Today I’m delighted to present review for Jenny Morton Pott’s fabulous novel, Hiding. Dark and twisty in all the right ways, this one will have you guessing the whole way through. Mystery lovers, this one should be right up your alley!
Author: Jenny Morton Potts
Publisher: Cahoots Publishing
Publication Date: February 1, 2018
Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Suspense, Mystery
Themes: Family, Revenge, Deceit, Crime
My Rating: 4/ 5
A gripping psychological thriller with chilling twists, from a unique new voice.
Keller Baye and Rebecca Brown live on different sides of the Atlantic. Until she falls in love with him, Rebecca knows nothing of Keller. But he’s known about her for a very long time, and now he wants to destroy her.
This is the story of two families. One living under the threat of execution in North Carolina. The other caught up in a dark mystery in the Scottish Highlands. The families’ paths are destined to cross. But why? And can anything save them when that happens?
First of all, I have to give a huge shout out to Jenny Morton Potts for her endless patience when it came to my extended turn around for this review. Hiding, unfortunately, languished on my TBR for months as life got in the way (finally firming up an offer on property, listing our current home, the stress of showing, and then the sellers accepting a backup offer). But, when I finally got around to picking this one up, boy was I mad… It was ruddy amazing and I couldn’t put it down! While it wasn’t the psychological crime thriller that I was expecting, Hiding had me on the edge of my seat and the pages turning in rapid fire the entire way through.
Set in the not-too-distant future, the timing of this novel is just far enough away to allow for the willing suspension of disbelief, yet close enough at hand for the practices, people and protocols to remain realistic and believable. I must admit though, that when I first started reading Hiding I questioned whether or not the state of capital execution and international travel was really plausible. But then as the days and news progressed, and Trump was Trump and Brexit was Brexit, all of a sudden the possibility of these scenarios became incredibly realistic.
I loved the backstory of the robbery, and how the loyalty of that robbery crew extended across generations and throughout entire families. I couldn’t help but think that it was unfair to be punishing the sons for the crimes of the father, but in true Shakespearean style this is exactly the theme that pervaded every aspect of this novel. And so too did the elements of deception, retribution, and even a little self deprecation. I appreciated the dark humour, the use of popular themes and tropes, as well as their tactful manipulations.
And Becky’s family story too! I was not expecting everything to unravel the way that it did, but I love it when things come at you out of the blue. I could choke her brother for being so cruel, and gran for being so conceited and selfish. The only one I really connected with was Becky’s grandfather before he died. And with her imagination I was expecting her to become an actor or writer or something of that ilk – especially since some of her earlier tendencies had been so dark – so the choice of comic completely surprised me.
Keller Baye through me for a loop as well. I mean, vengeance can be a terrible thing especially when you allow it to consume and control every aspect of your life. Now apply those levels of vengeance to a budding serial killer, and you have the perfect recipe for a transcontinental game of cat and mouse. I found his character to be entirely polarizing and repulsive, and yet I couldn’t stop reading his parts. He was like a train wreck at top speed – you know it’s going to big and bad and messy and it didn’t disappoint.
I wish I could say more, because Hiding was so engaging and well written, but then I run the risk of spoilers. But seriously though, I would recommend this baby in a heart beat! Just be prepared to be a little uncomfortable and willing to look a things from every possible angle. Oh, and get your puzzling hats on and those eyes open for details!
Many thanks to Jenny Morton Potts for proving a copy in exchange for an honest review, and especially for her patience with my delays in reading and reviewing her wonderful book.