Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Hide Away

Happy Babe Ruth Day!  For those of you who do not know, Babe Ruth was a famous baseball player!  This day honors Babe Ruth's achievements.  It is also Tell A Story Day!  It does not matter what type of story, just read it or tell it on this day.  On April 27 in 1810 Beethoven composes Fur Elise.  In 1981 Xerox PARC introduces the computer mouse and construction begins on the Freedom Tower in 2006 (later renamed One World Trade Center) in New York.

Hide Away by Iris Johansen picks up where Shadow Play ends. Eve Duncan is in the hospital after killing Walsh who was after Cara.  Eve and Joe will do anything they can to protect Cara from Salazar.  Salazar is determined to kill Cara to get even with her father, Juan Castino.  Castino is the kingpin of a drug cartel in Mexico City.  Salazar already had Cara’s sister, Jenny murdered as well as their caretaker, Elena Pasquez.  After Eve is released from the hospital, they head home to Atlanta.  They soon discover that Salazar has a new assassin, Ramon Franco on their tail.  Eve and Cara book a private plane and head to Scotland.  Jane MacGuire, Eve’s adopted daughter, has accepted a job Lord John MacDuff, Earl of Cannaught (and a Laird).  MacDuff has been trying to get Jane to Cira’s treasure for years.  Jane has finally agreed (she had dreams of Cira as a teenager).  Eve and Cara will hide out in Scotland with MacDuff, Jane, Jock Gavin, and Seth Caleb.  But what do they do what Franco and Salazar pick up their trail?  What will these people do to keep Cara safe?

Hide Away was an extreme disappointment.  When I finished the book, the one thought I had was it was pointless (the book).  If you have not read Shadow Play, you can catch up (for the most part) in Hide Away (it does rehash what happened in Shadow Play).   I was hoping that Cara's story would be completed in this novel.  Unfortunately, it was not.  We are left with another cliffhanger.  I will not be reading the next book (except maybe to look at in a bookstore to see how it ends).  Hide Away contains guns, violence (extreme), machete, IED's, and much more.  There is one surprise or twist that some people will not see coming (unless you paid attention close attention to the clues).  I just did not enjoy Hide Away (but that is just me).  I give Hide Away 3 out of 5 stars.  It is okay, but not great (I wanted a gripping suspense thriller).   The writing did not flow well.  It jumped around.  The pace was good, but I just did not feel that we gained any ground in this book.  I really wanted to like this novel, but it is just not for me.

For more Iris Johansen books, you can find them here on Amazon. I received a complimentary copy of Hide Away from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review of the novel.

I am currently reading Tea with Jam and Dread by Tamar Myers (did not buy this book)!  I wanted to tell you about my little kitten, Bucky (for buckeyes from Ohio).  She is a tortoise (and about 4 to 5 inches long) and normally runs from me (because I treated her eye infection).  Today she decided she wanted dinner now.  Bucky came up behind me and meowed to get my attention (such a tiny little meow).  As soon as I started towards the kitchen, she scampered in ahead of me.  It was so cute!  Have a nice, relaxing evening!  Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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