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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 beloveFamily 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....

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Hiding Places Reviews

  • Judy Collins
    2019-03-28 12:13

    A special thank you to Thomas Nelson-Fiction and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Erin Healydelivers captivating and adventurous HIDING PLACES, a world of intrigue, suspense, and mystery surround the multi-layered story and a Nancy Drew type young girl, named Kate – as she tries to make sense of this world of crazy adults, her family history, danger, secrets, and treasures.Set in a resort mountain town of Evergreen, Colorado-- Kat, eleven-years-old seems to be the protector of the family. She is caught in the middle of all her family members and grandparents. Her family operates The Harrison Lodge, a historic mountain resort, and has done so for many generations. Years ago, the lodge was a private mansion a summer getaway for rich businessmen. However, before Kate was born, someone had turned the mansion into a hotel. The resort consistsof a popular restaurant on the first floor and well -appointed guest rooms and a library on the second, and a third story event center, and spacious detached cottages, and grounds. As with most grand hotels, and resorts of this grand nature; there is always drama with the guests, and oh so many secrets, passageways, hidden treasures, and stories buried beneath. If the wall could speak. We meet a variety ofeccentric, strange, dangerous, and funny characters: Great- Grandma Pearl, Gran & Grandy, her mother, Janet, and two older sisters, Alyssa and Olivia. Great-Granma Pearl is quite the character! In addition to the secrets and a safe haven for the guests, Kate finds the family members are keeping secrets. Told primarily from Kate’s view,she likes to play detective and suspects one of her family members is involved in a murder. She has seen and heard things. In addition to all the drama surrounding the entire family, readers are introduced to other families, from different walks of life— from a homeless man who sees a robbery gone wrong . . . runaways living under a bridge, a gang member who seeks revenge for the death of his son . . . and Charlie, a boy who has lived on the streets, with no money, and an alcoholic father. Someone wants him to kill someone, someone is being framed and Kate plays the Good Samaritan by hiding him; not realizing the danger. However, she has no clue how he may be connected to her family’s history. How can three different families’ lives connect? How can Kate protect them all --and keep them from harm’s way? A mystery,heartwarming, redemptive, and coming-of-age story of an innocent and trusting young girl, and her altruistic need to take the burdens of the world upon herself. To protect and be protected. (Loved the front cover)! There are so many elements to the story, and Erin does a fabulous job connecting all the storylines, building with mystery and intrigue, with nice character development. Kate loves to hide out, intuitive-- reminding you of a Nancy Drew; readers will fall for her charm and Pearl, the one everyone thinks is crazy. Loved the relationship between the two, with a nice takeaway. “Don’t you play hide-and-seek? Hiding places are only good for as long as they stay hidden.“As The Parable of the Good Samaritan, Luke 10:25-37“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”HIDING PLACES was my first book by Healy— have heard so much about Motherless,I just purchased the audiobook. Look forward to reading/listening, as well as her previous books.On a personal note: Was attracted to the book initially, due to the hotel, as a consultant for historic hotel properties— they (former owners and guests) all have history, mysteries and secrets of the past. I love writing the research for the web, and digging up its past, naming the rooms, connections, and capturing earlier times and eras. Fascinating!JDCMustReadBooks

  • Debbie
    2019-03-29 16:00

    4 stars!I really liked this book a lot! There was a lot going on. A gang member gets shot, a pawn broker gets murdered and his store gets vandalized, a wanderer wrecks his motorcycle into a cougar and a resort lodge that has been in a family for decades becomes the focal point where all of the action from the whole book comes together.In a way, it's kind of funny, but while your reading it, it's kinda serious. It's definitely thriller and will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat. There are a lot of bad guys in this book and they do not have a conscience. They are part of a gang and they are on a mission that they WILL complete.In the middle of everything is eleven year old Kate, pure as the driven snow, but not stupid. She knows a lot of secrets, but she holds on to these secrets. Then you have Great Grandma Pearl. Is she crazy as a loon or is it just an act? Then there are the family secrets that everyone has and is hiding. It all comes out of the woodwork when all these strangers with guns come into their peaceful little resort with evil in their hearts.This was definitely one that I could not put down. There were so many things going on. I didn't yell at this book though. It was a more peaceful frenzy as there were a few moments to breath stuck in there.Huge thanks to Thomas Nelson for providing me with a free ARC in exchange for an honest review. I was thoroughly entertained and loved it. I highly recommend this book!!

  • Galaxy Adventurer
    2019-04-25 08:15

    Ok so what I have read of this book has been interesting. But I can't seem to focus on it. I will finish it but right now I have no motivation to. So this is my review of what I have read of the book.The main character in Hiding Places is Kate, an 11 year old girl, and she knows secrets about her family that nobody else knows. She is good at hiding, keeping secrets and spying. Then there is Charlie Fuse. When Charlie gets into some trouble with the gang he is a part of he runs away, and that's when Kate meets him. Kate finds him injured and wants to help so she hides him and helps him the best she can. Pearl, Kate's grandma, knows secrets about the lodge and helps Kate use and find more hiding places. Meanwhile a rival gang member is out for revenge for the murder of his son. When I finish the book I will come back and finish my review but for now that's all. :)I received a free book from Thomas Nelson/Zondervan Fiction Guild in return for an honest review.

  • Amy
    2019-04-23 14:08

    Hiding Places is the first book I have read by Erin Healy. After reading this one, I will definitely be picking up more by her. It did start off a little slow at first but it quickly picked up and I didn't want to put it down.Great story.4 stars.

