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New York Times bestseller Julia Spencer-Fleming returns to her beloved Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne mystery series with new crimes that span decades. 1952. Millers Kill Police Chief Harry McNeil is called to a crime scene where a woman in a party dress has been murdered with no obvious cause of death. 1972. Millers Kill Police Chief Jack Liddle is called to a murder scen New York Times bestseller Julia Spencer-Fleming returns to her beloved Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne mystery series with new crimes that span decades. 1952. Millers Kill Police Chief Harry McNeil is called to a crime scene where a woman in a party dress has been murdered with no obvious cause of death. 1972. Millers Kill Police Chief Jack Liddle is called to a murder scene of a woman that's very similar to one he worked as a trooper in the 50s. The only difference is this time, they have a suspect. Young Vietnam War veteran Russ van Alstyne found the body while riding his motorcycle and is quickly pegged as the prime focus of the investigation. Present-day. Millers Kill Police Chief Russ van Alstyne gets a 911 call that a young woman has been found dead in a party dress, the same MO as the crime he was accused of in the 70s. The pressure is on for Russ to solve the murder before he's removed from the case. Russ will enlist the help of his police squad and Reverand Clare Fergusson, who is already juggling the tasks of being a new mother to her and Russ's baby and running St. Alban's Church, to finally solve these crimes. Readers have waited years for this newest book and Julia Spencer-Fleming delivers with the exquisite skill and craftsmanship that have made her such a success.


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New York Times bestseller Julia Spencer-Fleming returns to her beloved Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne mystery series with new crimes that span decades. 1952. Millers Kill Police Chief Harry McNeil is called to a crime scene where a woman in a party dress has been murdered with no obvious cause of death. 1972. Millers Kill Police Chief Jack Liddle is called to a murder scen New York Times bestseller Julia Spencer-Fleming returns to her beloved Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne mystery series with new crimes that span decades. 1952. Millers Kill Police Chief Harry McNeil is called to a crime scene where a woman in a party dress has been murdered with no obvious cause of death. 1972. Millers Kill Police Chief Jack Liddle is called to a murder scene of a woman that's very similar to one he worked as a trooper in the 50s. The only difference is this time, they have a suspect. Young Vietnam War veteran Russ van Alstyne found the body while riding his motorcycle and is quickly pegged as the prime focus of the investigation. Present-day. Millers Kill Police Chief Russ van Alstyne gets a 911 call that a young woman has been found dead in a party dress, the same MO as the crime he was accused of in the 70s. The pressure is on for Russ to solve the murder before he's removed from the case. Russ will enlist the help of his police squad and Reverand Clare Fergusson, who is already juggling the tasks of being a new mother to her and Russ's baby and running St. Alban's Church, to finally solve these crimes. Readers have waited years for this newest book and Julia Spencer-Fleming delivers with the exquisite skill and craftsmanship that have made her such a success.

30 review for Hid from Our Eyes

  1. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    It’s been 6 years since the last book in this series. But the characters are so vivid, my memories of them came right back to me. What a treat to finally be re-connected with Russ and Clare. They are now the parents of a four month old. Claire not only has the normal first time mother’s angst, but is also worried that her drinking during the first trimester of her pregnancy might have caused Ethan to have fetal alcohol syndrome. Meanwhile, Russ is dealing with the murder of a young woman. What m It’s been 6 years since the last book in this series. But the characters are so vivid, my memories of them came right back to me. What a treat to finally be re-connected with Russ and Clare. They are now the parents of a four month old. Claire not only has the normal first time mother’s angst, but is also worried that her drinking during the first trimester of her pregnancy might have caused Ethan to have fetal alcohol syndrome. Meanwhile, Russ is dealing with the murder of a young woman. What makes the murder unique is that it mirrors ones committed in 1952 and 1972, when Russ, just back from Vietnam, was himself considered a suspect. This also gives us a window not just into Russ’s younger days and how he ended up in the police force, but also his mom’s, Margie’s, background. I’ve been reading several new releases to police procedural series in a row. It’s made me realize what a talent it is to create characters that seem real. It’s more than just giving us the facts about someone. It’s a certain “je ne sais quoi” that transforms the written word into a flesh and blood character. Spencer-Fleming has it in spades. Her writing style reminds me of Louise Penny - in depth plot lines that require intense concentration so nothing is missed. We are bounced between 1952, 1972 and the present day and hear from the police chief in charge for each period, in addition to hearing from Clare in the present day. This is a very enjoyable story. I never saw that ending coming. And no, it’s not believable, but I’m willing to overlook that as these books are as much about the personal lives of the characters as the mystery. Also, there are three cliffhangers at the end of the book, by my count, so I can only hope this means we have another book in the series to look forward to reading My thanks to netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for an advance copy of this book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    Being called away from a contentious town meeting is appealing to the Police Chief of Millers Kill. But this call is just as disturbing as the meeting. The body of an unknown young female has been discovered along local route 137. She was wearing a pretty new dress. Chief Russ Van Alstyne has heard of police calls like this before. In 1952, 72 and now today identical calls went out. The cause of deaths was never determined in 52 or 72. No one was arrested. Now number 3. This is Hid From Our Eyes, Being called away from a contentious town meeting is appealing to the Police Chief of Millers Kill. But this call is just as disturbing as the meeting. The body of an unknown young female has been discovered along local route 137. She was wearing a pretty new dress. Chief Russ Van Alstyne has heard of police calls like this before. In 1952, 72 and now today identical calls went out. The cause of deaths was never determined in 52 or 72. No one was arrested. Now number 3. This is Hid From Our Eyes, Julia Spencer Fleming’s ninth Russ Van Alstyne/Claire Ferguson mystery novel. The Police Chief and his Episcopal Minister wife work together to solve the current crime while facing many other professional and personal issues. The solution to the crime is unexpected and seems forced, and even a bit strange. Hid From Our Eyes is not a tense page turner. There are too many issues forced into the plot. These issues become distractions and leave you wondering if they are not teases for book #10. I received a free ARC of Hid From Our Eyes by Julia Spencer-Fleming from MacMillan in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Carole

