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Hide in Place

(Laney Bird #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  103 ratings  ·  58 reviews
She left the NYPD in the firestorm of a high-profile case gone horribly wrong. Three years later, the ghosts of her past roar back to terrifying life.

When NYPD undercover cop Laney Bird's cover is blown in a racketeering case against the Russian mob, she flees the city with her troubled son, Alfie. Now, three years later, she's found the perfect haven in Sylvan, a charming
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published February 9th 2021 by Crooked Lane Books
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Theresa Alan
3.5 stars
Laney Bird had to quit her job as an undercover detective because her son has issues that require a parent to be around as much as possible—so she can go talk to the principle 54 times, for example. But when her almost 14-year-old son is kidnapped, she uses her detective skills to track him down.

The beginning of this was slow and repetitive, and then something happened fairly early on that lost a lot of the tension for me. I still wanted to see how Laney and the local cop Ed would locat
Kat Dietrich
Hide In Place by Emilya Naymark is a touted as a psychological thriller.

First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Crooked Lane Books,  and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

My Synopsis:   (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions)

Laney Bird's 13-year old son Alfie is missing, and the police think he has run away.  Laney knows better.  Yes, her son is troubled, and a little different from oth
Nancy Bilyeau
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Life was quiet for a single mother and her high strung 13 year old son in a small town in upstate New York--until the boy disappears in the middle of a school day. The story's suspense builds to an almost unbearable level, not least because the characters are so complex and deeply relatable. It's not often that the pacing of a novel stays this taut while the characters deepen and surprise me. This is a debut novel not to be missed for those who appreciate a literary flair in their crime friction ...more
Laney was an undercover cop at NYPD. After a huge case was blown and her personal life also imploded, she moved with her son to a small town in upstate New York. Her son Alfie is 13 and has always struggled socially. She loves him fiercely but she flounders to understand and reach him

One day Alfie doesn’t come home. Laney comes undone, he’s all she has in the world. There are no leads, the local police are getting no where. Laney sets off on her own, on a mission to find her son.
Addie BookCrazyBlogger
Jan 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-s
Laney Bird is doing whatever it takes to be a good mom to her 13 year old son Alfie. She quit her beloved job as an undercover police officer and moved to a small suburb of New York, where she could work to get him therapy and special school services for the issues that Alfie has. One day, Alfie goes missing and to everyone but Laney, this is a typical troubled kid runs away from home and will come back when he wants too. As Laney starts her own investigation, she finds out that a man from her p ...more
Janilyn Kocher
Dec 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hide in Place is a thriller about a frantic ex cop searching for her missing son. Laney gave upper career as a cop when her husband walked out and left her to deal,with their needy son. She moved to a small town and dealt with Alfie’s issues. Until he disappeared. Her past haunts her as she has to deal with an old nemesis. The action is fast paced and readers will be on the edge of their seats at the turning of each page. The book kept my attention as I waited for what would unfold next. Thanks ...more
The characters were well written, flawed but relatable. I liked Agnes' character and her relationship with Laney, though it did seem unlikely that they would be friends (and the author noted this as well).

Kindly received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Saralyn Richard
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hide in Place by Emilye Naymark is a tightly coiled spring, ready to pop into the reader’s consciousness and grab hold. It hooked me from word one and wouldn’t let go. I read the whole advance reader's copy in two sittings. What I liked most was Naymark’s painstaking characterization. The deep points of view of the two main characters drew me into the most secret parts of myself. How would I behave if I were thrown into the tense situations of this mother, this son? How were their losses merging ...more
Jan 15, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed reading this book. I was kept from start to finish. The story plot is pretty realistic as well as the characters. The situation if what many have faced and to realize just what it feels like or try to was very easy to do with this read.
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
NYPD undercover cop Laney Bird finds herself with a blown cover, a 13 year old son and a new life starting in a small town in New York. Having to leave her job was difficult but she was making a life, although not the life she wanted.
Then one day her son disappears and she is at a loss as to where he went. Local law enforcement dismissed him as a run away but she knew deep down that it was more. And more it was.
I really enjoyed this novel and felt that the author developed good characters with d
Frimet Goldberger
Hide in Place is the kind of crime fiction that tethers you to a seat, and, before you know, the sun has risen and set. I am not a consumer of this genre, generally—other than the occasional hyped Gillian Flynn novel—but I kept lapping up this riveting tale of love and loss, of bonds forged, of tenderness in motherhood and histrionics in teendom, of macho men and a woman who will do anything to find her son—a story of desperation and determination that will have you mentally casting the movie ve ...more
Barbara Schultz
3.6 rounded up
Story stars with Laney Bird is the bus driver for a school field trip to attend the performance of “Wicked”. Her 13 almost 14 year old son Alfie had band practice so doesn’t attend. Laney had prepared dinner for him but when she arrives home late that evening she finds the dinner uneaten and no sign of her son.
She had to leave her position as an undercover detective as her son requires full time parenteral assistance and dad has given up and is no longer part of the family.

