A family ranch in Big Sur country and a legacy of Hollywood royalty set the stage for Nora Roberts’ emotional new suspense novel, Hideaway.
Caitlyn Sullivan had come from a long line of Hollywood royalty, stretching back to her Irish immigrant great-grandfather. At nine, she was already a star—yet still an innocent child who loved to play hide and seek with her cousins at the family home in Big Sur. It was during one of those games that she disappeared.
Some may have considered her a pampered princess, but Cate was in fact a smart, scrappy fighter, and she managed to escape her abductors. Dillon Cooper was shocked to find the bloodied, exhausted girl huddled in his house—but when the teenager and his family heard her story they provided refuge, reuniting her with her loved ones.
Cate’s ordeal, though, was far from over. First came the discovery of a shocking betrayal that would send someone she’d trusted to prison. Then there were years spent away in western Ireland, peaceful and protected but with restlessness growing in her soul.
Finally, she would return to Los Angeles, gathering the courage to act again and get past the trauma that had derailed her life. What she didn’t yet know was that two seeds had been planted that long-ago night—one of a great love, and one of a terrible vengeance…
My Review – Mention
Hideaway is a romantic suspense that kept me on the edge of my seat, warming my heart. Nora Roberts is a master storyteller, and she spins this tale so well that I was sad to see it end.
What I Loved
I loved the suspenseful scenes that take place intermittently throughout the novel. I even would have been happy with more suspenseful scenes, as they kept me glued to the pages and my heart racing. Starting with the opening kidnapping case that created more events over the next twenty years, it was interesting to see how this storyline played out to come, in some ways, full circle by the end.
I loved the theme of family and how families pull together to protect each other. Even the Sullivans, who are Hollywood royalty, consumed with their career and have more money than most people could even imagine, did not fail to hold family and family bonds above all the trappings of fame. When put beside the Coopers, a ranch family, who worked physically hard to keep their ranch running and are generally more relatable, they are very similar in the core of their persons and their family.
The relationship between Dillon and Caitlyn was very believable to me. It had innocence, chemistry, and even an inevitability that only served to heighten expectations rather than take away from them. I loved how the relationship served to exemplify all that they are and all that they believed.
The setting was beautiful to imagine with cliffs and the beach and a home that overlooked it all. Big Sur in California felt very rural and beautiful in an untamed, natural way. I have never seen anything like it but would very much love to after reading this novel.
Lastly, I always have to mention the cute pets that find their way into my heart through the story. Dillon’s dogs that we first see as puppies provide all the happy vibes that only pets can. They were also quite heroic when the situation called for it, which made them all the more endearing.
What I Wish
I wish that the book’s conclusion was more satisfying. When the threat is finally revealed, the story does not play it out to satisfaction instead it ends easily and benignly.
To Read or Not to Read
Hideaway is an excellent addition to the romantic suspense genre, providing strong story lines with both components along with a family threaded throughout as only Nora Roberts can create.
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