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  • Middle of the Night

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  • Written by: Riley Sager
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Middle of the Night

Written by: Riley Sager
Narrated by: Santino Fontana
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Publisher's Summary

THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

In the latest jaw-dropping thriller from New York Times bestselling author Riley Sager, a man must contend with the long-ago disappearance of his childhood best friend—and the dark secrets lurking just beyond the safe confines of his picture-perfect neighborhood.

The worst thing to ever happen on Hemlock Circle occurred in Ethan Marsh’s backyard. One July night, ten-year-old Ethan and his best friend and neighbor, Billy, fell asleep in a tent set up on a manicured lawn in a quiet, quaint New Jersey cul-de-sac. In the morning, Ethan woke up alone. During the night, someone had sliced the tent open with a knife and taken Billy. He was never seen again.

Thirty years later, Ethan has reluctantly returned to his childhood home. Plagued by bad dreams and insomnia, he begins to notice strange things happening in the middle of the night. Someone seems to be roaming the cul-de-sac at odd hours, and signs of Billy’s presence keep appearing in Ethan’s backyard. Is someone playing a cruel prank? Or has Billy, long thought to be dead, somehow returned to Hemlock Circle?

The mysterious occurrences prompt Ethan to investigate what really happened that night, a quest that reunites him with former friends and neighbors and leads him into the woods that surround Hemlock Circle. Woods where Billy claimed ghosts roamed and where a mysterious institute does clandestine research on a crumbling estate.

The closer Ethan gets to the truth, the more he realizes that no place—be it quiet forest or suburban street—is completely safe. And that the past has a way of haunting the present.

©2024 Riley Sager (P)2024 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

"Full of tension, urgency, atmosphere, and feeling—this is Riley Sager at his very best."–Lee Child, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

"Ethan Marsh has returned to his childhood home 30 years after his best friend, Billy, disappeared from their backyard, and some seriously strange things are afoot. The vibe is a classic summer coming-of-age story with a page-turning side of paranormal activity."–PEOPLE, "Most-Anticipated Summer Books"

“Sager’s Middle of the Night is a twisty mystery with a touch of the supernatural, but it’s also about the complexities of friendship, those fleeting but overwhelming feelings from growing up and coming to terms with profound grief.”–USA Today

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Couldn't have guessed the ending in a million years. Loved the twists and turns. highly recommended

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A true twist

This book kept me on my feet. So many twists! I loved it and definitely recommend for anyone who likes murder mysteries

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Awesome!

Suspenseful, creepy, funny and touching at times! I listened to this all in one day and was sad when it was done. The narrator had some strange voices for some of the characters but it was forgivable because the story was strong! Loved it!

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Not his best

I was so excited about this one, but it was just meh. The narrator got on my nerves, which definitely didn’t help. The story wasn’t gripping and the twists at the end were not surprising at all.

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Goosebumps for Adults

It's not bad but it's drifting into Goosebumps for adults territory. The narrator is good, switches between voices so it's easier to follow characters. it was drawn out for a simple conclusion though.

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finally, a good thriller mystery

Great plot, had me second guessing the whodunnit every few minutes, realistic characters and great twists throughout.

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Ghost Stories

Loved the creepy ghost story vibe
The ending fell short for me though, very underwhelming
Overall though, it was a solid spooky thriller 👻

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