    Hid from Our Eyes by Julia Spencer-Fleming is ninth in the Reverend Clare Fergusson and Police Chief Russ Van Alstyne series. This novel works well as a standalone but I would enjoy reading the previous ones. The mystery is set in three separate time periods. In 1952, the body of a young woman is found on a deserted country road, dressed in an expensive dress but without anything to identify her. The cause of death remained a mystery and the culprit was never found. In 1972, another unidentified Hid from Our Eyes by Julia Spencer-Fleming is ninth in the Reverend Clare Fergusson and Police Chief Russ Van Alstyne series. This novel works well as a standalone but I would enjoy reading the previous ones. The mystery is set in three separate time periods. In 1952, the body of a young woman is found on a deserted country road, dressed in an expensive dress but without anything to identify her. The cause of death remained a mystery and the culprit was never found. In 1972, another unidentified young woman suffers the same fate and the crime is never solved. Now, in the present day, a third body is found in the same circumstances and it is up to Chief Van Alstyne and his police force to solve this crime and hopefully in the process, solve the other two murders. This is a suspenseful police procedural set over a period of fifty plus years. The only problem with the ending is an attempt by the author to set the scene for the next novel but I highly recommend Hid from Our Eyes. Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and Net Galley for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    Julia Spencer Fleming says it herself in the acknowledgments of her latest book, Hid From Our Eyes. Six years. Six long years, her many fans, including me, have waited for book nine in the The Rev. Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries. To boot, number eight left us on a bit of a cliff with some unfinished business. If I was upset, I soon forgave Julia when I learned why there was so long a hiatus and thank her publisher, St. Martin's Press and her literary agents, The Jane Rotrosen Agenc Julia Spencer Fleming says it herself in the acknowledgments of her latest book, Hid From Our Eyes. Six years. Six long years, her many fans, including me, have waited for book nine in the The Rev. Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries. To boot, number eight left us on a bit of a cliff with some unfinished business. If I was upset, I soon forgave Julia when I learned why there was so long a hiatus and thank her publisher, St. Martin's Press and her literary agents, The Jane Rotrosen Agency, for supporting Julia during hard times. Now we, her fans can do our part by welcoming her back with open arms when this book is published April 7, 2020. If you've never read the series, do yourself a favor and start with In the Bleak Midwinter If like me, you've been patiently or even impatiently waiting, you will not be disappointed. Those six years were worth the wait. Thank you Juila Spencer-Fleming for plugging on. ARC provided by Publisher, St. Martin's Press, Edelweiss, and Author Julia Spencer-Fleming. Hardbound edition to be released April 7, 2020.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    Three murders of young women, found dead in the same area, dressed in clothes they didn't have before their deaths, wearing makeup with purses and shoes missing. The one connection ..... no one can figure out how they died. The first woman was killed in 1952. The second was 1972 and the third is present day. So far, the first woman was never identified .... all have been unsolved. And Russ, as a young man, just out of the military was a suspect in the second woman's murder. Russ is threatened with Three murders of young women, found dead in the same area, dressed in clothes they didn't have before their deaths, wearing makeup with purses and shoes missing. The one connection ..... no one can figure out how they died. The first woman was killed in 1952. The second was 1972 and the third is present day. So far, the first woman was never identified .... all have been unsolved. And Russ, as a young man, just out of the military was a suspect in the second woman's murder. Russ is threatened with losing his job shortly ... the powers that be want to close down the local police station, putting him and his team on the unemployment line. He would like to solve this particular case as soon as possible. The story bounces from each crime to the present .... detailing how they tried identifying the victim and then trolling through family and friends looking for a killer. It's been 8 years since the last book in this series. I was thrilled to see this offered up as I have followed the series since the beginning. I highly recommend to any new readers to start at the very beginning. The characters are terrific. Reverend Clara Fergusson and Police Chief Russ van Alstyne have come a long way from the first published book. They've grown and matured, they've weathered all kinds of stormy weather, they've solved crimes together. This is, as all the others in this series, well -written with imaginative twists and turns leading to an unexpected ending. I thought this might be the last of the series.. but there is a small cliffhanger .... evidence that another book might be forthcoming. Many thanks to the author / St. Martin's Press - Minotaur Books / Netgalley for the digital copy of this crime fiction. Read and reviewed voluntarily, opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Gail C.

