What You Hide
A new pulse-pounding romantic thriller from the author of We All Fall Down and Six Months Later Spencer volunteers at the library. Sure, it's community service, but he likes his work. Especially if it means getting to see Mallory.Mallory spends a lot of time keeping her head down. When you're sixteen and homeless, nothing matters more than being anonymous. But Spencer's charm makes her want to be noticed.Then sinister things start happening at the library. Mysterious symbols and terrifying warnings begin to appear, and management grows suspicious. Spencer and Mallory know a homeless teenager makes an easy target, and if they can't find the real culprit soon, they could lose more than just their safe haven…

What You Hide Details

TitleWhat You Hide
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 4th, 2018
PublisherSourcebooks Fire
ISBN-139781492657187
Rating
GenreMystery, Young Adult, Thriller, Romance, Contemporary, Fiction

What You Hide Review

  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    Tl;dr: What You Hide is a contemporary ya novel that has one interesting storyline, one that's meh, and one that doesn't work at all, making it a bit of a muddle that never gels into a fully integrated read.So, What You Hide--the good:Mallory. She's a high schooler living with her controlling stepfather and pregnant mother. Mallory wants her mom to leave her stepfather, who tracks every move she makes and pretty much won't let her mother see anyone, do anything, etc. He's not physically abusive, Tl;dr: What You Hide is a contemporary ya novel that has one interesting storyline, one that's meh, and one that doesn't work at all, making it a bit of a muddle that never gels into a fully integrated read.So, What You Hide--the good:Mallory. She's a high schooler living with her controlling stepfather and pregnant mother. Mallory wants her mom to leave her stepfather, who tracks every move she makes and pretty much won't let her mother see anyone, do anything, etc. He's not physically abusive, but it does seem like he might be headed that way. Mallory leaves school to escape with her mother, but her mother hesitates, then refuses to go when her stepfather suddenly comes home and Mallory decides that she has to leave for her own safety. She vows to return for her mother, and divides her time between the local library in the wealthy part of town and a friend's home until she can't stay with her friend any longer and the library has to adjust its hours due to the plot that doesn't work at all. Once that happens, she finds herself homeless and Mallory has to wrestle with either staying homeless or entering the state system and hoping that her mother will sign emancipation papers so she can live on her own, get a job, and try to finish high school.Every option is terrible and Ms. Richards doesn't shy away from this, painting Mallory as a determined young woman who is doing the best she can in a increasingly desperate situation. I loved that Mallory's mother did the best she thought she could, and how devestated Mallory was by her choices--parents don't always do what's best, people don't always leave bad situations, and it was such a brave choice to paint Mallory's life so honestly. By the end of What You Hide, I reallly wanted Mallory to be okay even as it became clear that regardless of her strength and determination she had a difficult path ahead of her.The meh: Spencer. He's a bright guy living a great life in the richest part of town, but all the talk from his family about making college choices and planning his future leaves him cold. He's supposed to be funny but telling someone that a character is supposed to be funny isn't a good way to make them actually be funny, especially when Spencer's "witticisms" aren't even able to make you grin. Spencer is really just a collection of traits: smart but not doing well in school, good looking, the romantic interest. He's also adopted, but although that's sort of touched on, it's treated more as an afterthought. Spencer exists primarily to provide help to Mallory and be her love interest (that part of What You Hide is essentially instalove and doesn't work) and is never as interesting as he thinks he is. The bad: There's a plotline involving a series of "mysterious/creepy" things that happen at the library after a random death and this plotline doesn't work at all. It's not mysterious--it isn't even interesting-- and Ms. Richards' attempts to tie all the storylines together doesn't work. In What You Hide you have one fascinating story--Mallory's--diminished by how shoehorned it is into two far less interesting ones and, overall, it makes the novel just not quite work.
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  • Darinda
    January 1, 1970
    Mallory is sixteen and has a difficult home life. Her stepfather is controlling, and a little disturbing. She wants to get her and her mother away from him, but it's hard to convince her mom to leave. Mallory decides to go on her own, and ends up being homeless while she spends her nights with friends and her days at the library. Spencer, also a teenager, comes from an affluent family, but still feels lost and unsure about his future. He's a little rebellious, and, after getting into some troubl Mallory is sixteen and has a difficult home life. Her stepfather is controlling, and a little disturbing. She wants to get her and her mother away from him, but it's hard to convince her mom to leave. Mallory decides to go on her own, and ends up being homeless while she spends her nights with friends and her days at the library. Spencer, also a teenager, comes from an affluent family, but still feels lost and unsure about his future. He's a little rebellious, and, after getting into some trouble, ends up doing community service at the library. When he meets Mallory, he is immediately drawn to her. This story is told from the alternating viewpoints of Mallory and Spencer. Both are struggling with personal issues in their lives - Mallory has a troubled home life and Spencer feels pressure from his family about his future. They are from completely different backgrounds, but are attracted to one another. What You Hide is a contemporary young adult novel with a little romance and suspense. The two main characters are clearly drawn to each other, but, of course, things are complicated. The suspense part deals with happenings at the library. After a mysterious death at the library, strange events start occurring. Someone is leaving messages around the library, unknown footprints are found throughout the library, and occasionally strange sounds are heard. Mallory and Spencer both encounter some of these strange events, and are curious as to who could be behind them and why. This YA book combines romance and mystery in an interesting coming of age story. The main characters are very different - Mallory is homeless and struggling, Spencer is rich and privileged. This is a light read with some darker elements. I enjoyed the coming of age story, but the mystery wasn't gripping. I received a free eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Schizanthus
    January 1, 1970
    Content warnings include addiction, adoption, family violence and homelessness.When I read the blurb for this book I was drawn by the idea of someone fulfilling one of my dreams: living in a library. Imagine all of the uninterrupted reading time at night when everyone else goes home and you’re surrounded by shelves and shelves of books and the smell of books and the ambience of a library. Ah, heaven!Now imagine the creepy factor of a dead body found in the library and subsequent mysterious footp Content warnings include addiction, adoption, family violence and homelessness.When I read the blurb for this book I was drawn by the idea of someone fulfilling one of my dreams: living in a library. Imagine all of the uninterrupted reading time at night when everyone else goes home and you’re surrounded by shelves and shelves of books and the smell of books and the ambience of a library. Ah, heaven!Now imagine the creepy factor of a dead body found in the library and subsequent mysterious footprints, noises in the middle of the night and messages written on the walls. Sounds like the making of a fun horror book, huh?!Had the blurb I read even whispered the word ‘romantic’ I would have run a mile and so I was suitably horrified when I discovered an extended blurb on Goodreads cheerfully telling me I was reading a ‘romantic thriller’. Had this been a library book I would have stopped reading immediately but as I’d promised to review this book I grimaced and turned the page.Given my romantiphobe tendencies I probably should have hated this book but I didn’t. It was never going to be something I would love and gush over, and I wish I’d known that before I started reading, but in between the budding romance and the frustration with some of the characters there were some sections that I enjoyed and found relatable.Mallory’s home situation made me want to reach through the pages and strangle someone. Her once vibrant mother is now essentially a puppet on a string for controlling, emotionally abusive [insert swear word of your choice here] Charlie. I found the conversations between Mallory and her mother infuriatingly accurate given the circumstances and their personalities. I had hoped for a fairytale ending to that situation but unfortunately real life doesn’t guarantee those so it was probably too much to hope for.The idea that someone who’s recently homeless and simultaneously trying to find food, shelter and any semblance of safety has time to agonise over a crush on a boy or to go indoor rock climbing with said boy just didn’t seem feasible to me. I’m fairly certain Maslow would agree. He reaches for me slowly, and I’m powerless. Hypnotized by the graze of his fingers against the side of my thumb. Spencer, while suitably adorable, spent his time wanting more from his life than living in a mansion with the loving family who adopted him and feeling guilty for wanting more, especially considering Mallory has “real” problems. I have trouble mustering up sympathy for a rich kid with supportive parents who’s scared of telling them that what is expected of him isn’t what he wants and any sympathy I had for him faded when he (view spoiler)[took out his frustration by starting a fight with some jerk at ice hockey practice (hide spoiler)].I would have loved for his adoption to play more of a role in the book but it wasn’t the focus. Similarly the discussion surrounding addiction, while obviously sad, was pretty much glossed over.Mallory and Spencer aren’t the meddling kids I’d hope they’d be; when I wanted them to investigate strange footsteps in the otherwise empty library they hid out in the bathroom. They finally do investigate but much later than I would have. The dead body in the library and the mystery of the ‘ghost’ were fairly tame and repetitive from my perspective. It was basically footprint, footprint, message on the wall, message on the wall, cool creative message, another footprint, and a few other signs finally leading to a resolution that seemed obvious from early on.If you like sweet romances between people from disparate walks of life this could be the book for you. If you’re looking for creepy with potential for horror and ghosts then this is probably not the book you’re looking for.Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for the opportunity to read this book.
