It’s Friday again, and that means the end of the week and the perfect opportunity to pick up a new novel. It also means that even though I’m not blogging quite as much, I couldn’t wait to bring you Hiding Places, the latest novel from Erin Healy, as well as two giveaways — be sure to read to the end for those! Don’t let the title confuse you. This book is nothing like Corrie ten Boom’s Hiding Place. Instead Hiding Places is a novel that will tug you into a story surrounding a lodge, with slightly gothic overtones.
My Take:Hiding Places is a novel that will tug you in from the first page and the precious interaction between a granddaughter and her grandfather. It also sucks you in with the promise of trouble brewing though you can only imagine how quickly it will grow. There is something magical about young Kate, something that made me want to know her story and what she discovers. Because this is an Erin Healy novel, there are twists, turns, unexpected elements, and a plot that knits back together at the end.
Readers who love character driven and complex novels will enjoy Hiding Places. It has some elements of suspense, but those aren’t the main drivers of the novel.
The Harrison lodge is full of hiding places where young Kate can discover all the secrets no one wants her to know.
Eleven-year-old Kate keeps her knowledge to herself—one sister’s stash of marijuana, the other’s petty cash pilfering, her grandfather’s contraband candy bars. She protects her mother and Gran, too, screening out critical comments from the hotel suggestions box. But suddenly the stakes are raised; her grandfather’s best friend is murdered the day after Kate heard the two men arguing.
At the same time, far from the quiet mountain resort, a homeless man sees a robbery gone wrong . . . a gang member seeks revenge for the death of his son . . . and a boy chooses the worst time to wield spray paint on a store window. In a strange and spiraling sequence of events, their disparate worlds collide at Harrison Lodge.
Kate offers shelter to one of them, unaware of the terrible consequences to the family she loves. But people can hide in all kinds of ways, sometimes even in plain sight . . . and some secrets are just waiting to be exposed.
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