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This was my first book by Tracy Clark, and now I need to go back and read her earlier series - this was great!

Harriet Foster is a Black homicide detective in Chicago. She's recently returned to active duty after losing her partner and is immediately pulled into a twisted case involving a serial killer.

I LOVED Harriet and her backstory and cannot wait to see what happens next.

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Eight weeks after the death of her partner, Chicago detective Harriet Foster transfers to a new precinct and is immediately brought in to a serial killer case. Someone is killing young women and marking their wrists and ankles with red lipstick. A psychiatrist’s tip points the investigation toward Bodie Morgan - a man with a history of stalking young women. I enjoyed this well-written page turner and recommend reading it. Thanks to #netgalley and #thomas&mercer for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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I actually didn’t like this book. I thought it was a little slow for me. I thought it was going to be different than what the cover portrayed but it wasn’t.

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I thought Hide was really well done and I look forward to reading the next book in the Harriet Foster series. Foster's backstory is tragic, but doesn't take over the storytelling and keeps focus on the case. Harriet's partner, Lonergan, is an "old school" cliche to an extent, but I am very curious about where he goes on his long breaks and hopes he finds a little more nuance as we get farther into the series. The case focuses on murdered women in Chicago and without giving too much away, I thought the psychology of nurture vs nature that plays out was interesting and it looks like it will carry over into the next book. Fast paced and definitely worth the read!

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Detective Harriet Foster is nervous about starting her new job for a few reasons. Things become more complicated when redheads start being murdered. Now she is trying to track down a serial killer before more women die.

I thought this might just be a slow burn until the second death, but then for me, it still was just slow, no burn. I also saw the culprit coming from the first time they were introduced. I normally love detective novels, but this one wasn't for me!

I received my copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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A young red haired woman found murdered with red lipstick around her wrists and ankles. A serial killer to be caught and Detective Harriet Foster is on the case. I throughly enjoyed this book. A new author to me and I’ll be checking out her other books.

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Thanks to Netgalley and Thomas and Mercer for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Peggy, a red headed college student, is found dead in a park with a guy roughly the same age passed out nearby. Detective Harriet Foster is dealing with the death of her son and the recent suicide of her partner and gets this case. She is paired up with an old school male detective and their styles clash to say the least. After another body is found, their attention turns to a potential suspect who has spent time in a mental institution because he stalked women.

4.5 stars rounded up.

I liked this book. I don't feel like I find good detective stories that often anymore and I really like them. I like the characters here and hope that I have stumbled on to a new series I will enjoy. I felt like there may have been some loose ends that maybe weren't tied up enough for me, and that may be why I didn't give it the full 5 stars, but I look forward to Harriet's next case.

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5/5 stars! This book was flawless. I live in Chicago and appreciated the accuracy of the author's descriptions. I have run on the riverwalk where the body was discovered at the beginning and throughout the entire story, the Chicago vibes hit! I also really liked the premise of this story. It is told through multiple POVs and you kind of have a lead on who could be the killer early on, but the twist still manages to be fresh and exciting. The story takes place in a post-George Floyd murder world and there are touches on the improvements that police officers need to make, but I didn't find the book to be overly politicized. Honestly, I agree with every point the author made regarding it, so maybe I am biased. Really looking forward to seeing what's next in the Detective Harriet Foster series.

I received an advance review copy for free through NetGalley, and I am leaving this review voluntarily

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I have enjoyed previous books by this author, so was excited to receive this copy of the first book in her new series.

Chicago detective Harriet Foster is grieving the sudden death of her partner, and is paired up with a new partner. She doesn’t have much time to settle in before she is drawn into investigating the gruesome murder or a red headed woman. After another body is found with the same signature, she starts to suspect that she is dealing with a serial killer.

In my opinion, Tracy Clarke is a must read author for fans of suspense and police procedurals. Her characters are compelling, and her books are extremely faced paced and well written. I can’t wait for the second book in this series to come out!

Thank you to Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for providing me with an eARC of this book to read and review.