    This is the much anticipated ninth book in the Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne and while it is a new mystery, it also is the continuing story of their relationship. The current murder is a repeat of a murder from the ‘70’s, when Russ was briefly a suspect. Both of these identified murders are almost identical to an unexplained death from the’50’s, before the area had their own police force. At that time the state police decided not to investigate, preferring to classify it as an accidental deat This is the much anticipated ninth book in the Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne and while it is a new mystery, it also is the continuing story of their relationship. The current murder is a repeat of a murder from the ‘70’s, when Russ was briefly a suspect. Both of these identified murders are almost identical to an unexplained death from the’50’s, before the area had their own police force. At that time the state police decided not to investigate, preferring to classify it as an accidental death, probably of a prostitute who had been out on the town with one of her customers. In all three cases there is a young woman found dead in the middle of the road, dressed in a beautiful new party dress. There is no apparent cause of death and forensic science was not sufficient at the time of the first or second murders to determine what might have killed the young woman. Russ treats it as a murder, drawing parallels between this and the second case, while trying to determine cause. The former chief of police who investigated the ‘50’s murder has moved back to town and joins Russ in trying to solve this mystery. The mystery is well plotted and moves at a good pace, with the book pulling you back into it if you put it down for any length of time. While I identified the murderer early on in the book, I did not know the motive and remained in the dark about it until almost the end of the book. I was hard to put the book down, as I found myself wanting to read “just one more chapter” on a regular basis. As is the case in other Spencer-Fleming novels, there are strong storylines which occur between Clare and Russ as well as several other secondary characters. Russ and Clare’s relationship has continued to develop and change, and their storyline includes some of the pitfalls that have developed as a result of their marriage. There is also the bid by some of the town’s politicians to dissolve the police department and contract with the state to provide services in an attempt to save money. In addition, there is some attention given to the relationship that developed then crashed between Hadley and Flynn. All the secondary characters are well developed as is the atmosphere of the small town of Miller’s Kill. While the murder is complete within this novel, the reader will likely miss some of the nuances of the book if they have not read the previous novels. This series is definitely one I would recommend readers to begin with the first novel and read in order. My only objection is the very obvious cliffhangers that are part of Russ and Clare’s lives as well as Hadley and Flynn’s. While there is some indication that there is also a storyline that will continue between Russ’s mother and the former Chief of Police, it is not as obvious and not so much of a cliffhanger as a suggestion. I personally dislike this type of ending where the reader must get the next book in the series in order to know if and how things “work out”. That said, there was a long wait between the 8th book in the series, and this one did not disappoint. I want to thank St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for providing me with an Advanced Digital Reader copy in exchange for an honest review. I recommend this book to anyone who likes a good mystery and in spite of my frustration over the cliffhangers, I will be looking forward to the next book in the series.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    This was a story told in three timelines: 1952, 1972, and present day. It had many narrators and some appeared in more than one timeline. In all three cases a young woman is dead and found wearing makeup and a party dress with no clothes, shoes, or identification; there is no obvious cause of death and, in the present day scenario, it had never been determined if the first two were suicide or murder. Russ and Clare are the main characters in this story. Although the investigation of the three dea This was a story told in three timelines: 1952, 1972, and present day. It had many narrators and some appeared in more than one timeline. In all three cases a young woman is dead and found wearing makeup and a party dress with no clothes, shoes, or identification; there is no obvious cause of death and, in the present day scenario, it had never been determined if the first two were suicide or murder. Russ and Clare are the main characters in this story. Although the investigation of the three dead girls is the central story, there is also a political issue going on where the town of Millers Kill must decide whether to dissolve their local police department and use the State Police system, or come up with the taxes to keep their local law enforcement. This is the first book I have read in this series and I felt it could easily be a standalone; although I imagine insight would be gained if you already knew the characters and their history. I enjoyed the book as a mystery, but sometimes got timelines and characters confused. Thanks to St. Martin's Press through Netgalley for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    Hid From Our Eyes is the 9th book in Julia Spencer-Fleming's "The Rev. Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries" series. It's so wonderful to be back with Russ and Clare again. This novel is based on solving the murders of three young women, twenty years apart. The murders are all very similar. Are they connected in some way? I loved being back in Millers Kill and revisiting the all too human characters that I have come to know and hold dear. As always, I was left wanting more. Thank you to Net Hid From Our Eyes is the 9th book in Julia Spencer-Fleming's "The Rev. Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries" series. It's so wonderful to be back with Russ and Clare again. This novel is based on solving the murders of three young women, twenty years apart. The murders are all very similar. Are they connected in some way? I loved being back in Millers Kill and revisiting the all too human characters that I have come to know and hold dear. As always, I was left wanting more. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin 's Press/Minotaur Books for an arc of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader

    I love a mystery that I can't solve, one where I don't see it all happening the way I think it should. So this book was right up my alley. If you love mysteries, and edge of your seat suspense, dying to know who did what and can't see it happening. This is your book. I gave this book 4 stars. Grab a copy and let me know what you think about it. The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own. I love a mystery that I can't solve, one where I don't see it all happening the way I think it should. So this book was right up my alley. If you love mysteries, and edge of your seat suspense, dying to know who did what and can't see it happening. This is your book. I gave this book 4 stars. Grab a copy and let me know what you think about it. The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Maureen

    This book was a much anticipated 9th in the Claire Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne mystery series, and did not disappoint. Russ and Claire are now married and have an infant boy who takes up much of Claire's time, along with her duties as an Episcopal priest. The story focuses on three unsolved mysteries, set in 1952, 1972, and present day. Three attractive young women, decades apart, are found dead on the side of the road with no identification. Russ, the Chief of Police, is under pressure to solve t This book was a much anticipated 9th in the Claire Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne mystery series, and did not disappoint. Russ and Claire are now married and have an infant boy who takes up much of Claire's time, along with her duties as an Episcopal priest. The story focuses on three unsolved mysteries, set in 1952, 1972, and present day. Three attractive young women, decades apart, are found dead on the side of the road with no identification. Russ, the Chief of Police, is under pressure to solve the killing of the present day victim. The timelines and characters are switched back and forth which was somewhat confusing to me at times. Who could have done the murder? Were the three murders connected? Russ has help from the former chief of police. When forensic testing comes back on the murdered woman, Russ gets a break and soon figures things out. A solid 4 stars. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Peter Ackerman

    Hid from Our Eyes is the ninth mystery novel in the series which focuses on and around the lives of the two protagonistThe Reverend Clare Fergusson, and her now husband, Sheriff Russ Van Alstyne. Though it is perhaps because I have only read the first two books in the series, this latest one did not live up to those. The mystery is solid. Separated from each other by decades are three single deaths of young, well dressed women, with no sign of cause. In fact the Van Alstyne was a suspect in the 1 Hid from Our Eyes is the ninth mystery novel in the series which focuses on and around the lives of the two protagonistThe Reverend Clare Fergusson, and her now husband, Sheriff Russ Van Alstyne. Though it is perhaps because I have only read the first two books in the series, this latest one did not live up to those. The mystery is solid. Separated from each other by decades are three single deaths of young, well dressed women, with no sign of cause. In fact the Van Alstyne was a suspect in the 1972 version, while now he must investigate the one that happened under his watch. The book is so bogged down beyond the premise that, for me, it was definitely was not a page turner. As I am an Episcopal priest, I am less enthused than some of my colleagues to see a fictional, amateur detective representing someone in my vocation, especially if the character does not act in accordance with the job. Fergusson never does, and it usually has me yelling into the pages of my book, or screen on my device, about how "we" were taught never to do that. Perhaps, that is why in this installment the character is such a mess, and that brings me to what really does not work here. ' The book in total quickly becomes less mystery and more soap opera. And then it keeps adding plot points to become almost laughable. Clare struggles with alcoholism, and post pregnancy issues. She does not want to put her infant in another's care, but cannot focus on what she has to do at the office. Her superiors always seem to always be looking over her shoulder, and the Associate priest appears to be moving for Clare's full time job. If this is not enough we get a seminary intern thrown into the mix, and not just any intern, but a transgendered one. I have not problem with any of this, but it was almost like the author decided to end this series, and determined to throw in everything that she could think of. Though I always loved the premise of this character, and felt, with reservations, that the earlier works were decent enough, I definitely cannot recommend Hid from Our Eyes. After the fact, I wish this one had been hidden from mine.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Bam cooks the books ;-)

