The Hiding Place by Jenny Quintana

Many thanks to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for my invite onto the blog tour for The Hiding Place and arranging my review copy of the book.

Some houses have their secrets. But so do some people . . .

From 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.

Abandoned as a baby in the hallway of a shared house in London, Marina has never known her parents, and the circumstances of her birth still remain a mystery.

Now an adult, Marina has returned to the house where it all started, determined to find out who she really is. But the walls of this house hold more than memories, and Marina’s reappearance hasn’t gone unnoticed by the other tenants.
Someone is watching Marina. Someone who knows the truth .

The Hiding Place has a beautifully crafted storyline told in two timelines. In 1964 we meet 17 year old Connie who lives with her father in a flat within 24 Harrington Gardens; in 1992 Zoe moves into the same address looking for answers to the mystery surrounding her abandonment as a baby. Both viewpoints are engrossing and intriguing as the reader try’s to work out how these two women are connected and why. But at the heart of this gripping novel is the house itself, full of ghosts and mementos of the past, waiting in the shadows to reveal themselves to those seeking the truth…

Jenny Quintana writes beautifully immersive mysteries with an emotional twist, full of atmospheric detail and perfectly pitched characters. I devoured this book in a day as I would become so wrapped up in the timeline of the past that I just had to see how it affected the present timeline and vice versa! The character of Connie especially drew my attention whenever she was on the page-her determination and strength of mind when faced with adversity brought a huge surge of empathy as I prayed for everything to work out for her and the situation she found herself in. I liked her a lot! Zoe was also a relatable character and I liked how her focus was purely on discovering the secrets and lies of the past, no matter how much danger she faced from the unknown.

The Hiding Place unravels its truths at the perfect pace, delivering a breathtaking conclusion to this heartbreaking tale. I loved it and didn’t want it to end and take me away from the most memorable female protagonists I’ve read about this year. Recommended!

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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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

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