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Hidden Pieces

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  811 ratings  ·  164 reviews
Embry Woods has secrets. Small ones about her past. Bigger ones about her relationship with town hero Luke and her feelings for someone new. But the biggest secret she carries with her is about what happened that night at the Sea Cliff Inn. The fire. The homeless guy. Everyone thinks Embry is a hero, too, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Embry thinks she’ll have
ebook, 448 pages
Published August 28th 2018 by HarperTeen
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Paula Stokes
Nov 30, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)

As usual, I made a lot of little tweaks to the ARC, however they're almost all cosmetic, deleting word echoes, removing repetitive passages, clarifying the timeline, adding in a couple of transitions, and strengthening a couple of chapter endings. There are no changes that affect the overarching plot or mystery, though I did pull back on a couple of "clues", trying to hit that sweet spot where most readers won't guess the culprit early on, but afterward the reveals will feel
Aj the Ravenous Reader
“But we all do bad $h!# sometimes. It’s what you do now that matters. If you don’t like the person you are, take responsibility for your past mistakes and do better.”

This is what happens when kids don’t control their rabid hormones. Stupidity ensues. And everything bad follows. You’ve been warned, kiddos! Lol.

Just like this recent novel I’ve read, Hidden Pieces starts off with the characters doing the deed and it’s become the root cause of all of their problems including the possiblity of
Camila Roy ••RoyIsReading••

This is basically Pretty Little Liars but with least interesting characters and a more basic plot.

e-ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

Paula Stokes, author of Liars, Inc, delivers a twisted psychological tale about Embry Woods, who is both praised as a town hero and haunted by secrets she must hide to keep her loved ones alive

In comparison to Liars, Inc, which I read a couple of years ago, this book is an improvement. However, it still falls in the ''average''
I am always up for one of Paula’s books because I have always enjoyed her stories.

I loved Embry, even though I wanted to shake her. She’s so loyal and so good, it was easy for me to root for her right away. Yes, she’s stubborn af, but it makes sense why she chooses some of the things she does, and I enjoyed seeing her grow. Holden is adorable and the dynamic between him and Embry was equally as adorable. He pushes when he needs to and backs off when she needs it. And hello to healthy communicat
Samantha (WLABB)
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, arcs
Rating: 4.5 Stars

I am always excited to read a Paula Stokes book for a myriad of reasons. First and foremost, she always entertains me. No matter what genre Stokes' story falls into, I find myself fully invested in it.

As I read Hidden Pieces, I recalled my very first Stokes book - Liars, Inc. This book had that same tangled-web, twisty sort of plot, but there was a lot more to it. The heart of the book was finding out who the blackmailer, "Unknown", was, but it was also about so many other thing
J. Greene
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
If I could describe Hidden Pieces in one word, it'd be trivial.

Awash with petty secrets, horny teenagers--and avoidable mistakes--Hidden Pieces was the last season of Pretty Little Liars--over.

While this story had a lot of potential to solidify itself as a great thriller--it was drowned out by what I felt was petty foolishness.

Embry, is keeping pieces of herself hidden, hence the title--however, her secrets, although potentially hurtful--were superficial at the surface.

*Cheating trigger ahead*

*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult / Contemporary
*Rating* 3.0


Paula Stokes' Hidden Pieces is a twisted mystery surrounding protagonist Embry Woods and the events surrounding what happened on the day of December 11. On December 11, Embry and her boyfriend Holden Hassler accidentally start a fire at the Sea Cliff Inn. In order to avoid trouble, Holden leaves while Embry realizes that someone is still inside. Risking life and limb, she rescues a homeless man and is cheered on as a local
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hidden Pieces is a YA contemporary book that is part mystery, part thriller and part romance.

The narrator is 17 year old Embry (girl -1st person POV). The book is set in Three Rocks, a small town along the Oregon Coast.

This book looks at a lot of issues: friendship, single parenthood, cheating, financial difficulties, secrets...

Embry was a very interesting narrator. She is mostly a good kid. But she keeps lots of secrets and she closes herself off from those around her. It took me a little bit o
May 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I am a bit conflicted.
There were parts I absolutely loved, but some I struggled with and I am not even sure why - I just felt the need to skim through some chapters.

Though I guessed who might be sending the messages, it was interesting to understand why things happened the way they did, so I still enjoyed the ride. There was also half-good communication - which is a good thing, because we didn't wait for the very last page for some things to settle (and some characters to make some particular
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight


This was a fun mystery, if a little predictable. I will say that I did figure out who the anonymous note sender was fairly early on, but I was invested enough in the story to keep going to see if I was right! (I was, but still.) Embry and her terrible life choices pulled me in fairly quickly. Here's the thing: Embry isn't particularly likable, she's just... an average girl and I kind
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
“It’s not right that some people have so much and others have so little.”

Hidden Pieces has been devoured like I was inhaling the words of off its pages. I had to admit there were some holes playing through my mind immediately after reading it. But as irony goes, it did feel all pieces coming together, and it fits well too.

It has been really intense! I don't want to sound uber cliché but godsdarn, this has been such a gripping read. With the right amount if secrecies and heavily occupying storyte
Jessica (a GREAT read)
I received this ARC from the author in a contest that I won on Instagram. My review is completely honest and voluntary; I was in no way compensated for this review.

