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Hide by Lisa Gardner
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Jun 25, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: highly-recommended, police-procedural
Read in June, 2010

When Tanya Nelson was 7 years old her father told her, “ ‘The world is a system. . . . If you can understand the system, you will survive.’ ” And she had survived. She had survived countless moves to new cities, each time with a new name. She had survived her mother’s alcoholism and suicide and her father’s sudden death when he was hit by car. She had survived never knowing what it was she and her family were running from. And now, it seemed, she had survived her own murder.

On the grounds of the abandoned Boston State Mental Hospital six bodies of six young girls are found in six separate clear plastic bags in an underground pit. On one bag is a small silver locket engraved with the name “Annabelle M. Granger.” This is the only clue State Homicide Detective Bobby Dodge and Boston Police Sergeant D. D. Warren have to start their investigation. Bobby recognizes the underground pit as strikingly similar to the pit where twelve-year-old Catherine Gagnon had been imprisoned for almost a month in 1980 by Richard Umbrio, now two-years deceased, having been shot by Catherine Gagnon when he attacked her after his release from prison. The question is: Who killed Annabelle Granger and the other five girls and how do their deaths relate to Catherine Gagnon--and who is Tanya Nelson?

Lisa Garner’s Hide is a truly riveting mystery-thriller that will keep you turning the pages until the very end. The plot is fascinating and complex; the characters are worth knowing; and the pieces do all fit together in the end. This is not a book you want to pick up when you have places to go and people to meet because, I guarantee you, you will want to Hide until the very last word.

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