BLOG TOUR: The Hiding Place by Simon Lelic

Title: The Hiding Place by Simon Lelic
Pages: 
352
Published by: 
Penguin
Publication date: 
5th May 2022
Genre: Crime & Thriller
Format: Paperback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis:

‘It was only a game.’

Until a boy went missing.

‘No one was meant to get hurt.’

But a body has been found.

‘Just some innocent fun.’

Except one of them is a killer.

Ready or not, here I come.

It’s time to play hide and seek again.

My review:

The Hiding Place is a compulsive page-turner that you’ll find difficult to put down. You’ll need to cancel your plans before reading this as you’ll want to devour it in one sitting. 

When the body of a teenage boy who went missing twenty-two years ago is discovered, Detective Inspector Robin Fleet and Detective Sergeant Nicola Collins are tasked with finding his killer. The story seamlessly flows between Ben’s point of view in 1997 leading up to his death and Fleet’s investigation. A deadly game that died with Ben is brought back and it’s clear that the killer wants to play with his victims. 

I was really impressed by how well the story flows despite the twenty-two year gap between Ben and Fleet’s perspectives. Ben’s chapters take place at a private boarding school and it’s clear from the start that he’s not welcome there by the other students. While he comes across as a troublemaker, I did find myself becoming attached to him as more of his background is revealed. During his time at the school, he finds it hard to make friends and is bullied by the other students. They’re all very privileged and come from much wealthier backgrounds so Ben sticks out like a sore thumb. However, he’s quickly welcomed by three other students who also consider themselves to be outcasts. They take Ben under their wing but it’s not clear what their intentions are with him and whether he can trust them. 

I was flying through Fleet’s chapters. With each new clue that was unearthed, I was becoming more suspicious of the school and Ben’s supposed friends. There’s definitely not a shortage of suspects and it was fun trying to guess who the killer was. I also really liked Nicola and how determined she was to solve this case. It was nice to see a bit of banter between her and Fleet but also seeing how close they were. I enjoyed the moments where they were bouncing theories off one another and how it brought them one step closer to finding Ben’s killer. I’m keen to read more books with Fleet and Nicola.

The Hiding Place is an exciting, twisty and suspenseful read that will keep you guessing until the end. It’s one of the best thrillers I’ve read this year!

A huge thank you to Vintage for sending me a copy of this book for review and for inviting me to take part in the blog tour! Make sure to check out everyone else taking part in this tour.

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