Hideaway
A family ranch in Big Sur country and a legacy of Hollywood royalty set the stage for Nora Roberts’ emotional new suspense novel.Caitlyn 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 disappeared.Despite 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 ones.Cate’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…

Hideaway Details

TitleHideaway
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 26th, 2020
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
ISBN-139781250207104
Rating
GenreRomance, Romantic Suspense, Suspense, Fiction, Contemporary

Hideaway Review

  • Debra
    January 1, 1970
    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 happi 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.
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  • Ceecee
    January 1, 1970
    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 cousi 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 more 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 more 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.
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  • Mandy White
    January 1, 1970
    Hideaway was my first Nora Roberts read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will be reading more from her. This was a family drama with plenty of suspense. I loved the beautifully descriptive narrative, the settings of LA, Big Sur and New York so clear in my mind. This would make a great movie. This story had something for everybody, greed, love, family, betrayal, fame and fortune. It kept me hooked from the beginning.Caitlyn Sullivan is just 9 years old when her life changes forever. Her family are Ho Hideaway was my first Nora Roberts read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will be reading more from her. This was a family drama with plenty of suspense. I loved the beautifully descriptive narrative, the settings of LA, Big Sur and New York so clear in my mind. This would make a great movie. This story had something for everybody, greed, love, family, betrayal, fame and fortune. It kept me hooked from the beginning.Caitlyn Sullivan is just 9 years old when her life changes forever. Her family are Hollywood royalty, her dad, grandfather and great grandfather all screen actors. At a family function at the family ranch she is kidnapped and held for ransom. But she is not your typical 9 year old and she manages to escape and get back to her family. If that isn’t bad enough the people behind it all are very close to home.The events of that evening shape her future. She can never escape from it and struggles with relationships and finding her career path. But she is smart, and she is a survivor and won’t let anything get in her way. Can she return to the family home and make a life for herself or will the ghosts of the past haunt her forever?Thanks to Hachette Australia for my advanced copy of this book.
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  • Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
    January 1, 1970
    The Sullivans of Hollywood fame have all returned home to Big Sur to celebrate the life of their patriarch Liam Sullivan who has passed. Nine year old Caitlyn is playing with her cousins out back when she's kidnapped. Authorities believe it's an inside job because of the tight security in place on the estate. Cate manages to escape her captors, running through the woods until stumbling upon a house with a light. Little does Cate know this harrowing ordeal and the after shocks will follow her the The Sullivans of Hollywood fame have all returned home to Big Sur to celebrate the life of their patriarch Liam Sullivan who has passed. Nine year old Caitlyn is playing with her cousins out back when she's kidnapped. Authorities believe it's an inside job because of the tight security in place on the estate. Cate manages to escape her captors, running through the woods until stumbling upon a house with a light. Little does Cate know this harrowing ordeal and the after shocks will follow her the rest of her life. Hideaway is her story of living with the ultimate betrayal and eventually, over the years, finding her way to overcome it.Nora Roberts excels at writing family sagas - the complicated relationships, family dynamics, love, betrayal. Her books have a comforting familiarity to them that I find enjoyable. While I found Hideaway a bit predictable, it is a good, solid read that unfolds at a steady pace. The suspense and angst are low key as is the romance. It's a story of deceit, manipulation, and vengeance, but even more . . . a story of strength and the ability to move beyond adversity to find true happiness. Characters are well-fleshed out as relationships develop slowly making them more believable. I will say that the reveal of the villain early on dampened the suspense a little more than I would have liked. I missed not having a last minute surprise or shocker at the end. Having said that, Hideaway is an engaging, enjoyable read that reminded me of some of Roberts earlier works. It will be a great summer read, maybe on the beach. Highly Recommended!3.5 Stars*A special thank you to St. Martins Press for a paperback arc of this book.**Review at: Cross My Heart Reviews
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  • Bookphenomena (Micky)
    January 1, 1970