Why has
Kailee’s Book Nook
I feel grateful to have the chance to read Naymark’s debut novel. The detail in this book has me hooked from page 1.

“The bus smelled like bologna sandwiches, fruity body sprays, and old soda and sounded like a monkey house. But she was used to it. And she needed the extra money.”

Laney’s son, Alfie, has gone missing. As a former undercover cop, the worst thoughts race through Laney’s mind and, infuriatingly, nobody seems to be taking her as serious as they should.

“She pictured Alfie, her stomac
Kathleen Gray
Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Laney was an undercover officer with the NYPD until her husband walked out and she realized that her 13 year old son Alfie's issues demand more support than she's been able to give. She moves to a small upstate town where life is simpler and slower until Alfie disappears in the middle of a school day. Local law enforcement more or less brushes her off and then she discovers that someone she worked against is in town. This moves back and forth in time a bit to spool out Laney's work with the NYPD ...more
Oct 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Really enjoyed this book but Emilya Naymark. I liked the main character, Laney and truly empathized with her throughout the book. Yes, she did things unconventionally, and maybe sometimes illegally, at times in the book, but as a mother I understand her needing to do anything to find her soon. I also liked the unlikely friendship between her and Holly (but it is possible). I thought it was a nicely paced thriller that was not over-the-top a going for shock value. I also liked the chapters from h ...more
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A mother’s worst nightmare, her young son disappears. Laney Bird has been living a quiet life in a small rural town in upstate New York. Her son Allie has experienced his share of emotional problems but lately things have been going great for mother and son.
Then one morning Laney sees Allie off to his music lesson and doesn’t see him again. He never makes it to the music lesson and doesn’t come home. The local police think her teenage son has run away or is off with friends and will eventually t
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Laney Bird had it all, her dream job as an undercover NYC cop, a handsome husband, and a son. Her job begins to wear on her family so she makes plans to transfer to a less dangerous job, but her son has yet another breakdown at school and she comes home to find her husband at the door with his bags packed as he walk out on his wife and son. Laney decides it’s time to quit the force and focus on her son, so she resigns, packs up the house, sells it and pays off her ex’s outstanding debts and move ...more
Jan 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Hide in Place by Emilya Naymark is an exciting mystery/thriller, and my first book by this author. Laney Bird was a undercover policeman for the NYPD, but when a case went terribly wrong, Laney and her son went into hiding. One day when her thirteen year old son vanishes, and she finds out her real identity is know to the Russian mob, she is in a race to find her son. I enjoyed this book with it's twists and turns, that kept me reading. If you enjoy a fast paced mystery/thriller, I strongly reco ...more
M.  [storme reads a lot]
Less thriller and more of a mother wanting to find her child. That is fine, but I just wish it was not marketed as this shock story. By no means is this book bad at all. It just was not a thriller in the way I thought. I did like it, but I was mad when I thought there was going to be more to the story and it was just ended so nicely. Perhaps a revamping of how this book is viewed would be useful so people are not disappointed the way I was.
Jan 18, 2021 rated it liked it
This one was just okay for me. I found it very slow moving. It took me a really long time to get into it and it just simmered. It sounded really good when I requested it and had high hopes. It just wasn’t fast-paced enough for me, that’s not to say, that others won’t really enjoy it. Just not the style of writing I enjoy.