  • Brittany
    2019-03-28 14:59

    Hiding Places was an interesting book. Although I thought that the way the story was put together was creative, it moved very slowly for me. There are many characters, coming from a wide variety of situations, and the reader follows these various men, women, and even a young girl to discover what is going on and how everything converges together.I enjoyed the history of the hotel that is eventually revealed. I think that was my favorite part of the book for me. I felt sorry for Kate and the way her family treated her. My favorite character was Pearl, who was Kate’s great-grandmother. She was so interesting.Overall, not my favorite story out there, but I think it could appeal to readers who like suspense. Also, although it is technically listed as Christian fiction, it only has a very light reference to religion. This story could easily appeal to readers who enjoy suspense from the general market.I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.You can read this review on my blog at:https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...

  • Rachael
    2019-04-02 13:07

    I'd never have finished this read if not for Kate. I didn't care for any of the gang members, violence, and murders.( This is a clean read, tho, so no worries on the language scenes, etc. ) However, Kate is a girl with little love from her family, and who has a knack for spying. Following her adventures and caring spirit pulled me through to the end. Kate is just plain fun, and she seems to care about everyone around her while no one cares about her.This story falls flat at the end for me. It could have been a great redemption, Grace, and love story. However, there really isn't a Christian theme in this book at all. Thus the three stars. I'm not fond of reading of gangsters and the like, but I don't mind if it leads to a great Christian Fiction read.If you like suspense, gang wars, etc this book is for you. I love mystery/ suspense reads, but I like the hope Christian fiction brings. The one good thing...the family finally realizes Kate needs love...and lots of it!I received this book from the publisher for my honest opinion which I have given.

  • Eden
    2019-04-13 09:18

    Hiding Places was by far so much better than the first. The plot, characters, and description all were complex and marvelously woven together. Even though parts of the story line at first seemed like they wouldn't be able to connect, Erin Healy did a great job twisting the people and plots together.

  • Andi
    2019-04-13 10:58

    Erin created a multifaceted story with real characters and a believable story. My heart went out to Kate who kept all the secrets for the family. There was a lot going on throughout the book, and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough.Highly recommended!I received this book from Thomas Nelson in exchange for an honest review, I received no compensation for a favorable review.

  • Raechel
    2019-04-13 08:17

    3.5 StarsThis was a pretty good book all considering. It wasn't really "Christian" though - I mean, it was clean, nothing graphic, immoral, evil, but there was no God. :( Review to come.

  • Janka H.
    2019-04-25 10:00

    11-year-old Kate is the keeper of her family. Loving as only a child can love those who doesn´t know and/or want to love her, she tries to keep their secrets, undo their wrongdoings and protect their happiness. But the storm of events is coming into Harrison Lodge and this storm will re-establish their family hotel and relationships. For better or for worse?20-year old (or so) Charlie Fuse is an outcast and on the run from the murder accusations. And the father of the dead child and his gangster brothers are after him. Charlie doesn´t know how to trust people, hurting inside. But Kate offers her help and touches his heart within the process.Heartwarming and beautiful.I am used to Ms Healy's books to have a bit of supernatural touch. Not in this case - but great as well. This is a bit family drama, a bit of heart drama and tells a story of forgiveness, closeness and family members having their backs. The Harrisons has forgotten than once their family was more than willing to help the excludes groups (the American-Japanese people within the WWII), now they are together but everyone of them is alone, living their lives in some kind of want. Until the crisis unites them. Charlie was never the one to help - but he tries his best anyway, but without results. He is very hurt, but his heart his miraculously not totally hardened. Somehow he and Kate are of the same kind of people, even he is much more bitter. And their sacrifice will awaken the others.And I love them very much for their hearts. Because heart can be broken easily, or be silenced. Every adult knows that. And it is very hard to love when one has suffered - and the longer the period of suffering, the more is the love in the heart silenced. Thanks be for all the Kates and Charlies and Grandma Pearls of the world! I want you in my life, too.

  • Dawn Traylor
    2019-04-21 16:21

    Love itErin Healy is an amazing writer who draws you into the story! Hiding Places is another one of those stories that makes you feel like you are right there with the star characters. This story is one that reminds you what true family is and in the purity of the love of a child.

  • Libby
    2019-04-06 10:01

    No sex or language though there is a murder. Erin Healy is one of my favorite authors but this wasn't my favorite of hers. It wasn't bad but there wasn't her usual supernatural element. It was eluded to early on but , sadly, wasn't developed.

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-10 10:20

    This book was ok. I enjoyed the second half of the book it was faster paced and overall more useful to the storyline.

