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Hiding Places by Erin Healy – Book Review

Hiding Places Book Description:

Family means safety. Family means protection. Until it doesn’t.

Eleven-year-old Kate Whitby leads an invisible life, the youngest member of her odd family. They live in their historic small-town hotel, where she is an expert at keeping everyone’s secrets: her sister’s a thief, her great-grandmother isn’t as crazy as people think, her mother lives in the past, and her beloved grandfather might have killed his best friend.

Devoted to the people she loves-more than they have ever been to her-Kate vows to protect each one. Charlie Fuse has lived on the streets since his alcoholic father threw him out. When Charlie’s powerful street family tests his loyalty by demanding that he kill the son of a rival gang leader, he refuses. They frame him for the murder, forcing Charlie to run.

When Kate finds Charlie injured and penniless, she hides him from his enemies and her uncharitable relatives, unaware that he has a connection to her family as old as the hotel itself.

The murderous gang tracks Charlie down. To flush him out, they take the clueless family hostage and threaten young Kate. Even then, Kate keeps Charlie hidden, putting all her childlike faith in one terrible hope: that the family who has never been able to protect her before might learn how to do it now.

hidingplacesHiding Places by Erin Healy

About the author:

Erin Healy is the bestselling coauthor of Burn and Kiss (with Ted Dekker) and an award-winning editor for many bestselling authors. She is a member of ACFW and Academy of Christian Editors. Her novels include such thrilling stories as Never Let You Go, The Baker’s Wife, Stranger Things, and Motherless. She and her family live in Colorado. Facebook: erinhealybooks Twitter: @erinhealybooks


I’m a huge Erin Healy fan, I just want to get that out there. I follow on social media, read her books, and occasionally chat with her over tea. Well, sorta. It might be chatting over social media, and it might be more on my part than on hers. Just sayin’.

Being the fan that I am, I really, really wanted to love this book. I don’t know if I emphasized that enough. I sometimes feel that if I don’t give an awesome rating to my friends, just play along, then I might be, I don’t know, letting them down. I am warped, and I know this.  Let’s move on. I really, really wanted to love this book. I know I already said that, but I can’t say that enough because what I am about to say I am only going to say it once.

I did not love this book.

I had a difficult time just getting into the story. I kept reading though, knowing it had to get more interesting and it did. It just happened a little to late for me. I felt like everything took so long to happen, and there was the climax of the story, and BAM there’s the bow wrapping it all up nice and neat.  It lacked something.

I loved the character Kate, and Pearl.  I loved imagining the lodge and cabins, and honestly would even go there if it was real. (Is it a real place, Erin?) I loved that the whole point of the story was a life lesson.

I have decided to give this one three blooms. I did like the book once I got into the meat of it. I liked the ending. I liked the life lesson. And I just love Erin Healy, and I will keep reading her books!


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