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    Review of HIDE by Lisa Gardner (see her website)

    Bantam, January 2007

    Annabelle Granger has been hiding from the time she was seven and her father forced her family to flee their home, taking nothing and assuming new identities. Now, with both of her parents dead, she returns to the city of her childhood and tries to live a normal, albeit low-key, life. But when she learns that a little girl's body, found in a mass grave, was wearing a necklace engraved with her name, she realizes that nameless threat from her past hasn't gone away. In fact, it might be closing in.

    Former tactical team sharpshooter Bobby Dodge has a connection to the mass grave, too. The murder of six little girls bears a striking resemblance to another case, and another little girl who escaped her killer and grew up to be a woman with Bobby was once involved with. Everything seems to lead back to Annabelle Granger. Together, Bobby and Annabelle--unwilling accomplices, yet oddly drawn to each other--must unravel a complex web of false identities and family secrets too terrible to speak of.

    As always, Lisa Gardner (see more reviews of novels by Gardner) has created fascinating characters and a plot that weaves together like a complex sailor's knot, and the abandoned mental institution gives the story a suitably creepy backdrop. Unfortunately, she also relied on some pretty far-fetched coincidences to wrap it all up. I found the ending did not live up to the rest of the book.

    Three Stars

    Reviewed 5/18/07

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