Wednesday 22 December 2021

Book Review | Hide by Nell Pattison | prettylittlewriter

 A thrilling and encapsulating ride from start to finish. 


‘Seven friends. One killer. You can run, but you can’t hide…

The winter hike is meant to bring their nature group together.
Emily, the sister who never lets her hearing loss hold her back.
Lauren, the sister who always feels a step behind.
Morna, who doesn’t get on with Lauren.
Ben, whose feelings for Emily border on obsession.
Dan, the quiet newcomer to the group.
Kai, who isn’t just on the hike to enjoy the wildlife.
And Alec, the one who knows all their secrets.

As the sun sets, a gunshot rings out on the nature reserve.
One of the seven is dead. And one of their number killed them…’

Nell has impressed me yet again. I’ve previously read The Silent Suspect, which is a book within a series, and really enjoyed it, and now Hide has become a firm favourite also!

One thing I absolutely love within Nell’s books is that she always includes a deaf character. I’ve learnt a lot from her through these characters, specifically in Hide around cochlear implants. Any diversity within a novel is brilliant in my opinion, and we certainly do need to see more of it!

Each chapter changes to a different character’s perspective, which I really enjoyed, as you find out their secrets through their thoughts and you are honestly kept guessing as to who the baddie might be throughout. Each night I kept telling myself ‘just one more chapter’ as they all ended on a cliff-hanger!

I also really loved the location that this was based in, a nature reserve, as I haven’t seen this done before! A lot of the time in these ‘trapped in one location’ novels, they are either in a cabin in the woods or on a mountain somewhere, so I thought this was brilliant!

The ending was a shocker to me, and really unexpected. I guessed a couple of things towards the end of the novel, but THAT revelation, really did surprise me!

I really liked the characters Emily and Kai, and was very shocked at the type of character Ben ended up being as I thought he was a sweetheart to start.

Overall, if you like cliff-hangers and an ‘on the edge of your seat’ read, I highly recommend!

4/5 stars

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