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Publisher's Summary

It's August 1984, and paperboy Christopher Stewart has gone missing.

Hours later, 12-year-old Sammy Cox hurries home from his own paper route, red-faced and out of breath, hiding a terrible secret.

Crystal, Sammy's 17-year-old sister, is worried by the disappearance but she also sees an opportunity: the Stewart case has echoes of an earlier unsolved disappearance of another boy, one town over. Crystal senses the makings of an award-winning essay, one that could win her a scholarship - and a ticket out of their small Iowa town.

Officer Dale Goodkind can't believe his bad luck: another town and another paperboy kidnapping. But this time he vows that it won't go unsolved. As the abductions set in motion an unpredictable chain of violent, devastating events touching each life in unexpected ways, Dale is forced to face his own demons.

Told through interwoven perspectives - and based on the real-life Des Moines Register paperboy kidnappings in the early 1980s - The Monsters We Make deftly explores the effects of one crime exposing another and the secrets people keep hidden from friends, families, and, sometimes, even themselves.

©2020 Kali White (P)2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Great pace and terrific narration!

Kali White's impeccable storytelling pace, and Mia Barron's top-notch narration enhanced my listen of The Monsters We Make! Set in the 80s, the story's tone has an eerie and engaging conflict between its "innocent" feel-good era and a feeling of being vulnerable without having the internet and cell phones to save the day. The three main characters, Crystal, Sammy, and Dale, each has their own unique and exciting narrative and White lets each of their stories breathe -- Crystal seemed neglected of her mother's attention and had so many fires burning that she is easy to admire and cheer for; I worried for Sammy, his pubescent stress and private guilt crushed me; and Dale's tunnel vision while fighting his own demons seemed naturally flawed and perfectly human. The tension builds to an unexpected ending. Well worth the credit!

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An interesting story with great detail

A very real feeling but a fictional account of the terrible crimes that occurred many years ago. The level of detail is amazing and really helps tell the story. This would be an amazing movie, no doubt. Once you start the book, you will not want to stop. Highly recommended.

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Mia Barron,Narrator. Her work on this book lifts it to remarkable.
And the author Kali White writes beautifully. I thought this would be
a dry telling of the facts.. HA! As I
said before - remarkable mystery.

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Secrets abound, sneaking in and out of the pages

Des Moines, Iowa, 1984; the center of the Midwest, where “kids were taught God and manners....Bad was other places. Other cities.....”

A second paperboy has vanished in the span of two years. Sergeant Goodkind is now in charge of finding 13 year old Christopher Stewart after failing to solve the disappearance of Matthew Kline. Goodkind, struggling to repair his damaged marriage, is again being pulled away from his family and inside the hunt, a constant search for the missing boys. This couldn’t be happening again.

Paperboy Sammy Cox and his older sister Crystal, an investigative journalist in training, are also involved. Secrets abound, sneaking in and out of the pages. Their stories intertwine with Goodkind’s to spark a fast-paced reading of this slow burning book.

White is a skillful writer, immediately immersing the reader into her story. Jelly shoes, wall telephones, waterbeds and avocado green kitchens are just the atmospheric bed on which White layers a raw, intense tale filled with unexpected turns and burning questions.

Warning ⚠️ triggers: child abuse, pedophilia


I listened to this book on Audible. Narrated by Mia Barron, I found the audio to be hypnotic, lyrical, very pleasant, and clear.

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100% loved

I listen to 2-3 books per week going on 4 months now. This has been my absolute favorite. I loved the 80’s imagery! Great story, always moving, not slow at all. Great character development. This would be a great movie.

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Liked this book

It was somewhat predictable but a thoroughly enjoyable listen while working. I’d read it again.

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Fact based fiction

Credit to the author for taking the facts of a true case and making a good story, without changing the real-life outcome.