    So happy to see that Julia Spencer-Fleming is back with another installment in her Reverend Clare and Chief Russ mystery series. (Her Afterword explains the sad reasons for the hiatus.) In this story, Russ and the Millers Kill (NY) Police Department are under pressure to solve the mysterious death of a young woman found lying dead on a rural road: perhaps the future of their department will depend upon whether they are successful or not. Strangely it's the third such case on the books--the other So happy to see that Julia Spencer-Fleming is back with another installment in her Reverend Clare and Chief Russ mystery series. (Her Afterword explains the sad reasons for the hiatus.) In this story, Russ and the Millers Kill (NY) Police Department are under pressure to solve the mysterious death of a young woman found lying dead on a rural road: perhaps the future of their department will depend upon whether they are successful or not. Strangely it's the third such case on the books--the other two, identical cold cases dating back to 1952 and 1972--and unfortunately Russ was a suspect in the 1972 death and has never really been cleared. Should he head up this new investigation with that cloud hanging over his head? Meanwhile Clare is balancing caring for their cranky baby with her parish work while trying to remain sober and drug free so she can continue to nurse. Could the baby have Fetal Alcohol Syndrome? The storyline jumps back and forth between the three timelines, making it complicated to keep characters straight at times. There were certain questions I felt they should be considering in the present timeline that never came up and I found that frustrating. But all in all, it was an intriguing mystery and it was great fun spending time with 'old friends,' as these characters have become. They are definitely flawed human beings, which makes them that much more interesting. I'm already looking forward to the next installment in this series. I received an arc of this new mystery from the publisher via netGalley in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Cole

    It's been a long wait for Hid From Our Eyes, but it was worth it. In my opinion, Julia Spencer-Fleming's cast of characters ranks right up there with those in Elly Griffiths' Dr. Ruth Galloway series. As far as devoted readers go, Russ and Clare and Hadley and all the rest have become friends, and we have to feel a part of everything that happens to them as well as "helping" them solve a mystery. We are most definitely invested. Russ is really under the gun here. Not only does he have this very p It's been a long wait for Hid From Our Eyes, but it was worth it. In my opinion, Julia Spencer-Fleming's cast of characters ranks right up there with those in Elly Griffiths' Dr. Ruth Galloway series. As far as devoted readers go, Russ and Clare and Hadley and all the rest have become friends, and we have to feel a part of everything that happens to them as well as "helping" them solve a mystery. We are most definitely invested. Russ is really under the gun here. Not only does he have this very puzzling crime to solve, but a vote is also coming up to determine whether or not the Millers Kill police force will be disbanded. He feels as though he's coming up to a crossroads in his life. Clare herself is still fighting her own demons and has given herself the added pressure of trying to be the world's best mother and cleric. The decisions these two make by the book's end may not be to everyone's liking, but they feel real. How's the three-pronged mystery in Hid From Our Eyes? It was a real head-scratcher for me until one specific thing was described about three-quarters of the way through the story. That's when the light bulb finally went off over my head and it was just a matter of my waiting for the characters in the book to figure it out for themselves. Readers who loathe cliffhangers in their books are going to have something to wail and gnash their teeth over in Hid From Their Eyes. I know there are many of you, so prepare yourselves. As for me, I'll just look forward to the next time I see Russ and Clare. They are two of my favorite characters in all of crime fiction. Welcome back, Julia Spencer-Fleming!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Cyndi

    I wish I had more stars to give this book! #minotaurbooks sent this copy to me so I could read and review. Of course after jumping up and down in glee and spending time petting it (Don't judge, all of you have probably petted a few books here and there) I began to devour it. Then the brilliant Julia Spencer-Fleming came to MY library to do a book discussion at our book club and she SIGNED MY BOOK! Is there anything more exciting than meeting your favorite authors? *Fangirl Squeal* So, now abou I wish I had more stars to give this book! #minotaurbooks sent this copy to me so I could read and review. Of course after jumping up and down in glee and spending time petting it (Don't judge, all of you have probably petted a few books here and there) I began to devour it. Then the brilliant Julia Spencer-Fleming came to MY library to do a book discussion at our book club and she SIGNED MY BOOK! Is there anything more exciting than meeting your favorite authors? *Fangirl Squeal* So, now about the latest addition in the saga of our favorite cop and his wife, the minister. (Who we love, too) They are the parents of a newborn baby so sleeping is a thing of the past and so far in the future they can't see it. Meanwhile there is murder. The story moves from an unsolved murder in 1952, and an identical one in 1972. Now there is another body and it looks the same. Will our heroes solve this case and find answers for the other victims? Will there even be a Police Force in Miller's Kill? Will our heroine find the inner strength she needs to battle her demons? You'll have to read this book to get these and other answers. And then more questions. As usual, this brilliant author leaves the reader clamoring for more.

