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Hiding by Jenny Morton Potts
Published by Cahoots Publishing on 1 February 2018
Genres: Family & Relationships, Fiction, Psychological, Thrillers
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I was impressed by Hiding, the debut psychological thriller by Jenny Morton Potts. It has a number of components that make it a very good read.
The characters and their dialogue
These components were what struck me most about this book. The author’s characters are interesting and well described, but what makes them come alive is their dialogue. There’s no “one dialogue fits all” here. Each character talks totally uniquely. The three children, the grandparents, the teacher, the “Uncle”, even the characters on the other side of the Atlantic. I felt I could be pointed to a bit of dialogue somewhere and would immediately have been able to identify the characters. This isn’t always the case. Sometimes in books, it’s easy to get lost in a string of dialogue and wonder who’s talking to whom. Not so with Hiding.
An intriguing plot
Or should I say plots? Because in Hiding there are two apparently unconnected plots running in parallel for most of the book. Two locations. Two continents. Two timeframes. Two storylines. Two sets of characters. At times it was like reading two books. What on earth could be the connection? Eventually we find out. I was totally surprised. Clever!
Potts and her editor(s) should be congratulated for producing a book with no excess verbiage, unnecessary padding or meaningless meanderings. There was no mid-book dip. The focus, intensity and momentum were maintained throughout.
So all in all, Hiding is a thoroughly enjoyable read, and I look forward to reading more from this talented author.
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