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Sophie Last Seen

Narrated by: Madeline Mrozek
Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Six years ago, 10-year-old Sophie Albright disappeared from a shopping mall. Her mother, Jesse, is left in a self-destructive limbo, haunted by memories of her intense and difficult child, who was obsessed with birds. Trapped in her grief and guilt, Jesse stumbles through her workdays at a bookstore and spends her off hours poring over Sophie’s bird journals or haunting the mall to search for the face of her missing child.

When Star Silverman, Sophie’s best friend, starts working at the bookstore, Jesse is uncomfortable around the sarcastic teen, who is a constant reminder of her daughter. But Star has secrets of her own, and her childhood memories could be the key to solving Sophie’s disappearance.

With help from Star and Kentucky “Tuck” Barnes, a private detective on the trail of another missing girl, Jesse may finally get some closure, one way or the other.

©2018 Marlene Adelstein (P)2019 Marlene Adelstein

Critic Reviews

"A mother's psyche edges toward madness as she tries to solve the puzzle of her daughter's disappearance. A gripping tale of heartbreak and eternal hope." (Beth Hoffman, author of the NYT best seller Saving CeeCee Honeycutt)

"Unique, mysterious, and thoroughly absorbing, Sophie Last Seen is a touching story of love, loss, and survival. I loved it." (Alison Gaylin, USA Today best-selling author of If I Die Tonight

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A story that will stay with me forever

Jesse is broken. She has been for the last six years, since she lost Sophie, her ten-year-old child, at a shopping mall. Since then she has been looking for clues that could tell her where Sophie could be. Star was Sophie’s best friend, and she is haunted day and night about what might have happened to Sophie if she had kept her promise. Following clues left by Sophie, both women embark on a search for the lost girl, or at least to try to find out what happened to her.

I finished this book last night and I can’t stop thinking about it. I don’t remember the last book that gave me goosebumps like this one did. Sophie Last Seen is a character driven story in which both main characters suffer a deep transformation and grow together after a severe trauma. This is a book about grief, obsessions, but also friendship, and overcoming one’s feelings. There is a before and after, and life will never be the same, but one must learn how to continue living and let go.

This book has spoken directly to me in many ways, and it was so easy to relate to Jesse and Star. I could see myself making the same mistakes and suffering like the. I really felt for them: the anguish of not knowing, the fervent obsession of wanting to believe in something.

I have been following Madeline Mrozek for a while, but I think this time she has overcome herself narrating this book. She has brought the characters to life transmitting their emotions in a way that felt like listening to real people struggling with real problems. Dialogs between Jesse and Star were especially well made, creating the illusion of having two different people interacting. I could clearly hear the difference between both characters, and their style and voices reflected their personality. The differences were subtle but clear, and following their dialogs was easy. The audio production was just perfect.

This is a book that I want to recommend to everyone! It is very well written, with well-thought-out characters, and a moving plot. It is one of those stories that will stay with me forever.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Mothers will identify

Sophie Last Seen was a suspenseful journey with a guilt ridden mother whose child is abducted. The complexities of the characters lend to the believability and realism of the tale. The writer expertly shares the deepest and darkest sides of the characters in the story so we feel we know them and can identity with their pain. I liked how the plot was not predictable and had interesting twists. The narrator gives voice to each and every character with authenticity bringing the story even more to life. She has many challenges as there are so many different characters to voice but she met them all with talent and skill. I particularly liked her ability to switch between characters flawlessly. Her young girl voices were spot on. I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook and would recommend it to anyone who appreciates a good suspense.

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this book was given to me at my request for review

first off I Pray for all families who have lost a child. I loved this book, I had a hard time at first understanding how Jessie could collect all the junk, but after listening to a few chapters I started to understand. I couldn't stop listening to this book.

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Good Mystery

This story follows the life of a woman who's ten-year-old daughter went missing. It deals with her grief and the constant wondering of "what happened", then one day she discovers a clue. Following on from that, the mystery starts to bear answers. I thought the characters, writing and world building were good. I also think the narration and production are well done.

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Sophie Last Seen

Sophie’s disappearance broke her mother’s life, her marriage and her relationship with the world She hunts for any clue, any secret meaning in what she saw as “signs” or “clues” that would lead her to her daughter.

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Draws Awareness...and Suspensefully Engages!

Sophie Last Seen by Marlene Adelstein, narrated by Madeline Mrozek kept me listening, almost nonstop, through to the end! I really enjoyed listening! If you have read any of my other reviews, you know I LOVE listening to Madeline Mrozek perform as a narrator. Needless to say, I was very excited when I saw this one. It is the first time I've read/listened to a book by Marlene Adelstein; I'm definitely her newest fan!