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I can't speak highly enough about this book! I'm always a but apprehensive about books with a black female lead because they so often just fall into stereotypes and do nothing but irritate me but this was really respectfully written and didn't just rely on cliches or having a black main character for clout. It's clealry a very well written and researched police procedural but the uniqueness of the character puts a completely new spin on the genre and it was impossible to put down. There are a lot of narrators so it did seem a bit confusing at times and the pace slowed in the middle but if younstick with it then its definitely worth it. It doesn't have many big twists and turns but it doesn't need that shock value because rthe plot and writing are so solid. I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for future releases

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I’ve ready Tracy Clark before and enjoy how her police procedurals tackle bigger issues of race and gender in the police force, while bringing you into the fast-paced investigation.
Hide is a grisly serial killer story with some twists and great writing.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC.

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This book actually piqued my curiosity within the first three chapters, especially when it opens up on the morning of how the body was actually found, the details on how the body was and who was questioned and involved. I had so many questions from that and I kept on reading to get to the next chapter, hoping that more details will drop and I can get the curiosity itch scratched. Simply said, it was unputdownable for me.

We get to see Detective Harriet on her first day of work, her emotions, how she dealt with grief and the remnant of it. We follow her through every step of this investigation, her thought process, as if we are the detective and this is our case.

I love there are chapters on how the circumstances the bodies were found weaved into the on-going storyline to provide a different perspective. I also love how her boss encouraged women in the workforce and I don’t see that very explicitly written out in books very much. Or maybe not in those books I’ve read recently.

There were instances where a name was dropped earlier and then brought up again later, which was a tad confusing because I had to search for the name to confirm that I had indeed come across him/her.

Overall, I like this book—I’ve read other thrillers before but the writing is new and fresh to me especially navigating across so many point-of-views to provide a more holistic picture of the entire case. I cannot wait for her next book to drop later this year.

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I always have a weak spot for a good serial killer, so it's no surprise that I wasn't able to resist getting a copy of Hide as soon as I read the blurb. It was both the promise of a serial killer thriller and the race/gender discrimination angle that had me immediately intrigued, and I was curious about the psychiatrist angle as well. I've been looking forward to pick up this story, and I have to say that it ended up being a more than solid start of a new detective series. Dark, gruesome and pretty action-packed once the ball starts rolling!

Hide uses a multiple POV structure, switching between a wide cast of characters including both police, suspects, the killer and victims. This is probably part of the reason why it took me a little while to get a proper feel for the story and the pace was a bit slow in the beginning, but thankfully things picked up soon enough. I do always love it when a serial killer thriller includes a glimpse instead of such a twisted individual, and I felt like I hit the jackpot here. I don't want to reveal too much to avoid spoilers, but there are a couple twists included that were plenty shocking. True, I did guess some of it right, but the twists were still well handled.

Harriet Foster makes for an interesting main character, although things can be said about certain aspects of her history being a bit cliche. I liked how she represented the Black woman in the police department though, and how her character shows us the challenges female detectives in general still have to face. I wasn't a fan of Jim Lonergan's character at all though; he was too cliche and I really disliked having to deal with him especially in the first half of the story. I know what he represents, but still... Vera Li on the other hand I think I liked even more than our new lead character; a bonus that she complemented Foster well and they made for a great team.

The plot itself moves quickly despite the POV switches slowing down the pace, and body count goes up FAST. I do have to say that I wasn't sure about the credibility of certain aspects of the investigation (for example the detectives touching the body/evidence at the first scene), but as soon as the pace picked up and the situation got more tense those niggles were mostly silenced. I also like it when a story provides us with plenty of possible suspects, twists and lies to explore, and Hide definitely offers that. True, I did see part of the big twist coming, but I never guessed most of that explosive ending and how everything was wrapped up afterwards. The final chapters left plenty open for a sequel as well, and I'm curious where certain storylines will go in the future.

All in all Hide turned out to be a solid start to a new detective series, and a serial killer thriller that is both gruesome and strangely entertaining once you get past the large cast of characters and slower start. Recommended if you enjoy the genre and don't mind your thrillers on the dark side!

