Book Description: Family means safety. Family means protection. Until it doesn't.
Eleven-year-old Kate Whitby leads an invisible life, the youngest member of her odd family. They live in their historic small-town hotel, where she is an expert at keeping everyone’s secrets: her sister’s a thief, her great-grandmother isn’t as crazy as people think, her mother lives in the past, and her beloved grandfather might have killed his best friend.
Devoted to the people she loves—more than they have ever been to her—Kate vows to protect each one.
Charlie Fuse has lived on the streets since his alcoholic father threw him out. When Charlie’s powerful street family tests his loyalty by demanding that he kill the son of a rival gang leader, he refuses. They frame him for the murder, forcing Charlie to run.
When Kate finds Charlie injured and penniless, she hides him from his enemies and her uncharitable relatives, unaware that he has a connection to her family as old as the hotel itself.
The murderous gang tracks Charlie down. To flush him out, they take the clueless family hostage and threaten young Kate. Even then, Kate keeps Charlie hidden, putting all her childlike faith in one terrible hope: that the family who has never been able to protect her before might learn how to do it now.
My Thoughts: I was so excited when Thomas Nelson sent me this book, Hiding Places by Erin Healy. I've been wanting to read this book but just hadn't taken time to get it.
First of all, this is one of the most interesting fiction books because Erin writes with an "unusual" twist of suspense and every day life.
The most interesting "thing" about this read was the invisible life that eleven-year-old Kate leads. She is so visible that she becomes invisible to those around her. This part of the story made me think of all the people in my life that are quite visible with the eye but yet, I take them for granted so they become "invisible."
Since Kate is "invisible" she sees more than most of the adults realize that she is seeing. However, Kate takes all the troubles she sees in stride....until she meets Charlie Fuse.
Kate thinks that Charlie needs help and so she hides him. Kate never realizes in her child's mind that Charlie may have a past. A past that may bring trouble to her family.
Wow! What a read!
This is my first time to read something that Erin Healy has authored.
I thought this was a grand read and I hope you enjoy this fiction read as much as I did.
*This book was provided by Thomas Nelson for the
Fiction Guild Team Challenge*