I received an E-ARC copy of ‘Hide’ by Nell Pattison through NetGalley from Avon Books UK, in return for my honest review. Thank you to the publisher for my copy. The expected publishing date is 09.12.21.
This book follows the seven members of a nature group as they meet up on Boxing Day. Lauren works at the nature reserve and has managed to get them all exclusive access for the day.
There is tension in the group due to a drunken revelation when they met up before Christmas, but they still are keen to bring the group back together and have a great day.
The group disperses into different hides to get ready for the spectacular bird watching views they are expecting.
Suddenly a gun shot is heard, and after investigation they find that one of their group has been shot dead.
Suspicions fly, but is it one of the group or has someone else trespassed onto the land?
What follows is the uncovering of many secrets, and a tense and terrifying night whilst they try to work out who is the killer and try to find safety through the increasing bad weather.
The book is told by all the seven members of the group, as the chapters move between them all. I did find that this made it a little slow unravelling the storyline. I didn’t get to fully relate or click with any of the characters as the story concentrated on too many of them rather than a select few. I can see why it was done in this way, to reveal as many secrets as possible and increase the mystery as you try to work out who is the killer.
I like the fact that the author always includes a deaf character in her books, not only does it make the books more unique and inclusive, but you can tell that they come from experiences the author has faced herself or in her knowledge from teaching in the deaf community.
There are many mysteries to reveal in this book, as not only do you need to work out the murderer but also the secrets each one of the members is hiding.
Overall, a mysterious thriller with lots of secrets to reveal.