- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 9 hours and 51 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.com Release Date: September 8, 2015
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B014LBV278
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Strange things are occurring around Kate Whitby, as the youngest member of her eccentric family, she is determined to hold tight to the life she has always known. Then the day after she sees her grandfather arguing with his best friend, that same friend is brutally murdered throwing suspicion her grandfather’s way.
Another young hooligan chooses the worst possible time to graffiti a local store front.
Miles away a ruthless gang track a young man called Charlie down, trying to eliminate him by framing him for the murder of another.
All events slowly draw themselves toward the resort where Kate lives, threatening to tear apart her ordered world.
This is a tale that has many layers and many characters. It is not simply a linear story but twists and turns all over the place. While to some it may feel a little drawn out or even slow in places it is still a suspense tale an never forgets that.
I can whole heartedly recommend this book as a thrill ride to the finish and it is time that you will not feel wasted by the time you reach the final resolution.
I received a free book from Thomas Nelson/Zondervan Fiction Guild in return for an honest review.
The other part of the story is about kids who have no family so they band together to form their own families or gangs. Charlie is one who knows he has to get away from his gang but against his better judgment he agrees to do one more job to get enough money together to leave. Things go terribly wrong and a 12 year old boy from another gang is killed. Charlie winds up at the Lodge after his stolen motorcycle crashes into a mountain lion running across the road. He is badly injured and needs help.
I really liked the characters in this book. They were so well fleshed out, I felt like I knew each one. The meeting of Kate and Charlie shows how lives can change when you have someone to care for. Family is a reoccurring theme in Ms Healy's books.
Erin Healy knows how to keep her readers interested with unexpected plot twists and surprises. The suspense slowly builds throughout the book and leads to a very satisfying conclusion. If you haven't read any of Healy's other books , this is a good introduction to her writing.
Erin Healy delivers captivating and adventurous HIDING PLACES, a world of intrigue, suspense, and mystery surround the multi-layered story and a Nancy Drew type young girl, named Kate – as she tries to make sense of this world of crazy adults, her family history, danger, secrets, and treasures.
Set in a resort mountain town of Evergreen, Colorado-- Kat, eleven-years-old seems to be the protector of the family. She is caught in the middle of all her family members and grandparents. Her family operates The Harrison Lodge, a historic mountain resort, and has done so for many generations. Years ago, the lodge was a private mansion a summer getaway for rich businessmen. However, before Kate was born, someone had turned the mansion into a hotel.
The resort consists of a popular restaurant on the first floor and well -appointed guest rooms and a library on the second, and a third story event center, and spacious detached cottages, and grounds. As with most grand hotels, and resorts of this grand nature; there is always drama with the guests, and oh so many secrets, passageways, hidden treasures, and stories buried beneath. If the wall could speak.
We meet a variety of eccentric, strange, dangerous, and funny characters: Great- Grandma Pearl, Gran & Grandy, her mother, Janet, and two older sisters, Alyssa and Olivia. Great-Granma Pearl is quite the character! In addition to the secrets and a safe haven for the guests, Kate finds the family members are keeping secrets.
Told primarily from Kate’s view, she likes to play detective and suspects one of her family members is involved in a murder. She has seen and heard things.
In addition to all the drama surrounding the entire family, readers are introduced to other families, from different walks of life— from a homeless man who sees a robbery gone wrong . . . runaways living under a bridge, a gang member who seeks revenge for the death of his son . . . and Charlie, a boy who has lived on the streets, with no money, and an alcoholic father. Someone wants him to kill someone, someone is being framed and Kate plays the Good Samaritan by hiding him; not realizing the danger. However, she has no clue how he may be connected to her family’s history.
How can three different families’ lives connect? How can Kate protect them all --and keep them from harm’s way?
A mystery, heartwarming, redemptive, and coming-of-age story of an innocent and trusting young girl, and her altruistic need to take the burdens of the world upon herself. To protect and be protected. (Loved the front cover)!
There are so many elements to the story, and Erin does a fabulous job connecting all the storylines, building with mystery and intrigue, with nice character development. Kate loves to hide out, intuitive-- reminding you of a Nancy Drew; readers will fall for her charm and Pearl, the one everyone thinks is crazy. Loved the relationship between the two, with a nice takeaway.
“Don’t you play hide-and-seek? Hiding places are only good for as long as they stay hidden.“
As The Parable of the Good Samaritan, Luke 10:25-37 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
HIDING PLACES was my first book by Healy— have heard so much about Motherless, I just purchased the audiobook. Look forward to reading/listening, as well as her previous books.
On a personal note: Was attracted to the book initially, due to the hotel, as a consultant for historic hotel properties— they (former owners and guests) all have history, mysteries and secrets of the past. I love writing the research for the web, and digging up its past, naming the rooms, connections, and capturing earlier times and eras. Fascinating!