They’ll Never Catch Us by Jessica Goodman | Audiobook Review

Why Did I Listen To They’ll Never Catch Us by Jessica Goodman?

I really loved the audiobook of Jessica Goodman’s debut, so makes sense that I was looking forward to her sophomore follow up, They’ll Never Catch Us. I love that YA thrillers are really catching on. They are almost more appealing than adult thrillers because the stories feel faster paced and the characters are more diverse. Add in sports and They’ll Never Catch Us had my attention.

What’s The Story Here?

They’ll Never Catch Us follows the Steckler sisters – Stella and Ellie who are competing for the top spot on their high school’s track team. You see, the town where they live has a reputation, as several girls were murdered while out running alone. However, the high school is working to rehabilitate that image that Edgewater has. Now the track team is tops and the Steckler sisters are the best. Things are going decently until Mila, one of the girls on the team, goes missing. The sisters come under suspicion as motive is there — given how competitive they are.

How Did I Like They’ll Never Catch Us?

As long as Jessica Goodman keeps writing contemporary YA thrillers, I will keep listening to them. I find these books really easy to get through and a good way to wind down while listening. Ellie and Stella are so different — but very well drawn as characters. I felt like both had depth and were well written. You can definitely feel the competitiveness between the two. Some scenes weren’t easy to read and I could see why the characters acted the way they did. Like at a track meet — all the team members do one thing, but then one of the girls does something else and it is so cringe, but I get it. I know I am being vague, just no spoilers. If you are looking to get into thrillers, Goodman is a great way to test those waters.

How’s The Narration?

The audiobook has three narrators – Phoebe Strole, Kristen Sieh, and Jessie Vilinsky. It is 10 hours and 48 minutes unabridged. Of course you all know I listened to this one sped up to 1.5x. I really liked Strole and Sieh’s narration. I found this book easy to follow along with. The choice to use two different narrators for each of the Steckler sisters was a good one – made it so their characters were not easily confused with each other. Pick this audiobook up for a good autumn sort of read — you have sports and murder — perfect for the season.


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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

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