Monday, April 27, 2009

Hide by Lisa Gardner

Annabelle Granger has been on the run for as long as she can remember. Her father would come home one day and tell there they were moving (again). He would pick the city and her mother would pick the family's new names. She never really understood why, but has been taught since she was as a child to trust no one.

With both of her parents deceased and now an adult, Annabelle is living in Boston under the alias Tanya where she works mostly from home as a curtain designer. Her sheltered little world is soon disrupted when the bodies of six children are found on the grounds of a former mental institution.

One of the bodies, preserved in wet mummification, is wearing an "Annabelle" charm necklace. Convinced the body belongs to her deceased childhood friend to whom she had given her necklace, Annabelle comes forward to the police.

In charge of the case is D.D. Warren and detective Bobby, a former sniper who is still dealing with his own baggage when he accidentally shot and killed a hostage's husband. Adding to the mix is the fact that this case strongly resembles one from decades ago in which a young girl was kidnapped kept alive for days while she was rapped. Along with Didi and Bobby, Annabelle tries to piece together the puzzle that will hopefully not only lead the team to the killer but also answer the questions of why her family was always on the run.

Lisa Gardner has found a new fan in me. I loved, loved this book and can't wait to read more by this author. I feel like I am hardly doing it justice in this review. All I can say is that the pacing, character-development, and plot threads are nicely interwoven and Gardner delivers a heart-pounding thriller readers won't be able to put down. I also have to comment that the romance that develops between Bobby and Annabelle takes a backseat to the suspense, which is perfect for me as a reader, as I hate romantic suspense!

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