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.
**I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**
Some books reach out and grab you right away, and some take a bit more time. For me, it was the latter with this book, but it was worth it for the ending.
I wasn’t sure what to think of Hiding Places in the beginning. The book reminded me a bit more of the literary fiction genre which I don’t read very often. The book had a slow build-up with a handful of seemingly unrelated storylines– a murder, gangs, the family living in a hotel lodge, and cougars– but somehow, they all end up invading the world of eleven-year-old Kate.
Ultimately, this book circles around ideas of family and forgiveness. I appreciated the depths that this story went to on a thought-provoking level. As far as entertainment value though, I would have enjoyed a bit more suspense. I don’t feel as though I was overly surprised by anything and a couple of elements of the story felt a bit contrived.
Kate was such a fun character though and in many ways felt wise beyond her years. Her perspective on the family around her and all of the goings-on was both naive and intelligent. She was a fantastic main character to get to know and one I thoroughly enjoyed.
“We just say, ‘He’s my relative’ or ‘She’s my cousin,’ as if that’s helpful. We forget who we are, how we fit.”
-Grandma Pearl, Hiding Places
About the Author:
Erin Healy is the bestselling co-author of Burn and Kiss (with Ted Dekker) and an award-winning fiction editor for numerous bestselling authors. Erin is the owner of WordWright Editorial Services, a consulting firm specializing in fiction book development, and she is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and the Academy of Christian Editors. Her novels include such thrilling stories as Never Let You Go, The Baker’s Wife, and Stranger Things. She lives with her family in Colorado.
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