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  • Julie Parks
    January 1, 1970
    Well, SOURCEBOOKS Fire. You surprised me. This. Book. Kept. Me. On. The. Edge. Of. My. Seat. The. Entire. Time.And I can't say it was only due to building suspense. It's usually hard to write a good romantic suspense because it's not that realistic to imagine yourself developing genuine feelings for someone new while you're in potential danger. Fear and love don't really sail in the same boat.Well, in WHAT YOU HIDE they do, and rather safely. Thanks to helpful red flags and twists in the story t Well, SOURCEBOOKS Fire. You surprised me. This. Book. Kept. Me. On. The. Edge. Of. My. Seat. The. Entire. Time.And I can't say it was only due to building suspense. It's usually hard to write a good romantic suspense because it's not that realistic to imagine yourself developing genuine feelings for someone new while you're in potential danger. Fear and love don't really sail in the same boat.Well, in WHAT YOU HIDE they do, and rather safely. Thanks to helpful red flags and twists in the story their sail is rather entertaining.Spencer and Mallory's slow-mo attraction was almost impossible to anticipate because...that's right...there was a dead body found in the town library. And who knows where that came from? Made me speed through the entire book in one night just to see where it would go.Thank you SOURCEBOOKS Fire for the chance to read this copy in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Jen Ryland
    January 1, 1970
    The resolution wasn't quite as satisfying as I hoped but I really liked the two main characters, the problems they faced, and their developing relationship. I was less interested in the library mystery, which seemed kind of peripheral to the plot. Overall I recommend this -- just go in expecting more of a YA contemporary than a thriller. Read more of my reviews on JenRyland.com! Check out my Bookstagram! Or check out my Jen In Ten reviews on Youtube - get the lowdown on current books in 10-30 se The resolution wasn't quite as satisfying as I hoped but I really liked the two main characters, the problems they faced, and their developing relationship. I was less interested in the library mystery, which seemed kind of peripheral to the plot. Overall I recommend this -- just go in expecting more of a YA contemporary than a thriller. Read more of my reviews on JenRyland.com! Check out my Bookstagram! Or check out my Jen In Ten reviews on Youtube - get the lowdown on current books in 10-30 seconds!Thanks to the publisher for providing an advance copy for review!
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  • Ellie
    January 1, 1970
    Not really sure what to say about this one initially. I don't think it should be billed as a "romantic thriller" -- it strikes me more as a contemporary YA with serious familial issues, coming of age issues, plus a little mystery thrown in.
  • Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free e-ARC through NetGalley from the publishers at Sourcebooks Fire. Trigger warnings: emotional abuse, threats, drug use, death.Spencer is serving community service at the library, a punishment he suspects would have been worse if not for his wealthy adoptive family. The pressure is on for him to do well in school and hockey and get into an excellent college, but he doesn’t know how to tell his parents that he doesn’t want their life. Mallory has fled her home and her pregnant mot I received a free e-ARC through NetGalley from the publishers at Sourcebooks Fire. Trigger warnings: emotional abuse, threats, drug use, death.Spencer is serving community service at the library, a punishment he suspects would have been worse if not for his wealthy adoptive family. The pressure is on for him to do well in school and hockey and get into an excellent college, but he doesn’t know how to tell his parents that he doesn’t want their life. Mallory has fled her home and her pregnant mother under threats from a manipulative stepdad, but her options are running out. The library is one of the only safe, free places for her to go. She knows that meeting Spencer, a cute volunteer there, should be the last thing on her mind. When a body is found in the library one morning, strange things begin to happen. There are black hand and footprints on the walls and floor, and a message scrawled over and over on walls and books: where are you? As the vandalism escalates, Spencer fears that Mallory will be a target, which means they need to find answers to the mystery before it’s too late.What You Hide is a solid YA mystery/romance. I wouldn’t call it a thriller, but I’m a bad judge of what’s thrilling. The most frightening thing in the novel is not the mystery at the library, but the very real problems Mallory (and other teenagers like her) face in homelessness and abusive households. While they may be slightly glossed over for a younger audience and the sake of romance, the difficulties she faces in finding food, running water, a safe place to sleep, etc. felt very real, and there were moments where I was afraid for her. The novel stresses asking for help and finding resources for that purpose, and the only unrealistic thing is probably Spencer’s involvement. Most homeless teens don’t have a rich hero trying to help them (though Mallory has to do most of the saving on her own), but it’s a novel for teenagers, not a how-to manual.The writing is good. Richards excels at place and character, and there was never a moment where I felt jolted out of the narrative. It switches seamlessly between Spencer’s perspective and Mallory’s, and they’re both well-drawn and -developed characters with realistic hobbies, reactions, and perspectives. I can relate to the pressure Spencer faces in making decisions about his future, but even he realizes that Mallory’s problems are on completely different scale. There are some touching moments between Spencer and his adoptive family (like a less dramatic This Is Us). There’s probably more romance than thrills, but it’s a relatively slow burn, so no complaints. The library mystery starts out interesting and escalates in a rather spooky series of events, but I didn’t care for the way it wrapped up. Of all the plot threads, that one has the loosest ending, but there’s significant thematic closure on Mallory and Spencer’s stories. It’s a quick and satisfying read, recommended for fans of the genre.I review regularly at brightbeautifulthings.tumblr.com.