  15. 4 out of 5

    eyes.2c

    Dead girls do tell tales--eventually! Three murders over three different periods in time, from the 1950's to 1972 and now in the present day. How could they relate, particulate given the span of years? All three were young attractive women, posed identically. There is nothing nearby to reveal who they are. All are nicely dressed, special occasion garments. Their cause of death is unknown. Nothing can be detected. Clare Fergusson and Russ van Alstyne are an interesting couple. Van Alstyne is the Po Dead girls do tell tales--eventually! Three murders over three different periods in time, from the 1950's to 1972 and now in the present day. How could they relate, particulate given the span of years? All three were young attractive women, posed identically. There is nothing nearby to reveal who they are. All are nicely dressed, special occasion garments. Their cause of death is unknown. Nothing can be detected. Clare Fergusson and Russ van Alstyne are an interesting couple. Van Alstyne is the Police Chief at Millers Kill, Clare his wife, is the local Episcopalian Church minister. We have a cast of fascinating characters with interesting hints of the stories behind them. I am still intrigued by the past and present of many of them. I love Clare's struggle s with being a Reverend and a new mother, and her deeper struggles with alcoholism. The reality of her genuineness is a gift. I like that Clare's new intern Joni is who she is. Introduced so naturally. Talk about peeling an onion! The way the various aspects of the story tie together was intriguing and so multilayered as to be mouth dropping. The resolution is a stroke of genius. My only regret is that I have not read previous novels about these two. Now my TBR list has just expanded expediently and the sad news is there's a ten week wait on the ebook loans from my library. I was trapped by this novel. I loved it and can't wait for the next! A St. Martin's Press ARC via NetGalley

  16. 5 out of 5

    Arpita (world of a book enthusiast)

    Hid From Our Eye By: Julia Spencer - Fleming Bookish first Impression: I liked this book. I found the plot interesting. It starts when the fifty years old police Chief of Millers Kill reaches at the crime scene and finds a girl dressed in petty party dress dead. There are no signs of injury. There body does not have any stockings, shoes or a handbag (dated: August 20, 1952) Exactly twenty years later (August 20, 1972), the police chief then again finds a girl in white lacy party dress dead in the sa Hid From Our Eye By: Julia Spencer - Fleming Bookish first Impression: I liked this book. I found the plot interesting. It starts when the fifty years old police Chief of Millers Kill reaches at the crime scene and finds a girl dressed in petty party dress dead. There are no signs of injury. There body does not have any stockings, shoes or a handbag (dated: August 20, 1952) Exactly twenty years later (August 20, 1972), the police chief then again finds a girl in white lacy party dress dead in the same manner. Again there is no sign of injury on the body. No panty hose, no shoes and no handbag. A Vietnam war veteran who found the body is considered as a prime suspect. Now twenty years later (August 19, 1992), in present scenario, the police chief has again found a girl is dead in a party dress. The first impression ended on a very interesting note. I found it engaging and now I am eager to finish this book as early as possible.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dee Arr

    A potential murder victim is discovered, but the case is never solved. Twenty years later a similar death is discovered, and once again the police are baffled. The third occurs over thirty years after the second, and Russ Van Alstyne is the third police chief to try to figure out what happened and if the three deaths are linked. Author Julia Spencer-Fleming tells all three stories at once, giving readers a birds-eye view of police efforts through the decades. Many of the main characters were aliv A potential murder victim is discovered, but the case is never solved. Twenty years later a similar death is discovered, and once again the police are baffled. The third occurs over thirty years after the second, and Russ Van Alstyne is the third police chief to try to figure out what happened and if the three deaths are linked. Author Julia Spencer-Fleming tells all three stories at once, giving readers a birds-eye view of police efforts through the decades. Many of the main characters were alive during at least two of the deaths, and we are furnished with their different perspectives. I found it interesting that the author would employ the time difference to create tension by switching from era to era, but it worked well. One never knew if a clue would surface and be deciphered many years later. “Hid From Our Eyes” is more of a police procedural than an action book, and leans toward being an interesting study of the characters. People naturally change over the years, and it was fun to see a person’s reactions in one era contrast with an older version. Writing a book in this manner can be tricky, and the author deftly maneuvered around the potential sticky spots. I was glad to see the years posted as part of the chapter titles (1952, 1972) and just as I was questioning the ages of some of the people, Ms. Spencer-Fleming managed to inform us that “Present Time” was 2007. Thus the story was tied neatly together. Five stars. My thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for a complimentary electronic copy of this title.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Christa

    I liked this book, and can't ever imagine not liking one with the wonderful characters, Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne. I did feel a little let down, as after such a long wait, I was expecting more. Some of the threads that were carried over felt kind of anticlimactic to me, and it seemed that there was so much going wrong for Clare and Russ in this one. I just wanted some ray of hope that something would go their way! I didn't like the way Clare gave in to her struggle with prescription d I liked this book, and can't ever imagine not liking one with the wonderful characters, Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne. I did feel a little let down, as after such a long wait, I was expecting more. Some of the threads that were carried over felt kind of anticlimactic to me, and it seemed that there was so much going wrong for Clare and Russ in this one. I just wanted some ray of hope that something would go their way! I didn't like the way Clare gave in to her struggle with prescription drugs at all, and didn't like where Russ' career path seemed to be headed. The magic between these two didn't seem to turn up in this book. I really enjoyed being back in Miller's Kill with Clare and Russ and the other great characters of the series, and I liked the mystery storyline, but I hope the next installment will come sooner this time and contain the magic that is normally Clare and Russ together.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Guylou (Two Dogs and a Book)

    📚 𝗛𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗼 𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗳𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗱𝘀! I finished reading the ninth book in Julia Spencer-Fleming’s Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne mystery series. The book is entitled 𝗛𝗶𝗱 𝗙𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗢𝘂𝗿 𝗘𝘆𝗲𝘀. In the first book, Clare and Russ had a lot of chemistry and I was looking forward to seeing where their relationship would be in this book. I haven’t read books 2 to 8, so I imagined that the chemistry between both would have grown. I did not imagine that they would be passed the chemistry stage to a full-blown periodic table. 📚 𝗛𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗼 𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗳𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗱𝘀! I finished reading the ninth book in Julia Spencer-Fleming’s Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne mystery series. The book is entitled 𝗛𝗶𝗱 𝗙𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗢𝘂𝗿 𝗘𝘆𝗲𝘀. In the first book, Clare and Russ had a lot of chemistry and I was looking forward to seeing where their relationship would be in this book. I haven’t read books 2 to 8, so I imagined that the chemistry between both would have grown. I did not imagine that they would be passed the chemistry stage to a full-blown periodic table. This being said, I will have to read the other books to get caught up on the details of some of the characters in this book. I would not recommend reading this one as a stand-alone, you need some background to understand the nuisances of the various secondary stories. Sometimes, these secondary stories steer the focus from the main story. But overall, Julia Spencer-Fleming succeeds to keep her readers on their toes. The plot delivery is intelligent and motivating. 𝗛𝗶𝗱 𝗙𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗢𝘂𝗿 𝗘𝘆𝗲𝘀 is a good book. 🙋🏼‍♀️ Thank you, 𝗠𝗶𝗻𝗼𝘁𝗮𝘂𝗿 𝗕𝗼𝗼𝗸𝘀 for sending me an ARC of this compelling book. 𝗛𝗶𝗱 𝗙𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗢𝘂𝗿 𝗘𝘆𝗲𝘀 by Julia Spencer-Fleming will be available at your favourite bookstore on April 7, 2020. #poodles #poodlestagram #poodlesofinstagram #furbabies #dogsofinstagram #bookstagram #dogsandbooks #bookishlife #bookishlove #bookstagrammer #book #books #booklover #bookish #bookaholic #reading #readersofinstagram #instaread #ilovebooks #bookishcanadians #canadianbookstagram #bookreviewer #bookcommunity #bibliophile #bookphotography #hidfromoureyes #juliaspencerfleming #bookreview #BooksConnectUs

