Silence of the Missing by Rick R. Reed; Narrated by David Allen Vargo

Gripping reality of the double sided coin of childhood abduction

From the Silence of the Missing blurb:

He went into the woods…and never came out.

In 1986, thirteen-year-old Jeb Kleber vanished during his small town’s Fourth of July fireworks. His mysterious disappearance left his first love, Sammy Blake, grieving for years.

Flash forward to present day. A now middle-aged Sam Blake has a comfortable and predictable life with his husband Marc in Chicago. All that changes when a stranger arrives at Sam’s door, claiming to be the missing Jeb Kleber. The stranger knows things he couldn’t possibly know—including the hidden love the boys shared during the summer of ’86. He also wears an amethyst pendant Sam gave him shortly before he disappeared.

Could this be the real Jeb Kleber, missing for thirty-seven years? If not, who is this mysterious stranger? And what does he want after all this time? His appearance plunges Sam’s life into a nightmare of questionable identity, long-buried secrets, and perhaps even murder.

Nedra's review:

An emotionally charged audio with explicit details of the horror two victims encounter. One struggles with making sense of this world while the other adheres to the darkness. All the while, a man is strung along trying to find his purpose after loss. I cried throughout the majority of these words, holding on to a small piece of hope for Sam and his childhood memories. Unfortunately, people change and become the villain rather than the hero.

Reed Kaye's review:

Another book by this author that grabbed me from the beginning and held my attention until the end.
Jeb at 9 years old, is on a picnic with his friend, Sam and Sam’s mother when he ends up missing. Even though everything is done to find him, he is not found.

Skip forward to present day. Sam is married to Marc and even though they have hit a lull in their marriage, Sam ignores the fact Marc is really unhappy.

Then Jeb and Hunter enter Sam’s life in a totally unexpected fashion. The twists of this story and the outcome of all the characters held my interest. Yes as the previous reviews state there are a few missteps in the story but it is interesting where the author leads it and how the outcome is achieved. I can’t wait to see what is next by this author.

Narration by David Allen Vargo fit these characters perfectly and made the story enjoyable to listen to.

Alyssa P.'s review:

Fascinating and Enthralling!

This story explores the impact of extraordinary events like child disappearance on ordinary people. The engaging narrative features a beautiful narrator, highlighting the impact on everyone that experiences it, and the characters' struggle to navigate life's challenges. I really enjoyed this book and the narrators voice. David Allen Vargo is a new narrator to me, but I'm interested in listening to their other work.

Lesetiger's review:

The mystery case is excitingly told. Sammy's best friend Jeb disappeared without a trace at the age of 13, and now, years later, Sam's husband Marc has also disappeared.
The story is told alternately in the present and the past from Sam's point of view.

It took me a while to get into the story, but the more I listened, the more the story captivated me.
There are some unexpected twists and turns and yes I did try to guess what happened and my suspicions were close to being solved. But not quite, the author did a good job.
I found the story exciting and entertaining with interesting protagonists.

David Allen Vargo gave a great performance. I could always tell the different protagonists apart as he chose very different voices. He also used appropriate background noises to accompany the narration, which made the audiobook feel very lively.

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