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  • Paula Phillips
    January 1, 1970
    I have to admit I was looking forward to this book as was in the mood for a suspense novel, and I had loved her previous books, and with a cover like this one, it had a feeling it would be creepy. Unfortunately, it wasn't, we had several storylines running from Spencer who is doing community service at the library and trying to escape his life and find a new path as he knows what is expected of him, but it feels strange. Mallory had a great life until her mother met a new man and he became contr I have to admit I was looking forward to this book as was in the mood for a suspense novel, and I had loved her previous books, and with a cover like this one, it had a feeling it would be creepy. Unfortunately, it wasn't, we had several storylines running from Spencer who is doing community service at the library and trying to escape his life and find a new path as he knows what is expected of him, but it feels strange. Mallory had a great life until her mother met a new man and he became controlling and worse now is that Mallory's mother is pregnant. Mallory has tried to get her mum to leave, but she keeps making excuses, and Mallory has had enough and now would rather risk being homeless than having to spend more than one more second in the house. The third storyline which unfortunately was only loosely touched on was the two sisters who are also homeless and been living in the library basement. I found this book more of a YA family saga with little suspense rather than the deep mystery feels that generally come with a book by Natalie D. Richards. This book is a hit or miss by her, but if you are a fan and like to read all the books by an author, then feel free to check this upcoming release.
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  • Stacee
    January 1, 1970
    I was so excited for this story. I loved the premise and had enjoyed a couple of books from Natalie. I liked Mallory and Spencer well enough. She’s in a rough situation and I did like how the book didn’t shy away from it. Spencer’s home life isn’t bad and he’s itching for something different. There was a spark between them, but it didn’t propel the story. Plot wise it was boring. For me, there wasn’t any sort of suspense or tension. The thriller aspect of the story didn’t show up and I wasn’t qu I was so excited for this story. I loved the premise and had enjoyed a couple of books from Natalie. I liked Mallory and Spencer well enough. She’s in a rough situation and I did like how the book didn’t shy away from it. Spencer’s home life isn’t bad and he’s itching for something different. There was a spark between them, but it didn’t propel the story. Plot wise it was boring. For me, there wasn’t any sort of suspense or tension. The thriller aspect of the story didn’t show up and I wasn’t quite invested in what was happening. Oh and the build up slash reveal slash ending left a lot to be desired. Overall, it felt like 2 separate stories that didn’t quite mesh. I’m not sure what kept me reading, but I couldn’t stop. **Huge thanks to Sourcebooks Fire for providing the arc free of charge**
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  • PinkAmy loves \\u0026#x1f495; books\\u0026#x1f4d6;, cats\\u0026#x1f63b; and naps\\u0026#x1f6cf;
    January 1, 1970
    ***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of WHAT YOU HIDE by Natalie D. Richards in exchange for my honest review.***5 LUMINOUS STARSWhen Mallory’s mother won’t leave her controlling, emotionally abusing husband, the teen decides to leave without her. Spencer, a privileged boy doing community service at the library encounters Mallory, realizing she needs help. He hasn’t figured out she’s sleeping at the library, but knows that someone, or something is lurking in the walls of ***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of WHAT YOU HIDE by Natalie D. Richards in exchange for my honest review.***5 LUMINOUS STARSWhen Mallory’s mother won’t leave her controlling, emotionally abusing husband, the teen decides to leave without her. Spencer, a privileged boy doing community service at the library encounters Mallory, realizing she needs help. He hasn’t figured out she’s sleeping at the library, but knows that someone, or something is lurking in the walls of the old building. Charcoal footprints appear overnight, writing on the walls asking Where Are You, sounds of inconsolable sobs haunt the halls, and a dead, unidentifiable young woman. A ghost? Mallory? Another homeless person? Or something more sinister.I’ve enjoyed Natalie Richards’ books since her debut 6 MONTHS LATER in 2013, but WHAT YOU HIDE blew me away. It’s by far her best book in terms of plot, writing, complex characters and social issues. Richards seamlessly weaves together different types of domestic violence, class/privilege, race, substance abuse, adoption, family, siblings, friendship, mystery and a little romance into a story I just couldn’t put down. Mallory and Spencer grabbed my heart. I rooted for them as individuals and as a couple. Romance wasn’t the center of the story but a byproduct of the friendship that developed between them. The ending was unique and imperfect, yet satisfying. While Mallory’s chaotic and unsafe home life was tough, she was never a victim. Stronger than her mother she made a resourceful plan to escape which let me know she would eventually triumph. Independent, she wasn’t so stubborn not to know when she needed help. Richards avoided the trope of a helpless character keeping the secrets of her distress from everyone who wanted to assist. WHAT YOU HIDE will appeal to a wide variety of readers who will be very satisfied with this gem.
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  • Jessica (a GREAT read)
    January 1, 1970
    I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest and voluntary review. I was in no way compensated for this review.Natalie D. Richards brings yet another spine-tingling thriller with her latest release, What You Hide. The premise of this one hooked me in from the start, a runaway teen, a boy, a library that may or may not be haunted but there was definitely death that took place there! It’s got all the workings of a great mystery!Mallory and her mother are about to run away from I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest and voluntary review. I was in no way compensated for this review.Natalie D. Richards brings yet another spine-tingling thriller with her latest release, What You Hide. The premise of this one hooked me in from the start, a runaway teen, a boy, a library that may or may not be haunted but there was definitely death that took place there! It’s got all the workings of a great mystery!Mallory and her mother are about to run away from her stepfather who’s a controlling monster. He’s never gotten violent with them, but Mallory worries that that will be the next step. Her mother is also pregnant and when the time comes to flee, Mallory finds herself on her own, her mother choosing to stay with her husband.Then we have Spencer who’s a privileged rich boy with a bit of danger addiction. Or more like rock climbing addiction as it’s when he’s climbing the walls of the library building, he breaks a window, gets caught, and subsequently finds himself on volunteer duty for the foreseeable future instead of getting arrested. It’s while working at the library he meets Mallory, who’s unlike any girl he’s met before.Both Spencer and Mallory are harboring their secrets from one another, Mallory, too afraid to admit that she’s essentially homeless and spends the night in the library on occasion. Spencer isn’t sure what he wants from life and his parents’ plans for him are not his ideal future for himself. Then seeing Mallory who doesn’t have all the options he has, he starts getting unsure of himself and his future.Aside from that, we have quite a mystery on our hands as a dead body appears in the library overnight. And it’s shortly after that that strange things start happening in the library. Black smudges all over the walls, writing on the walls, bookish monuments being crafted…all after hours when the library closes. And then of course, there are the strange noises Mallory hears when she’s “spending the night.” It makes for quite the eerie mystery.While I did find myself enjoying this story immensely, I have to admit the conclusion left me feeling a little lackluster. While we do get the mystery behind the dead body solved and the strange noises and occurrences, it wasn’t really what I had anticipated it being. Not to mention Mallory’s predicament. I guess I was hoping for a bit more happier ending! Granted, this is a standalone, so the ending does have resolution with hope for a better future and all that jazz, it just wasn’t all that I had hoped for after reading this book.The mystery itself was really good! The strange happenings and of course the body that turned up! Oddly, not much comes from the latter, but the former makes a more frequent appearance. And what’s a mystery without a little romance? Naturally, we see something slowly developing between Spencer and Mallory. I liked that it was a more complicated romance. Mallory has her issues she’s trying to deal with and doesn’t necessarily want Spencer to be her white knight, but she still can’t deny the connection that’s forming between them.All in all, What You Hide was an engaging mystery filled with plenty of chills! While the ending wasn’t all that I had hoped for, I still found the book to be a fairly decent paced read that resulted in a pretty good read overall! While this isn’t my favorite book from Natalie, it certainly isn’t my last!Overall Rating 3/5 starsWhat You Hide releases December 4, 2018
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  • Kelly Hager
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book. The strange happenings at the library is much less central to the plot than the synopsis would have you believe, so be aware of that going in. What's actually going on (and what's far more interesting anyway) are the internal issues with Spencer (what does he want to do with his life?) and the external issues with Mallory (her stepfather is awful and her mom isn't much better---she's initially a lovely woman, but she is so cowed by her husband, Charlie, that she becomes a lous I loved this book. The strange happenings at the library is much less central to the plot than the synopsis would have you believe, so be aware of that going in. What's actually going on (and what's far more interesting anyway) are the internal issues with Spencer (what does he want to do with his life?) and the external issues with Mallory (her stepfather is awful and her mom isn't much better---she's initially a lovely woman, but she is so cowed by her husband, Charlie, that she becomes a lousy mom). I was very concerned for Mallory. There's nothing overtly awful with Charlie. He seems maybe a bit overprotective but there's nothing he says that seems threatening. It's more the way he says it and what's in the pauses between his words. Mallory is so scared and this seems like a very rational response. I was so worried that Charlie would figure out where Mallory was. I didn't know for sure what he would do, but there's nothing that's off the table, really. I wasn't worried for Spencer, really, but I hoped that he'd figure out how to be happy.Everything about this book is completely gripping and even though it's close to 400 pages, it felt so much shorter. Recommended.
