Wow! This book was hard to put down.
If you're looking for a great suspense story with a thought-provoking message, you'll want to read Listen.
The story takes place in Marlo, once voted the Best Place to Raise a Child in the United States. Yet, suddenly, someone is posting the word-for-word private conversations of Marlo's citizens on the internet for everyone to read. And people are becoming angry and hurt and vengeful as a result.
Trying to solve the mystery of who is doing this, how, and why are Damien Underwood and his best friend, Frank Merret. Damien is the op-ed and crossword puzzle writer at the paper, trying his hand at investigative reporting for the first time. He has a wife and two teens. Frank, a policeman, is like an uncle to the Underwood teens, a close friend of the whole family.
As the story unfolds, we learn more about the Underwood family and Frank, their relationships with each other and with various people in their communities, their histories and how those have influenced who they are at the time of the story—and thanks to the mysterious web site, they all learn more about each other, too.
Throughout the book, Gutteridge weaves a message about the power of words and of humanity's need to learn to withhold judgment, stop talking, and listen. She helps us to further understand that point and apply it to our own lives with a few pages of worth-thinking-about discussion questions following the story. I highly recommend this book.
Thank you, Tyndale House, for sending a complimentary copy of Listen for me to review.