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Don't pray for an easy life. Just try to rev up the strength to endure the one you're in.

Detective Harriet Foster stands outside the 17th and State Street Chicago Police Department building. Duty compels her to walk through those doors. But her inner workings tell her to head back to her car and get outta Dodge fast.

Foster is returning to work after the tragic death of her partner, Detective Glynnis Thompson. Foster has ratcheted up some earth-shaking life experiences herself. She'll never recover from the needless death of her son, Regie. But duty dictates and personal wounds are left to fester beneath the surface.

And the stakes are about to get higher and higher after the body of a young woman is found near the Riverwalk by a woman out for a run. A young man is hunched over unconscious near the scene. All eyes are on nineteen year old Keith Ainsley. But did he do it?

It's not until several other female bodies are found with unusual lipstick marks around the wrists and ankles that the police mark them as victims of a serial killer. Only a video cam may point them in the right direction.

Foster is paired up with Detective Vera Li, a young mother and wife of an ER physician. We'll notice the "trial period" between these two as they test the ground between them. Notably, they hold the key to life in each other's hands.

Tracy Clark is a Chicago author who deserves notoriety here. She continues to deliver stellar work as she's done in the Cassie Raines Series. (See my reviews.) Clark knows the big shoulders of this city of Chicago and she's done the legwork with her finger on the pulse of crime and the recent detective work involved. She also has a handle on the personal mechanics that go into the impetus of reporting for duty each day. Her characters seem to be breathing right off the page.......and that makes all the difference in the world. Bravo, Tracy Clark, just bravo.

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley for an honest review. My thanks to Thomas & Mercer Publishers and to the talented Tracy Clark for the opportunity.

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Tracy Clark is deftly working her way into one of the top Chicago writers. Living in Chicago I was walking the familiar streets with such clear writing that I could see them, and in the case of the River, smell them. . This is a stand alone police procedural/thriller and hopefully the start of a new series to complement the Cass Raines stories. Harriet Foster is a seasoned chicago cop initially partnered with a Neanderthal-type guy to some, a typical white cop to others. Transferring to a new division after two traumatic losses, Foster is thrown into a fascinating serial killer case on her first day. The novel has different POV’s to keep us guessing, and starts out as a five star book, drags a bit in the middle but has a five star finish and although most of us will finger the villain pretty early on, it’s still a great read and I can’t wait for the next installment.

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I quite liked Harriet Foster and Li and will read the next.

Thanks to Netgalley for the free copy in exchange for an honest review

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Book- Hide
Author - Tracy clark
Goodreads rating- 4.21/5
My rating- 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Who said that a good crime read needs to have an unexpected twist. for me this one read was the one that did not have to had any twist or turns to get me hooked. I literally new what was happening and who was doing what right from the start but still it was very difficult for me to put this book down. the writing is so good and got me engaged so much.

this one started of great I would say that the stark is purely amazing but then the pace slowed down little bit in the middle but when the book picked up the pace again it is literally unputdownable.

I total loved this book and I would highly highly recommend this to anyone who is into crime novels and are ok with not having a big twist in the end.

I like the characters I like the writing I like the point of view from which the book was being written. overall a very very impressive amazing book.

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Thanks Netgalley for allowing me to read this book. Harriet is back to thr grind after being off for a couple months. He next case seems to be the work of a serial killer. With very little to go on, she tries to figure out who is behind the murders. I liked this book.

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It was a huge pleasure to read the book.It is an amazingly well-written book. It is a real page-turner with all the twists and turns of the plot. I like everything about this book. The language, characters and settings. It is also a very well-researched usually police procedure. It was the first book I read by this author but for sure not the last one. Highly recommended!!

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Hide is a well paced & extremely well written police procedural thriller. The descriptions are gruesome and the horror is intense.

I enjoyed the multiple character POV’s. It gave the reader an unabridged insight into the crime/criminal/characters.

While I did figure out the twist in advance, the action and pace kept me invested. The ending was somewhat neat & tidy but as I knew it was the beginning of a new series of books about the MC, it was to be expected. I am looking forward to reading the books that will follow.

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