The podcast Thickens: Fiction Featuring Podcasts and Podcasters.

The Podcast Thickens

Fiction Featuring Podcasts and Podcasters


Are You Sleeping / Kathleen Barber

Distancing herself from her brutally unhealthy family to the point that she lies about her identity to her partner, Josie is forced to confront the past and her own choices when an investigative reporter’s mega-hit podcast reopens Josie’s father’s murder case.


If I Disappear / Eliza Jane Brazier

When Sera’s favorite true-crime podcast host, Rachel, goes missing, she plunges headfirst into the wild backcountry of Northern California and her own dangerous obsession. Rachel is not the first woman to vanish, and she won’t be the last. Also available in Large Print and as an audiobook from Libby / OverDrive.


The Sorority Murder / Allison Brennan

Lucas Vega is obsessed with the murder of Candace Swain. While interning at the medical examiner’s, he discovers new information, creates a podcast to revisit Candace’s last hours, and teams up with a former U.S. marshal who not only exposes Candace’s secret life but also Lucas’s. Also available as an audiobook and ebook from Libby / OverDrive.


Girl, 11 / Amy Suiter Clarke

Elle Castillo once trained as a social worker, supporting young victims of violent crime. Now she hosts a popular true crime podcast that focuses on cold cases of missing and abducted children. She tackles an unsolved serial-killer case from her years as a social worker only to trigger a series of events involving eerily similar murders.


The Other Side of Disappearing / Kate Clayborn

Jess and her sister, along with a prying podcast host and a watchful, handsome podcast producer, set off on a search for their mother, who ran away with an accomplished con man years earlier and hope to unravel the mystery of where the couple disappeared to and why. Also available as an audiobook and an ebook from hoopladigital.


Dark Circles / Caite Dolan-Leach

Olivia Reed, an unhinged actress, turns to podcasting when she becomes entangled in a dark conspiracy at House of Light, the retreat where she once sought spiritual refuge. There have been a series of mysterious suicides committed by women caught in the Light’s web, and no matter who concerned local Ava talks to, no one believes her – except Olivia.


With a Kiss We Die / L. R. Dorn

Ryanna Raines is the host of a popular true-crime podcast, but when an intriguing message is left on her tip-line, she is pulled into the most challenging case of her career. The prime suspects are two college theater students who only want to speak with Ryanna, offering exclusive interviews in exchange for her help getting their side of the story told. Also available as an audiobook from hoopladigital.


The Night Swim / Megan Goldin

Popular true-crime podcaster Rachel Krall finds an unsettling note on her windshield begging for help before she uncovers dark community secrets from the past and present, including one involving the disappearance of her own sister. Continued in Dark Corners. Also available in Large Print and as an audiobook on Libby / OverDrive.


Night Will Find You / Julia Heaberlin

Vivvy Bouchet was ten when she saved a boy’s life by making an impossible prediction. Now she’s an astrophysicist in Texas, devoted to science, but the boy she saved has become a cop who continues to believe she can see things no one else can. When Vivvy becomes the target of a conspiracy theorist podcaster, she fights back with both her scientific mind and her inexplicable gifts. Also available as an audiobook on Libby / OverDrive.


Hana Khan Carries On / Uzma Jalaluddin

When the halal restaurant where she waitresses is threatened by new competition, a rising podcaster uncovers a long-buried family secret and falls for a rival before their community is upended by a hate crime.


None of This Is True / Lisa Jewell

Popular podcaster Alix Summer becomes the subject of her own podcast after a woman named Josie Fair comes into her life and then disappears, leaving behind a terrible and terrifying legacy that puts her life and her family’s lives in mortal danger. Also available in Large Print, as an audiobook on CD, and an audiobook and ebook on Libby / OverDrive.


Possession / Katie Lowe

A true-crime podcast reopens a 10-year-old murder case involving a skeptical police officer, a suspicious best friend, a convicted teen who swears he is innocent and a wife who does not remember anything.


I Know You Know / Gilly MacMillan

Haunted by the murders of his best friends 20 years earlier, filmmaker Cody Swift returns home and starts a podcast to record his findings. But there are many people who don’t want the case, along with old wounds, reopened so many years after the tragedy, especially Charlie’s mother, Jess, who decides to take matters into her own hands. Also available in Large Print.


I Have Some Questions for You / Rebecca Makkai

When film professor and podcaster Bodie Kane is invited back to the New Hampshire boarding school she attended as a teenager to teach, she finds herself drawn to investigate the murder of a classmate in 1995. Also available in Large Print, and as an audiobook and ebook from Libby / OverDrive.


Conviction / Denise Mina

Anna McDonald enjoys listening to podcasts as other people’s problems are much better than one’s own. But today her husband tells her he’s leaving her, the podcast is about someone she knows from an earlier life (a life she’s taken great pains to leave behind) and she is convinced that she knows what really happened.


Acts of Violet / Margarita Montimore

Nearly a decade ago, iconic magician Violet Volk performed her greatest trick yet: vanishing mid-act. Cameron Frank, determined to finally get his big break by hosting a podcast devoted to all things Violet, knows that keeping his job hinges on an exclusive interview with her sister Sasha, the last person who wants to talk to him. Also available in Large Print and as an ebook on Libby / OverDrive.


Listen for the Lie / Amy Tintera

What would you do if you thought you murdered your best friend? And if everyone else thinks so too? As Lucy Chase’s Texas hometown begins to tell versions of what happened and who Lucy is to the nationwide, true crime obsessed audience of the podcast “Listen for the Lie,” she returns to the place she vowed never to set foot in again to solve her friend’s murder. Also available as an audiobook and ebook on Libby / OverDrive.


All the Dangerous Things / Stacy Willingham

After her son is kidnapped while sleeping in his crib, mother Isabelle, who hasn’t slept in over a year, agrees to be interviewed by a true-crime podcaster with ulterior motives. Also available in Large Print and as an audiobook and ebook on Libby / OverDrive.


The Last Housewife / Ashley Winstead

When her best friend is murdered, making her suspect that the violent people from her past are back, Shay recruits the help of a podcast host and goes back to the place she vowed never to return to in search of answers. Also available as an audiobook from Libby / OverDrive, and as an ebook on hoopladigital.