«Hiding» by Henry Turner is a YA mystery novel, told from the perspective of a teenage boy who snuck in his ex-girlfriend’s house. The events of the whole book happen during a very short period of time, however, we get quite a lot of flashbacks, memories, explanations, and feelings.
When a teen boy who excels at being unseen finds himself hiding in his ex-girlfriend’s house, he uncovers carefully concealed truths—about her, her family, and himself—in a twisty mystery with a shocking surprise.
One night, a lovelorn teen boy “accidentally” slips into the home of his ex-girlfriend, Laura, and ends up hiding in her basement, trapped in the house by its alarm system. How long can he stay hidden? What will happen if he is found? What will he learn about Laura—and himself—in this house? And what is his true motive for being there?
Turner’s affinity for observant outsiders—and teens who share a desire to hide from nosy adults and judgmental peers—shines in a psychological thriller in which the slow burn of tension keeps readers turning pages to a sudden twist that changes everything.
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When I think of the greatest example of a book solely focused on the big twist, the first book that comes to mind is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. (I believe it was also the first book I reviewed on my blog!) The kind of twist that you don’t even expect to come, or even if you knew about the twist itself, you have no idea when or WHAT exactly will it bring. These are the thrillers that I love the most.
And not just in books, but also in movies. When one little thing changes the whole perspective and all of the small pieces started to fall in the place.
Hiding was supposed to be exactly that kind of book. But from the very first pages you could understand what kind of twist was coming your way. I remember reading just 15-20 pages and talking to my friend about “this new books I started reading” and predicting right then and there what was going to happen later on.
Not to say that I was very disappointed at the fact of how predictable the events were, but I would have loved to see slightly more subtlety and mystery.
Another thing that bothered me a lot was the conversational and simplistic type of writing. I understand that the story is told by a teenage boy and I gave writing some slack because of that. But it can be too much when there are at least three “like” in one paragraph and sentences have up to 3-4 words.
That being said, it was not a bad book. And I think that younger audience would have appreciated the simple writing and connected better to the main character than I did.
Topics on depression, mental illness and suicide are present throughout the book, so choose carefully if it is something you wish to read about or not.
What was the most memorable “plot twist” book you’ve ever read?
Are you drawn to this type of novels?
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