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Publisher's Summary

Sometimes it’s easier to believe a lie.
Twenty-five-years ago, the disappearance of four-year-old Justin Manning rocked the small town of Dove Point, Ohio. After his body was found in a shallow grave in the woods two months later, the repercussions were felt for years.…
Janet Manning has been haunted by the murder since the day she lost sight of her brother in the park. Now, with the twenty-fifth anniversary of Justin’s death looming, a detective and a newspaper reporter have started to ask questions, opening old wounds and raising new suspicions. Could the man convicted of the murder - who spent more than two decades in prison - really be innocent? Janet’s childhood friend and high school crush, who was in the park with her that day, has returned to Dove Point, where he is wrestling with his own conflicted memories of the events. And a strange man appears at Janet’s door in the middle of the night, claiming to know the truth.
Soon, years of deceit will be swept away, and the truth about what happened to Janet’s brother will be revealed. And the answers that Janet has sought may be found much closer to home than she ever could have imagined.
©2012 David Bell (P)2012 Penguin Audiobooks
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By MARCIA on 01-15-13

FIRST FOR ME WITH THIS AUTHOR AND NARATOR

What did you love best about The Hiding Place?

KEPT ME GUESSING UNTIL ALMOST THE VERY END

What does Fred Lehne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

GOOD JOB OF VOICES AND INFLECTION

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

NOT IN THE BEGINNING BUT THE 2ND HALF YES

Any additional comments?

MOSTLY A SAD STORY

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By Robert on 12-19-12

Suspense That Keeps You in the Car

The Hiding Place is the story of two adults that come to terms with a murder of a child that occurred twenty-five years ago when they were seven. Michael, a close, childhood friend of the murdered boy’s sister, Janet, returns to the small, western Ohio town where he was raised. Janet and he, along with Janet’s teenage daughter and the detective who investigated the murder originally, piece together the events that actually took place that fateful day.

The author, David Bell, interleaves the present and past with a deft hand, gradually revealing the story as it is reconstructed. The reconstruction takes several surprising twists, which provide page-turning suspense.

Bell’s characters are attractive and well developed, and the narrator, Fred Lehne, does a great job maintaining the suspense that infuses the novel. I look forward to listening to other books by Bell.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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