read online Hideaway –

A Family Ranch In Big Sur Country And A Legacy Of Hollywood Royalty Set The Stage For Nora Roberts Emotional New Suspense NovelCaitlyn Sullivan, A Daughter Of Hollywood Royalty, Was Already A Star At Ten, But Still 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 DisappearedDespite Her Glamorous Background, Cate Was A Shrewd, Scrappy Survivor, And She Managed To Escape Her Abductors Dillon Cooper Was Shocked To Find The Bruised And Terrified Girl Huddled In His Ranch House Kitchen But When The Teenager And His Family Heard Her Story They Provided Refuge And Comfort, Reuniting Her With Her Loved OnesCate S Ordeal, Though, Was Far From Over First Came The Discovery Of A Betrayal That Would Send Someone She D Trusted To Prison Then There Were Years Away In Ireland, Sheltered And Protected But With Restlessness Growing In Her Soul Then, Finally, She Returned To Los Angeles, Hoping 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 I won an ARC as part of a Goodreads giveaway 3.5 stars rounded up to 4.This was not my favorite Nora Roberts book, I think she has written many other better books, but it was still entertaining and kept me engaged in the story One of my issues was that there was so much character build up in the beginning which was great but the ending seemedabrupt The climax happened about 2 or 3 pages before the end it was almost as if she came up to a deadline and just had to finish it There isn t a whole lot of closure with some of the characters either There is some, but not a lot, of romance Most of the plot is about the issues stemming from the childhood kidnapping and the romance part is almost an afterthought it felt like. When Caitlyn Sullivan was ten years old, she was kidnapped from her family s home in Big Sur Due to her scrappy and tenacious nature, she was able to escape and was found by Dillon and Callan Cooper in their kitchen From that day on, it became clear who loved her and who was willing to use her for financial gain.Even after being whisked away to Ireland, she returns to the states to resume her acting career Have things changed since she was last in California Will her return be met with happiness or something else Love, Family and Vengeance are the themes of this book I enjoyed this book and found it to be a fast yet predictable read This is labeled as suspense, but the reader is told early on who the bad guys are so for me this wasn t suspenseful at all A strong point is the closeness of the Sullivan family and their love for one another The romance element is nice but again predictable This is a book that I would label a good airplane or relax by the beach type of book It doesn t require much thought but is enjoyable.I received a copy of this book from Piatkus and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review All the thoughts and opinions are my own. It s 2001 and on the Big Sur the family of recently deceased Hollywood icon Liam Sullivan 92 are holding a memorial The day goes well although there are tensions between his grandson Aidan and his high maintenance wife Charlotte who wants to get away from Sullivan s Nest as fast as possible The great grandchildren are playing in the large, secure grounds and the final game is hide and seek Aidan s daughter, Caitlyn Ryan Sullivan knows just the place to hide and win the game with her cousins The unthinkable happens and Caitlyn is kidnapped and a ransom of ten million is demanded As the site is so secure it becomes clear this is an inside job The story is told principally by Caitlyn and takes us from 2001 to the present day There are a number of elements I like about this book The Sullivan family with one exception are very likeable and they all have a lovely bond which is heartwarming The care and devotion they show to Caitlyn comes across well There is another family that are important characters too Caitlyn is helped after the kidnap by the Cooper family grandma Maggie, mother Julia and son Dillon who is close in age to Caitlyn They are all delightful characters and I love their lifestyle on their farm The characters are the strongest element in the book in my opinion The locations are wonderful too and the book brought back lovely memories especially of the Big Sur However, although I like the book I didn t love it for the following reasons It s all a bit predictable, the insider for the kidnapping is obvious from the get go and these characters feel stereotypical There isn t enough suspense or fear created and to me it s a love story between the families and Caitlyn and Dillon than a suspense novel The elements of hate, revenge and greed are not strong enough either in my opinion The ending should have been much dramatic and I think it sort of fizzles out Overall, very good characters and a heartwarming story of Caitlyn s survival and love but unfortunately it s not very memorable Many thanks to NetGalley and Little, Brown Book Group for the ARC. This book is about the The Sullivan family, who are a big and famous family The story starts of in 2001 The Sullivan family are honouring Liam Sullivan on their estate in Big Sur Caitlyn the daughter of Aidan and Charlotte is kidnapped while they are there and that leads to the future story in the book Catilyn is main narative from 2001 to the present time I hard time reading this book The characters especially one character who was awful and certain aspects of the story i found rather predictable overall This my first read from this author so hopefully my next one will be successful My rating for this book is 2.5.I received a ARC from Netgalley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for an objection review.