Finding Sophie

Books on Tape. Mar. 2024. 11:16 hrs. ISBN 9780593822814. $95. THRILLER
Six weeks ago, 17-year-old Sophie King went missing. Now, a trial is unfolding. How did this all come to pass? In his U.S. debut, London-based barrister and thriller writer Mahmood (All I Said Was True) expertly elevates a familiar story: a teenage girl has vanished, and her frantic family is spiraling. Sophie’s South London parents, Harry and Zara, overwhelmed by grief, confusion, and growing rage, are at the center of this heart-pounding novel. Short, dramatic chapters are propulsively presented by narrators Lydia Bakelmun and Oliver Hembrough. They highlight the couple’s alternating perspectives as their grief turns to shared obsession, ultimately leading to a criminal trial and a classic final twist. The narrators’ perfectly attuned performances match the novel’s frenetic pace, and listeners will find the hours flying by as they become enmeshed in Harry and Zara’s world.
VERDICT An electrifying triumph and a must-listen for Mahmood’s fans and for those encountering his work for the first time. Readers of twisty thrillers in the vein of Gillian Flynn and Tana French will be riveted.
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