Part psychological thriller, part suspenseful mystery, Sophie Last Seen is about a mother's desperate and obsessive search for the truth, regarding her 10-year-old daughter's disappearance from a shopping mall years ago, while the two of them were together. Not knowing what happened to her daughter Sophie that day has caused Jesse (the mother) years of guilt, sadness, and regret. In addition, her inability to move forward with her life has resulted in failed relationships and friendships. Once another girl goes missing, Jesse is more determined than ever to find the answers she been searching for. With the help of a dectective and Sophie's best friend, Jesse takes the signs and clues she's gathered over the years, along with Sophie's old journals - that detail her love for and knowledge of birds - and sets off to find the truth about the day Sophie was last seen.

Adelstein did a great job with character development and transformation. She shows what grief and tragedy can do to one's life, while indirectly teaching readers and listeners many important life lessons. Told in present day, bits and pieces of the characters' lives and events from the past are revealed through flashbacks. I found this very effective, from a listener's standpoint, because it kept the storyline moving at a good pace. It did take me a few chapters to get into the book, but once it hit a certain point, I was fully engaged and could not put it down! Through to the very end, there wasn't a dull moment. Loved it!

Madeline Mrozek was made for this book! I always say that books with a certain intensity, in order to keep listeners interested in the storyline, need a narrator whose voice and tone are consistently calm and inviting. That's Mrozek! She pulled me into the story, and that's where I stayed. I could easily visualize everything, like I was right there, watching it unfold before me. My emotions went from high to low as she played out the events and transformed herself into these characters. Their thoughts, feelings, and emotions became my own, and I found myself rooting for them every step of the way. My overall experience was made better as a result of her outstanding performance. Bravo - well done!

Overall, Sophie Last Seen by Marlene Adelstein, narrated by Madeline Mrozek gets 5 out of 5 stars. The book is professionally recorded, edited, and 100% free from error, unnecessary pauses/sounds, and/or distracting moments. The beginning of the book took a minute to pull me in, but once it did, I loved it. The characters are believable, and the storyline, though being a mother's worst nightmare, is completely realistic. I also love that the author draws awareness to a variety of mental health issues throughout the book. I only listened to the audiobook, so I'm not sure if Adelstein included in the Kindle or print versions a section at the end for "where to go for help" (if dealing with depression, grief, loss, etc.), but it would be a great addition, and this would be the perfect book for it. I recommend this audiobook to those who enjoy reading about love, loss, hope, family relationships, and moving on after tragedy. If you are a fan of mystery, drama, suspense, and literary fiction, you will love Sophie Last Seen. I promise, you will not be disappointed!

Thank you for reading my review I hope it was helpful. Happy listening! :-)

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Excellent listen!

Even though the subject matter deals with the disappearance of a child, this was a very good listen.

Jessie is Sophie's Mom and her struggle to deal with Sophie's disappearance (with all the good and bad things that happen as a result) is front and center. All the feels came out listening to Jessie's struggle. Into that, the author deftly wove a glimpse into Sophie's world and Sophie's fascination with birds. I must confess, I found that aspect incredibly intriguing.

This isn't my first Mrozek book but she was seriously next level with this performance. There were a series of vocal challenges and she met each one. It was a pleasure having her in my ears.

The big reveal came at the end but not without the most unique story pivot I've ever had the pleasure. It was totally unexpected and it rocked.

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Missing

Jesse Albright’s 10 year old daughter is obsessed with birds and disappeared at a local shopping mall 6 years ago while shopping with her mother. Jesse has trouble moving forward in her grief and her marriage falls apart. She copes by collecting everything and anything that she feels will provide a clue to her daughter Sophie’s whereabouts. She is considered odd and strange in her small town and she has cut ties with almost everyone. Jesse reconnects with Sophie’s best childhood friend Star, who is also having trouble dealing with her friend’s disappearance. Together they unravel the mystery about what happened to Sophie. This is a mothers and fathers worst nightmare.
I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Sophie Last Seen

This is a story about pain, loss and healing. How grief can affect us all in different ways, and how it can alter the path of our lives. It was a little slow to start out for me, but I was able to empathize with Jessie immediately. What I really like about this story is how real the characters are. The main character is dealing with the loss of her missing daughter, and is as crazy and desperate as one could imagine.
The performance is good too, professional and enjoyable to listen to.

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Decent story

Story of a mother, 6 years after her daughter was abducted. I enjoyed the way the story was told in bits and pieces, how we learn more about Sophie and her obsessions. Her best friend and mother are still grieving years later. Some pieces I don't understand, like why 6 years have passed for Star to be falling apart like this? Why was the investigation so poorly done in the past that now we have persons of interest? The ending seemed a little rushed to me, more focus was on Jesse, which I guess it is her story after all. A little Lifetime Network movie-ish? Good performance though! This is an honest opinion of a book I received for free.