  20. 5 out of 5

    Abibliofob

    I can only find one problem with this book and that is entirely my own. I haven't read the first seven books in this series and you should always read in order. I had never heard about this author when Edelweiss and Minotaur Books gave me the chance to try this book and now I have to get the first books and catch up on the great characters Julia Spencer-Fleming has created. Very different problems from most small town series I've read. I strongly recommend this. I can only find one problem with this book and that is entirely my own. I haven't read the first seven books in this series and you should always read in order. I had never heard about this author when Edelweiss and Minotaur Books gave me the chance to try this book and now I have to get the first books and catch up on the great characters Julia Spencer-Fleming has created. Very different problems from most small town series I've read. I strongly recommend this.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    Up to now, I enjoyed the first eight books in this series. There was a long gap between book eight and nine so I was really looking forward to this new installment. For me, "Hid from Our Eyes" was a disappointment. The plot line involves three murders, one in the 50s, one in the early 70s and one in the series’ current time so there was a good bit of jumping back and fourth between the three stories. I didn’t have a problem with the different timelines as some of the other reviewer‘s did, but I Up to now, I enjoyed the first eight books in this series. There was a long gap between book eight and nine so I was really looking forward to this new installment. For me, "Hid from Our Eyes" was a disappointment. The plot line involves three murders, one in the 50s, one in the early 70s and one in the series’ current time so there was a good bit of jumping back and fourth between the three stories. I didn’t have a problem with the different timelines as some of the other reviewer‘s did, but I found the outcome of the murderers to be far-fetched. I might’ve been able to forgive that to a point, but the characters that I’ve grown to enjoy were a disappointment. I felt let down by their behaviour and actions throughout the book. Because I enjoyed the previous books, I stuck it out to the end. To my further disappointment the story ended with unresolved issues and loose ends. It saddens me not to give this book a glowing review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lucy Burdette

