Amazing Audiobooks (#AA2025) Featured Review: Till Human Voices Wake Us by Rebecca Roque

  • Till Human Voices Wake Us
  • by Rebecca Roque
  • Narrated by Imani Jade Powers
  • Imprint / Blackstone Publishing
  • Publication Date: February 27, 2024
  • ISBN: 9798212338356

Seventeen-year-old Cia does not wish to dwell on her fiery and mysterious past. That is until her best friend is found dead in the Quarry. Everyone believes her death was a suicide. Cia, though, believes differently. Especially, after she digs deeper into her town’s secrets, some of which involve her own family. 

Till Human Voices Wake Us takes the reader on a roller coaster of compelling and dark twists and turns. It is a young adult mystery/thriller that incorporates a lot of topics almost at once. Some of the topics featured in this novel include teen pregnancy, drug abuse,  secret societies, corruption, and LGBTQ characters and relationships. Yet, the author, Rebecca Roque, still somehow manages to keep it all from being overly complicated. 

The narrator did a fantastic job with narrating this story. She brought the characters to life, complete with accents, expression, diction, tone, and suspense. The reading and inclusion of Spanish, when spoken, sounded fluid and natural to the ear. All these aspects just add that extra layer to the overall performance.

Readers will find similar themes, pace, and of Holly Jackson’s A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, Maureen Johnson’s Truly Devious, and Barry Lgya’s Time Will Tell will definitely love this story. They will find many of the same suspenseful elements as suspenseful tone, edgy betrayals, and young adult sleuths digging deeper and deeper into those specific societies’ and even family secrets. 

 -L.B. Ferguson

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