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  • OutlawPoet
    January 1, 1970
    This one got an ‘okay’ from me.I think the issue here is in my expectations. I expected something extremely suspenseful and mysterious. I got a middling YA romance with messaging on family and strength.I simply didn’t enjoy it as much as I’d hoped.Our main characters never really breathed for me. And our ‘mystery’ had a rather disappointing reason behind it all.Unfortunately, not for me.*ARC Provided via Net Galley
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  • Patty
    January 1, 1970
    What You Hide by Natalie D. Richards is a young adult love story, about two lost souls for very different reasons. Mallory ran away from home due to her controlling step-father and her passive pregnant mother. Mallory spends most of her day at the library. Spencer is doing community service at the public library, doing everything he can to put off deciding what his wants for his future. I really enjoyed this book, and look forward to reading more books by this author. I recommended this book to What You Hide by Natalie D. Richards is a young adult love story, about two lost souls for very different reasons. Mallory ran away from home due to her controlling step-father and her passive pregnant mother. Mallory spends most of her day at the library. Spencer is doing community service at the public library, doing everything he can to put off deciding what his wants for his future. I really enjoyed this book, and look forward to reading more books by this author. I recommended this book to both young adult and adult readers. My only complainant is that some of the book seemed to drag out. I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
    January 1, 1970
    RTC Thank you to the publisher and edelweiss for the review copy.
  • Madison
    January 1, 1970
    What You Hide is one part contemporary, the other part mystery thriller. It is a touching and thought-provoking story of family breakdown and youth homelessness, a coming of age story and a love story rolled into one. When Mallory’s pregnant mother changes her mind about leaving her controlling and demanding husband (Malloy’s stepfather), Mallory makes the decision to leave by herself. This new plan means that she has nowhere to go. Enrolled in online school, she spends her days at the library a What You Hide is one part contemporary, the other part mystery thriller. It is a touching and thought-provoking story of family breakdown and youth homelessness, a coming of age story and a love story rolled into one. When Mallory’s pregnant mother changes her mind about leaving her controlling and demanding husband (Malloy’s stepfather), Mallory makes the decision to leave by herself. This new plan means that she has nowhere to go. Enrolled in online school, she spends her days at the library and, once her welcome wears out her friend’s home, her nights too. It’s at the library that she meets Spencer. Seemingly living a perfect life, Spencer reveals he is working at the library to serve out his community service sentence and that he is struggling with decisions about the future. But then a body is found in the library and signs show that Mallory isn’t the only one hiding in the library.I really enjoyed What You Hide. The storyline focuses on the realistic fiction parts of the story, rather than the mystery, but I thought Mallory and Spencer’s stories were important and what brought this book to life. They are both dealing with some heavy issues but they do manage to fit in a little bit of sleuthing about the mysterious events at the library. At one point, I thought the book might take a turn for the paranormal, but the story does stay firmly rooted in reality and the mystery’s reveal only serves to highlight the messages of the story.I loved that Spencer - from a wealthy family with all opportunities before him - and the struggles he faces were treated with as much care and respect as Mallory’s homelessness. Together they face the problems of growing up and making decisions about their future. What You Hide also raises the, sadly, prevalent problem of youth homelessness. Mallory’s story is compelling, touching yet ultimately hopeful. I was very impressed that Mallory‘s story raises the issue that sometimes unsafe home situations are not black and white or do not reflect the worst-case headlines. Again, her situation and decisions were treated with care and sensitivity in this book, deftly handled by this talent author.I highly recommend What You Hide to readers of both realistic contemporary fiction and mystery thrillers. With a mix of both, it is sure to appeal to and delight readers of both genres.The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library
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  • Ruthsic
    January 1, 1970
    Warnings: domestic abuseSorry to be negative in the start, but I think the fundamental problem with the book is that synopsis and the cover don't really match the story. I went into it thinking it was a thriller, and it is barely a mystery novel. Don't get me wrong - what it ended up being is a good enough story, but my expectations going into the book were very different from the book I actually read. Still, that is really not why I gave it only 3 stars. There is a lot going on in the book, and Warnings: domestic abuseSorry to be negative in the start, but I think the fundamental problem with the book is that synopsis and the cover don't really match the story. I went into it thinking it was a thriller, and it is barely a mystery novel. Don't get me wrong - what it ended up being is a good enough story, but my expectations going into the book were very different from the book I actually read. Still, that is really not why I gave it only 3 stars. There is a lot going on in the book, and it feels like it is trying to tell three different stories, and while it does a passable job at blending them together, it does feel more like one of the stories dominated (and guess what, it wasn't the mystery one) and made the other two sort of irrelevant. Now, the mystery first, because that is what this book had promised - there is a good amount of 'thriller' like writing for sure, especially a scene where Spencer and Mallory both stay overnight in the library and hear weird sounds. It delivers on the spooky and mysterious very well, but the build up leads to a disappointing ending of sorts. The other story was of Spencer himself having a coming of age moment (well, a month-long moment) with what he wants for his future and how he feels like if he deviates from the plan his adoptive parents had for him, he would be letting them down somehow, or squandering the privilege he got. This story, too, felt lackluster in development, somehow wrapping it up in the end. What really took center-stage in the book, for me, was Mallory's story - she leaves home after giving an ultimatum to her mother to leave her controlling husband (Mallory's step-father is one of those creepy kindly types) but has to hide out in the library while trying to figure out her own future. Her story development shapes out of her fear, and it drives most of her actions - she is unwilling to accept help from authorities because she is scared she will be returned back to the home she finds dangerous, she is wary of Spencer's efforts to help her, initially, because her stepdad also had seemed charming at first. Her figuring out a path for herself going forward was the central story-line of the book, and it made even the mystery feel like a minor plot arc. It is well-written, and except for the way it ended, it was an engaging plot that carried the book. Even the romance felt half-baked. And that is why I gave this 3 stars - the other side elements of the book felt underdeveloped compared to this plotline.So, bottom-line, if you go into this book for the mystery, you will probably be disappointed. As a coming of age book, it is written well enough. Is it diverse? Spencer is a MOC. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Sourcebooks Fire, via Netgalley.