  • Angie Fehl
    2019-04-23 12:11

    While I've heard Erin Healy's books discussed around the book blogosphere a fair amount, this is my first try at experiencing her writing. I was a little hesitant getting into this one after reading the back cover because I couldn't help thinking wow, that sounds like a lot trying to get crammed into one storyline. Sure enough, by novel's end I still felt that way. It wasn't an absolutely terrible novel necessarily, the writing style itself is solid. I think it was more just everything Healy tries to work into the plot ended up not working for me as a reader. There were just so many different directions trying to merge that the whole lot ended up feeling kinda muddled. First we have 11 year old Kate, whose family owns and runs Harrison Lodge, a Colorado mountain retreat. She is the sort of kid that tends to just stay in the background of things because that's where her family seems to keep her. Her mother is mostly absentee parenting, her sisters either ignore or torment her, her grandmother is never quite satisfied with her. Kate's most positive interactions are with her grandfather Grandy and great-grandmother Pearl. But even Grandy starts acting odd, clearly hiding some major secret from the rest of the family. This family though. A whole novel could have been made just around this family's dramas!So Kate becomes that character that, because she's driven to the proverbial shadows, she becomes privy to the secrets of everyone around her, just by being silent and unseen. She's also inspired by her love of Harriet The Spy by Louise Fitzhugh. Kate's ability to go unnoticed comes in handy when she discovers an injured man in the woods, deciding to get him to a secret place in the lodge where she can help him heal. This tender-heartedness is also displayed in the way she goes behind her grandmother's back to help a family in need (the stingy grandmother going the route of we're not running a shelter here). Multiple times we see Kate offering assistance to the hurting and hungry, which I really liked. Kate seems to be the ballast, of sorts, in an otherwise shaky environment. I also really enjoyed her relationship with her great-grandmother Pearl, and Pearl herself is a pretty fun character!Sidenote regarding Kate's family: One thing that really bothered me about this book's design was how there is nothing on the cover or synopsis that discusses the fact that Kate and her family are Japanese-Americans. In fact, there's clearly a white girl on the cover. Though I am not Japanese myself, I still feel it does a disservice to readers, who want to see people of their particular race / culture featured in a storyline, not to mention this anywhere within the book's synopsis or design, at least when it comes to a main character. That's just my mini-rant there, but back to the story itself.The other major plot point (though there feels like half a dozen tiny veins of sub-plots running through) involves a gang leader who calls himself The Fox. There's a pothead character that's introduced prior to the reader meeting The Fox (one of those side stories that runs into the main one later) that -- now, I got a little confused keeping it all straight at this point -- I think unwittingly gets himself mixed up in some gang activity involving a family member of The Fox. Doesn't end well for the family member, but pothead guy walks away (but more like on the run now). So now we have The Fox hunting this guy down. Which leads everyone back to the Harrison Lodge. So yeah, everyone's problems and criminal activity intersect at this lodge, things get ugly, lots of yelling, more hiding, some hostage situations, cops get involved... just an unpleasant night all around. And just for good measure, since my head wasn't quite befuddled enough apparently, Healy also works in talk of the Yakuza and what's this about the lodge maybe being haunted as well?! Ugh. Too many thoughts in the room for me. Aside from the plot getting confusing and muddled, I didn't find too many of the characters that compelling or complex, except for Pearl & Kate. Also, the dialogue was not fantastic. Again, not horrible, but it wasn't helping drive the story as I'd hoped. So this one was a bit of a dud for me, but if you've read Healy's stuff previously and liked it, by all means check this one out and see what you think. FTC Disclaimer: TNZ Fiction Guild kindly provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The opinions above are entirely my own.

  • Karen Wiser
    2019-04-25 11:58

    Hiding Places by Erin Healy is a fast paced suspense novel weaving a story of courage, devotion, love and hope. Another astonishing piece of work from this gifted author!Hiding Places by Erin Healy combines the determination of a father to avenge his son's death, the battle of a struggling homeless man's inner turmoil to find belonging, and the strong willed determination of a young girl to do what families are supposed to do...protect one another.I absolutely love this newly released book! Actually, that comes as no surprise, since Erin Healy is one of my favorite authors. However, there is good reason why she is on the top of my, "Christian Fiction Favorite Author" list. Her consistency is once again unveiled in her most recent publication of Hiding Places. If she isn't already there, Healy belongs on your "top Christian author" list too. Erin Healy Books always manage to successfully provide the top five things that are imperative in a Christian Fiction novel. Those five things are to: renew hope, entertain, inform, educate, and worship. Erin Healy delivers in every category with her latest book, Hiding Places.The book begins with a level of apprehension and curiosity that only increases with each turn of the page. The characters are realistic and endearing, especially Great Grandma Pearl, who happens to be my beloved character, not only for her humor, but for her uncanny ability to understand the needs of her family and then respond to those needs in a beautiful way. The main character, Kate, is not without charm and likability as well, as she moves through the pages with simplicity and naivety. That leaves Charlie, Merridew, and Grandy, each with a lesson to teach the reader through their unique passions.All of the characters represent a different age and unique stage of life. They come from varied levels of experience and the reader is fed some valuable information about gang mentality, life on the streets for a homeless person, struggles of an aging adult, what it's like to live life with regret for past decisions, and finally the gentle reminder of a child's perspective of our world. Hope is presented from several different angles and at various points throughout the book. As the story winds down, there is a feeling of inspiration to lead a life that takes into account how our actions will impact those around us.Hiding Places by Erin Healy also includes discussion questions at the end of the book to assist the reader in gentle reflections about family and how we relate to one another. This book would be a fun choice for a "Book Club". Utilizing the questions provided would allow for deeper analysis of certain areas of the heart and it has the potential to unearth hidden hurts and thus bring them to the surface where they can be addressed. In conclusion, I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good suspense novel, but be forewarned...there is a lot hidden beneath the surface! Enjoy!Thank you to Thomas Nelson, a registered trademark of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc for this review copy of Hiding Places by Erin Healy provided through the BookLook Bloggers review program. I was not required to write a favorable review, but to simply to read the work in it's entirety. The opinions within this review are strictly my own.

