Hiding

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 11 Jul 2018

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Potts gives us an odd detailed story that is slightly uneven when its plotted narrative.  We have two sides of story going on with one starting out the present with the Brown family.  I am not sure if this is a brilliant piece of storytelling or an experiment in writing style.  During the first few chapters of Rebecca Browne story chapters we have chapters designed like a Shirley Jackson novel ‘We Have Always Lived In Castle’ with an eccentric family and relationships under one large house who are very singular from the community outside.  In contradiction to this, we have Keller’s story that is told from a modern storytelling device which is happening in the near future with flashbacks to his upbringing.  

The two sides clash against each other until the writer changes a third of the way through and we then have both sides of the story being told in a modern storytelling framework.  For the most part, this does work but it is a bit jarring.  There is one chapter in particular that is terribly slow and I fought my way through as my interested started to wane.

After the waning chapter, the story takes on a life of its own and starts to work in tandem with each other and this is where Potts pulls out all stops.  We have two stories that are interesting, characters that have a life of their own and a very well crafted plot.  The narrative becomes consistent and it turns into its own page turner.

This is a well developed story and at times, some realism seems a bit forced especially with the subplot of the reasoning for the orphan children to be living with their parents.  If you don’t try to make too much sense of this, it works very well.  Unfortunately, the ending is a bit of a let down and it does feel that the writer gave herself a word count and ended once she reached her goal.  This slightly lets the overall novel down which is unfortunate because an epilogue would not go amiss.  We are left with a story with lack of a focussed ending from the Browne families’ point of view and we haven’t entered the mind of Rebecca and how she will cope with her awakening of the truth. 

This is a well scripted novel for the most part and does work though the first third can be a little labor intensive but if the reader reads past this part, there is a lot to enjoy.  Once the gas pedal is pushed, then the story breaks all speed limits to its rushed conclusion.  Interesting and thought related book with more going for it than not.
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This book was a dark read.   It was well written and developed in a manner that kept the reader engaged.  I think if you can handle darker stories, that are pretty gripping, you'll enjoy this book,  I will be giving a recommendation in chapter Chatter Pub.
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Thank you to Jenny Morton Potts, Cahoots Publishing and the NetGalley for an advanced copy of the book. 

Hiding was intense, filled with mystery and suspense that won't let you put it down!

Rebecca and her sibling's lives have been turned upside down by an accident that took both their parents away. Now being raised by their Grandparents hidden in Scotland, they have to find a new normal. But how does one do that with so many questions and not enough answers?
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An amazing read. I just wanted to savour it. It’s not every day I come across true quality story telling
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This story messed with my head a bit. It really had a dark atmosphere to it and it bled into the characters. Narrated by alternating points of view (Keller and Rebecca), it was a lot more twisted than the blurb let on. Keller Baye is one really messed up guy, a total jerk really. I didn't like him from the very moment I was given that window into his thoughts. Rebecca seemed very aloof throughout most of the book. The ending was a little anticlimactic but perhaps because everything happened very quickly and just... ended. It left me saying, "Wait. What? That's it?" Truthfully I didn't expect that ending at all, but was a little disappointed in the fact that we don't learn the fate of a few well developed supporting characters.
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Unlike most reviewers, I gained little pleasure from reading this book. In fact, I would have given up about a third way through if this wasn't an ARC awaiting a review as I feel I should read the entire book before offering an opinion. It's not so much the plot or the characters left me less than eager, it's the writing itself. It's so jerky, simple sentences that should clearly be combined, issues with tense. Honestly it made me feel anxious for reasons I can't really explain. All the joy of reading dissolved chapter by chapter and I couldn't wait for it to be over. After all of the aggravation with the writing, I was left with a less than savory ending. This one is clearly not for me.

I was provided an ARC of this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Hiding is an intense and gripping story about perseverance, survival, love, retribution and hate.

Since Rebecca’s parents have died in an automobile accident, she and her siblings have been living with their reclusive and secretive grandparents in a remote mansion in Scotland. 
There are many secrets to uncover and many questions to find answers to for Rebecca. Why are her grandparents reluctant to talk about the accident? Why the certain incidents she can remember from her past don’t match with what she has been told? Why can’t she have friends over? Who is Uncle Neil?  

We leave Rebecca in Scotland and join Keller in America, who is on his way to watch his father being executed. “I want to know if my son can see me”; those are the last words he hears his father utter before being injected with poison. For Keller there is one path left. The path to revenge. And he is prepared to dig as many graves as it takes to get what he wants. 
Soon he will be on his way to Scotland. He is on a deadly mission and nothing and no one is going to stop him from succeeding.

Thanks to Jenny Morton Potts, Cahoots Publishing and the NetGalley for an advanced copy of the book.
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Thank you Netgalley for the opportunitY to preview Jenny Morton Potts' new book Hiding.
It is with great pleasure to share my thoughts on this book.
Two people who live an ocean apart have something in common....
Their lives intersect, their families weave together, and there is something that can destroy them as well. 
The book goes back in forth in time so you really get to know the main characters and will begin to wonder how their lives will join together..but wait.  The characters are well-developed and interesting.
This is very well written and although I wasn't sure what was going on in the beginning, the ending got me really good!
Great read and I recommend!
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