by Meryl Sawyer

November 1997
ISBN: 0-8217-5780-6
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

Thrown from her privileged and protected home by a terrible secret, Claire Holt is back. She is determined to make a new start as the owner of an art gallery, one that had belonged to her mother - even if it goes against her powerful father’s wishes.

Once the town bad boy, Zach Coulter now wears a badge as town sheriff. Claire had been the one girl he had wanted in his youth, but he’d never been good enough to suit her father. And now something has happened that will change their lives forever.

The Hideaway was a wonderful story, one that sucked me in and wouldn’t let go until I had read the last page. However, I found the mystery a tad lackluster and easy to figure out. Claire made me want to hit something for all her silliness about pleasing her father, even though she still had emotional scars from the past. Thankfully, she redeems herself towards the end of the story, rescuing Zach from certain death.

The side stories were entertaining, too. I had to admit I was surprised at how graphic the book got, but it was all around enjoyable, hence the 4 rose rating. Be sure you don’t miss this one!

Reviewed in January 2003 by Lucy.

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