    HIDEAWAY was a rich melding of a family saga with suspense and a gentle romance. It was also only my second stroll with Nora Roberts. The story started with an almighty thrilling bang and then the rest of the tale played out over decades. This growth of the readers knowledge and affection for the family was facilitated by great writing and a solid plot.Caitlyn (Cate) was at the centre of a kidnapping plot, age ten, all due to the fact she was from a famous family of actors. The Sullivans as a fa HIDEAWAY was a rich melding of a family saga with suspense and a gentle romance. It was also only my second stroll with Nora Roberts. The story started with an almighty thrilling bang and then the rest of the tale played out over decades. This growth of the readers knowledge and affection for the family was facilitated by great writing and a solid plot.Caitlyn (Cate) was at the centre of a kidnapping plot, age ten, all due to the fact she was from a famous family of actors. The Sullivans as a family made for great reading even though I got confused with the many names and who was who in the first quarter of the book. The whole kidnapping plot made for tense reading and this tension ebbed and flowed through the years as the crime was never really put to rest.The characterisation was the key strength in this read, all the characters, good and bad, had great depth. I loved to read about Cate’s mother, Noah, Dillon, Red, Michaela and of course Cate herself. There were a few niggles for me, some of the ‘darling world’ and privileged life of the Sullivans was a little irritating at times and I didn’t like Dillon’s consistent reference to his mother and grams as ‘my ladies’.The plot was interesting, I wanted to get back to the book and although there were some unexpected twists, many of the twists were pretty predictable. I can’t say that aspect spoilt the read at all. The wrap up at the end was a little too swift and I would have liked a bit of the calm after.HIDEAWAY has definitely made me want to read more of this genre from Nora Roberts and this family saga is likely to appeal widely.Thank you Piatkus/Little Brown UK for the early review copy.This review can be found on A Take From Two Cities Blog.
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  • Anita
    January 1, 1970
    Cold, calculating, rather sterile. No passion, no hot, steamy emotion. Prodding story line from the beginning with Cate's great grandparents to Cate's kidnapping, which was great early in the book action, taking her along through her life to bring her back to Big Sur almost twenty years later. At twenty-eight Cate has become a voice over actor and is thinking about the boy, now a man, who found her when she escaped from the kidnappers when she was ten. Like I said, no passion there, not much mor Cold, calculating, rather sterile. No passion, no hot, steamy emotion. Prodding story line from the beginning with Cate's great grandparents to Cate's kidnapping, which was great early in the book action, taking her along through her life to bring her back to Big Sur almost twenty years later. At twenty-eight Cate has become a voice over actor and is thinking about the boy, now a man, who found her when she escaped from the kidnappers when she was ten. Like I said, no passion there, not much more than curiosity. Based on the recent past NR romantic-suspense books, I'm wasn't sure there is going to be any red-hot passion. Half-way through the book and you've got no romance and no suspense, just 250 pages of background. Interesting, for sure, but the last 150 pages are the pay off. Nora Roberts needs to go back to her Bantam roots of the late 1980's to 1990's and relearn how to craft an awesome Romantic-Suspense plot. This one just doesn't cut it.
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  • MicheleReader
    January 1, 1970
    Hideaway introduces us to the Sullivan family – a Hollywood dynasty. In 2001, the death of the family patriarch Liam Sullivan brings the family to Big Sur to celebrate his life. His 10-year old great granddaughter Caitlyn (Cate) is kidnapped and held for a ransom of $10 million. The police quickly determine that this was an inside job. The kidnapping and those responsible impact Cate throughout her young life. The majority of the book takes place when Cate is in her late twenties and is trying t Hideaway introduces us to the Sullivan family – a Hollywood dynasty. In 2001, the death of the family patriarch Liam Sullivan brings the family to Big Sur to celebrate his life. His 10-year old great granddaughter Caitlyn (Cate) is kidnapped and held for a ransom of $10 million. The police quickly determine that this was an inside job. The kidnapping and those responsible impact Cate throughout her young life. The majority of the book takes place when Cate is in her late twenties and is trying to establish herself in her career and establish long term relationships while still dealing with old fears and new threats. While there are some elements of suspense in Hideaway, this is a story about family and relationships. The strong support of the Sullivan family and the Moore family, who own a nearby ranch/farm, offer appealing and well developed characters.The mystery of the book is not hard to solve but the warmth of the families is what I liked about the book. The romance comes late in the book and is not the primary focus although it’s a sweet one. Hideaway is a light, fast-paced read that was relaxing and enjoyable. Many thanks to Edelweiss, St. Martin's Press and Nora Roberts for an advance copy. Review posted at MicheleReader.com.