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  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    *4.5 stars*A fast read that asks the question of what it means to be a hero and how heavy the world can weigh on a person before they reach the point of asking for help. “What You Hide” begins at a crossroads for both Mallory and Spencer who find themselves questioning where they are in their lives and what the future may hold when they meet at the local library. After a few run ins and missed opportunities their new found friendship is confronted with mysterious happenings within the library wa *4.5 stars*A fast read that asks the question of what it means to be a hero and how heavy the world can weigh on a person before they reach the point of asking for help. “What You Hide” begins at a crossroads for both Mallory and Spencer who find themselves questioning where they are in their lives and what the future may hold when they meet at the local library. After a few run ins and missed opportunities their new found friendship is confronted with mysterious happenings within the library walls and when a body is discovered they find themselves working to uncover just what they’re made of. What I enjoyed most about this book is that at when you think a certain plot point is going to go in one direction it does a 180 and really forces the book to become something else and less cliché especially when dealing with these specific themes it could have easily gone off the rails into something we’ve seen a hundred times but with those few changes it really offered something fresh to the story. I really loved the back and forth between our two leads as they have very different things happening in their lives and different upbringings to influence their perspective of the world but still manage to come together to offer that new insight into the others problems and that willingness to listen or to be a distraction made their entire journey so great to read. The use of foreshadowing is done so well in this book with all of these subtle details that don’t really mean too much in the moment but on a larger scale provide perfect symbolism for Mallory’s story and what she was fighting for while trying to get her life on track for both herself and her growing family and just that little parallel speaks volumes and bookended this book perfectly and though it might not be as much as a thriller as one expects reading the synopsis it’s a very well done contemporary and that should be celebrated. Also as a side note I have to thank this book for giving a fellow Ohioan a new restaurant to try! **special thanks to the publishers and netgalley for providing an arc in exchange for a fair and honest review!**
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  • Erica Chilson
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads3.5 Stars from the adult reading young adult. I do believe younger readers would enjoy this more. Young adult age-range: 14+ featuring violence and abuse. Natalie D. Richards is a new-to-me author. What You Hide hooked me from the start, especially watching Mallory try to convince her pregnant mother to leave her abusive husband. I empathized with Mallory, her story resonating in me, as she struggled with the injustice and h I received a free copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads3.5 Stars from the adult reading young adult. I do believe younger readers would enjoy this more. Young adult age-range: 14+ featuring violence and abuse. Natalie D. Richards is a new-to-me author. What You Hide hooked me from the start, especially watching Mallory try to convince her pregnant mother to leave her abusive husband. I empathized with Mallory, her story resonating in me, as she struggled with the injustice and her need to protect her mother, as her mother became a passive passenger to not only her own abuse but that of her daughter. Nothing but pure gaslighting, and it was as frustrating to read as it was realistic. Mallory's mother is pregnant, believing she's making the right choice by staying with her husband, thinking she is also in a position with little choices. But as a mother, she is taking both Mallory and her unborn child with her on these decisions, proving adults and teens alike are not infallible. While I could sympathize in a been there done that manner, I was frustrated to read how easily she let her daughter go, believing the lies her husband was spinning. With Mallory so adamant, Mom should have taken stock in her protests a lot more. A strong role model, determined and focused, Mallory runs away from home to stay with her friend, has to quit school because her stepfather works for the school district. Attempting to get her diploma with an online school, Mallory uses the library computer bank to study and connect with her classes. Spencer is indulged by his affluent parents, lashing out by doing outlandish things because he feels pressured into making a decision on which college to attend. While I found the guy likable, he wasn't very relatable, outside of pressures to perform. He has whatever he wants and is treated with respect and unconditional love, so the juxtaposition to Mallory's life is jarring. Using Parkour to scale the library, Spencer slips and takes out a window instead. His punishment is working in the library to pay off the costs of the window, which is where Spencer and Mallory cross paths. There's something creepy happening the library, told from both the perspectives of Mallory and Spencer. They become sidekicks and love interests while they solve the mystery together. Excuse my vagueness, as I don't want to create spoilers when it comes to the mystery aspects. While I enjoyed Mallory, her characterization and backstory, I wished the entire novel was surrounded by her plight. I found the mystery lacking, not really sparking any interest in me. It did and didn't actually all fit together. It wasn't the driving-force for me, which is why I said at the beginning of my review how I felt this is a novel where an actual young adult would appreciate it more than those young at heart. While the foundation of the plot is a good one to build from, I'm not sure the execution had it living up to its potential.
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  • Avid Reader
    January 1, 1970
    What You Hide by Natalie D. Richards3 starsM/F MysteryTriggers: Abusive home, teen homelessnessI was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads.This is mostly a story about Mallory and Spencer's friendship. Spencer has lived a life of privilege. His parents are pressuring him to choose a path to college, but Spencer feels a little like he's drowning. When he makes a questionable decision and ends up doing some property damage, he is required to volunteer at the library. It's there he m What You Hide by Natalie D. Richards3 starsM/F MysteryTriggers: Abusive home, teen homelessnessI was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads.This is mostly a story about Mallory and Spencer's friendship. Spencer has lived a life of privilege. His parents are pressuring him to choose a path to college, but Spencer feels a little like he's drowning. When he makes a questionable decision and ends up doing some property damage, he is required to volunteer at the library. It's there he meets Mallory.Mallory is struggling at home. Her mom is pregnant, but is with a man who is more than just a little controlling. He's scary and mean, abusive and threatening. While Mallory tries to get her mom to leave him, Mallory knows that no matter what, she needs to save herself. The friendship that develops between Spencer and Mallory helps both of them figure out where they are going. They lean on each other and become each other's confidants. However, there is a strange mystery within the library and when someone ends up dead in the library, speculation runs wild.While I enjoyed this story, it felt pieced together. There was the mystery that was underdeveloped, the friendship, which I would have liked to see more of and the home life of Mallory, which I thought, was the strongest part of the story and wished it had been more developed. I wanted more of Mallory's story. I thought that it felt very unfinished. Also, I wanted more from the ending. That too, felt rushed and unfinished.
