I bought this because I won an ARC of book 2, and I needed to know who this brave, whip-smart young girl was. I am so glad I bought this. Even if I didn’t have book 2, this is a book you don’t want to miss.
While she’s only 12, Emily is incredibly smart. Her father raised her to take care of her mother and sister. He helped her to prepare for the worse. While she’s not exactly street smart, she’s learned to rely on what she knows to get by. When Emily meets Lucas, everything comes together. It doesn’t matter that they’re complete opposites because Lucas can help Emily in ways she never dreamed possible. I loved the way they fed off each other, and I loved watching Lucas attempt to battle wits with a 12-year-old girl.
The blurb promises dark and gritty, and it is, but it is so much more. Emily is a badass heroine who doesn’t give up even when the odds are stacked against her. I love her determination, even when she’s throwing herself into danger. Some aspects in reading this take a stretch of the imagination, but once you’re immersed in the storyline, you won’t want to put it down.
About the book:
Twelve-year-old Emily Calby was a good girl from a religious family in rural Georgia. She loved softball, her little sister and looking up words to get her allowance. Then two men came and murdered her family. Only the killers know she survived.
On the run, surviving by wits and animal instinct, she makes an unlikely ally in an ex-gang member who lost his own family to violence. He takes her in and trains her in “self-defense” before more tragedy launches her on a terrifying journey for justice. Nothing will stop her—not cops or creeps, not even her own splintering mind. Through it all, Emily fights to hold onto the girl she once knew, kept buried deep inside.
Dark and gritty, but filled with heart and hope, The Hiding Girl is a twisty, fast-paced thriller and a testament to the boundless limits of human love, sacrifice and the will to survive.