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  • Rach
    January 1, 1970
    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 p 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.
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  • Dianne
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 stars rounded up. I went into this book with high hopes and I was happy and I stayed that way for maybe the first 1/4 of the book. The crime itself was clever and the reason's for it, well, cliched but they are cliches for a good reason sometimes!After that Hideaway became an over-cliched mess of repetition, oh poor me's, underdeveloped characters and overstuffed with useless descriptions (of land, house, clothes, etc.) that didn't help the story along one little bit -it was just filler. And 2.5 stars rounded up. I went into this book with high hopes and I was happy and I stayed that way for maybe the first 1/4 of the book. The crime itself was clever and the reason's for it, well, cliched but they are cliches for a good reason sometimes!After that Hideaway became an over-cliched mess of repetition, oh poor me's, underdeveloped characters and overstuffed with useless descriptions (of land, house, clothes, etc.) that didn't help the story along one little bit -it was just filler. And did I mention the repetition in this book? I felt this was used to pad the book as I felt this book was dragged out to the nth degree. I feel like the book would have been wonderful had they cut it by about 100 pages.I did learn a lot about voice acting though and that was interesting.*ARC supplied by the publisher.
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  • MAB LongBeach
    January 1, 1970
    More suspense than romance--although it's a satisfying romance--and more of a family story than either.Cate Sullivan's life changed when she was kidnapped as a child. Her mother's continuing betrayal shapes her life, as does her remaining, close-knit family, and the good friends who helped her. After a number of false starts, she finds her place--and true love.Recommended.
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  • Tonya
    January 1, 1970
    Suspense and romance wrapped up in a finding yourself novel that kept my interest. The whole family was super interesting - each family member had its own share of secrets and mystery..the kind of person you want as a friend and the type of person you want to spend more time with.
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  • Lyn *NomadicWorlds
    January 1, 1970
    Hideaway is the story of Cate Sullivan, the prodigy of a famous Hollywood family. She is kidnapped as a child and that trauma, with its underlying hurtful revelations, ripples throughout her life, re-shaping it from what could have to what can be, disrupting her set path, affecting not just her but her entire family and that of Dillon Cooper’s and forcing her to turn into a new direction.I have to say upfront, I couldn’t believe it when I was lucky enough to get approved for the ARC of this book Hideaway is the story of Cate Sullivan, the prodigy of a famous Hollywood family. She is kidnapped as a child and that trauma, with its underlying hurtful revelations, ripples throughout her life, re-shaping it from what could have to what can be, disrupting her set path, affecting not just her but her entire family and that of Dillon Cooper’s and forcing her to turn into a new direction.I have to say upfront, I couldn’t believe it when I was lucky enough to get approved for the ARC of this book. Nora Roberts is my favorite author in the world. Her books saved my life, shaped my future and I can’t thank her enough for her stories. So I was over the moon when I got the ARC. My first ever Nora Roberts ARC! I was both excited and terrified to read Hideaway. The excited part is easy to understand but dread because, what if I hated the book? Or what if the story didn’t speak to me? My principles wouldn’t allow me to give a less than honest opinion. I can’t in good faith ever fake a positive review when I don’t like the book. But thankfully, my fears turned out to be groundless.This book! This book was such a treat for me. So many good feels from it. So many strong emotions it evoked in me. That’s what most of Nora Roberts’ books do to me. They make me feel so much, such a depth of emotion and for a person with apathy, that is a treasure beyond any price.Hideaway was filled with strong characters, not just Cate and Dillon but also the side characters were so good, well-crafted, each one with their own unique voice and personality. I admired Cate a lot, everything she went through, the courage it took to face her fears, to build up a different future for herself than the one she’d planned. Facing an