  • Kara Peck
    2019-04-11 08:05

    I am a big fan of suspense novels. That being said, I tend to find a mystery a little underwhelming and a bit hard to get into. However, once I have devoted myself to the book I am usually happy I stuck it out.Hiding Places was just such a book for me. I found myself curious, but not enough to really dig in and devour it. Couple that with the extremely busy week I picked to start the book, and I am sure that contributed to my slow progress. Fast forward a few days to the weekend. That allowed me more time for reading and my interest picked up at that point in the book as well. I found myself pleased about the genre in general and admiring the skill it takes while also enjoying the throw-back, classic feeling of a good mystery. I preface my overall review with all of that because you need to know where I am coming from to understand why I like or don't like certain aspects of the book.As stated above I found it slow going. Now, I know that a slower paced book is an important part of of my reading life, so you could argue that slow is good and I would agree. However, that doesn't mean I am content or happy about it at first. It's a bit of an acquired taste. There are a few view points going on and I found it hard to remember details and facts - causing confusion from time to time. Blame that on the fact that I needed to put the book down fairly often if you'd like. I honestly couldn't tell you which is at fault.Once submerged in understanding my appreciation for the story blossomed, curiosity built and my predictions began to beg for answers. Hiding Places was nowhere near a drudgery! Simply a moseying or ambling pace. As I said, the story was weaving together and I was looking forward to more! Some characters, unlikely to pass each other in life, were bumping into each other and I loved how surprised I was. The "Six Degrees of Separation" theory is intriguing to me and a lot of that was in play.Alongside the cozy mystery was a touch of historical fiction that gave me a new perspective of WWII; a consequence and side effect I had never thought of or read about before. I don't want to give to much away here - I hardly ever even read the synopsis pages!- But I will say that the title of the book began to make sense and it brought a smile to my face. I am constantly amazed at how an author can take a subject or character on a journey I never expected. We tend to see things at a surface level and I love the deeper look into the story and their lives.Hiding Places accomplished that. I found it believable - yet another change of pace from my current genre picks! I have to hand it to Erin Healy there. She is great at story building, seeing beyond the mere surface look of a story; giving you a deeper picture and making you wonder how you didn't see it sooner. The good thing about a realistic book is it builds empathy and helps you see new view points. I'm grateful for the reminder.I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mystery and historical fiction, or to someone who needs a bit of a break from their fast-paced to-be-read pile.*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review. I am under no obligation to read or review and the words are my own*

  • MrsK Books
    2019-04-22 11:22

    If you are young. If you are someone who is living in the shadows of adults, then your story might be that which saves many lives. Kate is a darling character. She is gifted with a wisdom into the true character of those in her life. She is brave and courageous. She adores her Grandfather (Grandy) and her family is precious beyond their unique quirks. Before her story is finished, you will discover that Kate's passion towards those in need will not be in vain."Can you believe this old beast still works?She's yours, Agent K.Don't let the film canister go to the bad guys."Kate's story begins with a sweet interchange with Grandy. They share many secrets that allows Kate to bloom as a young trouble-shooter. On this day of "surprise gifts," Kate overhears her Grandy as he is arguing with his best friend. Her Grandy never gets angry, why is he threatening to kill Mr. Gorman?"Mr. Gorman should say he's sorry so you guys can make up...That's what we have to do at school when someone does something stupid."Keeping her fears to herself, Kate and Grandy travel into town. At the Kwik Kash Pawnshop, Kate will experience a theft while Grandy and Mr. Gorman are in the back room. From that point on, Kate will experience a series of events that will lead her toward decisions that endanger the lives of her family and their home at Harrison Lodge.Charlie is a young man who has experienced violence, abuse, abandonment, betrayal, hypocrisy, and "every type of fight for respect, resources, or relief". He doesn't have much other than a harmonica. The gang he hangs with is on the verge of a robbery. Merridew acts as the "dad" for the gang, he calls the shots. He decides what will be done and who will do it. What unfolds will be a series of fatal decisions. For Charlie, he will need to decide if he is going to get involved or run.Fox is a man, a husband, a father, a gang leader, and an informer. His life is hard and on a fast track to a fatal decision. The morning after his son was abducted and killed, he finds himself between two worlds. One of anger seeking revenge. Another of regrets, grief, and a nauseating realization that life is valuable. On the day of the robbery, many will be changed forever. The moment death enters the scene, many will be confronted with choices in which their true strengths or weaknesses will determine their actions. Kate will extend a hiding place to Charlie. Charlie will need some time to recover. Grandy will need to share his secret in order to save his family. Great grandma Pearl will need to confront her family about their deceptions, denials, and the truth behind the creation of Harrison Lodge."The lodge was full of such hiding places, where an eleven-year old could spy out all the secrets..."Seamlessly woven, six lives unfold. Six futures will be determined. Each life has a past that will "collide" at the Lodge. So vivid are the decisions. So carefully crafted are the scenes. So defined are the characters. What begins as a young girls story will end with a reader's experience that is flawlessly portrayed and played out as if it was viewed on the big screen. Intriguing suspense in which every turn of the page causes you to want to hope,MrsK

  • Kelly Bridgewater
    2019-04-17 15:03

    I have read a number of Erin Healy’s first half of her books. I’m really not a fan of her writing. She is placed under the suspense genre, but I really don’t think she fits there. She fits more under a contemporary novel with a little bit of dramatic flair, which could fit with some suspense, but not really. In Healy’s latest book, Hiding Places, I stand by my earlier assumption. Healy does have a good command on the use of prose and dialogue. There were moments of a lot of prose, but for the most part, the balance between the prose and dialogue moved the story forward. Every time a phrase popped out of Kate, the eleven-year-old protagonist, I truly believed she was saying those things. Similarly, the prose balanced out the dialogue, allowing me to visualize the action occurring on the pages. Now as an avid reader of suspense, I have read many different authors across the CBA and the ABA market, so I have a pretty good idea of what works and doesn’t work in this genre. In a suspense book, a mystery person is supposed to do something awful and then the rest of the novel allows me to try and figure out who did the bad deed. In Hiding Places, I knew who did the bad deeds because they were shown killing someone. Yes, the character of Charlie and Kate had to hide and try not to get caught, but it was not what I was expecting. I really had no worries that the story would work out for all the characters. I had to put the book down a number of times because I was really not caught up in the action at all. As for the description of the story, Healy was a little heavy handed in visualizing the lodge’s details for me. A good writer allows me to fill in the setting with a slight nudge in the right direction of what is in the room but does not spend four to five pages telling me what is in the room. In the beginning of Hiding Places, every time Kate entered another room in the lodge, Healy had to stop the action and spend the next couple of pages filling in the setting for me. I got bored and flipped pages, looking for dialogue to bring me back to the action. The dilemma surrounding the World War II really seemed like an afterthought after I approached the last third of the book. It appeared out of nowhere and was not even hinted at from the beginning. I would have liked to have some idea what this had to do with the overall plot from the first page. As for the character of Kate, I think Healy did a good job at showing an eleven-year-old girl. Kate is naïve and wants to protect her family by keeping all these secrets she has learned over the years. Kate doesn’t know that some of the things she keeps hidden are damaging to the family. I really felt like I was in the mind of an eleven-year-old child. In short, Erin Healy’s Hiding Places was not a suspenseful book in my taste. The historical significance seemed lacking, and the story really moved way too slow for me. I would recommend fans reading Cathy Gohlke’s Secrets She Kept, which is a much more engaging tale of secrets ruining the family. I received an ARC from Thomas Nelson and the opinions stated are all my own.

