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Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced

Narrated by: Lance Irvine
Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Mystery surrounds the town of Summertime, Indiana, where 15-year-old Tommy Walker and his little sister are sent to live with relatives they’ve never met. Tommy soon makes friends with Finn Wilds, a rebellious local who lives with his volatile and abusive stepfather, who also happens to be the town’s sheriff. 

Finn invites Tommy to late night meetings in the woods, where Tommy gets to know two girls. He forms a special and unique connection with both girls. The meetings become a place where the kids, who don’t fit in at school, or home, can finally belong. As the group of friends begins to unravel clues to a cold case murder and kidnapping - they learn the truth is darker and closer than they ever imagined. Even if they live to tell, will anyone believe them?

©2018 R.J. Garcia (P)2018 Shayne Leighton

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Filled with Suspense

I received an Audible code for the audiobook for an honest review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone. There was no compensation for this review.Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced by R.J. Garcia is a contemporary thriler young adult book that centers on some pretty deep topics. There is child abuse, sexual abuse, murder, drug abuse, and the foster care system. It is written with the alternating viewpoints of Tommy and Finn, two young men who become fast friends and bond over their own lives and the mystery circling a young girl.The book itself is fairly slow moving. Not a bad slow. More like a slow burn of suspense. I found myself looking at every adult and wondering which one was the real antagonist. Everyone looked shady.The chapters themselves are short but each one is just a step closer to the revelation. You begin to wonder just what is happening. Are these teens getting into trouble because of their imagination? Is there something really going on?And I'll tell you, I was not expecting what happened.As for the audio part, I felt the narrator was a good match. I think I would have liked it a bit better if Finn and Tommy's narrations had a bit more separation but the chapters do indicate who is talking.All in all, Garcia weaved a great mystery that deals with multiple issues. It felt like a modern YA southern gothic with the layers on layers of intrigue and suspense. I definitely recommend for the YA thriller or darker contemporary reader.Final Rating: 4/5

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So Close

This was almost great. A few plot holes, but overall a good mystery and coming of age story . But there were some editing problems---names and ages getting mixed up, etc. The biggest problems were technical. My audio book was missing a crucial chapter or two and the narrator had a weird rhythm, emphasizing words for no logical reason. I will read something else by this author though. The story was worth the aggravation.