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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion; New Ed edition (2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752881795
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752881799
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.9 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (431 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,134,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Amy Y. TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I found this book to be an easy, enjoyable read. It pulled me in right from the beginning. It alternates between first and third person narratives which I normally find somewhat annoying but I think really added to the character development in this story.

Annabelle is at the center of the mystery. Her family has been on the run as long as she can remember but from what? When her father, obsessed with keeping his family safe, dies, Annabelle is left with only questions about her past and the unknown threat from which she has spent her life running.

Bobby Dodge is the detective brought into consult on gruesome discovery on the grounds of the long-defunct state mental hospital. A piece of evidence at the scene ties Annabelle to what remains of a horrible crime. Discovering Annabelle's identity and how she is related to this crime is what drew me in.

The plot, while somewhat complicated, never gets terribly convoluted and things are tied up neatly in the end. I felt like the conclusion, though satisfactory, was a little rushed and a little too neat. However, the characters were enjoyable and it was a light, quick read. I'd recommend it as a great vacation/beach read. It was never slow and there is some light handed romantic interest that never goes over the top. Just enough of everything, I'd say to be an all-around good read.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
You can run, but you can't hide - at least not forever. That's what decorator Annabelle Granger learns when, after 25 years of changing homes and changing names, she returns to Massachusetts where all the madness began. It's obvious to Annabelle that her parents were protecting their family from something or someone, but never once did they reveal the reason why, and now both have died. Shortly after establishing herself in Boston, Annabelle reluctantly becomes involved in helping the police with a 20 year old serial killer case. The deeper they delve, the more danger she's in.

Author Gardner manages to spring a few surprises in this thriller. Ultimately, the resolution owes more to luck (bad luck) than to solid evidence, but the ending is fairly satisfactory. Read this and you'll never view an abandoned mental institution in the same light again!
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Lisa Gardner's work is most easily classified within the thriller genre. But in her new novel, she infuses a solid, complex mystery into the plotline, nicely balancing excitement --- make that terror --- with whodunit elements to create a work easily accessible to fans of any genre. HIDE is much more than a nominal sequel to ALONE; it is a deliciously creepy tale that begins with a crime scene so startling and horrific that it resonates throughout the book.

HIDE marks the return of Massachusetts State Police Detective Bobby Dodge and his former partner, Boston Police Detective D.D. Warren. Despite Dodge's newly minted position, Warren brings him into a Boston investigation. The crime scene --- a vision of nightmares that will shut you down --- is reminiscent of the Richard Umbrio case that figured so prominently in ALONE. As the result of evidence found at the current scene, one of the victims is tentatively identified as Annabelle Granger.

Thus, Dodge and Warren are baffled when a woman shows up in their office and identifies herself as Granger. She relates the story of a life lived on the run, with her family changing residences and identities on an annual basis, crisscrossing the country as if being pursued by an omnipresent, unknown tracker.

Dodge and Warren's investigation is further complicated by the fact that Granger bears an uncanny, startling resemblance to Catherine Gagnon, who as a child was one of Umbrio's kidnapping victims. Gagnon grew up into an exotic, enigmatic lady who may have manipulated Dodge into shooting her husband.

Another issue is the slowly blossoming, if reluctant, attraction between Dodge and Granger.
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Bobby Doyle is a Mass. State Police Detective. He's called out to the scene of a gruesome mass murder that took place in the grounds of the old State Mental Hospital. Six bodies of children are found in an underground chamber. It is estimated that the crime took place over twenty five years ago.

One of the bodies is identified by a chain around her neck wih the name Annabelle Granger. However, a woman who read about the crime told police that she was Annabelle and that she had given the locket to her friend, Dori Petracelli, when she was seven years old.

Annabelle also bears a striking resemlblance to Catherine Gagnon who Bobby met at a hostage scene. When she was younger, she had been captive in an underground chamber but was rescued by hunters who heard her cries. Later, in the hostage scene, events occurred that saved Catherine but Bobby questioned if the entire scene had been staged and that he may have been set up.

The reader learns the background of why Annibelle had been targeted by a preditor and what happened next.

Bobby Doyle is a well described character. He is brave but has a conscience and worries if his actions are always the most appropriate. He is easy to sympathize with and enjoy.

Lisa Gardner creates suspense as if she were a chef, putting the ingredients together for a feast. The momentum increases as we near the conclusion of this well crafted plot. In addition, the author gives her readers a surprise toward the end which pulls everything together in a professional manner.

Highly recommended.
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