  • Debi Lantzer
    2019-04-17 16:26

    The story line of this book is set in a resort mountain town of Evergreen, Colorado. Kate Whidby is an 11 year-old protector of the family and dreams of becoming a spy. She is caught in the middle of all her family members and grandparents. Her family operates The Harrison Lodge, a historic mountain resort, and has done so for many generations. She keeps her family members' secrets from others and the day after she’s witnessed her grandfather arguing with his best friend, the man is murdered. At the same time in Denver, a robbery gone wrong, a consequent murder, and a gang member set on revenge for the death of his son bring several mysterious people to the Harrison Lodge. In her desire to help others, Kate chooses to harbor a fugitive while trying to save her family at the same time.Readers are introduced to other families, from different walks of life - not only the homeless man who sees a robbery gone wrong, but we also see runaways living under a bridge and the gang member seeking revenge for the death of his son. We also meet Charlie, a boy who has lived on the streets, with no money, and an alcoholic father. After Charlie runs away and crashes a motorcycle in Evergreen, Colorado. Kate comes upon him and hides him in a secret cubby in one of the inn's cottages. There are a lot of different events going on at the beginning and you wonder how they are all going to come together. Once they all converge at The Harrison Lodge, it becomes much easier to follow the story and see where everything is going. The author, Erin Healy, takes various different storylines and skillfully weaves them together over the course of a weekend until they come to a head late Sunday afternoon at the hotel. While the beginning of the book starts a little slow, I think it has to so that the foundation is set out for each key character. We get to know the characters, their lives and their dreams. Once the "action" gets going, readers move through the theft, and then the robbery involving two of the main characters. We are drawn in very easily to the individuals and readers are compassionate to their situations as the book progresses.Ultimately, this book circles around ideas of family and forgiveness. Erin Healy shows us the dynamics of what makes a family work and what makes them fight for each other. I appreciated the depths that this story went to on a thought-provoking level. I found it to be a great read once I got over the hump of bringing the characters together. The book kept me hanging on until the very end to find the answers to some of the mysteries that came out while I was reading. I enjoyed the book and spent a lot of time flipping pages on the edge of my seat to see how things would turn out. I received a copy of this book without cost as part of the Fiction Guild Team Challenge in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  • Callie Domingues
    2019-04-10 14:17

    The BookEleven year old Kate is a secret super spy. Her mission is to escape the eyes of her family as she meanders around The Harrison Lodge. Her spying has allowed her to monitor one sister’s thievery from the petty cash draw, allowed her to find her other sister’s marijuana stash, and help her grandfather keep his candy bar sneaking a secret.Her grandmother is the head of the lodge and she rules it with an iron fist, nothing escapes her eye. Kate’s mom is a wounded heart that is forever waiting for an escape from the drudges of lodge management.Then there is Kate’s eccentric great-grandmother that has almost as many secrets as Kate. Between the two of them, there are a bunch of things that are going on at the lodge that no one wants to acknowledge or admit.But when murder comes to town the family uncovers secrets that threaten to tear them apart. And what about the homeless man that showed up broken and bleeding, is he connected to the recent murder in town? He too becomes one of Kate’s secrets and hiding him becomes a matter of life or death – for every one involved.Mystery surrounds the lodge as the residing family comes to terms with the past that each one thought was better left buried. Will the past repeat itself or will the consequences of Kate’s secrets expose wounds better left alone?My Thoughts This is my first Erin Healy novel and I was completely enthralled. The twists and surprises that she wove throughout the story held me captive as I poured over the pages. The way she connected the story’s characters was wonderful. I loved the historic details she added into the story.The emotional depth of the characters was so very well written. The author’s portrayal of family seemed incredibly spot on. There was family craziness, past hurts, current relation issues, sneakiness, and so much more. Seems like a pretty normal family to me!As the characters stretched and developed I was overwhelmed by the sweetness of Kate, even in her deception. I fell in love with this young lady and her great-grandmother. Both characters were so fun and had true heart!This story was filled with many emotional roller coaster moments. Also, there was mistakes identified and grace-filled moments. None of which would have been possible to witness if there wasn’t a God element in the story.I throughly enjoyed this story and look forward to picking up more books by Erin Healy. She writes well and spins a truly impressive tale. Who knew that an eleven year old girl could invoke such sympathy and show incredible courage? This was a wonderful read and I hope you take the time to pick up a copy to read for yourself.* I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Zondervan Publishing in exchange for my honest opinion and review. No other compensation was given. *

