Sunday, December 13, 2020

EVERYWHERE TO HIDE by Siri Mitchell, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney and Paula Shreckhise

"I don't want to drag you into this, but you mentioned something once to me when we were on the Hill. I think it might be really important."

Finding a dead body outside the back door of the Blue Dog/RINO Coffee Shop was not on Whitney Garrison's agenda for the day. Working two jobs to support herself while she studied furiously for her bar exam did not leave time to become an eyewitness in a murder case; besides, she couldn't even answer most of the questions that Detective Leo Baroni was asking her. Suffering from a rare condition called prosopagnosia, Whitney couldn't remember faces . . . at all. So while she had more than likely seen the killer, what was more chilling was the fact that he had seen her.

If you are in the mood to read a well plotted mystery thriller, "Everywhere to Hide" fits nicely into the category of excellent. It's unique characterizations, coupled with terse emotional scenes, flow perfectly into a story that captures the terror of being unwillingly pushed into the middle of a government scandal, where you can't even see your enemy coming.
*I purchased a copy and was under no obligation to provide a review. 4.5 stars

“...when someone tells me I can’t do something, I do it anyway. I do it faster, stronger, better. You only fail if you don’t try hard enough.” Whitney’s thoughts: That’s what I used to think too. But sometimes no amount of trying could make something happen...nothing could make me recognize a face.

This was an excellent suspense story told from an unusual perspective. Whitney Garrison has compensated her whole life for a brain glitch. She has face blindness. She copes by noticing things like hair, clothes and voices. She is very intelligent and is about to take the bar exam. She works two jobs to pay down her student loans. One job is at a coffee shop where she remembers customers from their regular orders. One day as she exits the back door, she witnesses a murder in the alley. The killer has seen her but does he know she can’t identify him or the victim?

The author somehow gets inside Whitney’s head and deftly lets us see the circumstances through her eyes. Whitney is scared when other things start happening and she realizes the connection to her past. But all the pieces are not there yet. Enter Detective Leo Baroni and the action ramps up and a quiet romance blooms.

This is certainly a page turner and the intrigue encompasses cyber currency and governments. It also gives us a peek at Whitney’s side job as a coach for teens preparing to take the ACT and SAT tests. Just how important are they and what impact do they have on young people.

I would classify Everywhere to Hide as a clean read that will have you working overtime to figure out the puzzle.
*I won this book from Partners in Crime Tours. All opinions are my own.*
5 stars 

BackCover Blurb:
How does a woman protect herself from an enemy she can’t see?

Law school graduate Whitney Garrison is a survivor. She admirably deals with her mother’s death, mounting student debt, dwindling job opportunities, an abusive boyfriend, and a rare neurological condition that prevents her from recognizing human faces.

But witnessing a murder might be the crisis she can’t overcome.

The killer has every advantage. Though Whitney saw him, she has no idea what he looks like. He knows where she lives and works. He anticipates her every move. Worst of all, he’s hiding in plain sight and believes she has information he needs. Information worth killing for. Again.

As the hunter drives his prey into a net of terror and international intrigue, Whitney’s only ally, Detective Leo Baroni, is taken off the case. Stripped of all semblance of safety, Whitney must suspect everyone and trust no one—and fight to come out alive.

Thomas Nelson Publishing, October 2020
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