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  • Maureen
    January 1, 1970
    When Mallory can no longer live with her controlling step-father, she makes plans to go with her mom to a safe house. At the last minute her pregnant mom changes her mind and Mallory leaves without her. Mallory navigates being homeless with friends helping her along the way. This is a well-written novel and I’m thankful to the publisher and NetGalley for allowing me to be an early reader in exchange for my fair and honest review.
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  • Trudi
    January 1, 1970
    Mallory tries to get her mother to leave her creepy and controlling stepfather, but when her mother refuses to leave, Mallory sets out on her own. She ends up meeting Spencer (who is doing community service) at the library. I couldn't put this book down. I wanted to find out who or what was making the noises in the library, what was going to happen with the stepfather, and where Mallory was going to sleep at night.Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this new story by Natalie Richards. Told in alternating perspectives between Mallory and Spencer, this is a mystery but also a bit of a romance. Spencer is spending time volunteering at the local library after destroying some property when he meets Mallory, a runaway from a tough home life. The story is about many things, starting with Spencer and the community service hours he is doing to make up for his poor choice to break the library window while scaling it. Mallory's story I really enjoyed this new story by Natalie Richards. Told in alternating perspectives between Mallory and Spencer, this is a mystery but also a bit of a romance. Spencer is spending time volunteering at the local library after destroying some property when he meets Mallory, a runaway from a tough home life. The story is about many things, starting with Spencer and the community service hours he is doing to make up for his poor choice to break the library window while scaling it. Mallory's story begins as she is trying to get her mother out of an abusive situation. When things don't go as planned, Mallory is forced to leave and find somewhere to stay. The library offers her refuge and she meets Spencer. When a dead body is found and strange notes appear, both Spencer and Mallory are drawn more to each other. The story deals with the relationships between Spencer and his family and Mallory and her family. They are both from very different homes and the authors uses this juxtaposition to make their connection even stronger. Overall, I really enjoyed the mystery and it kept my interest! Thank you netgalley for this arc in exchange for my honest opinion.
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  • Zan
    January 1, 1970
    November 15, 2018This was a good read until it left a bitter taste in my mouth. Wow, it could have gone so differently...What You Hide, according to its description, is a romantic thriller/mystery involving a girl with so many home problems and a heavily messed up life and a guy with a "wonderful" life who is so lost that he doesn't know anything except that he's definitely way past too far off the shore.Mallory's problems were written in such a raw and realistic way that I couldn't help but go November 15, 2018This was a good read until it left a bitter taste in my mouth. Wow, it could have gone so differently...What You Hide, according to its description, is a romantic thriller/mystery involving a girl with so many home problems and a heavily messed up life and a guy with a "wonderful" life who is so lost that he doesn't know anything except that he's definitely way past too far off the shore.Mallory's problems were written in such a raw and realistic way that I couldn't help but go a bit crazy every time Charlie came into the picture. But that ending; I think I might cry out of frustration. The message of the story! I suppose it's that people get help when they're ready(?) but I really don't know if this would be the best thing to spread because for asdfghjkl;'s sake the MC saved herself (yay), and her newborn sister's just going to be living in a toxic environment because no one's going to save her from that. I don't. know. And there was also the thing with the romantic relationship (nearly instantly) developing as one of the characters is going through 1234567890 things and as nice as they were together these dynamics create this awful kind of dependence that can't possibly turn out well.Looking past those mini-rants, I definitely did feel a significant amount of feelings while reading What You Hide, and even teared up a bit at some point in time. While I can't say that this book in its entirety really promotes too many healthy things, I did have an interesting time struggling with it.My thanks to Netgalley and Sourcebooks Fire for the lovely ARC!--definitely a bit of a rollercoaster
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  • Jessica Smith
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy from the publisher, Sourcebooks Fire, via netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Spencer was born with the proverbial silver spoon in his mouth, maybe adopted on a silver platter? Whichever analogy you prefer haha. His family live in Fairview, they're wealthy, happy and have the stereotypical perfect family dynamic. Spencer has the whole world in front of him for the taking, his opportunities are endless, he just has to reach out and take one, but he feels like something I received a copy from the publisher, Sourcebooks Fire, via netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Spencer was born with the proverbial silver spoon in his mouth, maybe adopted on a silver platter? Whichever analogy you prefer haha. His family live in Fairview, they're wealthy, happy and have the stereotypical perfect family dynamic. Spencer has the whole world in front of him for the taking, his opportunities are endless, he just has to reach out and take one, but he feels like something is missing. He doesn't WANT the whole world given to him on a platter, he wants something more, but he's not sure what it is. So one night while out for a run, he decides to scale the public library, because, you know, why not? He accidentally puts a hole in an expensive window, he gets off light though, community service to be served at the library he climbed. Mallory is in one of the worst situations possible, she lives with her pregnant mother, and her creepy step-father, and she needs to get out. Her step-father, Charlie, keeps tabs on them, he goes through their phone records, he knows all of their friends, he stopped her mother from working, she's not allowed to eat processed meats or drink soda, she's under his thumb and Mallory can't take it anymore. He even works at her high school, so there's literally no getting away. She organised with a women's shelter for her an her mum to go there, but her mum backs out at the last minute, leaving Mallory no option but to leave on her own. Finding herself homeless, and with twenty dollars to her name, she takes refuge in the library in Fairview, because it's highly unlikely that Charlie will find her there. She stays after closing time, hiding in the toilets so she can have some shelter for the night, and pilfers crackers and cheese from the staff room just so she has something to eat. It's the library that brings Spencer and Mallory together, two people from completely different worlds, one with everything and one with nothing. They form a tentative friendship which begins to blossom into something more, however, Mallory's secret hiding place is put under a spotlight when an unknown woman is found dead and again when strange messages start being left all over the place, on books, walls, doors, everywhere. With one simple phrase "Where is she?"Can Spencer save Mallory from taking the blame? Can he save her from her crappy life? Can he save himself from a life that he doesn't want? So I picked up this book under the impression that it was going to be a mystery with a dash of romance and a little coming of age, however, what I got was a coming of age story, with a romance, and a tiny dash of mystery. That's okay though, because the story itself was incredibly engaging, learning about Spencer and Mallory and seeing the contrasts between their lives was fantastic. The coming of age part was done incredibly well because we have the rich boy with everything anyone could ever dream of, who feels like something is missing in his life, he doesn't just want to become a carbon copy of his parents, he wants something more out of life. He loves to rock climb, he wants to help people, but his fear of disappointing the parents that he never asked for is too much. He loves them with everything that he is, and after meeting Mallory he comes to the reaslisation that it could have been so much different for him. All it took was a different person coming in to choose him, and he could've been in Mallory's shoes. Mallory, I just want to hug her and give her some food. She's out on her own and she feels so trapped, she has no idea what to do because Charlie will find her. She can't even stay at the women's shelter by herself because that's not where teens stay, and Ruth the woman who Mallory spoke to on numerous occasions, could only offer to send her to a house for teens, which Mallory wasn't ready for. She's constantly worrying about her mother and unborn sister, terrified that Charlie will do something to hurt them because of her. She has the weight of the world on her shoulders and no one she can go to. I love how this book didn't romanticise teenage homelessness, it showed the grittiness of it, this sixteen year old girl lived in the same clothes for days on end, she tried anything she could to stay in shelter, skipping between 24/7 businesses so she felt safe. She had virtually no money and couldn't afford to feed herself anything but granola bars she got from the dollar tree. She was accosted on the street by men who felt they were entitled, she felt terrified for herself, but didn't want to ask anyone for help. I feel like this really gave the reader a look into the reality of homelessness, the homeless are not charity cases, they just want to be able to help themselves. The mystery was a very back seat part of this story, it was intriguing though, dirty footsteps being found around the library, the messages being left, and how was the assailant getting into locked rooms? It was done well, but was definitely not the forefront for this story, I love how it all tied up in the end. I did feel that the Charlie story-line was a bit rushed to tie up loose ends, but overall, I felt satisfied with the character's growth over the course of the book. It really was a true coming of age story and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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  • Aly
