By Erin Healy
Kate Whitby was at that age where she was in between - still a child and on the verge of becoming a young woman. A time when her character and person were becoming unique and knowable to those closest to her. Unfortunately those closest to her often didn't see her or notice who she was becoming. But this was all about to change - and the change was one that would forever alter her family.
Over the course of a few days a series of events in Evergreen, Colorado, and nearby Denver are about to collide and Harrison Lodge, along with Kate's family, is about to be caught in the middle.
Kate is determined to protect those she loves, but there isn't a lot an 11 year old girl can do. But Kate can guard the secrets everyone is keeping - secrets that if revealed could hurt her family. Kate's kindness doesn't stop with her family. She is one of those rare individuals who cares about those around her, those whom she sees in need, those whom are hurting. And when she finds Charlie Fuse, a young man on the run and in need, she offers him what she can - refuge within Harrison Lodge.
But Charlie is a hunted man. And those who are after him won't let anyone stop them from finding their prey and if those in Harrison Lodge get in the way..., there are ways to deal with problems.
Hiding Places is a well-written book that will hold you captive from the opening scene. This is a story about family. What makes a family a family? Is it the ties of blood? Is it a choice? Bonds of loyalty? Unconditional love?
How do the choices we make affect those around us? And just how far out do the ripples we make reach out? Hiding Places examines how the various characters lives intersect and entangle because of the choices they each make. How do we hide from those closest to us? And even more importantly why do we hide parts of who we are from our family?
Having read a few of Erin's books in the past I was delighted to discover this newest gem from her. Her books always make one stop and think after the book has been put down. In this case one has to wonder what am I hiding and why. Hiding Places is a suspense filled offering that will keep you guessing and wondering from cover-to-cover.
If you are looking a book club reading suggestion I highly recommend this book - it is doubtful anyone would be unable to read this book or find it unpalatable. There are characters whom one will love and whom one will despise. And then there are those with whom one will find empathy even if they are unfathomable to one's way of thinking.
I was provided a copy of this book by the Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review.
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