Review: Hideaway - Vilma Iris | Lifestyle Blogger

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…

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By Nora Roberts

Review: Hideaway

One day, she thought, one moment, one innocent game. How was it that day, that moment, that game, never seemed to end?

An early trauma changes the course of one family’s trajectory in Hideaway—the latest domestic drama from author Nora Roberts.

Nine-year-old Caitlyn (Cate) Sullivan came from a long line of Hollywood royalty, a family who adored her. But while at the family home in Big Sur, California, Cate was abducted while she and her cousins played hide-and-seek.

Cate was no delicate flower, however. She was smart, resourceful and quick thinking, managing to escape her captors and finding refuge in a nearby farmhouse. There she collided with a young Dillon Cooper and his family, who gave her a safe space and beckoned for help.

That terrifying night would shape the course of all their lives—Cate, her family, the Coopers, and those involved—and years later, would come to a final, frightening culmination.

We follow Cate throughout the years, as she fled to Ireland with her grandmother to find comfort, to New York to explore her identity and seek new opportunities, and eventually back to Los Angeles and Big Sur, to confront the memories that haunted her since childhood.

But wherever she went, those whose sought revenge followed, threatening to derail her life once again.

Because the novel takes place over the course of many years, we really get to know Cate, Dillon, the Sullivans, and the Coopers. The characters come alive vividly through Roberts’ expert hand, making it easy to feel connected to them. The narrative had echoes of Come Sundown, where we have runway to see how characters evolve over time as Roberts simultaneously explores the deep scars of emotional trauma.

This is a story about the families we’re born into and the families that are forged. About betrayal, vengeance and love. And in true (and wonderful) Nora Roberts fashion, it’s a story brimming with ratcheting suspense and heartwarming romance.

Hideaway is another binge-worthy hit by an author who always delivers.

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