“Hiding Places” By Erin Healy
Kate isn’t your typical 11 year old. She lives in her family’s cottage that is part of a large estate that has been turned in to a hotel. The building all connect by tunnel and have secret hiding places. The places were put there back when America was afraid of the Japaneses and Kate’s family wanted to support and protect them. Kate’s great grandmother, Pearl, married one of those men staying there back in the day. Pearl is old and wants people to think she’s crazy but in reality she uses “crazy” as a way to sneak around and know the going on’s. Kate tries to protect every one in the family by keeping secrets; like her sister’s drug problem and the comment cards from guests. One day a young man shows up, hurt. He has a secret and doesn’t want any one to know he’s there. Kate finds him and hides him in her secret place, a place she goes to to be on her own and also hide her family’s secrets. She doesn’t know the danger this man can bring, neither does she care. All she cares about is helping someone in need. Soon Pearl is also helping this man. Men are after him and want to kill him. He doesn’t know but he’s put Kate’s family in danger. Will this man stay safe? Will Kate’s family be safe? Will their family heal from past hurts?
I really loved this book. It’s adventurous. I wanted to pretend I was Kate. I loved imagining her sneaking around the grounds, in and out of tunnels and then helping this young man. I loved her heart. She cares so much about every one around her even if they ignore her and say mean things to her. She’s what I hope we all can become- loving unconditionally.
There are many layers to this story. Many layers to family history. Layers to secrets kept and found out. Layers to the man’s history. I finished this book with tears in my eyes and a smile on my face.
I recommend this book to any one ages 16 and up that likes suspense, family type books.