  • Meagan Myhren-bennett
    2019-04-22 11:22

    Hiding PlacesBy Erin HealyKate Whitby was at that age where she was in between - still a child and on the verge of becoming a young woman. A time when her character and person were becoming unique and knowable to those closest to her. Unfortunately those closest to her often didn't see her or notice who she was becoming. But this was all about to change - and the change was one that would forever alter her family.Over the course of a few days a series of events in Evergreen, Colorado, and nearby Denver are about to collide and Harrison Lodge, along with Kate's family, is about to be caught in the middle.Kate is determined to protect those she loves, but there isn't a lot an 11 year old girl can do. But Kate can guard the secrets everyone is keeping - secrets that if revealed could hurt her family. Kate's kindness doesn't stop with her family. She is one of those rare individuals who cares about those around her, those whom she sees in need, those whom are hurting. And when she finds Charlie Fuse, a young man on the run and in need, she offers him what she can - refuge within Harrison Lodge.But Charlie is a hunted man. And those who are after him won't let anyone stop them from finding their prey and if those in Harrison Lodge get in the way..., there are ways to deal with problems.Hiding Places is a well-written book that will hold you captive from the opening scene. This is a story about family. What makes a family a family? Is it the ties of blood? Is it a choice? Bonds of loyalty? Unconditional love?How do the choices we make affect those around us? And just how far out do the ripples we make reach out? Hiding Places examines how the various characters lives intersect and entangle because of the choices they each make. How do we hide from those closest to us? And even more importantly why do we hide parts of who we are from our family? Having read a few of Erin's books in the past I was delighted to discover this newest gem from her. Her books always make one stop and think after the book has been put down. In this case one has to wonder what am I hiding and why. Hiding Places is a suspense filled offering that will keep you guessing and wondering from cover-to-cover.If you are looking a book club reading suggestion I highly recommend this book - it is doubtful anyone would be unable to read this book or find it unpalatable. There are characters whom one will love and whom one will despise. And then there are those with whom one will find empathy even if they are unfathomable to one's way of thinking. I was provided a copy of this book by the Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review.

  • Jill
    2019-04-17 15:17

    This book started very slowly for me. I realized I was on chapter seven and still had no idea what was going on. I usually don't read the description on the back of a book prior to beginning it because sometimes they give away so much information that it takes away some of the surprise. I felt like I was in danger of not being able to finish the book, so I read the back to get an overview of the book. I was really glad I did because the rest of the book went much more quickly than the first several chapters.Healy has a gift for crafting fiction with a lot of depth. Readers have the task of peeling back layer after layer to get to the core of her characters. I really enjoy the multi-dimensional aspect of her writing, but I struggled with this one. My problem was that there were a large number of characters introduced in a very short time. I wasn't able to form an attachment with any of the characters straightaway, because I really wasn't sure who the main characters were going to turn out to be. It was even more complicated sorting out the characters because some of them were referred to by different names, for example, Daniel and Grandy (who was the grandfather and also the son-in-law). It was probably super challenging to decide how to refer to each character when there was a multi-generational family living under one roof. Fortunately, I eventually figured it out and got to know all the characters.Although I had difficulties keeping track of the characters at the beginning, once the plot took off, it didn't stop. There were several surprises throughout the book that were exciting to read, especially when I am not a huge fan of suspense books.The best part of the book for me was the message. Woven throughout the book is the theme of the importance of family, even if it is manufactured by a group of homeless youth trying to band together to form a "family unit" under a bridge. I thought the love of the Fox and Coz was heartbreaking, but realistic. I also thought the concept of family as a dynamic organism was fun to read about. It is always a good book when you end up sort of rooting for a flawed character.Healy has a gift for crafting her stories. They are so detailed and measured that readers can't help but enjoy them, even if they take a little while to get underway. If you are a fan of suspense, or stories that take their time revealing themselves, this is one for you.I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Thomas Nelson Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
    2019-04-23 11:59

    There are many types of family in Hiding Places. A street family. A gang family. A dysfunctional family. A devastated family. Long-lost family. There are also many places to hide. Under a bridge. In a secret passage. Behind a romance novel. Beneath a facade. In plain sight. These recurring themes nicely set the framework for the suspense as well as the psychology behind it. This psychological facet to the suspense gave it a feel reminiscent of Diane Chamberlain's novels, and I really couldn't put it down. But, when all was said and done, it just didn't come together for me. All the elements were there but for me they just didn't quite click. Even now, I'm sitting here trying to figure out exactly what I didn't like about Hiding Places. Maybe it's that I couldn't quite determine each character's motivation (at least for the most part) but even as I type that out I can give you a cursory idea of them. Shallow perhaps but it's there. Maybe it's the lack of anything truly redemptive, and by that I'm not even talking about the basic absence of spirituality in a book classified as Christian fiction. I personally believe it's nice sometimes to simply relax into a book you know won't offend you without having to stop the story for church every so often. But what I'm referring to in this case is that there just didn't seem to be much character growth. There was some, granted, but it was mild and left me somewhat dissatisfied. Speaking of characters... maybe the main reason I couldn't click with Hiding Places is that I just couldn't like most of the people in it. Two key characters - Kate and Pearl - made this book for me and I loved both of them. Kate is a precocious eleven-year-old in need of a hug who takes care of her family when it should be the other way around. Pearl is the great-grandmother who sees in Kate a kindred spirit and brings some levity to the otherwise heartbreaking plot. Everyone else is ... bleak and dysfunctional and frustrating.Bottom Line: Erin Healy's engaging writing voice and the riveting suspense will make the book difficult to put down. But the lack of redemptive development and the plethora of difficult-to-like characters may leave you dissatisfied once you've turned the last page. Still, I have no problem at all recommending it to fans of suspense, especially people like me who enjoy Diane Chamberlain or Kristen Heitzmann. It's a well-written book, just not my favorite :) (I received a copy of this book in exchange for only my honest review.)