    January 1, 1970
    4.75/5 stars!I really loved this book! It was definitely nothing like what I was expecting! As a reference, I prefer to read more fantasy/paranormal/magic types genres, so this was something that I don't reach for often in bookstores. I was really intrigued by the summary alone, as it felt that it was something different ut felt like it had potential to be great if executed properly. As you can probably tell, my expectations were blown out of the water! I've never read anything by Richards, but 4.75/5 stars!I really loved this book! It was definitely nothing like what I was expecting! As a reference, I prefer to read more fantasy/paranormal/magic types genres, so this was something that I don't reach for often in bookstores. I was really intrigued by the summary alone, as it felt that it was something different ut felt like it had potential to be great if executed properly. As you can probably tell, my expectations were blown out of the water! I've never read anything by Richards, but this was fantastic! SourecbooksFire has impressed me again!I absolutely loved the dynamic between Mallory and Spencer, 2 people who are from completely different worlds but still face their own demons. Mallory is in an emotionally broken home, which a stepfather who wants nothing but to control every aspect of her and her mother's life. Mallory leaves after a confrontation with her stepdad after a failed escape attempt with her mother, and then said mother chooses to remain with Charlie, the stepdad. Mallory takes to the streets after not being able to continue living with her best friend and tries to somehow make a plan to survive and convince her mother to leave. She goes to the library frequently to find alternatives for school, pass her newfound time, and find out who exactly Charlie is.Spencer is the adopted son in a rich family, goes to a private school, and practically has life made for him. One night he decides to climb the outside of the library in the middle of the night to ease his mind, except he accidentally breaks a $4k window in the process. He doesn't try to run from police, and his father writes a large enough check and settles for community service at the public library. Spencer frequents the library on weekends and after school, doing what regular volunteers at the library would do. One day though, he finds himself in front of a girl his age who is asking about information on alternative schools and who seems to be very tense. Little did he know this girl would soon open his mind and allow him to come to terms with everything he has always felt in his home, all while making him feel things he probably wouldn't have had he not been a worker for the library.I thought this story was absolutely beautiful, combining the topics of abuse and self identification, and just a hint of romance as our two main characters begin to see that there's more to their stories than they each initially believed. I cried at one point in this book , and that's a feat in and of itself. I can't remember the last time I shed a single tear during a book as it's been years... This one actually made me gasp and shed some tears.I did take off only a quarter of a star because I felt more could have been added to the ending. A few more chapters or even an epilogue would be great as I felt that this ending just left with so much more wanting to be desired. I wanted to know more about what happens after the scene with Charlie and the mom, I also wanted to know more about what happens after a certain phone call in the second to last chapter. I guess I just wanted there to be more! A few more chapters would be much appreciated as it feels that the story does end there. I definitely recommend picking up this book! It was absolutely amazing in every way, shape, and form! If you want something completely different that the fantasy and magic genres that are flooding the YA genre, I definitely recommend picking this up! You won't regret it, I swear! I accepted and reviewed this ARC, which was received for free by the publisher through NetGalley, voluntarily. All opinions in this review are my own and are in no was biased.
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  • Meaghan - Words Gremlin
    January 1, 1970
    DISCLAIMER: I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.EXPECTED DECEMBER 4, 20183 STARSTW: domestic abuse, homelessness, overdoseWhen I started What You Hide, it didn't take long for me to get hooked, between Spencer climbing things he shouldn't and Mallory dealing with the looming threat of her stepfather at home. There was a tension that sunk its teeth in and refused to let go, because here were two very different teenagers with very different lives, a DISCLAIMER: I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.EXPECTED DECEMBER 4, 20183 STARSTW: domestic abuse, homelessness, overdoseWhen I started What You Hide, it didn't take long for me to get hooked, between Spencer climbing things he shouldn't and Mallory dealing with the looming threat of her stepfather at home. There was a tension that sunk its teeth in and refused to let go, because here were two very different teenagers with very different lives, and I was invested.Mallory in particular caught my attention, and my heart went out to her. At the beginning of the book, she flees home to escape the controlling, emotionally abusive clutches of her stepfather, and is forced to leave behind her pregnant mother in the process. It's heart-wrenching, honestly, watching her scramble to fend for herself, keep herself safe from Charlie's influence and maybe somehow find a way to protect her mother as well. She's determined but scared, and resourceful to top it off. It makes a compelling combination, which made her my favorite character.Spencer I liked a little less, but only because Mallory affected me so strongly. He was well-meaning and playful, and acknowledged the privilege he had as a boy from a rich family. He just didn't have the depth Mallory did, though, and while I think Richards tried to make him likable and relatable in the ways he acknowledged his privilege and also struggled with the choices before him, I just didn't connect with him quite the same as Mallory. It didn't help that I felt like his struggles weren't half as rough as the ones Mallory's friend Lana was facing, and I almost feel like Lana would have been a more interesting character, but she was pushed well to the side for the most part.And then the second half of the book rolled around, and I finished it off with mixed feelings.On one hand, I really liked Mallory's arc and the conclusion it reached. It wasn't perfect, but it did feel realistic, and the Mallory at the end has a whole lot of spine to her, not that she wasn't courageous before. There was change, and it was amazing. Again, Spencer's arc was somewhat less satisfying to me, perhaps because I didn't connect, or maybe because it felt kind of trivial next to Mallory's arc.But the resolution to the mystery really let me down. I came into the book thinking the mystery in the library would play a greater role, and that the solution would be much more believable and forceful. Instead, it felt more like a footnote than anything, and it broke me well out of the suspension of disbelief as I tried to figure out how on earth any of it was remotely possible. It felt like an incredibly flimsy solution, and like it had taken second place to everything else that happened in the story.I'll admit I was also unhappy with the romance, too. Earlier in the book, I actually liked Spencer and Mallory's dynamic. It was cautious, as new friend dynamics can be, but had something of a genuine and curious feeling to it. As it shifted into a romance, though, I found myself more and more bored. Spencer spent most of his time thinking about Mallory, but Mallory spent most of her time thinking about the dire straits she was in, and it didn't seem like romance was even remotely relevant. Essentially, in this half of the book, things began to fall apart for me in a way that just couldn't knit itself back together, which was a disappointment. I really did want to enjoy it as much as I really enjoyed the tension and thrills of the first half, but the payoff wasn't even half as exciting as I was expecting.That said, if you love thrillers with romance and want to read about characters coming together across very different walks of life, then What You Hide might just be for you! It comes out December 4 this year, so there's still time to preorder it or ask your library to get a copy! Go, go, go!
