• The Verifiers

  • By: Jane Pek
  • Narrated by: Eunice Wong
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (174 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Introducing Claudia Lin: a sharp-witted amateur sleuth for the 21st century. This debut novel follows Claudia as she verifies people's online lives, and lies, for a dating detective agency in New York City. Until a client with an unusual request goes missing....

“The world of social media, big tech and internet connectivity provides fertile new ground for humans to deceive, defraud and possibly murder one another.... Well rendered and charming.... Original and intriguing.” —The New York Times Book Review

Claudia is used to disregarding her fractious family’s model-minority expectations: she has no interest in finding either a conventional career or a nice Chinese boy. She’s also used to keeping secrets from them, such as that she prefers girls—and that she's just been stealth-recruited by Veracity, a referrals-only online-dating detective agency. 

A lifelong mystery reader who wrote her senior thesis on Jane Austen, Claudia believes she's landed her ideal job. But when a client vanishes, Claudia breaks protocol to investigate—and uncovers a maelstrom of personal and corporate deceit. Part literary mystery, part family story, The Verifiers is a clever and incisive examination of how technology shapes our choices, and the nature of romantic love in the digital age.

A VINTAGE ORIGINAL.

©2022 Jane Pek (P)2022 Random House Audio
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Critic Reviews

One of the Year's Most Anticipated Books! - Publishers Weekly • Harper's Bazaar • Electric Lit • Literary Hub • CrimeReads • Medium • Alma • LGBTQ Reads 

“A clever and thought-provoking mystery laced with wit and insights about technology and relationships, who we are and who we pretend to be. Smart, twisty fun.” (Charles Yu, National Book Award-winning author of Interior Chinatown)

“Suspenseful and hilarious, The Verifiers builds on the tropes of the whodunnit to bring us something entirely new. In quick-witted gumshoe Claudia Lin, Pek has created an irresistible heroine who must untangle her own family drama even as she investigates the malfeasance of warring online-dating platforms. This novel is a genre-defying joy!” (Anna North, New York Times best-selling author of Outlawed)

“This book is exhilaratingly well-written. I loved it so much that I didn’t want it to end.” (Emily St. John Mandel, best-selling author of The Glass Hotel

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Loved!

Noir meets cozy mystery with an innovative premise and memorable characters. I listen to a ton of mysteries and this is one of the best I’ve heard in a while. Strongly recommend!!

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Engaging and intriguing

Fast-paced yet cozy mystery, with an urban edge. The writing is excellent and I enjoyed the characters and the intellectual questions raised. I hope there will be more soon from this author!

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Fresh and fun

Told in the first person, the narrator is a literate, articulate commentator on a murder , and on our societal dive into the dangerous swamp of social media. the Verifiers is witty and wise, if a tad overwritten and repetitive. I'll look forward to Pek's next

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Great narration of dating murder mystery

Great narration + dating murder mystery + believable queer characters + memorable Chinese family + critical analysis of unregulated tech = what's not to love? :) I came to this book after being sorely disappointed by the McQuiston book "One Last Stop" and The Verifiers restored my faith in fiction!! Couldn't put it down! 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Too slow. Never really pulled me in.

I did finish this book, but was never really hooked. There isn’t enough to make me really like/ root for Claudia. Narrator is good. I enjoyed the bursts oh Chinese.

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First time novelist verbosity but interesting topic

If there’s $50 dollar word to say something simple this author uses it. If you can get past the zealous use of big words for even the smallest things— she uses masticate for chew— the story and subject are interesting and fresh and liked how she wove in her Chinese-ness and family to make the lead character multi dimensional. Story went on longer than it should have but all of this is due to being a first time novelist.

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Had all the best things!

This was a very smart book! Woven with a good mystery, diverse characters, and loaded with references to some of my favorite works of literature. I loved it!

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Great read - highly recommend

Different, charming, genre-referential in the best way. The mystery itself didn't keep me on the edge of my seat by the end of the book, but I loved the story, the characters and hope it won't be the last time we hear from the main character Claudia.

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Unverified

I liked the overall idea of the story. I loved the main character and the reading was pretty good. It just took so long for this story to coalesce that my mind began to wander , wondering when the author would connect the dots. It Mae the main character seem kind of spacey. That wasn’t believable in my mind. This could easily be a series but the author must tighten it up if I’m going to be a fan.

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get if you need something to put you to sleep

Had an OK beginning but in the end half of the story wasn't the who done it. Don't expect a good mystery. Veers off to tangents. Had a lot of potential. in the end, don't know, don't care about the people. I mostly drifted off while listening. Reader was very good, though.

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