4 Apr 2018

Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway - Hiding by Jenny Morton Potts


Title: Hiding

Author: Jenny Morton Potts

Synopsis:

A gripping psychological thriller with chilling twists, from a unique new voice.
 

Keller Baye and Rebecca Brown live on different sides of the Atlantic. Until she falls in love with him, Rebecca knows nothing of Keller. But he’s known about her for a very long time, and now he wants to destroy her.

This is the story of two families. One living under the threat of execution in North Carolina. The other caught up in a dark mystery in the Scottish Highlands. The families’ paths are destined to cross. But why? And can anything save them when that happens?

My Thoughts:

This was my first psychological thriller in a while and I enjoyed it immensely.

Keller and Rebecca should be total strangers to each other, since he lives in America and she in a remote mansion in Scotland. They have never visited the other's country and neither of them has ever laid eyes on the other. Yet there is a deadly connection between them that only one of them knows about. Keller is out for revenge and it seems no one is capable to keep him from doing his 'duty'.

I can't really give much away to keep this one interesting for future readers. Obviously, the invisible thread that stretches between Keller and Rebecca has a root in the past. Something had happened long ago that jumbled up the life of two families; an event that left children without their parents and created secrets that are whispered in passageways of a crumbling house. However, as always, the truth will out and both sides need to face the consequences in the end.

There are two POVs throughout the book: Keller's and Rebecca's. We get glimpses of them from their childhood onwards, and this helps to get to know both characters; their motivations and their feelings. I enjoyed Rebecca's side of the story more, but perhaps this had to do with the Scottish setting which I was in love with. Keller's chapters are interesting because we get more information about the event that messed up everything and his disturbed thoughts build tension in the reader, they make you anticipate what will happen next.

Eventually the two characters meet and that's when the situation becomes really worrying. By that time the reader knows Rebecca's whole family and I personally feared for them, because I grew to like them a lot. Eccentric Primmy, the grandmother, caring Tilly, the sister, Juliet and Neil, the ones I'm not supposed to write about unless I want to spoil everything for you... By the end of the story everyone is in grave danger and the only questions are: who will live and who will die?

The writing was very enjoyable, the characters were well-developed. Sometimes I didn't agree with Rebecca's actions (dating a stalker fan??), but she wasn't an annoying heroine altogether. Her childhood memories fascinated me and I also liked to read about her bonding with her grandfather.

I was on the edge of my seat while reading the last third of the novel and I rooted for Rebecca and her folks like crazy.

Keller was a complex male protagonist. The ending added yet another layer to his character and I feel I should have hated the last page but I didn't.

I recommend this book to lovers of the thriller genre, though be warned that there are some 18+ scenes in it that are not for the faint-hearted. If you're not bothered by that, pick it up by all means!


About the Author:

Jenny Morton Potts was born in a smart, dull suburb of Glasgow where the only regular excitement was burglary. Attended a smart, dull school where the only regular excitement was the strap. Worked in smart, dull sales and marketing jobs until realising she was living someone else’s life.

Escaped to Gascony to make gîtes. Knee deep in cement and pregnant, Jenny was happy. Then autism and a distracted spine surgeon who wanted to talk about The Da Vinci Code, wiped out the order. Returned to wonderful England – and unlikely ever to leave again – Jenny, with assistance from loyal hound, walked and swam her way back to manageable health.

Jenny would like to see the Northern Lights but worries that’s the best bit and should be saved till last. Very happily, and gratefully, partnered for 28 years, she ought to mention, and living with inspirational child in Thaxted, Essex.

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Giveaway:

Two digital copies of Hiding by Jenny Morton Potts. Open internationally.

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