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  • Kristin
    January 1, 1970
    ORIGINAL POST: http://www.nerdprobs.com/books/book-r...**A copy of this novel was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**I have read novels by Natalie D. Richards before, so I had high hopes for What You Hide, but this novel is hands down my favorite I have read of hers so far. Jam packed with constant suspense and intrigue. I had a hard time not reading it, even when I should have been doing other things. The story follows Mallory and Spencer, two people from ORIGINAL POST: http://www.nerdprobs.com/books/book-r...**A copy of this novel was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**I have read novels by Natalie D. Richards before, so I had high hopes for What You Hide, but this novel is hands down my favorite I have read of hers so far. Jam packed with constant suspense and intrigue. I had a hard time not reading it, even when I should have been doing other things. The story follows Mallory and Spencer, two people from completely different sides of the tracks, as their stories intermingle at… the town public library. Spencer is working, or doing community service, while Mallory is looking for a safe place to spend her hours as she is currently homeless having left home due to a bad situation. These two teens have so much on their plate already, but of course, more is yet to come.Homelessness is not something people love reading about, but the reality is that there are people who live in that situation and Richards wrote the down and dirty of that aspect of this store. The lack of shower or place to sleep, trying to stay out of the cold, asking for help without giving away too much information. I find all these aspects to be very realistic of the situation, and yet these are kids. Mallory is a teenager just trying to finish her education so she can get a job. Spencer is working off a punishment, but quite enjoying the work at the library as he tries to figure out what he wants to do post high school while feeling the pressure of his parents hopes and dreams resting on his shoulders. If that all wasn’t enough to keep you interested, Richards always has this suspense filled story lined wound through her books, and What You Hide was no exception. A dead body. A mysterious “thing” leaving notes all over the library during close and also leaving a mess behind. All while juggling their own things, Spencer and Mallory find themselves in the midst of this investigation. I could not put this book down. It was well written and just as you thought you had it figured out, you didn’t. Something else happened or the story took a sharp turn and you were right back to guessing. I have no complaints about What You Hide. Maybe that I wish there were more? Maybe a book two to tell me more of what happened to Spencer and Mallory in the end? I’m dying to know. Richards writes books for real people in real scenarios who want to read about realistic people with lives far more interesting than our own, yet normal in a sense. If you love the touch of romance, an easy, yet soul gripping story line, suspense, and everything else, then pick up a Natalie D. Richards book. You will not be disappointed. Start with What You Hide!
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  • Tas
    January 1, 1970
    Find the review and more on Welp. Books!Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the eARC in exchange of an honest review.A fast paced story about finding love, safety, your own self, and the struggles along the way. With a dash of murder and suspense.The book follows two teenagers, Mallory, a homeless 16 y/o looking for a way to convince her mother to leave her toxic stepfather, and Spencer, an adopted high school senior trying to see himself out of his adoptive family’s lens. When the two mee Find the review and more on Welp. Books!Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the eARC in exchange of an honest review.A fast paced story about finding love, safety, your own self, and the struggles along the way. With a dash of murder and suspense.The book follows two teenagers, Mallory, a homeless 16 y/o looking for a way to convince her mother to leave her toxic stepfather, and Spencer, an adopted high school senior trying to see himself out of his adoptive family’s lens. When the two meet each other, they must help each other fight their demons and solve the mysterious notes left in the library.I picked it up because the murder mystery intrigued me and the book failed to deliver. I won’t describe this book as ‘dark and gritty suspense’ rather ‘warm and wholesome romcom’. Apart from the misleading cover and description, there’s nothing on the pages that can disappoint you. First of all, it’s set in the library. What can you possibly dislike about that?The plot is engaging, fast paced and the suspense keeps you turning the pages. In fact the suspense was so brilliantly built up, the ending felt a little flat and unsatisfying. But everything was tied up perfectly and the happy ending doesn’t leave you hungover. The book can keep you up all night turning pages but it’s easy to forget once you finish.The characters were very realistically portrayed. It was truly amazing to see them develop throughout the book and learn to love each other and their own selves. Mallory’s character especially was so raw and strong that you find yourself rooting for her to find her full potential which she does. On the other hand, Spencer’s character arc didn’t turn out to be as strong. He is a black kid adopted in a white family, he knows nothing about his biological family. Considering that, he should have had so much more the rich kid existential crisis. But we don’t really see the book explore all the confusions and crises about identity that a teen in Spencer’s shoes has.Another character Richards shows with nuance is Mallory’s step-father Charlie. I loved how carefully and realistically his character was portrayed. Richards handled the toxic but non-abusive character in depth with so much sensitivity. It was hard to read about him but at the same time it was unhurtful and relatable from Mallory’s perspective.The other things I loved about the book was the settings (it’s in a library!), the healthy romance building between Spencer and Mallory and how the two of them are always cute together, respectful towards each other and always stick together no matter what.
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  • Jessica White
    January 1, 1970
    Natalie D. Richards is slowly becoming one of my go-to-authors.Every time I get an arc of hers from Sourcebooks Fire, it pulls me right out of my reading slump.Let's just say I have a weakness for ya thrillers....What You Hide is the perfect spooky read for October.It has just the right amount of mystery and romance while hitting on some serious issues, like teen homelessness. Oh, and the whole thing takes place in a library!So there's two viewpoints, Spencer's and Mallory's.Spencer was adopted Natalie D. Richards is slowly becoming one of my go-to-authors.Every time I get an arc of hers from Sourcebooks Fire, it pulls me right out of my reading slump.Let's just say I have a weakness for ya thrillers....What You Hide is the perfect spooky read for October.It has just the right amount of mystery and romance while hitting on some serious issues, like teen homelessness. Oh, and the whole thing takes place in a library!So there's two viewpoints, Spencer's and Mallory's.Spencer was adopted into a rather wealthy family; star hockey player, aspiring rock climber, and serving his community service hours at the library where he broke an expensive window while he climbed it.On the other hand, Mallory has to leave her family; with or without her pregnant mother. She can't live another day with her manipulative stepfather Charlie watching her every move. She enrolls in virtual high school and spends most of her days at the library. Obviously, Spencer and Mallory meet at the shared location and quickly start up a witty, romantic banter with each other. Maybe it could become something or maybe they're in way over their heads.When Mallory decided she has nowhere else to go, she sneaks into the library and crashes overnight in the bathroom. But that's not even the weird part, someone is leaving messages in the library; black soot, dark footprints, writings on the walls, and an intricate art display.... could the library be haunted? The story unfolds over the course of about a month with alternating story line's that pick up where the last character left off. Not going to lie, I was a little put off by romance being tagged as a key part of this book, because that's not something I really enjoy reading. But with all the things that happen in the story, it definitely worked well. It was subtle crush between two teens in the same area, could have happened anywhere. Regardless, I enjoyed this book and pretty much every other book I've read by Natalie D. Richards!Huge thanks to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for an ARC of What You Hide!What You Hide hits shelves December 4th!This review and other reviews from this author can be found at A Reader's Diary!
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