Author: Jenny Quintana
Genre: Mystery, thriller, adult fiction
Publisher: Mantle Books, Pan Macmillan
Publication Date: 18th March 2021
My Rating: 4.5/5
A huge happy publication day to Jenny Quintana! I am thrilled to be part of the blog tour for her latest novel, The Hiding Place. Thank you to Anne Cater and the book’s publishers for organising the tour and providing a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. I loved reading it!
Some houses have their secrets. But so do some people…
From Jenny Quintana, the bestselling author of The Missing Girl and Our Dark Secret comes The Hiding Place: a story about identity, love, long-buried secrets and lies.
Marina is adopted. She’s always known this – but the circumstances of her birth remain a mystery. Baby Blue, the newspapers nicknamed her at the time, after she’d been found wrapped in a blue shawl, in the hallway of a large, shared house in London.
24 Harrington Gardens. That was the house. And it’s still standing now Marina is an adult; still split into flats. And one of them is to let…
Of course, Marina knows that the chances of her uncovering the truth about her birth are remote – but she hopes the house might hold some clues.
What if it’s not just the house, though? What if someone connected to it knows what really happened that day? Someone who doesn’t want the truth to come to light?
The story follows Marina, a young woman, who as a child was abandoned at the bottom of the stairs in a hallway. Desperate to find out more about her biological parents, Marina moves into the building complex where she was found as a baby. Whilst living at 24 Harrington Gardens, she tries to uncover clues in her desperation to discover the truth…
This was a wonderful book packed with mystery and intrigue. Despite growing up with loving adoptive parents, nobody has told her who her parents were and it feels as though she is missing a key part of her identity. She tries to conceal her true identity from the residents in the flats to protect herself and to try to learn more. I could really empathise with Marina as she tries to discover more about her heritage.
It was great to see the story from multiple perspectives, both Marina’s and a woman named Connie. The mystery cast a shadow over the story throughout a kept me intrigued and guessing along the way! As Marina investigates the residents, you become so invested in their stories and trying to piece them together that it sucks you in.
A beautifully written story that shows the meaning of family. It has a seamless narrative that flows effortlessly combining the two perspectives and time periods. I raced through this and loved reading it.
If you’re looking for an intriguing suspense novel that will keep you guessing until the very end, you need to read this!
About the author
JENNY QUINTANA grew up in Essex and Berkshire before studying English Literature in London. She has taught in London, Seville and Athens. Her first novel, The Missing Girl was published in 2017 and chosen as a Waterstones thriller of the month. Our Dark Secret, her second novel, was published in 2020. She now lives with her family in Berkshire.
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