In Await Your Reply, Dan Chaon tells the story of three estranged friends who are reunited by a cryptic email from their college friend, Rusty. The message contains a link to a website that features video footage of Rusty begging for help. As they watch the videos in shock and confusion, they realize that he’s been abducted and is being held hostage. In order to try and save him, they’ll have to reexamine the shared events of their pasts that led them apart in the first place. Written with Chaon’s trademark psychological suspense and tenderness, Await Your Reply is an absorbing tale about friendship and how it can be forever altered by tragedy.
For who is this book for ?
This book is for people who are interested in suspenseful and emotional stories about friendship.
- Chaon’s writing is suspenseful and emotionally resonant.
- The story is well-constructed and unpredictable.
- It deals with difficult topics in a sensitive way.
- The book is slow and confusing in the beginning
- The middle of the book drags a bit
- The ending could have been better
Learn more about the author
Dan Chaon is the author of You Are Not a Stranger Here and Among The Missing. His fiction has appeared in national magazines and anthologies, including Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, O Henry Prize Stories, and The New Yorker’s Shouts & Murmurs. He teaches at Oberlin College and lives in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
“Await Your Reply is an intense, page-turning thriller that had me riveted from beginning to end. Chaon’s characters are richly drawn and sympathetic, and I found myself caring deeply about their fate. This is a great read for anyone who loves a good mystery with complex relationships at its heart.”
“Await Your Reply is a tense, mind-bending thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end. Chaon’s masterful storytelling skills make for a pageturning read.”
“Await Your Reply is one of the most emotionally charged, gut-wrenching books I have ever read. Chaon’s characters are so richly drawn that you feel their pain as your own.”