Author: Nora Roberts
Rating: Three out of five stars
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
A family ranch in Big Sur country and a legacy of Hollywood royalty set the stage for Nora Roberts’ emotional new suspense novel, Hideaway.
Caitlyn Sullivan had come from a long line of Hollywood royalty, stretching back to her Irish immigrant great-grandfather. At nine, she was already a star—yet still an innocent child who loved to play hide and seek with her cousins at the family home in Big Sur. It was during one of those games that she disappeared.
Some may have considered her a pampered princess, but Cate was in fact a smart, scrappy fighter, and she managed to escape her abductors. Dillon Cooper was shocked to find the bloodied, exhausted girl huddled in his house—but when the teenager and his family heard her story they provided refuge, reuniting her with her loved ones.
Cate’s ordeal, though, was far from over. First came the discovery of a shocking betrayal that would send someone she’d trusted to prison. Then there were years spent away in western Ireland, peaceful and protected but with restlessness growing in her soul.
Finally, she would return to Los Angeles, gathering the courage to act again and get past the trauma that had derailed her life. What she didn’t yet know was that two seeds had been planted that long-ago night—one of a great love, and one of a terrible vengeance…
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Hideaway had the author’s signature style of storytelling throughout, i.e. a loving close knit family dynamic, fascinating insights into character interests and careers, well described settings, clearly defined lines between the good and evil characters, suspenseful situations, and snappy repartee between the hero and heroine. The book definitely had all those positive examples. It just had them in disappointingly minuscule amounts. Cait and Dillon’s relationship was that of comfortable and caring friends and not of sexy romantic partners. Sadly, I found Hideaway to be a rather indifferent read.
“If love isn’t stronger than pride, it isn’t love.”
“It calmed him, reminded him life offered a whole bounty of good things from the simple to the amazing. You just had to take a few minutes now and then to find them.”
“Hugh thought the women were as graceful as ballerinas, as strong as lumberjacks, as focused as scientists.”
“When in uncharted territory, he thought, take one careful step at a time.”
[Disclaimer: I received a printed ARC (Advance Reader Copy) from the publisher through a Goodreads contest. I voluntarily read and offered my review of the book, and the means in which I acquired the book have not affected my review.]