The Hidden Room by Stella Duffy #yeahnoir #2018Ngaios


Book Description:

Life is good for Laurie and Martha. They have three great kids, a much-loved home in the countryside, and after years of struggle, Laurie’s career as an architect is taking off at last. Everything’s perfect.

Except, it isn’t.

Someone is about to walk into their happy family and tear it apart.

Laurie has been hiding from him for years. The question is, now that he’s found her, can she keep her family safe? And just how far will she go to protect them?

My Thoughts:

The Hidden Room I found to be a slow paced and intriguing read.

The story itself flicks between past and present. We get a glimpse of Laurie’s life growing up with life in a cult as a child and to life now with her partner Martha and their three children.

Cult’s are something that has always fascinated me and how the leaders can brain wash their followers. What hope does a child have when they are so impressionable as it is? I found Laurie’s background a very interesting one and seeing the person she had become today.

Hope is Laurie and Martha’s eldest child. She plays an important part in the story and through Hope, you really get the sense of what it’s like as a parent with all the stress and worries that come with parenthood.

Admittedly it did take me a while to settle into the story as with this sort of genre, I am used to a steady to fast paced reading experience. I think being slower paced though it actually allows you to delve into Laurie’s background and the characters lives more. The story line covers quite a few topics and offers more in that respect than a normal crime book.

If you love a slower paced read packed full of suspense and intrigue, then would definitely recommend giving The Hidden Room a go. The story certainly builds up to a satisfying finale with an outcome I wasn’t expecting.

My thanks to NGAIOS for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

The Hidden Room is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that link used is an affiliate link).

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