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Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of The Life We Bury comes a "riveting, hold-your-breath" new mystery in which a woman finds herself in a race not only for justice - but for her life (Karin Slaughter, New York Times best-selling author of The Silent Wife).

Lila Nash is on the verge of landing her dream job - working as a prosecutor under the Hennepin County Attorney - and has settled into a happy life with her boyfriend, Joe Talbert. But when a woman is pulled from the Mississippi River, barely alive, things in the office take a personal turn.

The police believe the woman’s assailant is local photographer Gavin Spenser, but the case quickly flounders as the evidence wears thin. It seems Gavin saw this investigation coming - and no one can imagine how carefully he has prepared.

The more determined Lila is to put Gavin behind bars, the more elusive justice becomes. Battling a vindictive new boss and haunted by the ghosts of her own unspeakable attack, which she’s kept a dark secret for eight long years, Lila knows the clock is ticking down. In a race against an evil mastermind, it will take everything Lila’s got to outsmart a killer - and to escape the dark hold of her own past.

“In The Stolen Hours, there’s not a moment misplaced or a second lost. With the precision of a watchmaker, Eskens assembles the fine parts of a mystery and sets them to the tempo of a thriller, leaving the reader breathless.” (Craig Johnson, author of the Walt Longmire Mysteries)

©2021 Allen Eskens (P)2021 Mulholland Books

Critic Reviews

“A riveting, hold-your-breath, frightening mystery. The Stolen Hours is a thoroughly captivating legal thriller.” (Karin Slaughter, New York Times best-selling author of The Silent Wife)

"A rousing legal thriller that’s also an acute study of female victimization and male privilege." (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

“In Allen Eskens’ newest thriller The Stolen Hours, there’s not a moment misplaced or a second lost. With the precision of a watchmaker, Eskens assembles the fine parts of a mystery set to the tempo of a thriller, leaving the reader breathless.” (Craig Johnson, New York Times best-selling author of the Longmire Mysteries)

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Couldn’t stop listening!

I just finished this audiobook and I couldn’t put it down. After reading The Life We Bury and The Shadows We Hide, I wasn’t sure how I would feel about a book that focused on Lila instead of Joe, but I’m so glad I put my initial reservations aside. Not only do we get more of Lila’s backstory in this book, but we see varying vantage points that come together beautifully. I was glad to be on vacation this week, because I don’t think I could have focused on anything else. I have yet to be disappointed by a book from Allen Eskens, and I can’t wait for more.

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Worth the wait

I’ve read all of Allen Eskens books and this one is fantastic! Great new POV and fully captivating

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Better then I expected!

I haven’t read/listened to book this good in a while. It kept me in tune the entire time! I would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes to read/listen to audio books!

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Not a fan of multiple narrators

I loved the book and characters just not a fan of multiple narrators. I might pick up a hard copy instead. I like that the character of Lila is brought out in this story and enjoyed her conquering her past and coming in to her own full womanhood. Too many stories stop at the trauma or play up women stuck in their trauma and not moving on overcoming it. In spite of some dark subject matter it ends on an uplifting note.

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When a young prosecutor, Lyla Nash, has a visceral reaction to the man she's building a case against, her life blows up, turning her world into sinkhole of destruction. She has to learn from her past in order to have a future. I started this book not realizing I'd met the characters in previous books. I truly enjoyed revisiting Lyla Nash and Joe Talbert. What a beautifully complex story. I especially loved the strong female characters. great story!

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Eskens does it again.

Wonderful as usual. His level of detail is great, and the story continuously had twists and turns. I love his writing style, and this one fit wonderfully with the rest of his collection.

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Great story!

Perfect story line. It had a twist at the end. You will like it too.

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Good listen!

My only complaint is through the first part of the book it sounded l Ike the narrator was saying the main character, “ Lila” as “Myla.” Confusing.
As the story unwound I was engaged in the characters. But all narrators did a good job.
Well done Allen Eskens. I think this was my second book by this author. Going to look for another!

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The Stolen Hours

Allen Eskens is an outstanding writer. A wonderfully plotted masterpiece with skillfully planned twists and turns.

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I couldn't stop listening!

Great story read by 3 perfect narrators- can't wait for more in the saga of Lila & Joe!

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  • 12-21-21

Another great Eskens entry!

Allen Eskens has fast become one of my favourite authors. His books have never disappointed me and this one is no exception. The story is constantly entertaining and the characters three dimensional. I particularly love how he expands on the same universe of characters by making a side character of a previous story the protagonist in his next. The narrators, as always, were well chosen for their roles and execute not only the voices of the characters, but the general narration, really well. MacLeod Andrews does a particularly fantastic job narrating Gavin's perspective. I especially loved how he portrayed the lawyer, whose voice was almost unrecognisable in comparison to the other voices he did.

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  • elizabeth b.
  • 10-31-21

Wonderful writing

Allen Eskens is a terrific writer. I’m not usually keen on these sort of stories but he writs so well I loved it.