PUBLICATION DATE: July 9th, 2019
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Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada for gifting me a beautiful copy of Hideaway to read and share my review with others.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Gloria Janes appears to be a doting suburban mother and loving wife. But beyond her canary-yellow door, Gloria controls her husband, Telly, as well as seven-year-old Maisy and her older brother Rowan, through a disorienting cycle of adoration and banishment.
When Telly leaves, Gloria turns on Rowan. He runs away, finding unlikely refuge with a homeless man named Carl, with whom he forms the kind of bond he has never found with his parents. After they are menaced by strangers, Rowan follows Carl to an isolated cottage, where he accidentally sets off a burst of heightened paranoia in Carl, and their adventure takes a dark turn.
Gloria is publicly desperate for the safe return of her son while privately plotting ever wilder ways to lure Telly home for good. Her behaviour grows more erratic and her manipulation of Maisy begins to seem dedicated toward an outcome that only she can see. The two storylines drive relentlessly toward a climax that is both shocking and emotionally riveting.
Suspenseful, unsettling, and masterful, Hideaway explores the secrets of a troubled family and illuminates an unlikely hero and a source of unexpected strength.
Twisted, gripping, and dark. This novel follows the life of Rowan and Maisy, siblings raised by their mother Gloria. Their father Telly walked out on them, much to the dismay of their mother Gloria. Gloria is twisted, mean, evil, vindictive, and an all around miserable person. She dishes out harsh punishments on her children, especially Rowan, and she is a very easy person to dislike in this book. Rowan and Maisy are terrified of their mother.
This novel is told in alternating POV’s between Rowan and his sister Maisy. Both Rowan and Maisy were likeable characters and I especially enjoyed reading the chapters told from Rowan’s perspective. Rowan was a young, endearing young man with a big heart and a lot of character. He was fun to read about and I felt to bad for him and everything he had to deal with in his very young age.
Hideaway is a great novel about finding hope, love and acceptance in unlikely places you were not expecting. I really enjoyed this novel and look forward to reading other novels by this author
MY RATING: 4/5 stars