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The Hiding Place by [Bell, David]
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Praise for The Hiding Place

“An artfully constructed tale that charts the devastating, life-changing effects over twenty-five years on the people most affected by the murder of a four-year-old boy….a powerful, provocative novel.”—Publishers Weekly

“David Bell does a masterful job of crafting a crime story, with the guilty and innocent existing next to each other, whether they realize it or not. He has also created a tense drama of emotions and relationships. It is a riveting book with surprising but believable twists on every page.”—Suspense Magazine

“A gem of a book….Bell has written another winning thriller that is certain to entertain, frighten and swiftly climb bestseller lists.”—Bowling Green Daily News

More Praise for David Bell

“One of the brightest and best crime fiction writers of our time.”—Suspense Magazine

“A natural storyteller and a superb writer.”—#1 New York Times Bestselling Author Nelson DeMille

“David Bell writes spellbinding and gripping thrillers that get under your skin and refuse to let go."—New York Times Bestselling Author Linwood Barclay

About the Author

Daniel Silva is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Unlikely Spy, The Mark of the Assassin, The Marching Season, and the Gabriel Allon series, including The Kill Artist, The English Assassin, The Confessor, A Death in Vienna, Prince of Fire, The Messenger, The Secret Servant, Moscow Rules, The Defector, The Rembrandt Affair, Portrait of a Spy, The Fallen Angel, The English Girl, The Heist, The English Spy, and The Black Widow. His books are published in more than thirty countries and are bestsellers around the world.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1836 KB
  • Print Length: 396 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00CF5L19C
  • Publisher: NAL (October 2, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 2, 2012
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0083P4ANC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,801 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By 2LZ on November 24, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Although the premise for The Hiding Place by David Bell was an interesting one, the story was very slow and it took too long to get to the resolution. Additionally, the ending was somewhat predictable.

Twenty-five years ago, seven year old Janet Manning was sent with her four year old brother, Justin, to a nearby park to play. Her mother instructed Janet to never take her eyes off of her sibling, but Janet's friend, Michael, was at the park too. Janet and Michael went off to play and when they returned, Justin was missing. Justin was later found buried in a shallow grave in the adjoining woods. An African American man, Dante Rogers, who was also a questionable character, was convicted for this crime he insisted he did not commit, and after serving his time, subsequently was released from prison still maintaining his innocence.

On the twenty-fifth anniversary of the murder, a stranger approached Janet at her family home, in the middle of the night, suggesting that there was additional information regarding her brother's killing. Janet determined to find out the truth, along with her daughter Ashleigh, uncovered many lies and distortions and her brother's closed case started to unravel.

There were some problems with the book for me. I questioned why, after twenty-five years this stranger first came forward. Janet, who no doubt suffered a difficult life after the death of her brother, didn't come across as feeling any guilt for the incident. In fact, she was presented as a very strong, well-adjusted woman, raising her daughter on her own and taking care of her unemployed, aloof dad. Side stories, such as Janet's single-motherhood and money being stolen from the church, fizzled and left this reader asking why time was wasted on this part of the story.
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THE HIDING PLACE is a well-written, nail-biting, mystery thriller that at times will have you on the edge-of-your-seat.

This story was captivating from the first page and gripping right to the end. Janet Manning's little brother disappeared 25 years ago and just two months later his body was found in a shallow grave. A suspect was charged and convicted. But now, all these years later, is it possible an innocent man was in prison and the real killer never captured?

This is a real who-dun-it story and the ending a huge surprise. A fantastic read. Highly recommended.
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I am in love with David Bell! Last year his novel Cemetery Girl blew me away and his new book The Hiding Place delivered a tale that was suspenseful, mysterious and delved into small town issues. David had my attention from the first sentence, "What do you remember from that day Janet?" and held me firmly till the last. He spun a tale with fleshed out characters that at times stole my breath away.

The tale begins around the twenty-fifth anniversary of the day four year old Justin Manning went missing while at the park with his seven year old sister Janet. Janet is now a single Mom who has moved back into her childhood home. She is helping her father who lost his job at the local factory. The newspaper is running a piece about the murder and conviction of Justin's killer. The first article is about Dante Rogers, a black man from the wrong side of the tracks who was convicted and served his sentence for the murder of Justin. He is now living back in town and still claiming his innocence. A young, eager reporter begins to make Detective Stynes, the police officer involved and Janet question events that took place all those years ago. The tale that unfolded kept me enthralled as we pieced together that day in the park.

David Bell has an uncanny ability to create characters that blur the lines of fiction and become real. I connected with them all and felt like they could be neighbors. Janet has suffered from guilt, the loss of her mother and the stigma of being an unwed mother in a small town. She is incredibly tough and mourns what she has lost. Her Dad has shut down; refusing to rehash the past and his coldness hurts Janet. Ashleigh is Janet's fifteen year old daughter, she is bright and inquisitive. She overhears a young man tell her mother he had answers about that day.
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I painfully finished this book just because I try to make it a point NOT to leave a book unfinished (I learned my lesson with The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, which ended up being a great book). This book is NOT suspenseful, poorly written, and the characters are boring and undeveloped. I can't believe that some gave it a good review; I'd like to give them a list of books that are actually worth reading.
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This mystery/thriller is not action packed, so -- if that's what you like -- you'll want to look elsewhere. It is, however, full of twists and tidbits and interesting revelations. Unlike a few other reviewers, I did not find the story predictable until very near the end as the threads and revelations started to come together. That's not "predictable" in my opinion, that's just good writing.

This is a mystery for those who like relationships, and getting to know characters. Very little actually happens in the book, but, along the way, you grow to know the characters, care about them, and enjoy learning what really took place 25 years ago as it gets uncovered. I found it a satisfying read, and read it through in an evening.

Just to note: There is a certain amount of foul language in the book. It is used in places that make sense (i.e. characters with these personalities would use these words in similar situations in real life). But, I originally was pre-reading this book for my younger daughter, and it would have been nice to know about the language before we bought the book. It is not too excessive, and -- while I don't usually care for a lot of foul words -- I did not find their occasional use in this story to be too distracting.
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