Today I am thrilled to be sharing my review on the blog tour for Hidden by Lisa Sell. This was released on the 27th of August published by Bloodhound Books.
About the Book
Jen Taylor has a secret.
In 1987 the body of fourteen-year-old Kelly was found on a railway track and Jen believes she was responsible for her death.
Now an adult, Jen is approached by Kelly’s mother, who asks her to help investigate her daughter’s murder.
But Jen is hiding more than anyone knows.
As the investigation is reopened by Jen, along with her former friend Claire, secrets from the past come to light and when another murder takes place, the case takes a sinister turn.
Did Jen really kill Kelly and can she ever right the wrongs of the past?
Ah the 80’s. It was a bloody great decade! As a kid growing up in this era, it was a time that was so much simpler. As the world has evolved, so much has changed. There are some awful things that persist, no matter what decade you are in and what makes my heart hurt more than anything is bullying and domestic violence. This is a trigger warning for those that are sensitive to these issues. At times it is hard to read these sections, but Lisa handles these issues extremely well.
Lisa has created a plot that takes the reader from the present back to the past on a dying lady’s quest (Doreen) to find out what really happened to her fourteen year old daughter (Kelly) the day she died back in 1987. What looked like suicide or an accident has not sat well with her for all of these years and she believes something more sinister took place. When Doreen recruits Jen to help her find out the truth, what she doesn’t know is Jen thinks that she might be the one responsible for Kelly’s death. What follows is a tale that is full of twists and turns which leads up to a shocking revelation that I did not see coming!
There are a host of characters featured that keep you on your toes as to where they all fit into the story. They all have been written perfectly in the role that they play and are all very believable. They are a mix of likeable and unlikable ones to a downright despicable character in the form of Kelly’s father. I would cringe every time he was mentioned in the story and was filled with hatred and anger for him with how he treated his daughter as well as his wife. Crappy husband of the year award definitely goes to this man!
Lisa does a great job at captivating the reader right from the start. Although at times it does move at a slower pace as backstories are delved into, they are all integral to the story and it still flows well. At no time did I say to myself ‘cmon get on with it’ as I have done with some books in the past. Additionally the story is peppered with pieces of intrigue and mystery that peaks your interest that slowly but surely builds to the big reveal.
For a debut novel Lisa has done an amazing job and I highly recommend this book. She is definitely one to watch out for in this genre and I look forward to see what she comes up with next.
Thank-you to Bloodhound Books, Heather Fitt and Lisa Sell for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Hidden which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
Hidden is available to buy now
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Special thank-you to Heather Fitt for the spot on the Hidden blog tour and for introducing me to Lisa’s work.
Follow the tour along the way and see what these awesome bloggers also thought of Hidden.
Let’s get to know Lisa
Lisa Sell is a thriller, crime, and mystery writer who also scribbles short stories. Throughout her writing career she’s blogged about the twists and turns on her site:www.lisasell.co.uk
To combat writer’s bum and keep mentally fit, Lisa is a runner. The consequence is she’s now a running bore but is proud of her achievements.
When she’s reading, Lisa practically hoovers up books. The to-be-read pile has become a tower, threatening to topple on her when she’s sleeping.
Music rocks Lisa’s world too, particularly a good eighties tune. If lost, you’ll find Lisa in a DeLorean, headed for her favourite decade.
Lisa’s cats, Feegle and Wullie, try to help her write but often fail. The furry pests demand attention and desk space. Lisa is currently applying for cat wrangling to be recognised as an Olympic sport.
Lisa is a happy pup to be part of the Bloodhound Books team. Just don’t tell the cats.
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