  • Sara Wise
    2019-04-24 16:16

    ** “What makes memories unbearable one day and life-giving the next?” **Erin Healy’s latest novel, “Hiding Places,” packs a powerful punch in a story that takes place just over a few days near Denver. The plot is partially described on the book’s jacket as: “The Harrison Lodge is full of hiding places where young Kate can discover all the secrets no one wants her to know. … But suddenly the stakes are raised; her grandfather’s best friend is murdered the day after Kate heard the two men arguing. At the same time, far from the quiet mountain resort, a homeless man flees a robbery gone wrong … a gang member seeks revenge for the death of his son … and a boy chooses the worst time to wield spray paint on a store window. In a strange and spiraling sequence of events, their disparate worlds collide at Harrison Lodge.”In “Hiding Places,” Healy brilliantly brings together the stories of a cast of characters that are seemingly unrelated and unconnected, having their tales come together much like a weaving on a loom. The fate of these people — people who would normally have never crossed paths in life — hang in the hands of one another.The author packs this book full of amazing lessons, taking a hard look at us humans and the choices we make. Do we rise up and help each other, or turn our backs on each other? Are we truly honest, or just pretend that things are what they really aren’t? Do we believe that what people think and say about us really doesn’t matter, or do we let the opinions of others dictate what we do and what we believe?Healy also hits on topics like secrets, the provision of shelter, and family dynamics and family loyalty (even taking on the difference between and dynamics of “blood” families versus street or gang families).Readers will enjoy this plot filled with twists and turns (however I did feel it started a little slowly as Healy is an extremely descriptive writer at times) — although some twists may come as a shock. The characters are diverse and interesting and everyone will find someone they can relate to. Readers will love plucky, 11-year-old Kate, who in some ways is the most “adult” of all the characters, and find amusement in her dysfunctional family. And history lovers will find parts of the book quite interesting as it discusses the history of the Japanese in World War II America, and the role Colorado and its residents played in their fates.Four and a half stars out of five. Thomas Nelson provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.

  • circumspect4
    2019-04-15 08:10

    This book is set in Colorado and mainly involves the story of 11-year-old Kate and her family, Great Grandma Pearl, Gran and Grandy, her mother, Janet, and two older sisters, Alyssa and Olivia. Kate lives in a house that was renovated into a hotel and restaurant. Kate's family runs the hotel. This story also weaves into another type of family, a street family. Runaways that are living under a bridge that have formed a "family" bond, Merridew, the patriarch, Eve, a few others, and most notably, Charlie. You also have another family, which I'll call the "reformer family", existing of "Fox" and his son, "Coz", who live in the projects. Fox is a former gang member and is trying to lead his son down the right path and away from his former gang. The three families collide when the street family, crosses the reformer family, which descends onto the hotel family. The story is told through Kate, who is a child ignored and wanders throughout the hotel like "Nancy Drew", listening to everything that is going on around her and hiding in the various hidden places of the hotel. Kate has a beautiful soul that catches the eye of her Great Grandmother Pearl, who everyone thinks is senile. The other family members harbor their own hiding places within themselves. It is the beauty within Kate and her Great Grandmother Pearl that brings this book full circle. Initially, when I started to read the book, it was jumping from family to family and I just wanted to put it down and not read it. But, I reread some of the reviews and picked it back up, and I am glad that I did. Once the book picked up, I could not put it down until I knew how everything unfolded between the families, especially involving Charlie. Charlie is another character that adds a dimension of unexpected love into this book. Overall, I give it three of out of 4 harmonicas. Thank you to BookLook Bloggers for a free copy of this book. This book will be available for order on September 8, 2015. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggersbook review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  • Sally
    2019-04-01 14:13

    Erin Healy returns with a new book about the things we keep secret in our lives, whether they are people, things or events.Kate is mostly ignored by her family. She has two half-sisters, several years older than her, her mother and grandmother are too busy running their hotel, and her great-grandmother is probably crazy. Only her grandfather spends any time with her. Kate can move around the hotel almost unnoticed and knows where the best hiding spots are, including a mysterious underground corridor that runs between the main building and some standalone units on the property. She keeps her secrets there, unaware that others have secrets too.In Hiding Places, Erin Healy takes disparate storylines and skillfully weaves them together over the course of a weekend until they come to a head late Sunday afternoon at the hotel. The book does start slowly, laying the foundation of the life of each key character. We get to know them and their lives and dreams. But when the action gets going it really gets going, first with theft and then with a robbery involving two of the main players. It’s easy to be drawn to the individuals, so that you feel for them when everything starts happening. The writing is such that I even understood the motivations of the man determined to commit murder. Added into the narrative is a backstory about the Japanese in Colorado during World War Two.I’ve read other novels by Erin Healy and have come to expect the unexpected. I usually have at least one WOW moment and walk away trying to wrap my head around what I’ve just read. There are often things that can’t be explained and elements that Healy calls the ‘thin places.’ I waited for those moments to appear in Hiding Places, but they didn’t show up. This reads as a straightforward crime novel, complete with guns and a disturbing murder. There’s not much to indicate it’s a Christian novel and I wouldn’t have identified it as one if I’d not recognized the names of the author and publisher. Despite that, however, it is a good novel and has much to recommend it. I just don’t think it’s one of Healy’s best. Thank you to Thomas Nelson for my complimentary copy of Hiding Places, which I received in exchange for my honest review.

