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review 2017-08-20 18:13
Lovers In Hiding (Hide and Seek) - Susan Kearney

You know, I mostly liked this one, but a H who is as concerned with getting in the h's pants as he is with keeping her alive...yeah. It does not help that she'd, in telling him her life story, basically clued him in that she wasn't looking for a fling, and his history with relationships indicated he wasn't much better than her adoptive father.


Really dude, she told you no for a reason. Her mom divorced her dad after entirely too many holidays alone, and your wife divorced you for similar reasons - as you told her.


Of course, he finally succeeds, figures out afterward that he's in over his head as far as this relationship goes, and panics. In his mental freakout (and possibly, arrogance), he was careless and she was shot.


I kept hearing Jack Ryan's voice though - "I'm just an analyst!" The H was a code breaker; not a field agent.


My onliest gripe with the h was that she didn't hold out, and tell him why. I almost prefer the romantic suspenses where sex never happens. Seems to me that too many authors have the H thinking with the wrong head too much to be v. effective at his job.

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review 2017-07-03 22:55
Wow! Awesome read!!
Hide and Seek (Vigilance) - Desiree Holt Hide and Seek (Vigilance) - Desiree Holt

Hide And Seek by Desiree Holt is an amazing start to Ms Holt's new series, Vigilance.  No wonder I love this author's books.  Hide and Seek is a fantastic read.  Ms Holt has delivered another well-written book loaded with phenomenal characters that are a perfect fit for this story.  Devon and Logan's story is peppered with drama, suspense, action, humor and melt your e-reader sexy bits.  I totally love, love, love this book and can't wait for my next book by the talented Desiree Holt.  Hide And Seek is book 1 of the Vigilance Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.


I voluntarily read an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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review 2017-03-17 04:35
wherein a ramble a bit, but don't have a lot to say, about Rebus #2
Hide and Seek - Ian Rankin

Now, this is more like it. You've got a seasoned detective who sees something that just doesn't jibe -- a routine O. D. that just doesn't look right. At least to him -- everyone else (including the detective who'd normally be assigned to the case) is good with the obvious answer. Not at all shockingly, there is more than meets the eye to this death.


Rebus' ex and daughter have moved away, his brother is in jail, Gill is now seeing a DJ (who seems to be pretty popular), and Rebus has a new boss (and a promotion) -- so outside of Rebus himself, there's not a whole lot to tie the two novels together. It's not just his coply intuition (to borrow Jesse Stone's phrase), it's some occult symbolism, a stolen camera, and the testimony of a near-witness that make Rebus continue to investigate. He spends time with druggies, students, male prostitutes, artists, academics, and the upper crust of local society in an effort to explain the death.


There's something to Rankin's prose that elevates it above most of what you find in Police Procedurals -- I can't put my finger on it, but you can feel it. The description of the corpse was fantastic, filled with those little details that will stick with me longer than your typical macabre tableau à la Thomas Harris or Val McDermid. The closing image was just as strong -- ambiguous, but striking. I can't wait to see what he does as he becomes a better writer.


Rebus isn't good with people -- family, friends, co-workers, lovers -- he drinks and smokes too much, and cares more about police work than anything else. Even when he makes an effort with people (not part of a case), it just doesn't go well at all -- we've seen this character before, but it still works -- readers just like this kind of cop.


So much of this feels (when you think back on it -- or when you start to realize what he's doing in a scene/with a character) like something you've seen before -- maybe several times. Even by 1991 standards. But when you're reading it, somehow , Rankin makes it feel fresh. I should note, incidentally, that a lot of what you think you've seen before, you maybe haven't, if you give him enough time. He didn't cheat with the solution, or how it was reached -- but it felt like it came out of nowhere (it didn't). That's good enough for me.


That's 2 down, 19 to go. Knots & Crosses felt like a character study, a good crime novel. Hide and Seek, on the other hand, feels like someone is building/introducing a series. It's a subtle difference, but important. I'm reminded of the difference between Parker's The Godwulf Manuscript and God Save the Child. It's only going to get better from here. I really like this character, even if I'm not doing a good job talking about him -- I think that'll change in forthcoming books. Once Rankin stops establishing the character/building the series' foundation and starts building.Also, I look forward to getting a better understanding of Rankin's use of the term "Calvinist." This one was good, solid writing with a satisfying story -- not dazzling, but everything you want in a procedural.

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Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2017/03/16/hide-and-seek-by-ian-rankin
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review 2016-10-01 07:46
Hide and Seek Review
Hide and Seek - Jack Ketchum

This is a typical Jack Ketchum novel. 85% of it is a narrator droning on about young(ish) people being young(ish) people: raising Cain, having sex, drinking and/or doping, telling stories. The last 15% is horrific to the point you think you might be sick. It's the Ketchum formula. You either like it or you don't. Me? I have to be in a certain mood for it. I read this one right after The Girl Next Door and I shouldn't have. Would have enjoyed myself more had I spaced these two book out more. I love a good dark read, but I can't do them back to back. Fucks with my mood. The audiobook, read by Wayne June, is good. No complaints there. If you have Kindle Unlimited you can listen to it for free. In summation: Mostly boring with a kicker of an ending. Not Ketchum's best but far from his worst. Final Judgment: Better than dog food. Kindle Unlimited money saved: $27.94 Quality of books: $2.99 In case you're curious how my process of quality-versus-money-saved is calculated, here's a break down: If a book is one I would've bought no matter if it was on KU or not and I enjoyed it, it goes in the quality column. If a book is one I would not have read without KU and I enjoy it, it goes in the quality column. If a book is one I would've read and I disliked it, it goes in both columns because I would have paid money for it anyway, so the quality comes from not having to pay for it by itself. If a book is not something I would've read without KU and a terrible read, it goes into money saved, but not quality.

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review 2016-06-29 00:00
Hide and Seek (Dino Mates)
Hide and Seek (Dino Mates) - Nancy Paren... Hide and Seek (Dino Mates) - Nancy Parent Cute for young children. 1 of 4 on box set with handle and snaps shut
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