Hide Away by Jason Pinter
Thomas & Mercer: 3/1/20
eBook review copy; 368 pages
Rachel Marin Series #1
Hide Away by Jason Pinter is a very highly recommended procedural thriller and a wonderful start to a new series.
Rachel Marin is a mom to two kids who became a vigilante after an
unspeakable crime shatters their lives. The novel opens seven years in
the past on the day Rachel's life changed and then jumps to the present
day when a mugger jumps Rachel on her way home. She expertly
incapacitates him and hurries home to her children, Eric, 13, and
Megan, 7. The family is now living in Ashby, Illinois, a small town
where Rachel is hoping her kids can be safe and they can live a quiet
When Rachel sees a news story that a former mayor of her town is
found dead, most people are thinking suicide, but Rachel is one
intelligent woman and she immediately figures out from the news account
who the victim was, the former mayor of Ashby, Constance Wright, and
that it was murder. She calls the detectives anonymously and tells them
what she thinks and why. Detectives John
Serrano and Leslie Tally are on the case and they track Rachel down to
question her. The detectives resent her involvement in the case, but
Rachel wants justice for Constance and can't leave it alone.
I'm just going to admit that once I started this thriller I stayed up
way-too-late reading "just one more chapter" to finish it. I really
like the character of Rachel and I liked the flashbacks that explained
how she made herself into the woman she is today. Yes, she is a
vigilante, but she ultimately is trying to seek justice to protect
others from harm. We also won't learn exactly what the trauma was that
changed her life until the very end. This means there are two cases
being followed in the narrative - the present day murder mystery and the
mystery about Rachel's past.
The writing and plot development is exceptional. All the characters
are well-developed and have backstories and an emotional depth to them.
The plot is fast paced, the suspense is relentless, and chapters set in
both the present and past are equally compelling. I like the complexity
of the plot and had no trouble following what was happening in both
timelines. Hide Away is an extraordinary start to a new series
and I can't wait until the next book is released. (Normally I read and
review closer to publication dates, but my ARC initially had an earlier
My review copy was courtesy of Thomas & Mercer.