  • Michelle Jinnette
    2019-04-17 08:03

    This book was difficult for me to read at times. There are four different viewpoints going on simultaneously throughout this novel: at times independent, others overlapping, then all of them converge into one big story. All of the switching back and forth confused me at times. When they converged, sometimes it was even difficult to figure what was going on where and who all were involved. Kate and Pearl were my two favorite characters. Kate, with her need to protect those she loved, and Pearl, trying to make the ones she loved feel useful and needed, made this story. It was interesting how Pearl, after faking dementia for many, many years, took charge when the lodge was hijacked and everyone was taken hostage, moving along secret passages and moving about like a specter. Kate loved everyone and seemed to see the best in them. She also brings out the protectiveness in those around her. The massive majority of the books I read are Christian-based fiction. This book, while it is published by a Christian publishing company, is not overtly Christian fiction. Church is mentioned only once and reading the bible or a walk with Christ is never portrayed. But, if you think about things, Christ-likeness shows up in the characters. Kate shows faint Christ-like qualities in that she sees the best in everyone, even if they don't deserve it. Pearl's father, and Pearl, both love the unlovable and those who have been hurt or wronged by those around them. Mr. Harrison reached out to the Japanese population in the US being shunned and distrusted during the second World War. Pearl reaches out to Charlie, who has been shunned and distrusted by society. I commend the author for having all those involved in criminal behavior pay for their mistakes. Often times, writers will let everyone off the hook except for the really bad characters. This time, everyone paid for their crimes, but some are also shown mercy by the family. This book was okay, in my opinion. There were too many things happening that made it difficult at times for me to follow along. This book was provided by Fiction Guild and Thomas Nelson Publishers for review without compensation.

  • Michelle
    2019-04-15 15:57

    First thoughts: I really enjoyed this story much more than I thought I would. I generally enjoy a little romance in my reading, but with the main character being 11 years old, I knew that wasn't going to happen. As I became engrossed in this book, I didn't miss the lack of a love interest at all. The story moved along at a nice pace, had some twists, and kept enough secrets that I had to keep reading to find out what would happen.Plot: Kate is good at keeping secrets, from the candy bars she hides for her grandpa to her sister's drug use, the four generations of her family running the Harrison lodge all have secrets to keep. When Kate overhears her grandpa arguing with a man that later turns up dead, the action picks up around her home. Meanwhile, Charlie finds himself caught in the middle of a robbery, then kidnapping gone bad. He's on the run from the Mile High Heavies gang and looking for a safe place to hide. Characters: The story is told from the four perspectives of Kate, Great-Grandma Pearl, the young homeless man Charlie, and a gang leader known as The Fox. I enjoyed the diversity of the characters, as they all come from such different backgrounds and are at different stages of life. I loved that while some were antagonists in the story, I still felt a connection with them and was rooting for all to get their happy endings. It takes a great story to make me like the 'bad guy'.Recommendation: I'd highly recommend this book to those who enjoy clean suspense without the romance. Although it's classified as Christian, there wasn't much more than a few bible story references, so I'd consider it more of a general market. This was the first book I've read by Erin Healy, but I'll definitely be looking for more from her.One interesting side note, the story does include a few orphaned cougar cubs and mentions the WIld Animal Sanctuary, a real large carnivore rescue site near Denver. I've visited there on vacation and it was an amazing place. I love that the author mentioned it, as it made the setting of the story feel more real to me.Rating: 4.5/5 starsI received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  • Deana Dick
    2019-03-26 10:11

    The story is centered around Kate who seems to very good at finding places to hide. She tries to stay out of the way, almost like she isn't really there. She lives at Harrison Lodge and her family has cottages on the land where they live. It is a family business and they all pitch in to help keep the lodge running. After the renovation, Kate has found more places to conceal herself. She must get to hear a lot of conversations in her hiding places. Does she hear something one day that could cause her harm? Kate is a lonely child that no one seems to care about except for her grandfather. He loves being with her and Kate is always excited about her time spent with him. Her mother is to busy grieving for Kate's dad who left them. I felt so sorry for Kate at times, that I wish I could hug her. This story has many different characters thst seem to collide at Harrison Lodge. Charlie has gotten himself mixed up with a gang and soon realizes he needs to find a way to escape from them. When he agrees to do one more job for them, things get out of hand and a 12 year old boy is killed. Charlie finds himself on the run and ends up at the lodge. I loved how the author weaved several families and their stories and found their way to the lodge. What a great place to hide from a distraught family situation, or a man who needs to hide before he is hurt. Can people be forgiven for mistakes? Will others reach out and show love? Does anyone get a second chance? It is a well written story about redemption , family and seeking forgiveness. The author writes with details that keep you guessing and slips in little plot twists that make you keep reading. This is another well written book by an author who brings a story together with such clarity . If you have not read one of the author's books you are missing out on stories that grip your emotions and hold your attention with such outstanding character development. I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Guild for an honest review.

  • Amanda T
    2019-04-11 09:15

    I love when an author shows events unfold through a child's point of view and it actually works and sounds authentic. I adored the character of Kate. You can tell that she's very smart, self-aware, and able to take care of herself. She's trying to make sense of it all without seeing things through adult eyes but also not completely naive.Erin Healy also shows the points of view of a couple other characters, including Charlie a young adult who left an abusive home situation and has been homeless for a few years. And then there's the Fox, a man who's torn between life as a gang member and his role as a caring father who is trying to keep his son from following the same path. He was such an interesting character because while he made a lot of bad decisions, he was such a sympathetic character. Well done! Then there's Pearl who is Kate's great-grandmother and who is kind of used to pretending to be crazy and staying out of the way. I liked that she has this awakening of realization that she needs to be more involved in her life and her family.Hiding Places is technically a Christian fiction book but there really isn't a big Christian theme that I could notice. I do like that it shows real world people who aren't "bad" or "good" but just living life as it is dealt...making good decisions and bad but once you get into their heads and stories, while you might not agree, there is an understanding. People don't often get up one day and think to themselves, this is the day I'm going to mess up my life. Often, events and things just spiral out of control. But then you see people who could make the easy decision and way out but decide to do the right thing and it's amazing. Again, I liked that the whole story took place in Colorado - Denver and a fictional mountain lodge. I mean we all know that the underbelly of the world exists but to read about it in a familiar setting just makes it hit home a little bit more. I haven't read anything else by Erin Healy but I will be checking her books out in the future.