Friday, 14 February 2020

HIDE AWAY BY JASON PINTER

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BOOK DESCRIPTION
“Pinter is in fine form with Hide Away. You’ll burn through the pages.” —David Baldacci
From the bestselling author of the Henry Parker series comes a page-turning thriller about a vigilante who’s desperate to protect her secrets—and bring a killer to justice.
On the surface, Rachel Marin is an ordinary single mother; on the inside, she’s a fierce, brilliant vigilante. After an unspeakable crime shatters her life, she changes her identity and moves to a small town in Illinois, hoping to spare her children from further trauma…or worse. But crime follows her everywhere.
When the former mayor winds up dead, Rachel can’t help but get involved. Where local detectives see suicide, she sees murder. They resent her for butting in—especially since she’s always one step ahead. But her investigative genius may be her undoing: the deeper she digs, the harder it is to keep her own secrets buried.
Her persistence makes her the target of both the cops and a killer. Meanwhile, the terrifying truth about her past threatens to come to light, and Rachel learns the hard way that she can’t trust anyone. Surrounded by danger, she must keep her steely resolve, protect her family, and stay one step ahead, or else she may become the next victim.

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Release date 


MARCH 1, 2020



MY REVIEW

Very enjoyable beginning to a new police procedural series featuring Rachel Marin, fierce mama-bear to her kids and a secret, self-made vigilante. Although she needs to stay under the cops’ radar, when Rachel discovers a murder, she risks her anonymity and the safety of her children.

Rachel is a strong female protagonist, who escapes to a new town after a tragedy, and then remakes herself from an ordinary mom to a self-defense adept—and a crime scholar of sorts. Her greatest weaknesses—and her strengths—are her two young children, whom she zealously protects. Predictably, things change when she realizes that a so-called suicide is really a murder.

Police protagonists, Detectives John Serrano and Leslie Tally, work the murder. Meanwhile, Rachel, the crime scholar mom—who should know better—meddles in the murder case, annoying the detectives. Soon, she’s a nuisance and a possible suspect, because Rachel has no prior background information, until she buys a house in their town. It’s only a matter of time until the villains & murderer(s) know she’s meddling.

Author Jason Pinter needs a better copy editor, who could’ve pruned the large cast of characters, among other things. 4.5 stars bumped up to 5 stars, because this is an enthralling police procedural, and I’m also tempted to get the Audiobook for a listening experience.

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