In ReView: Hiding Places

I am a big fan of suspense novels. That being said, I tend to find a mystery a little underwhelming and a bit hard to get into. However, once I have devoted myself to the book I am usually happy I stuck it out.

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Hiding Places was just such a book for me. I found myself curious, but not enough to really dig in and devour it. Couple that with the extremely busy week I picked to start the book, and I am sure that contributed to my slow progress. Fast forward a few days to the weekend. That allowed me more time for reading and my interest picked up at that point in the book as well. I found myself pleased about the genre in general and admiring the skill it takes while also enjoying the throw-back, classic feeling of a good mystery. I preface my overall review with all of that because you need to know where I am coming from to understand why I like or don’t like certain aspects of the book.

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As stated above I found it slow going. Now, I know that a slower paced book is an important part of of my reading life, so you could argue that slow is good and I would agree. However, that doesn’t mean I am content or happy about it at first. It’s a bit of an acquired taste. There are a few view points going on and I found it hard to remember details and facts – causing confusion from time to time. Blame that on the fact that I needed to put the book down fairly often if you’d like. I honestly couldn’t tell you which is at fault.

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Once submerged in understanding my appreciation for the story blossomed, curiosity built and my predictions began to beg for answers. Hiding Places was nowhere near a drudgery! Simply a moseying or ambling pace. As I said, the story was weaving together and I was looking forward to more! Some characters, unlikely to pass each other in life, were bumping into each other and I loved how surprised I was. The “Six Degrees of Separation” theory is intriguing to me and a lot of that was in play.

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Alongside the cozy mystery was a touch of historical fiction that gave me a new perspective of WWII; a consequence and side effect I had never thought of or read about before. I don’t want to give to much away here – I hardly ever even read the synopsis pages!- But I will say that the title of the book began to make sense and it brought a smile to my face. I am constantly amazed at how an author can take a subject or character on a journey I never expected. We tend to see things at a surface level and I love the deeper look into the story and their lives.

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Hiding Places accomplished that. I found it believable – yet another change of pace from my current genre picks! I have to hand it to Erin Healy there. She is great at story building, seeing beyond the mere surface look of a story; giving you a deeper picture and making you wonder how you didn’t see it sooner. The good thing about a realistic book is it builds empathy and helps you see new view points. I’m grateful for the reminder.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mystery and historical fiction, or to someone who needs a bit of a break from their fast-paced to-be-read pile.

*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review. I am under no obligation to read or review and the words are my own*

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