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Nothing Hidden Ever Stays

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A two-hundred-year-old curse. A tangled thread of mental illness. A growing list of Ross family women dying young. The house where it all began, Desolate Ridge, holds all the secrets.

Abandoned at a hospital when she was only three years old, Aubrey Ross grew up as a ward of the state, passed from one foster family to the next. Having endured years of abuse and neglect, she
Published October 29th 2019 by Tangled Tree Publishing
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Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When the blurb says haunted house, paranormal activity and premonitions I'm game. This book didn't disappoint. It's all the above complemented by excellent fast paced writing and indepth characters.

Aubry is a survivor. Abandoned by her single mother at three years old and put in the system, she knows life is tough.
Now 25, she's struggling to make ends meet with no family or safety net to rely on. Inheriting the family estate and all the wealth that comes with it, was the last thing she
Kristin Scearce
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I cannot say enough good things about this book. It sucked me in right from the beginning, and if I'd had the ability to read the whole thing in one sitting, you best believe I would have. I hated having to put it down to deal with that pesky thing called life, but as soon as I would pick it back up again, I was lost once more in the world of Desolate Ridge. It's such a well-written novel, and you feel for each and every character involved. The description of the house and town are so vivid and ...more
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I will admit, I was a little skeptical about this book. I am mostly a romance reader with some psychological thrillers thrown in there every now and then. The author sent me a copy of this book, not for a review but gifted it to me to get this book out there. Let me just say that I loved it! It was equal parts creepy, believable (if your a believer) and intriguing. I thought Aubrey was a very strong female character and although she was guarded initially, it was nice to see her flourish a bit. ...more
Sep 11, 2019 rated it liked it

One for sorrow
Two for joy
Three for a girl

The Ross family is cursed. A spider web of its young women dying young, disappearing, madness spreading like wildfire.

Last of the Ross line, Aubrey has grown up as an orphan and is shocked when she learns that she is the sole heir of an estate and now has more money and possessions that she ever could have imagined.

When she arrives at Desolate Ridge (I shit you not), Aubrey who has suffered from premonitions and visions, sees everything tenfold and she
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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This was my 8th Thriller this month! It also happens to be the first 5 star rating!! This book blew me away! Nothing Hidden Ever Stays is BRILLIANT!! I could not put this book down and read it in one sitting! Paranormal activity and premonitions, yes please! This storyline did not disappoint!! Aubrey's character is SO well done, I spent the entire read rooting for her. I loved the fact that her history is the key to unlocking the mystery. So so good!!! This book will play with your mind and keep ...more
Crystal Gray
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Two days later and I still don't know what to say about this book. I am left speechless. Nothing Hidden Ever Stays is captivating right from the get go, and it only got better! The secrets this house holds. I loved every minute of it. I devoured it in a day, I just could not put it down!
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-read-2019
What a spooky good book! It was an easy quick entertaining story! I loved it! Definitely recommend for all ghost story lovers! Thanks to Netgalley for the early copy
3.5 stars.

Aubrey was left in a hospital as a small child leaving her to grow up in the foster system, never getting the family she wanted. As a 25 year old she's struggling to make ends meet, working in a dead end job with no real family or friends to help her out. Then one day she's approached after work by a man who informs her that her last living relative has now passed leaving her to inherit the family estate and all of the wealth that comes with that.

Not longer after moving to her
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I read a lot of novels featuring haunted houses, and sometimes the characters’ lives get in the way, slowing down the action. Nothing Hidden Ever Stays is different in that the character’s history is the key to unlocking the mystery. Aubrey Ross grew up in foster care and has been keeping herself barely above the poverty line, isolated and alone. All that she knows about her family is that her mother abandoned her. She then discovers that she comes from a long lineage and she is also the sole ...more
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Haunted house books are my favorite reads of all time and this book did not disappoint. The book also has a bit of mystery to it which is another favorite of mine. There's romance as well. There is lots of violence, in the form of domestic abuse and murder. There are no sex scenes and very little colorful language.

This was my first book by HR Mason but I am hooked. The story was in full swing from page one and did not slow down at all throughout the book. It was a hard book to put down for me,
Nadia Debowska-Stephens (Obsessed by Books)
“Nothing hidden ever stays.”

The last of the Ross family, Aubrey only realises her heritage when death comes knocking. Taken back to her family home by the sad news of her only living relative passing she has inherited everything. Having grown up in care Aubrey thinks she’s different due to the life she has had but quickly realises that is it all part of the Ross family legacy. Haunted by the ghosts of the past, strange things go bump in the night and someone is definitely trying to tell her
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Want a book to put you in the mood for some spookiness? You’ve come to the right place.

Nothing Hidden Ever Stays weaves a tale of mystery around the Ross family. For decades, people would die young from unsolved or tragic deaths. Their single heir would grow to follow the same fate, generation after generation.

Alternating between Aubrey in present day and each heir as the years progress, you discover a sinister curse has plagued the family from the start. Can Aubrey break this cycle? Or will
Heather Bennett
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nothing Hidden Ever Stays is a creepy well written book. I could not put it down. I would read more by this author.
Nicole ☠ "psychological" thrill me❗
I loved every minute of this book! Normally I do not find myself interested in supernatural stories but once I read the description for this book, I found it intriguing and was so glad to be approved to read the ARC. This was a fast pace supernatural-mystery with so many twists, turns and mystery that your head will spin! (In a good way!) I was pulled in right from the start and couldn't out this book down. Told through the POVs if Aubrey and the women if Desolate Ridge from each generation ...more
Kay Mcleer
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was kinda sad to read because of the themes and things that the character goes through. It's really well written and I enjoyed reading it, it had a creepy atmosphere that I enjoyed.
CloudOfThoughts_Books Keirstin
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nothing Hidden Ever Stays by author H.R. Mason is a creepy and fast paced thrill of a book! Loved it and it’s characters, was filled with a lot of mystery too!

Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Jacqueline  sharp
Sep 23, 2019 rated it liked it
This story is told from two points of view that of Aubrey in the present day and that of the women who had lived at Desolate Ridge, from each generation dating back to 1819, this gives the story some background and atmosphere, insanity and madness seems to have been the main reason that things had happened. Maybe if Aubrey has been around in the 1800’s she would also have been deemed insane or mad. So many barbaric things happened against the women.

Aubrey Ross had been abandoned at a hospital
Oct 16, 2019 rated it liked it
This was definitely an impulse request - the title, cover and premise of a haunted estate intrigued me. And oddly enough, this is the third book that I have read in October that has included the old nursery rhyme about crows/magpies/blackbirds: "One for sorrow/Two for joy/Three for a girl/Four for a boy/Five for silver/Six for gold/Seven for a secret never to be told."

The book begins with orphaned and rather destitute Aubrey Ross learning that she has inherited a massive fortune and an estate
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
I enjoyed the premise of this story and loved the chapters of history and Aubrey's ancestry. I enjoyed flipping back and forth between the past, the present, and the connections that Aubrey experienced. I do enjoy novels that start with family trees!

This would have been a higher rating if there had been a little more character development with Aubrey. Her childhood was referenced as hard due to being abandoned and being raised in the foster care system, but to what extent, I'm not sure - her
Liz (Quirky Cat)
Oct 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
I received a copy of Nothing Hidden Ever Stays through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Nothing Hidden Ever Stays is the debut novel of H.R. Mason, and is a dramatic and horrifying thriller. This novel combines thriller elements with the concept of an old curse, ghost stories, and a hauntingly dark past.
Aubrey Ross grew up thinking she had no family. Only to inherit a mansion of a home when the last of a family she never knew she had passed away. But there are times when
Jennifer Pierson
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OH MY HELL! HR Mason has some serious writing chops, as Nothing Hidden Ever Stays was a totally creepy story that I couldn't put down, and also had a time of it catching my breath at times. This is the story of 25 year old, Aubry, who was abandoned by her single mother at 3 years old, put in the system, and still seems to be dodging life's hits. She was having a time of it making ends meet, and since she has no family to help, she's struggling big time. Out of the blue, she inherits wealth & ...more
Sassy Southern
Nov 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Aubrey's life has been rough almost since birth. You'd think being abandoned by her family at three would be the worst she's endured, but you'd be wrong. Years of abuse and neglect at the hands of people trusted to care for her has made every day hell and she's closed herself off to protect herself from future hurt.

All she's been through has taken a toll on her in numerous ways, including mentally. While it's impossible to say what caused the premonitions she's now experiencing, it doesn't
Kathy Wideman
This book had me at the blurb and didn’t disappoint. It is a thriller for sure. Aubrey is approached one day by a man and told she has inherited a house and more money than she will ever need. But nothing is that simple. Her family is cursed. Lots of weird things are happening. Especially once she moves into the house she inherited. I loved this book. I was immediately sucked in and didn’t want to put it down. Aubrey has been so much in her life. She is resistant to help or kindness and she has ...more
C.S. O’Cinneide
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
“Nothing good could come from looking back.” – p. 11
While the past is something Aubrey Rose doesn’t want to think about, think about it she must when she receives the deed to her ancestral home on Desolate Ridge. I love a good haunted house story, and also novels that tell multiple stories and weave them into a cohesive overall narrative. I also appreciated the family tree provided at the beginning of the book, and the historical aspects. A thrilling read, this book had solid writing and a great
Vanessa Eccles
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nothing Hidden Ever Stays by H.R. Mason is the story of a two-hundred-year-old curse. When Aubrey inherits Desolate Ridge, she begins uncovering the dark truth about the family she never knew. The cover of the book reminded me of Poe and of something gothic, which this book definitely is. I loved the descriptions and how the book jumps time to provide greater insight into the details of both the family and the curse.

It’s a quick, entertaining read that kept me up reading late into the night. It
Jaime Reynolds
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story intrigued me from the blurb and I had to give it a try. It was certainly a unique paranormal suspense that had me turning pages wondering where the story was heading. Some of the references and reactions to mental illness I didn’t like but the rest of Aubrey’s story is simply unbelievable. Mind blowing the attention to detail in the story and how everything came together at the end. I am definitely going to read more from this author.
Within The Pages Book Blog
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
An intriguing paranormal suspense that will have you thinking what could happen next as the pages are turning. Aubrey’s story is complex and well written, even though some parts of the story bothered me some based on their nature. I would recommend this story for anyone looking for a unique mystery that all comes together in the end.
Buffy Brunow
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an incredible read. It has it all with an ending that pulls the carpet right out from under your feet.
Darnell MR Hart
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book weaves a spell on you. I could not put it down. The best part is that love not money won was a surprising twist. ...more
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
What to say about this book,hmmm. Well, first off thank you so much to net galley for giving me the opportunity to review this title before publication release. I am sorry I neglected to get this review up before the release date. Alright, so we have the strong female lead character Aubrey who suffers from social anxiety and found out that she was adopted and indeed comes from a rich family in Ohio. Upon finding out this information, Aubrey also is informed she needs to go to Desolate Ridge in ...more
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Author Bio

HR Mason is an Ohio girl transplanted into the Pacific Northwest. She is a homeschooling mom of three daughters, wife of one mail man, and a people-watching introvert who can be found hiding in the nearest corner.