unknown, not knowing where you’ll end up, who you’ll become, what you want to do with your life, finding your purpose can hold so much fear and dread. It takes a lot of strength to keep going, keep fighting for who you want to be.Ah, Dillon! What is it about Nora Roberts, that her heroes always sneak in your heart and make a place for themselves? I loved the teen Dillon and the college-bound one. The adult Dillon was irresistible. He made a good contrast to Cate. He knew exactly what he wanted from his life and he was content and happy with his path.I loved both families and all the side-characters were a delightful addition to the whole story. The plot-line had a simplicity that made it easy to read and the ending was kind of fast but interesting. This book was about the value of family holding together and friends being there for you. There was the heartbreak of hurt but it all fit in with the story.Writing this review makes me want to re-read the book all over again and that says it all, doesn’t it? I think it’s the incredible measure of an author’s talent when the story she crafted leaves you with a wonderful sense of contentment and the urge to re-read the book right after you finished reading it.https://nomadicworlds.wordpress.com/2020/05/19/arc-book-review-hideaway-nora-roberts/
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  • Sallie
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Edelweiss+ for an advanced reader copy of this book for an honest review.First I have to say that I love Nora Roberts. I've read most of her books. Hideaway was not a disappointment at all. The story starts out with the kidnapping of Cate at the age of 10 at a Sullivan family get together. It follows Cate through her life as she deals with the day she was kidnap and who was behind the kidnapping. The trauma that happened after the terrifying ordeal.What I found interesting about thi Thank you to Edelweiss+ for an advanced reader copy of this book for an honest review.First I have to say that I love Nora Roberts. I've read most of her books. Hideaway was not a disappointment at all. The story starts out with the kidnapping of Cate at the age of 10 at a Sullivan family get together. It follows Cate through her life as she deals with the day she was kidnap and who was behind the kidnapping. The trauma that happened after the terrifying ordeal.What I found interesting about this book was how Ms. Roberts went about it. Many of the books I've read by Roberts follows a certain pattern. One of which, if something traumatizing happens to a child, it'll shoot forward until they are a certain age. With Hideaway, it started when Cate was 10, jumped forward until she was 18 and spent a couple of years there. It eventually moved forward until she hit a certain age, but more then 50% of the book was Cate when she was younger. And I loved that! Getting some of that in depth backstory was wonderfully new for me. The reason for the four star review? While I did enjoy the book, I loved the way it was written, and the growth behind it. It was very predictable on who did what and why it was done.But it was still a wonderful story written by a phenomenal writer.
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  • Jennifer Fatula
    January 1, 1970
    I won an ARC as part of a Goodreads giveaway.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 seemed...abrupt. 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 I won an ARC as part of a Goodreads giveaway.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 seemed...abrupt. 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.
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  • Kmleeh
    January 1, 1970
    This is another strong entry in the Nora Roberts collection of stories. Once again, Roberts proves she knows how to create and build families and settings. I absolutelyl loved reading about the Sullivan family and Dillon's family ranch. She details each setting and character so well, you are drawn into them. The only thing keeping this work from a ten is that the romance portion of the book was weak. It doesn't come in until towards the end and feels a bit too easy and predictable. The end of th This is another strong entry in the Nora Roberts collection of stories. Once again, Roberts proves she knows how to create and build families and settings. I absolutelyl loved reading about the Sullivan family and Dillon's family ranch. She details each setting and character so well, you are drawn into them. The only thing keeping this work from a ten is that the romance portion of the book was weak. It doesn't come in until towards the end and feels a bit too easy and predictable. The end of the mystery portion of the book was not surprising but was resolved well.