Paula Stokes wowed me with her thrilling and fast-paced Vicarious duology, so I was excited to read her next thriller, Hidden Pieces. It was definitely something different from what I was expecting, as the heroine was a just a little hard to like in the beginning, but she grew on me as the story went along. It was quite a twisted myst
heather - NightlyReading
I love a good psychological thriller. Especially when you are not sure whom is doing what until the very end. This book gave me just that. I had my assumptions but was surprised at whom the culprit was once everything was revealed.

The very first chapter of this book is what caught my attention. I am a sucker for a love triangle and just can't get enough of them. Our main character of Embry had dated Luke forever but Luke joined the military and went over sea's to serve so she decided that they s
Jen Ryland
Jun 26, 2018 added it
Shelves: cheating
This felt very PLL but I liked (early) PLL and enjoyed this book.

I thought the book did a great job of showing how, as Embry made choice after choice, her lies and betrayals got progressively worse. However, there were not that many possible suspects. (view spoiler)

(If cheating/love triangles are a dealbreaker for you, then this is not the book for y
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-reads
This dragged more than I thought/hoped it would. The lead was bland, the romance was bland, the mystery was bland--seriously, nothing really happened until the last few chapters. And when it finally did--when we finally found out why all of these things were happening to Embry--eh, not as big of a shocker or as much of an impact as I'd expected.

- ̗̀ DANY  ̖́- (danyreads)
. : ☾⋆ — 3 ★


ARC provided from the publisher via Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review (thank you HarperCollins/HarperTeen!!)

Hidden Pieces follows Embry Woods, a girl with many secrets, who accidentally commits arson while hooking up with her best friend’s ex-boyfriend. she concocts a plan to leave the crime scene and remain blameless, but after receiving a series of increasingly threatening messages blackmailing her over her role in the
Vicky Again
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I loved Stokes' Girl Against the Universe, and was very excited to hear she was coming out with another book! I hadn't read any of her mysteries before this, but Hidden Pieces sounded AWESOME.

And it was definitely better than I expected (my expectations for mystery/thriller are honestly kinda low), but I did think that this was a pretty solid read!

It's easier to start with the negatives first, and there were honestly only two things that I wasn't a huge fan of.

First, I felt like honestl
Aug 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
"There has always been this gap between the person I am and the person people think I am. It's not that I'm fake. I don't mislead people and I don't ie (too often). But I keep a lot of secrets. I hold back parts of me so you can see the outline of the puzzle and make a guess about the picture, but that's all it is- a guess. My inner pieces? I don't show those to hardly anyone." ...more
Samantha N.
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I selected this book when browsing through the mystery section at my local library. The element that first drew me in was the cover art of this novel. It is a puzzle with missing pieces that look as if they were burned away. Mysterious…

Embry Woods is a girl with many secrets. She lives in a town with residents who are much wealthier than she and her single mother, who has cancer. Embry continuously tries to be strong for her mother but has abandonment issues and fears getting too emotionally
Amber at Fall Into Books
Sep 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
1.5 stars.

I really wanted to like this book. The synopsis had me hooked, and I couldn't wait to dive into it. However, this is one of the lamest "thrillers" I've ever read. The writing is subpar - all telling and no showing, the characters aren't likable, and the mystery/thriller aspect isn't very mysterious or thrilling. The only reason I gave this book a D- instead of an F is because I was actually able to finish it.

Embry is not a likable character at all. She whines and insults herself cons
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
Embry and Holden, not her boyfriend, hook up at an abandoned hotel, accidentally setting it ablaze. They were not alone. Someone videoed their encounter and sends Embry threatening messages. Escalating threats make finding the blackmailer essential, before somebody ends up dead.

I haven’t read a thriller recently that left me holding my breath, clenching my fists and shake in a very long time. Most thrillers are more mystery than thrilling. Paula Stokes did such a great job escalating tension fro
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Cruised through it faster than any other I’ve recently read. Desperately wanted to skip to the end to know but I didn’t and was surprised! Loved the MC who is definitely flawed but is well fleshed out and I ‘got’ why she made some of the decisions she did.
Excellent thriller, definitely recommend!
Kathy Martin
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Embry Woods is facing a difficult time in her life. Her mom, her only parent, has been battling cancer and, though she seems to have beaten it, there is still the uncertainty about the future. Partially because she's a single mother and partially because of her cancer, things aren't going well at her business. Embry has never met her dad. He and her mom had an affair that resulted in her birth. He sends support but he has a wife and two boys who are older than Embry.

Embry also has boyfriend issu
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hidden Pieces by Paula Stokes is a contemporary thriller. This is the first book of Paula's that I have read and it definitely won't be my last. She does an amazing job pulling you into the story. I couldn't wait to find out how it was going to end. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves YA Contemporary Thrillers. ...more
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Wow, I really wasn’t expecting that!! Review to come closer to publication date!
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, although the beginning was a bit "jump right in". I had a hunch about the blackmailer, but there were a few red herrings tossed in, until it was revealed. ...more
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this story! It was fast paced and intriguing! I didn’t really know what was going till the end!
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book was...fine. The characters all kind of sucked and the logic here was pretty dumb and poorly thought out.
The stakes were low, the crimes and threats seemed random and trivial...meh.
Maryam Dinzly
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
The first half was a little bit draggy? But it picked up from there and every thing else was like whirlwind.
Jul 08, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, y
Don’t read this. It’s meh and feels v dragged out!
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Paula Stokes is half writer, half RN, and totally thrilled to be part of the world of YA literature. She started out writing historical fiction under a pen name and is now branching out into other YA genres.

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