Thank you #netgalley and #crookedlanebooks for the eARC.
Nadene  (Totally Addicted to Reading)
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.I had high expectations for this book. I jumped at the chance to read it after reading the synopsis. The story possessed enough to keep me entertained, but unfortunately it did not blow me away.

Hide in Place, book one in the Laney Bird series, introduced Laney Bird, a retired detective. She left the force after an undercover case she had been working went sidewa
Mar 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Hide In Place, book one of the Laney Bird Series, author Emilya Naymark transports the reader to the Hudson Valley town of Sylvan in upstate New York, for an intriguing story that will keep the reader guessing and turning the pages.

Retired undercover NYPD Detective Laney Bird's thirteen year old son Alfie has gone missing, and she uses her detective experience to investigate his disappearance. What looks like a classic troubled teen running away from home is anything but that when Laney disco
Stacey Caldarone
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Hide In Place ✨REVIEW✨
“She left the NYPD in the firestorm of a high-profile case gone horribly wrong. Three years later, the ghosts of her past roar back to terrifying life.”

I really enjoyed this one. It kept me on my toes and I wasn’t expecting the twists! Thank you again to crooked lane books for this opportunity to read and review this advanced readers copy. This book did disappoint.

This story follows Laney, a mother to Allie, who has some troubles with expressing himself and tends to tantr
Linda Strong
Laney Bird was once an undercover cop, working mostly to take down drug dealers in the Russian mafia. Three years ago, one of her cases went really sideways. She has always hoped that her real identity had never been made public. She retired at that time in order to take care of her then 10-year-old son.

She's now driving a school bus and spending time with her troubled son. But today .. her son disappeared. Abducted? Runaway? This wouldn't be the first time he's gone missing for day or so ... bu
Feb 27, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While Naymark has had many short stories published, this is her first novel. It is a good debut effort. I had a little difficulty liking Laney, the heroine, at the beginning. Her internal battle between being the mother of the missing child and being an ex-cop came out with her alienating those she needed to help her. I wanted her to be more savvy when it came to handling others, regardless of her intense motherly emotions. Alfie, her son, develops into a great character and I certainly apprecia ...more
According to Goodreads, Hide in Place by Emilya Naymark is book 1 of the Laney Bird series and I really hope that's true since I would love to see more of Laney. Thanks to her being an ex-NYPD undercover cop, this book read a lot like a police procedural mixed with detective fiction and I loved that about it. I also really enjoyed how the author mixed present with Laney's past so we could fully understand why she ended up leaving her job with the NYPD and why she's in the situation she's in now. ...more
Evelyn Jane Thorne
The book focuses on a single mother who used to be an undercover police officer. When her son Alfie goes missing, she does everything in her power to get him back no matter the consequences. I think that Laney is a character that I loved and hated at times. I didn’t enjoy some of the tactics she used while looking for her son, for example lying about still being a police officer and the way she treated people. But at the same time I think that any parent would act the same way if they were in th ...more
Elena Taylor
“Laney Bird’s son vanished the night she drove a busload of high school seniors to see Wicked on Broadway.” Emilya Naymark had me hooked from the first line of her debut novel. Laney Bird is the perfect heroine. Tough, scrappy, flawed . . . and now, terrified.

Once a well-respected uncover cop with the NYPD, married to the “perfect” man, and the mother of an adorable toddler, at the start of Hide in Place Laney finds herself divorced and living in Sylvan, New York, with a difficult teen she doesn
Jodie (Geauxgetlit)
Mar 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Holy moly! This book was seriously intense and I loved every second of it! A retired detective, whose husband left her and her son and never turned back, decided to make a move to a small town and start over. Her 13yo son has always had a stutter and was constantly picked on.
One day he doesn’t come home from school and the local police think ah it’s normal for kids that age to stay out late and will be back soon.

She knows her son and doesn’t believe it and knows something bad happened to her s
Sharon Grow
Feb 07, 2021 rated it liked it
Laney Bird has adjusted to her new life after leaving her career in New York as an officer, detective and undercover cop. When her husband walked out on her, she needed to be home to take care of their son, Alfie. Driving a school bus wasn’t her choice of occupation, but it enabled her to be home for her son. When Alfie goes missing, the police want to categorize him as a runaway, but she knows he wouldn’t just leave and not return. She decides to resurrect her former career and conduct her own ...more
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