I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Hideaway by Nicole Lundrigan
Published on July 9, 2019
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Fiction
Links: Buy on Amazon | Goodreads
What if home is the most dangerous place you can be? 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.
It takes someone of immeasurable cruelty to force their child out into the dark woods come midnight as a form of punishment. That is the kind of person Gloria is, a woman who never should have become a mother.
She’s more monstrous than anything one might find out in the forest. Gloria’s treatment of her two children, Rowan and Maisy, is the nexus of Hideaway, a gloomy, tragic, adventure story about a child who finds comfort in a mentally unstable man who lives under a bridge.
Hideaway is not an easy book to read. Stories about child neglect and abuse never are, especially because we know people like this exist in the real world.
I wish I liked this novel more. I think it has something to say and a compelling story to tell, but, I found myself unable to make it past the half-way mark. Telling the story from the perspective of the children was a smart move, yet I often felt bogged down by long passages winding nowhere.
Carl was a frustrating character too, the overuse of the “urh,” sound became grating after a while.
Hideaway is a great novel for some, the book has high reviews on Goodreads and other platforms, but for me, it felt too long and too bleak. It wasn’t to my liking, unfortunately.
I would still recommend it to anyone who finds the premise intriguing. It’s unlike many novels I’ve read, and its uniqueness makes it an excellent story for some. Be aware of the dark subject matter beforehand.