The Mourning Hours

  • by Paula Treick DeBoard
  • Narrated by Emily Sutton-Smith
  • 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A family's loyalty is put to the ultimate test in this haunting and unforgettable debut.
Kirsten Hammarstrom hasn't been home to her tiny corner of rural Wisconsin in years - not since the mysterious disappearance of a local teenage girl rocked the town and shattered her family. Kirsten was just nine years old when Stacy Lemke went missing, and the last person to see her alive was her boyfriend, Johnny - the high school wrestling star and Kirsten's older brother. No one knows what to believe - not even those closest to Johnny - but the event unhinges the quiet farming community and pins Kirsten's family beneath the crushing weight of suspicion.
Now, years later, a new tragedy forces Kirsten and her siblings to return home, where they must confront the devastating event that shifted the trajectory of their lives. Tautly written and beautifully evocative, The Mourning Hours is a gripping portrayal of a family straining against extraordinary pressure, and a powerful tale of loyalty, betrayal, and forgiveness.

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A Suspenseful…..Disappointment

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

It depends…

If they were looking for a suspenseful thriller with great twists, I would absolutely NOT recommend this book. It's incredibly predictable and really slow.

If they were looking for a book that was told from an interesting perspective, that of a young girl, then this may be a good choice.

For me, it was a waste of time.


What could Paula Treick DeBoard have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

How about anything? The book didn't really have any twists. I was constantly waiting for evidence to surface or a clue to be found just to re-engage the listener/reader in the story. I have other titles written by her on my Wish List and honestly might take them off.


Any additional comments?

As a Wisconsin native, it was incredibly annoying how the narrator pronounced the town names. This book should have been read by someone familiar with the pronunciation or written with fictional names.

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- Bridget

A Normal Family . . . Shattered

The reviews for The Mourning Hours are all over the place . . . and nearly all of them miss the point . . . the beauty, the horror, and the fragility of normal life . . . of normal families . . . and yes, normal teenage infatuation . . . perhaps you need to have lived a little more of life, raised a kid or two, to appreciate the story . . . if you are looking for nail biting suspense, edge-of-the-seat police investigation, this isn't your book . . . but if you're up for an in depth look into a normal family, raising three kids, whose lives are suddenly and irrevocably changed by one night of tragedy, this may be for you . . . for in all our minds exists the capacity for hatred, doubt, fear, mistrust . . . even for those closest to us . . . and we are often surprised by who among us ends up being the strongest, who among us weathers the storm, holds on to who they are, and never stops believing in the best in one another . . . and who among us doubts . . . there's a mystery in The Mourning Hours . . . but it doesn't unfold quickly . . . and in that, there is a lesson . . . this book will stay with me for a long, long time . . .
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- Debbie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-08-2014
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio