From The Bestselling Author Of The Henry Parker Series Comes A Page Turning Thriller About A Vigilante Who S Desperate To Protect Her Secrets And Bring A Killer To Justice On The Surface, Rachel Marin Is An Ordinary Single Mother On The Inside, She S A Fierce, Brilliant Vigilante After An Unspeakable Crime Shatters Her Life, She Changes Her Identity And Moves To A Small Town In Illinois, Hoping To Spare Her Children From Further Trauma Or Worse But Crime Follows Her EverywhereWhen The Former Mayor Winds Up Dead, Rachel Can T Help But Get Involved Where Local Detectives See Suicide, She Sees Murder They Resent Her For Butting In Especially Since She S Always One Step Ahead But Her Investigative Genius May Be Her Undoing The Deeper She Digs, The Harder It Is To Keep Her Own Secrets BuriedHer Persistence Makes Her The Target Of Both The Cops And A Killer Meanwhile, The Terrifying Truth About Her Past Threatens To Come To Light, And Rachel Learns The Hard Way That She Can T Trust Anyone Surrounded By Danger, She Must Keep Her Steely Resolve, Protect Her Family, And Stay One Step Ahead, Or Else She May Become The Next Victim Hide Away is the first installment in Jason Pinter s new Rachel Marin Thrillers The opening segue of the series is an edgy page turner that revolves around one woman s quest to keep her children safe and to ensure justice is served This is vigilante literature at its finest Mystery cloaks Rachel Marin and her children A horrific crime shattered their lives seven years ago, and now the single mother lives in hiding with her emotionally wounded son and precocious daughter When a disgraced woman is found dead on an icy river, first appearances point toward a suicide But Rachel knows differently and, much to the chagrin of Detectives John Serrano and Leslie Tally, sets out to prove the woman was murdered Pinter has crafted a tautly paced procedural with this tale The mystery both that of the murdered woman and of Rachel s past is unraveled with Sherlockian panache The writing style is crisp and unadorned, and Rachel is a character readers can easily invest in The deep bond of motherhood is evident on the page, as is Rachel s penchant for and obsession with solving crimes She is clever, though perhaps just a bit too clever on occasion, and driven by a promise to protect those who cannot protect themselves The rest of the cast of characters have enough depth to satisfy the characters motivations without being a detailed character study.The strength of Pinter s story lies in the portrayal of the protagonist s emotional struggle to balance the risk she brings to her children with her crime fighting compulsion This is a dark, twisted mystery filled with surprising twists and evocative emotion Hide Away is an engrossing start to a new series Highly recommended for fans of strong female protagonists, murder mysteries, and stories of vigilante justice Many thanks to NetGalley and Thomas Mercer for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. Some people don t know when to leave well enough alone Right This is one of those situations in which a single mom finds herself a target after a former mayor is killed and she s in hiding from her past trauma.Could this be a case of a jilted lover Perhaps affairs aren t the greatest way to showcase affection and perhaps money is the root of all evilJust sayin Well what can I say other than it was a quick read with plenty of twists and turns.Thank you to Jason, the publisher, NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for this honest review. Sometimes behind the kindest eyes lay the darkest hearts Seven years ago Olivia Powell and her children devastated and life would never be the same again.Rachel Marin and her two children have changed their identities and moved to the small town of Ashby, Illinois Rachel has spent the last seven years preparing herself so no one will ever hurt her or her children again.Then one day, as she tries to live a quiet, unassuming life, she sees that a friend of hers is dead the ex mayor of their small town While the police see suicide, Rachel sees murder.I ve enjoyed author Pinter s books in the past and this is a winner and the start of a new series featuring Rachel In the past seven years she has trained vigorously and has become a part time vigilante.This was an exciting story, sad but fulfilling I liked the characters not just Rachel but the two detectives she becomes acquainted with There are twists I didn t see coming until almost the end of the book I will definitely be keeping my eyes open for book two in the series.I received this book from Thomas Mercer through Net Galley in the hopes that I would read it and leave an unbiased review. 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 incognito life.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 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 publication date Disclosure My review copy was courtesy of Thomas Mercer.http www.shetreadssoftly.com 2019 1 This novel grabbed me from the very beginning when a calm domestic scene turns to one of horror that changes the lives of a woman and her two children The horrific happening and its aftermath are slowly revealed, which serves to keep up suspense and keep the reader turning the pages.Rachel Marin runs away with her children and assumes a new identity She has turned herself into a skilled self defense expert while trying to stay under the radar Her only true goal is to keep her children safe.That safety is put in jeopardy when Rachel becomes involved in the death of the former mayor of her town The police want to say suicide, but Rachel is sure it is murder As she starts to investigate, she is afraid the secrets she has harbored for seven years will be brought to light.This is the first in a new series with a strong female protagonist I am thrilled that and male authors are using females as main characters All the characters in this fast paced novel are fully drawn and relatable I know from experience most women turn into tigers if their children are threatened.Jason Pinter is a new to me author I have read nothing but high praise about his earlier Henry Parker series I look forward to spending time with Rachel in upcoming books.A big thank you to Thomas Mercer for the opportunity to read and review this fascinating mystery. Rachel Marin is a bold and complicated woman, running from a tragic past while caring for her two children A super sleuth, she s sort of a cross between Wonder Woman and Sherlock Holmes When a friend appears to have committed suicide, Rachel can instantly see that it was murder and tips off the police Not happy with their laxidasical response, she investigates on her own with the cops just one step behind her It all comes to a heart pounding climax when Rachel zeroes in on the murderer If you re a fan of Robert Dugoni s Tracy Crosswhite, you ll love this first book in the Rachel Marin series. Hide Away is the latest novel from Jason Pinter, the bestselling author of the Henry Parker series, about single mother Rachel Marin, who is new in town and raising two kids spunky daughter Megan and dour teenager Eric But out of plain view, she s a fierce, brilliant vigilante with the ability to kick a hulking mugger s ass and a sharp eye for clues that would help solve criminal cases While watching TV news coverage of the suicide of the town s former mayor and Rachel s friend, her keen eye for detail tells her this was no suicide it was murder She anonymously calls the town PD and dishes the clues she has discovered The detectives learn Rachel is the caller and she becomes swept up in the investigation All the while, her horrifying past which brought her to town in the first place and motivated her to learn to kick ass and take names threatens to come back and reveal Rachel s true identity.With this setup, the story blasts off and doesn t let up Pinter has an excellent grasp of plotting and keeps the story on track, occasionally diverting readers with brief bits of backstory for Rachel and Detective Serrano, although I wished there was a little of that The writing is crisp and efficient, not getting in the way of the narrative or slowing down plot points There are several surprise elements revealed throughout the novel and, just when you think you have the rest of the story figured out, Pinter pulls the rug out from under you It makes for a fun and thrilling read.I only have a couple of quibbles with the novel s premise Rachel s desire to protect her children above all else and her dedication for justice of Mayor Wright s murder are contradictory ideas that are not answered with a satisfactory rationale If Rachel moved to this town, changed her identity, and wanted to protect her children, then sticking her neck out to assist the PD detectives and leaving her children repeatedly at night were not the best way to protect her family Detective Serrano eventually wrestles with this very dilemma in the story, and as I waited for a very convincing reason from Rachel of why she was doing it, she doesn t really give one Wright was kind to me, she explains That s the reason Hmmm.Second, if Rachel is going to leave her children at night with babysitters that want her home on time, then why doesn t she just secure her home with remotely controlled locks Schlage locks using the alarm.com app Who needs a babysitter anyway She can monitor her kids remotely with an app on her phone connected to her home surveillance cameras I feel someone of her intellectual caliber should have done a better job securing her home and children without relying on unsympathetic babysitters.But these are only minor quibbles Rachel as a character has a ton of potential for a series of thrillers and some elaboration of her backstory along with Serrano s backstory would be a welcome addition to subsequent books The interaction between Rachel and the two detectives, Serrano and Tally, is fun and realistic, and an ass kicking heroine who is also a single mom is an intriguing idea The two quibbles I mentioned could be shored up nicely in subsequent books I look forward to seeing where Pinter goes next with Rachel Marin I give this novel 4 stars out of 5 Highly recommended I was provided an ARC from the publisher for this book review. When it is hot as heck outside and there is nothing cool to do but reading as everything else makes you end up a sweaty mess, it is the perfect day for a speed reader I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do From the bestselling author of the Henry Parker series comes a page turning thriller about a vigilante who s desperate to protect her secrets and bring a killer to justice.On the surface, Rachel Marin is an ordinary single mother on the inside, she s a fierce, brilliant vigilante After an unspeakable crime shatters her life, she changes her identity and moves to a small town in Illinois, hoping to spare her children from further trauma or worse But crime follows her everywhere.When the former mayor winds up dead, Rachel can t help but get involved Where local detectives see suicide, she sees a murder They resent her for butting in especially since she s always one step ahead But her investigative genius maybe her undoing the deeper she digs, the harder it is to keep her own secrets buried.Her persistence makes her the target of both the cops and a killer Meanwhile, the terrifying truth about her past threatens to come to light, and Rachel learns the hard way that she can t trust anyone Surrounded by danger, she must keep her steely resolve, protect her family, and stay one step ahead, or else she may become the next victim.This was a mostly enjoyable read but I kept thinking that it would make a better movie than a novel Rachel is a fascinating character but much seemed implausible to me at times don t get me wrong, it is a totally readable book but it is not a work of genius literature The story moves quickly and it seemed like a Netflix TV show than a bookthat is one way to get the story out to the masses who do not read wink As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis outside of their incessant use by Social Influencer Millennials on Instagram and Twitter so let s give it some Chicago deep dish p.s cover Chicago ice covered lake movie The Escape Room LOL DescriptionFrom the bestselling author of the Henry Parker series comes a page turning thriller about a vigilante who s desperate to protect her secrets and bring a killer to justice On the surface, Rachel Marin is an ordinary single mother on the inside, she s a fierce, brilliant vigilante After an unspeakable crime shatters her life, she changes her identity and moves to a small town in Illinois, hoping to spare her children from further trauma or worse But crime follows her everywhere When the former mayor winds up dead, Rachel can t help but get involved Where local detectives see suicide, she sees murder They resent her for butting in especially since she s always one step ahead But her investigative genius may be her undoing the deeper she digs, the harder it is to keep her own secrets buried Her persistence makes her the target of both the cops and a killer Meanwhile, the terrifying truth about her past threatens to come to light, and Rachel learns the hard way that she can t trust anyone Surrounded by danger, she must keep her steely resolve, protect her family, and stay one step ahead, or else she may become the next victim.My Review Boy, Hide Away grabs you from the very beginning There are few books that grab my attention from the very start usually it takes a while to get to the actual story line This book throws you into gasping from the very beginning I was actually holding my breath when Eric opened the bag trust me it s heart wrenching This is one of those books that will stay with you for a long time I received this novel for free in exchange for my honest opinion Buy it, buy it today I highly recommend this book. In this book the author introduces another potential series character, Rachel Marin The story opens with a warm domestic scene of a young woman making dinner for her husband and two kids when a shattering but undescribed event unfolds, which appears to be the death of her husband The book moves forward seven years, and single mum Rachel has moved to another state to try and restart her and her young families life When a mugger jumps her as she s walking home from work, she leaves him bleeding in the street and hurries home to her bookish son and daughter It appears early on after what happened to her husband her aim is to keep her kids safe at any cost This later leads to Rachel getting into all sorts of trouble when she sees a news report about a body found on the ice beneath a nearby bridge The cops assigned to the case, detectives John Serrano and Leslie Tally, are shocked to discover the body is that of the town s disgraced former mayor, Constance Wright They re even shocked when Rachel, sends Serrano a message that the death was no suicide Constance Wright was murdered This leads to Rachel getting herself involved in the murder investigation, frustrating the cops involved in the case The story involves a complex plot, but well worth a read I also enjoyed the characters, especially Rachel and the cop Serrano who is fighting his own demons The one issue I have with this book was the number of subplots and you don t learn Rachel s backstory with her husband until near the end of the book.