Suspenseful Stories About Parents and Children

Heart-pounding mysteries and thrillers aren’t all about detectives and serial killers: Parents and children are at the heart of the suspense in these five audiobooks. How strong is the familial bond? How far would you go for the ones you love?

Here and Gone
Author: Haylen Beck
Read By: Abby Craden

A woman fleeing her abusive husband with her children is pulled over by police and taken into custody. When she gets to the station, though, her kids have disappeared, and the cops say they never saw any kids with her. Meanwhile, across the country a man hears news reports about the incident that resonate eerily with his own past.
Listen to an excerpt HERE AND GONE

Do Not Become Alarmed
Author: Maile Meloy
Read By: Maile Meloy

Liv and Nora take their husbands and children on a holiday cruise to Central America. When they go ashore one day, the unthinkable happens: the children go missing. This riveting story is told from both the adults’ and children’s perspectives.
Listen to an excerpt DO NOT BECOME ALARMED

Fierce Kingdom

The zoo is nearly empty as Joan and her four-year-old son soak up the last few moments of playtime. But what Joan sees as she hustles her son toward the exit gate minutes before closing time sends her sprinting back into the zoo, her child in her arms. And for the next three hours—the entire scope of the novel—she keeps on running.
Listen to an excerpt FIERCE KINGDOM

Watch Me Disappear

Billie Flanagan went on a solo hike in Desolation Wilderness and vanished from the trail. Her body was never found, and now her husband, Jonathan, and teenage daughter, Olive, are coping as best they can. When Olive starts having strange visions of her mother alive, father and daughter embark on a quest for the truth.
Listen to an excerpt WATCH ME DISAPPEAR

Bring Her Home
Author: David Bell
Read By: Jon Lindstrom

Just a year and a half after the tragic death of his wife, Bill Price’s fifteen-year-old daughter, Summer, and her best friend, Haley, disappear. Days later, the girls are found in a city park, one dead and the other beaten beyond recognition and clinging to life. Bill’s search for the truth about what happened will lead him to discover shocking secrets of both the living and the dead.
Listen to an excerpt BRING HER HOME


For more heart-pounding listens, take a look at our Thrillers and Suspense collection.