    my pandemic reading has been a disaster. My husband says I am like a teenager with my phone, checking, checking, checking for news. My reading muscles feel like they’ve been injured, and that any push to get past the injury will only make it worse. That translates to terrible concentration, and that means if the first page doesn’t grab me, forget about it. (A good lesson for a writer.) That’s also why Julia Spencer Fleming’s new book HID FROM OUR EYES went right to the top of my stack. We fans wa my pandemic reading has been a disaster. My husband says I am like a teenager with my phone, checking, checking, checking for news. My reading muscles feel like they’ve been injured, and that any push to get past the injury will only make it worse. That translates to terrible concentration, and that means if the first page doesn’t grab me, forget about it. (A good lesson for a writer.) That’s also why Julia Spencer Fleming’s new book HID FROM OUR EYES went right to the top of my stack. We fans waited a long time for this book and it was worth it. Number nine in the series, the book follows beloved characters Clare and Russ who are struggling to regain their balance as a couple and as individuals after the birth of their son. Three timelines are intricately woven together, with three stories of lovely young women murdered in their prime.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    It's August 1952 and the body of a young woman in a party dress has been discovered on Route 137, near Millers Kill, in the Adirondacks. It's August 1972 and the body of a young woman in a party dress has been discovered on Route 137, near Millers Kill, in the Adirondacks. It's present day August and the body of a young woman in a party dress has been discovered on Route 137, near Millers Kill, in the Adirondacks. Three young women dead over a fifty year span, with no apparent cause of death and It's August 1952 and the body of a young woman in a party dress has been discovered on Route 137, near Millers Kill, in the Adirondacks. It's August 1972 and the body of a young woman in a party dress has been discovered on Route 137, near Millers Kill, in the Adirondacks. It's present day August and the body of a young woman in a party dress has been discovered on Route 137, near Millers Kill, in the Adirondacks. Three young women dead over a fifty year span, with no apparent cause of death and no one held responsible. But, in that passage of time, there are new resources available to the police, and Chief Russ Van Alstyne of the Millers Kill Police Department has more than a case to solve. He has his own reputation to clear and a police department to keep off the chopping block. Add in a new baby and his wife Clare Fergusson trying to find a balance between her job as the priest of St. Alban's Episcopal Church and day-care and self-care, and Russ and Clare have professional and personal issues stacking up to a heavy load. Clare, who must deal with her guilt of being addicted to pain pills for three months during her surprise pregnancy, is struggling to be the best mother, wife, and priest she can be, and the thought of what the pills did to relieve stress haunts her daily. Hid From Our Eyes takes us into the investigations of the three young women's identical deaths under the direction of three separate police chiefs of Millers Kill and the part each chief played in the mentoring of the next chief. It's a story of connections that run deep and some that run dark. Identification of the young women is problematic, as no ID is left at the scene of discovery, and when Russ comes into the cases with his own Jane Doe, the 1952 victim still remains nameless. As justice for the police chiefs is as much about bringing closure to victims' families as catching the perpetrator of the horror, the loss of identity lies heavy with the justice seekers. Chief Harry McNeil died without being able to find the identity of victim #1. Chief Jack Liddle was able to unravel the mystery identity of victim #2 but no cause of death and no perpetrator, and Chief Van Alstyne finds who victim #3 is and where she is missing from, but he struggles to determine why and who caused the death. The investigations into determining the identities is a great story of police work, following leads and interviewing and using gut reactions. At the center of these investigations is the annual county fair with an outside carnival company, an event that draws familiar faces and strangers. And, while there's plenty of drama to keep readers thoroughly engaged in the murder mysteries, the heart of this series is in the relationships of the characters, Clare and Russ, Clare and Russ and their baby, Clare and her parishioners, Russ and his mother, Russ and his police officers, Haley Knox and Kevin Flynn, Haley Knox and Russ' police officers, and the police chiefs and their successors. In Hid From Our Eyes, the history of the relationships between the police chiefs, from one to the next, reveals how deeply they care about the communities they serve. And, we finally get to learn about Margy Van Alstyne and her relationships with Russ' father and with Russ' mentor, Jack Liddle. Then, there are the inner relationships the characters have with themselves, their demons and their struggles, their joys and their loves. The intricacies that make these characters who they are cause readers to care intensely about them and become wholly invested in their lives. Julia Spencer-Fleming has created a world nestled in the Adirondacks with characters who are real to readers, and that's a talent of both heart and mind. Julia Spencer-Fleming is a master at taking the multiple storylines, making each one a thrilling tale in itself, and then weaving them altogether into an epic saga of brilliantly connected dots. There's no confusion either. Readers will be able to clearly follow from one timeline to another and back again. It's been a bit of a wait from the last Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne book to this one, but our beloved authors have real lives, too, and Hid From Our Eyes was well worth the wait. Spencer-Fleming is a born storyteller whose writing reflects an understanding of people in trying circumstances, resulting in characters and storylines that pull at our heartstrings and broaden our minds. Fans of this series are going to devour this new entry with great enthusiasm. And, in this time of time on our hands, there's never been a better opportunity for those who have missed this author to start the series, a series that begins its first book In the Bleak Midwinter with one of the best opening lines I've read, "It was one hell of a night to throw away a baby." Of course, you can read the series out of order, but I'm on board with Steven Tyler when he sings, "I don't want to miss a thing," and you won't want to either. Full disclosure requires that I state I received an advanced reader's copy of Hid From Our Eyes from the publisher and that the review above is my own opinion and assessment.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I have been following this series from the start and love the evolving personal stories of the characters in this small upstate New York community, Miller Kills. It's just a shame we readers have to wait several years in between each instalment! The plot of this 9th novel is particularly complex, involving 3 similar murders at 3 different eras, 1952, 1972 and the present day. Although we flit from one case to another, the pace is maintained and I was captivated. The settings are depicted so well, I have been following this series from the start and love the evolving personal stories of the characters in this small upstate New York community, Miller Kills. It's just a shame we readers have to wait several years in between each instalment! The plot of this 9th novel is particularly complex, involving 3 similar murders at 3 different eras, 1952, 1972 and the present day. Although we flit from one case to another, the pace is maintained and I was captivated. The settings are depicted so well, I could imagine each scene. Thoroughly recommendable.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dsbook

    It has been 7 years between this book and the previous one. I was happy to see a new title in this series and to get to catch up with the characters after such a long gap. This book does have a cliff hanger ending and I hope we do not have to wait 7 more years for another book to let us know how it ends

  26. 4 out of 5

    Anne OK

    My excitement is off-the-charts! I loved every word. There were some real surprises within this trio of time lines -- which made this storyline extraordinary and engrossing while revealing a lot of personal information, both past and present, relating to Clare, Russ and his mom and dad. Most of all, I am just so thrilled that Julia Spencer-Fleming is back in full force. I've missed these characters and the people of Millers Kill. Her writing is every bit as marvelous as it was six long years ago My excitement is off-the-charts! I loved every word. There were some real surprises within this trio of time lines -- which made this storyline extraordinary and engrossing while revealing a lot of personal information, both past and present, relating to Clare, Russ and his mom and dad. Most of all, I am just so thrilled that Julia Spencer-Fleming is back in full force. I've missed these characters and the people of Millers Kill. Her writing is every bit as marvelous as it was six long years ago. With the cliffhanger she's left readers with here, I just hope and pray that we'll get the 10th book much faster. Now I am going to follow the same path I've always followed with each and every one of the Fergusson/Van Alstyne mysteries -- an immediate second read because there's always something I missed the first go-round. And then, I'll post a full review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    AES

