In the midst of a sudden spring snowstorm, an unknown man armed with a gun walks into an elementary school classroom. Outside the school, the town of Broken Branch watches and waits. Officer Meg Barrett holds the responsibility for the town’s children in her hands. Will Thwaite, reluctantly entrusted with the care of his two grandchildren by the daughter who left home years earlier, stands by helplessly and wonders if he has failed his child again. Trapped in her classroom, Evelyn Oliver watches for an opportunity to rescue the children in her care. And thirteen-year-old Augie Baker, already struggling with the aftermath of a terrible accident that has brought her to Broken Branch, will risk her own safety to protect her little brother. As tension mounts with each passing minute, the hidden fears and grudges of the small town are revealed as the people of Broken Branch race to uncover the identity of the stranger who holds their children hostage.
Run time: 9 hours
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Heather Gudenkauf is the critically acclaimed author of the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling novels The Weight of Silence and These Things Hidden. She lives in Iowa with her family.
Audie award winner Susan Ericksen performs on the East Coast on stage and television. She also appears regularly with the Hope College Summer Repertory Company, of which her husband David Colacci, another Brilliance Audio narrator, is artistic director. Susan has recorded over 90 titles for Brilliance Audio, including J. D. Robb's In Death series.
Buck Schirner's professional career has primarily been on stage as a character actor. He is currently active in the theatre scene in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Buck also appears in the independent film In the Woods.
Joyce Bean is an Audie Award winner, and has four Audie Finalist medallions to her credit. She has also won multiple Earphone Awards as well as a Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award. Joyce has worked as a television news producer, writer, actor, and audiobook director as well as voice talent. She lives in West Michigan.
Laural Merlington has performed professionally as an actor for over 30 years in regional theaters around the country. She has taught several college classes in acting and in her spare time she is a director for local community and professional theaters. Laural has done extensive voiceover work for television and radio in addition to narrating and directing many audiobooks.
Kate Rudd was born and raised in coastal West Michigan. Her lifelong love of storytelling led to a career in acting and vocal performance. Her audiobook narrations cover young adult, romance and fantasy titles, including Celine Kiernan's Moorehawke Trilogy. Kate's work can be seen in several feature films and at www.KateRudd.com.