MYSTERY

Hide Away

Thomas & Mercer: Amazon. (Rachel Marin, Bk. 1). Jan. 2020. 368p. ISBN 9781542005906. pap. $15.95. THRILLER
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Rachel Marin was a happily married mother of two before a horrific act of violence shattered her life. Seven years later, she and her children have started over in the city of Ashby, IL. But Rachel is no ordinary grieving widow. Determined to protect her family from a world that let them down, she’s transformed herself into a vigilante with the combat and investigative skills to rival Sherlock Holmes. When Constance Wright, the disgraced former mayor of Ashby, is found dead at the bottom of a bridge, Rachel quickly deduces that it wasn’t a suicide; it’s clear to her that Constance was murdered. Detectives Leslie Tally and John Serrano are grudgingly impressed by Rachel but wary of her involvement, especially after a person of interest ends up dead. As the investigation ramps up, Rachel is torn between seeking justice and protecting herself, her past, and her children.
VERDICT Pinter’s (The Darkness) outstanding series launch is a deft combination of domestic suspense and police procedural that recalls the works of Harlan Coben and Linwood Barclay. Both an unstoppable force of nature and painfully human, Rachel is a heroine readers will not soon forget.

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