    Three similar murders separated by decades...an all too familiar crime scene. Hid From Our Eyes by Julia Spencer-Fleming is a great small town murder mystery story with a captivating plot that spans decades, well developed characters, clever twists and a realistic and unexpected ending. This is the 9th book in the Clare Ferguson/Russ Van Alstyne Mystery series and it can easily be read as a standalone since the author provides enough of a backstory to keep the reader fully engaged and completely Three similar murders separated by decades...an all too familiar crime scene. Hid From Our Eyes by Julia Spencer-Fleming is a great small town murder mystery story with a captivating plot that spans decades, well developed characters, clever twists and a realistic and unexpected ending. This is the 9th book in the Clare Ferguson/Russ Van Alstyne Mystery series and it can easily be read as a standalone since the author provides enough of a backstory to keep the reader fully engaged and completely informed. Although this is the first book I have read in this series, I found myself immediately pulled in by the author’s talented descriptive writing style and the unique and clever plot. The style in which the story is told and the way the mystery unfolds made this book difficult to put down. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story and I definitely look forward to reading more books in this series. Hid From Our Eyes takes place in the Adirondacks in Upstate New York where there have been three murders, all very similar, each happening decades apart. Each time a young woman’s body is found in the middle of the same road, dressed in a party dress, with no shoes, no purse and no obvious cause of death. The first murder happened in August of 1952 when Harry McKneil was the Millers Kill chief of police. There was no forensics, no identification of the young woman, no cause of death and no suspect. The second murder happened in August of 1972 when Jack Little was the chief of police. This time they had a suspect, Russ Van Alstyne, who just came home from Vietnam. Russ found the body in the road and he quickly became a suspect. With no evidence he’s never convicted but he’s never really cleared. The third murder happens in August of the present and Russ Van Alstyne is now the Killers Mill chief of police. Russ is a new father and is married to Clare Ferguson. Clare is an Episcopal minister and a recovering addict and alcoholic. She’s a nervous new mother and she constantly worries that her addiction may have hurt her child. She’s trying to balance her work, motherhood and is facing her own troubles. Russ is under a lot of pressure to solve the case before the town votes on a referendum to close his police department and allow the State Police to take over. Russ is determined to save the Millers Kill Police Department from being dissolved. With the help of his police squad, his wife Reverend Clare Ferguson, and modern forensics, will Russ be able to solve the murders spanning decades before he loses everything? Who is killing young women and leaving them on the road? Why are the victims all dressed in party dresses and what caused their deaths? Is the timing between the murders significant? Since the present day chief of police Russ Van Alstyne was once a suspect, will he have more insight into these mysterious murders and will he finally be able to solve the cases that completely baffled the two previous Millers Kill chiefs? Hid From Our Eyes is written in varying points of view from several different characters. I particularly enjoyed how the story unfolds while getting the point of view of each of the three different police of police in the three different time periods. The author does a marvelous job of having different chapters in the book seamlessly switching between the three different timelines. The characters are all well developed, complicated, complex and flawed but well liked. The setting is realistic, and the story becomes intense as the clues finally come together ending in a very unexpected way. The similarities between the mysterious murders and their unusual timing pulled me in and left me wanting more. I completely enjoyed the author’s descriptive writing style of each of the murder scenes, the different time periods they occurred in and how the investigations were handled by the different Millers Kill police chiefs. Despite having the mystery of the murders solved, the book does end with some new and unresolved problems for Russ and Clare and a pretty major cliffhanger. That’s definitely not my favorite way of ending a book but it in no way deters from how much I enjoyed reading this story. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a complex murder mystery, with unexpected twists and a surprising ending. I look forward to seeing how Julia Spencer-Fleming develops the next book in this series and what’s next for Clare and Russ! I received an advanced reader’s copy of this book from Minotaur books through BookishFirst in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Karma♥Bites ^.~

    Read 9 Feb 2020 (★★★★½ rounded up) **ARC provided by Minotaur Books via NetGalley** Wow. HID FROM OUR EYES concludes my series re-read/catch-up (mostly via audio) and good grief, I’m wrung out. After an almost-7yr gap, Ms. Spencer-Fleming returns to Millers Kill, NY & for this reader, hits a grand slam on the first pitch. Ms. Spencer-Fleming switches up the storytelling format yet again. On the surface, HID FROM OUR EYES appears to alternate betn 3 different time periods & respective murder investi Read 9 Feb 2020 (★★★★½ rounded up) **ARC provided by Minotaur Books via NetGalley** Wow. HID FROM OUR EYES concludes my series re-read/catch-up (mostly via audio) and good grief, I’m wrung out. After an almost-7yr gap, Ms. Spencer-Fleming returns to Millers Kill, NY & for this reader, hits a grand slam on the first pitch. Ms. Spencer-Fleming switches up the storytelling format yet again. On the surface, HID FROM OUR EYES appears to alternate betn 3 different time periods & respective murder investigations. But look deeper & one can see parallelism in the interwoven/overlapping characters at certain stages of their lives & relationships (eg, situation/experience of newbie Harlene in 1952 to relative newbie Hadley in present day (assume 2020 nope, gotta stick to series timeline), or influence of each chief of police on his future successor). Set @ 7mos after #8 (Through the Evil Days), HID FROM OUR EYES also picks up on certain threads left open in #8 & its helluva teaser/hook ending. It took me a bit to settle into scene/time period switches; some were momentarily confusing until I became familiar w/ all the players. Particularly *loved* seeing young Margy & Harlene; pleased that Flynn appeared despite earlier decision; chortled when certain character ‘stepped thru time’ from 1972 to present day. (LOL, gotta admit that early on, speculations re: J & M took a decided soap-opera bent.) And the ending! Aarrrgggh... srsly?? Killin’ me, Smalls...just killin’ me! Brain immediately latched onto tiny fact & oh yeah, I see potential set-up for #10. (I’m sooooo Team Hadley/Kevin & see how this book can serve as pivot point re: certain plot threads. *rubs hands*) Already know that re-read via audio is in future; that’ll have to sustain me until #10. Speaking of... If anyone has any pull for early-release copy of audio, PM or email me pls? *begs prettily* Will gladly post separate audio review 😍. To fans of well-written mysteries w/ full-ensemble cast, highly rec that you give this series a go. Nws its rural/small-town setting, I d/n consider it w/in scope of ‘cozy’ mysteries; there are flawed characters, life’s curve balls, mutable morals, and dark deeds. For general series overview, see my thoughts for #1. ~ • ~ • ~ • ~ Series: #9 of Rev. Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries Publication Date: 7 April 2020 Publisher: Minotaur Books (St. Martin’s Press) Narrator: TBD (hopefully, Suzanne Toren!)

  29. 5 out of 5

    Annette Geiss

    I am the only reviewer, that I can see, who did not enjoy this book. I found the plot boring, the characters lackluster and I skipped over much of it, just to finish it. I didn’t even care who murdered the victims. Seems like just not a good fit for my tastes. I just wanted it all to end. Thank you Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity to read and review this ARC.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Laura Hoffman Brauman

    3.5 stars. Solid thriller and it was good to get another book in the series after a 6 year hiatus. There are 3 different timelines in here, and at the beginning, the jumping back and forth made it difficult to really get pulled into the story. It smoothed out and I enjoyed the book overall, but this installment didn't grab my attention from the first page the way others have. 3.5 stars. Solid thriller and it was good to get another book in the series after a 6 year hiatus. There are 3 different timelines in here, and at the beginning, the jumping back and forth made it difficult to really get pulled into the story. It smoothed out and I enjoyed the book overall, but this installment didn't grab my attention from the first page the way others have.

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