The Finalists

Books on Tape. Jul. 2022. 8:52 hrs. ISBN 9780593592335. $76. THRILLER
The Hyde Fellowship is a prestigious college scholarship that not only promises to pay for your future education and guarantee employment but eliminates past student loans as well. Six ambitious students gather to compete for the award, locked in the historic Hyde House until “the process” can be completed. What they thought would be a day of testing and interviews takes a sinister turn when people begin dying under suspicious circumstances. Has the Hyde family’s sordid past caught up with them, or has someone decided that the scholarship is worth killing for? Bell (Kill All Your Darlings; The Request) offers a chilling thriller with twists that will keep readers guessing. Short chapters with cliffhanger endings propel the story forward at an ever-intensifying pace. Narrator Sean Patrick Hopkins’s sedate timbre and unassuming tone belie the frantic emotions of those trapped in Hyde House.
VERDICT This audio will appeal to listeners seeking intricately plotted locked-room suspense with a diverse cast of characters, none of whom seem entirely trustworthy. Recommended for fans of Jennifer McMahon, Peter Swanson, and Heather Gudenkauf.
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