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Publisher's Summary

A riveting, action-packed sci-fi thriller about a young girl on a mission to rescue her best friend, from C.J. Redwine, the New York Times best-selling author of The Shadow Queen.

There are three rules in Black River Falls: 

  1. Don’t break curfew unless you want the monsters to find you. 
  2. Don’t ask questions, no matter what. 
  3. When someone goes missing, don’t go looking. 

Joey Barnes obeyed those rules, until the day her mother vanished without a trace. She’s spent two years secretly hunting for clues, and she’s discovered plenty of things that don’t make sense, even for Black River Falls. Like the fact that Harrison Pelt keeps a chest full of weapons under a loose floorboard in his porch. Or that there’s a steel door hidden behind a shelf of old books in the library. She's become so good at snooping, she’s found enough strange facts to fill up her favorite purple journal. What she hasn’t found is her mother.

When her best friend, Emily, goes missing, too, and the grown-ups seem ready to accept it, Joey decides enough is enough. Relying on unlikely friendships and a streak of stubbornness, Joey is determined to find her friend, solve the mystery that plagues Black River Falls, and, if she’s lucky, find her mother, too. 

That is, if the monsters don’t find her first. 

©2021 C.J. Redwine (P)2021 Audible Originals, LLC.

About the Creator

C.J. Redwine is a New York Times bestselling author of speculative fiction, a diehard lover of going to the movies, and a believer in fairytales. She keeps a six-foot tall Loki figure in her office and will argue the merits of Batman vs. Superman with anyone she meets. She once accidentally punched herself in the face on a ride at Disneyland. She doesn’t recommend it.

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Can't Stop Listening!

I loved this story. Riveting from the very start, I was absolutely charmed and intrigued by the characters, the town, the rules and the mystery. Well narrated and will keep you listening intently to the very end.

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Emily Downs

CJ Redwine does it again. Super cute story. I hope there are more to follow.

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Mixed feelings on this story

This story struck me as a long trailer for a longer storyline, and I found the ending unsatisfying and irritating.

Young girl disappears and entire town accepts it. This after a woman disappears and everyone just accepts it. Her friend quests for answers with the help of the mayor's twin children. They find those answers but very little is resolved by the end of the story. Until the last part I really loved the storyline, but the ending was just kind of a letdown.

The reader was excellent, her voice acting worked well with the story. It will be interesting to see if the story is ever finished.

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Good book could be a great series

This was a good book. I hope a sequel is coming soon it concludes the story but leaves a large opening for an entire series to come

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I want a sequel!

What a fun story for a spooky time of the year. Not your run of the mill ghosts, vampires or zombies. Throughly enjoyed both the story and the narrative performance.

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Great Story, Wonderful performance!

I tried this book out because I’ve run out of book recommendations and went exploring. I absolutely loved this story! The narrator was fabulous, bringing emotion to each character. I really like that she did all of the voices, since it’s told from a young girl’s perspective. This would be a perfect thriller book for 9-13 year olds, but I’m 36 and enjoyed it fully. C.J. Redwine knocked it out of the park with this one, and I hope there are sequels in the works!

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Extremely Enjoyable

I really enjoyed the story and the narration. would listen to again. it kept me on the edge

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Should be a tv show

This is so good!! I really think if this was made into a tv show a loooot of people would watch is including me!

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not really a kids tale

this isn't really a kids tale. very, very dark and grim. not something I would want my child to hear.

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If you’re a fan of Stranger Thing, you’ll love this.

It's about a small town that is a small tourist trap for it's monsters in the forest. But when one girl goes missing (Emily Downs), the adults insist that she's just in a student exchange program, the girl's friends decided its up to them to figure out what's really going on. Will they be able to be find the truth when opposed against lying parents, monsters, and shady corporations?
I got it for free with my audible subscription, though now I wish I had paid in full for it. C J Redwine is a great writer and has some amazing metaphors and descriptions that I'm totally jealous of and the narrator; Khristine Hvam tricked me into believing she was a talented teen voice actor, so yeah the narration is amazing too.

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  • 10-20-21

What a fun adventure!

It's a story for younger listeners and teens but even as a forty year old adult - I enjoyed it. The story itself is semi-predictable but only because I'm MUCH older than the target audience :)

The narrator did an incredible job!! I wish she had more of her work available on Audible.

All in all, I'll give it a solid 9/10

Can't wait for the next book....

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  • 10-12-21

Brilliantly amazing

Loved it brilliant nurator
and voice would one hundred percent listen to again brilliant hope for a sequel

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  • 10-26-21

Got for my daughter but enjoyed it myself

A good listen. I got it for my daughter, but enjoyed listening along whilst in the garden.

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  • 01-21-22

A little gem

I really enjoyed this story and was surprised it hooked me I listened to all in one go.

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  • vera12
  • 01-08-22

Really good

One of my fav books :) 100 % recommended, such an amazing book!!!!! Suitable for ages from 9 and over and maybe a bit under, really creepy in a good way! Love it sooo much. and wow that is it included in membership so easy to hear. Must listen, it’s a great book.
Best for 11 year olds,, :)))

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  • N Dennisur
  • 11-30-21

Fantastic story

It was great to listen to and suspenseful too. More titles like this welcome.

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  • A. Moore
  • 11-24-21

fabulous little tale.

short but very sweet. an exciting plot races along, with a will delineated cast of sympathetic characters bouncing from peril to peril. well written and perfectly read. really entertaining, and I hope there will be more. to reference Tintin, suitable for all young people from 7 to 77 (and beyond).

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  • Viking on a bike
  • 11-03-21

Good little book.

Book for younger readers. Very well read by narrator. Very short chapters. Idea for car journeys.