At college in New York City, Janie Johnson, aka Jennie Spring, seems to have successfully left behind her past as "The face on the milk carton", but soon she, her families, and friends are pursued by a true-crime writer who wants their help in telling her kidnapper's tale.
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Stuck in the driveway, listening.
I have listened to the entire series so I'm really speaking to all the books that came before this as well as this very satisfying conclusion. I admit I want to know what happens next... but that's just because I'm going to miss everyone. Alyssa is a master and I could listen to anything she narrates.
I loved getting to know and hating Hannah. Her inner voice is cleverly done and builds some pretty palpable tension. Since I listened to the entire series, I feel like I've gotten to know all the characters as they've grown. They experience and react and learn. It's hard to say who is a favorite. All the characters are very well developed and complex. The love that seeps through all the confusion and fear everyone deals with throughout this series is beautifully delivered by author and narrator.
Alyssa is absolutely seamless in her narration of characters. She is consistent throughout the series for all the voices. She never outshines the words on the page but instead makes them shine brightly. There was that scene in the airport... I was literally on the edge of my seat and that is all Alyssa.
The books are too long for a single sitting but they were my companions for long stretches, sometimes seeping into what should have been sleeping or working hours.
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