Hide Away is the twentieth book in the series by Iris Johansen featuring forensic sculptor Eve Duncan. I had not read any books up until the previous in this series, Shadow Play, which I really loved. Shadow Play is actually the beginning to this little bit of the series where Eve is given a skull of a murdered young girl to sculpt to try to solve her murder.
After the end of Shadow Play Eve and Joe vow to protect young Cara Delaney who was the sister of the girl Eve was investigating. Cara has been put in the middle of feuding drug cartels and has been chased for the last several years. With the cartels getting close Eve heads to the remote Scottish Highlands to hide out with Jane MacGuire.
I didn’t quite enjoy Hide Away as much as I did with my first attempt at Iris Johansen’s work. Shadow Play had a bit more of the paranormal/supernatural element to it while investigating the murder of the young girl Eve had sculpted. Plus with this continuing on with the same case somewhat there wasn’t any of the forensic details or investigation type of story line to it that got me hooked in the first book.
What I really felt like with Hide Away was the middle of the story kind of slowness that you get with a long read since this particular plot is being carried on through at least three books. Shadow Play began the series to get a reader hooked in and Hide Away continues along the same story but there was not really an ending to anything in this installment obviously leading into a third book with the same case. I would definitely like to find out how it all works out but I have to admit I was a bit let down with this read just because it was still all up in the air.
Overall, 3.5 stars for Hide Away. Still good writing and I’ve gotten to like these characters but I would have preferred more happening in this one.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.