Saturday, January 28, 2017

*Review* The Hideaway by Mary Reason Theriot

Genre: Psychological Suspense
Published: May 29, 2012
Pages: 348


Welcome to Hope, Louisiana. The cobblestone streets remind you of times past. With very little crime in this quaint town, everyone is going about their daily tasks with little disruption, but without warning ... things start to change. And not for the better. The best part of being a Hunter is watching as your prey scatter once they realize they are in your sights. Hope has turned into the perfect hunting grounds for me. But now, it's time to show everyone the masterpieces that I have created. It's time to step out of the shadows and into the light so that they can all realize, the town they thought was safe.....Isn't. My displays are doing what I want them to do, they are drawing attention and bringing me into the spotlight. Where I belong. But then I saw her, Detective Jordan Sanders, and I knew that she was going to be the ultimate masterpiece that I would ever create. The only hiccup in capturing her was her new-found boyfriend, FBI Special Agent Alex Hamilton. But everything will work out. It always does. Welcome to Hope, Louisiana. Where the reality of the shadows is brought right to your doorstep. Open your door and let me in, if you dare.


I was hired to provide post publication proofreading for this book. The only aspects of the story that I had any influence on were the spelling and grammar. If you feel that my connection to the book makes my review untrustworthy, so be it, but this is my honest review.

This story is told from multiple perspectives, but we spend most of our time in either the perpetrator's head or the investigator's head, so we get to know those two characters the best. One of the things that I really like about Theriot's villains is that we do get to see great depth in their characters because we tend to spend a lot of time in their head, so even if we can't really empathize with them, we can still sort of understand their motivations for being as evil as they are. But sometimes, like was the case with this book, spending so much time in their head just makes me hate them all the more. This perp's obsession was quite disturbing, and had me terrified for the women of Hope, Louisiana. 

One of the things I really enjoyed about this story was the budding relationship between Detective Sanders and Agent Hamilton. It made me care more about the characters and root for them to get a happily ever after. I did not want to see their relationship messed up in any way. 

I did find myself a little bit surprised by the ending of this book, partially because I feel like I know the author's format fairly well by now, and she deviated in a direction I did not expect. I also felt a little let down that a certain confrontation that I was expecting to happen never materialized. Don't get me wrong, the ending worked very well, it just wasn't where I expected this story to go. 

Overall I give The Hideaway 4 out of 5 stars. - Katie 

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About the Author

A Louisiana native and have had the wonderful opportunity of living in various states during my husband's 20-year career in the United States Coast Guard.

I have been happily married for over twenty years and am the proud mother of two wonderful children. My youngest encouraged me to begin writing this year.

Until my diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis in 2001, I worked in the Legal Field. Writing is great therapy for my own personal fight against MS.  

I truly hope you enjoy reading my books as much as I have enjoyed writing them.

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