.A. The Breakdown. Macmillan Audio. ISBN 9781427286710. Reader TBA.
We forget little things all the time. Our keys. Our friends’ birthdays. Our anniversaries. But could forgetting one little thing lead to murder? When Cass takes a shortcut home through the woods one stormy night, her life changes forever. As her memory begins to fail, the only things she remembers are the woman she passed in her car that night—and the fear she feels every time the phone rings.

Sakey, Marcus. Afterlife. Brilliance. ISBN 978-1536682724. Read by Finty Williams.
The last thing FBI agent Will Brody remembers is the explosion—a thousand shards of glass surfing a lethal shock wave. He wakes without a scratch. The building is in ruins. His team is gone. Outside, Chicago is dark. Cars lie abandoned. No planes cross the sky. He’s relieved to spot other people—until he sees they’re carrying machetes. Welcome to the afterlife. Claire McCoy stands over the body of Will Brody. As head of an FBI task force, she hasn’t had a decent night’s sleep in weeks. A terrorist has claimed 18 lives and thrown the nation into panic. Against this horror, something reckless and beautiful happened. She fell in love…with Will Brody. But the line between life and death is narrower than any of us suspect—and all that matters to Will and Claire is getting back to each other.

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