Book Review for THE HIDING PLACE by David Bell

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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A solid mystery with relatable characters and interesting twists.

In anticipation of David Bell's newest release, BRING HER HOME, I decided to read THE HIDING PLACE as part of two month blog tour. The book was one of the few of his that immediately jumped out to me. The concept of revisiting a twenty-five year old case coupled with the possibility of a wrongful conviction and all the emotions that would be dredged up again made me want to give this book a chance.


THE HIDING PLACE is a slowly building mystery that carefully reveals itself. The red herrings and turns that this book takes are not necessarily original, but the way that the author intertwines these elements make them seem fresh in relationship to the the situations within the book.

What I loved about Bell's novel was the natural flow of narrative and the way that the characters reacted to everything being thrown at them. As a reader, you really do get the feeling that you are a fly on the wall. In all honesty, the relationship between the Mannings and all those around them is one of the best parts of the book for me.

I must say that if this book is anything like his others, I will have quite a few nights of reading ahead of me.

Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.


Plot Summary:

Sometimes it’s easier to believe a lie.

Twenty-five-years ago, the disappearance of four-year-old Justin Manning rocked the small town of Dove Point, Ohio. After his body was found in a shallow grave in the woods two months later, the repercussions were felt for years.

Janet Manning has been haunted by the murder since the day she lost sight of her brother in the park. Now, with the twenty-fifth anniversary of Justin’s death looming, a detective and a newspaper reporter have started to ask questions, opening old wounds and raising new suspicions. Could the man convicted of the murder — who spent more than two decades in prison — really be innocent? Janet’s childhood friend and high school crush, who was in the park with her that day, has returned to Dove Point, where he is wrestling with his own conflicted memories of the events. And a strange man appears at Janet’s door in the middle of the night, claiming to know the truth.

Soon, years of deceit will be swept away, and the truth about what happened to Janet’s brother will be revealed. And the answers that Janet has sought may be found much closer to home than she ever could have imagined.


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Book Details:

Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Berkley (October 2, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 045123796X
ISBN-13: 978-0451237965

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