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  • Nicole R
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 (round up to 4)Nora Robert's latest book continues to adhere to the narrative structure she has employed since moving publishers a few years ago: she depicts the main character as a child/teen when they undergo something that is particularly traumatizing (we have had kidnap and rape, mass shootings, domestic abuse, and now childhood kidnapping) and then revists that character in their late 20s to tell the remainder of the story, which also involves a romance. In Hideaway, Cate Sullivan is pa 3.5 (round up to 4)Nora Robert's latest book continues to adhere to the narrative structure she has employed since moving publishers a few years ago: she depicts the main character as a child/teen when they undergo something that is particularly traumatizing (we have had kidnap and rape, mass shootings, domestic abuse, and now childhood kidnapping) and then revists that character in their late 20s to tell the remainder of the story, which also involves a romance. In Hideaway, Cate Sullivan is part of a huge Hollywood family with Irish roots. She is a child actor and is following in the shoes of her parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents. But, when 10 years old, she is kidnapped for a ransom while at her family's lovely and serene home in Big Sur. She (view spoiler)[manages to escape and makes her way to a nearby ranch, (hide spoiler)] where she meets the Coopers, 13 year old Dillon and his mom and grandma. We then revisit Cate in her late teens when she is living in New York to see how her childhood impacts her transition to adulthood, and then finally find Cate back in Big Sur in her late 20s for the conclusion to the trauma.I am only halfway on board with this structure. It isn't uninteresting. It just minimizes the adult relationships that I connect with most. And I don't just mean the romantic relationships (though those get shorter shrift than I would like as well) but also adult careers, adult relationship with parents and family, and adult friendships. But, I think I need to let go of that an adjust my expectations as that structure seems here to stay.But, what has me constantly going back to Nora Roberts over and over again is that I love how she portrays families. I absolutely adored how she portrayed the Sullivans and the Coopers. I would have liked more of the awesome friendships I also know she is capable of describing by having more with Darlie and Dillon's friends, but I was so enamored with the families that it was okay. And Nora is not winning a Pulitzer for her writing, but damn if she cannot pull me into a story and lead me though a hundred pages with my even glancing up from the page. Though can we take a minute and laugh at the totally awkward and unrealistic scene where, on their first date, (view spoiler)[Cate just launches into a monologue about her past three relationship and why they went wrong?! (hide spoiler)] LOL! I was cracking up. It was super awkward, totally not in line with Nora's typically smooth writing, and then Dillon's response was such a stereotypical guy it was hilarious. Also, I loved Cate's eventual career! Oh, and in what was a break from traditional for Nora (and she writes very traditional romances) she included what may have been her very first (view spoiler)[interracial relationship with Care and her first love (hide spoiler)] and her first long-term domestic partner relationship (view spoiler)[with Gram and Red (hide spoiler)]! While I don't expect for Nora to focus her next book on a same-sex, interracial couple or anything like that (I can read other books for that diversity) I smiled that she is stretching in that area even a little bit. I hope she stretches a bit more.Thank you to St. Martin's Press for an advanced copy of the book in exchange for an honest review!
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  • Corina
    January 1, 1970
    Hideaway feels very much like a family saga in the first half, and a romance in the second half, with minor romantic suspense elements.DILLON WAS MY KIND OF HERO.SWOON!! Dillon was down to earth, kind, hard-working, protective and someone who wanted to take care of his woman but knew when to let go and step back. There was this amazing balance between Dillon and Cate. A give and take. Support, understanding, love, but also friendship. The whole enchilada. On top of that Dillon had the most amazi Hideaway feels very much like a family saga in the first half, and a romance in the second half, with minor romantic suspense elements.DILLON WAS MY KIND OF HERO.SWOON!! Dillon was down to earth, kind, hard-working, protective and someone who wanted to take care of his woman but knew when to let go and step back. There was this amazing balance between Dillon and Cate. A give and take. Support, understanding, love, but also friendship. The whole enchilada. On top of that Dillon had the most amazing relationship with the two other women in his life, every time he called them his ladies I swooned.AND I ABSOLUTELY ADORED THE SULLIVANS.Big families, like the Sullivan’s enchant me. The entire Sullivan clan (minus ONE) was charming, charismatic, and loving, so very loving. They stole my heart with their level of support, love and understanding and most of all the willingness to let people be themselves, and love them for who they were.The book was filled with amazing characters, and amazing friendships. It was filled to the brim with laughter, banter, and dialogues that made me smile. My heart was full of love for the Sullivans and everyone they called family.BUT THERE WAS SOMETHING MISSING…Although there was no doubt about the couples feelings towards each other, I needed more time with them. Slow but steady their relationship built to a palpable crescendo. But compared to some of the author’s other books, the couple didn’t spend as much time together as I would have liked. And I think that’s mainly because the story focused on the Sullivan family, and Cate’s personal journey.But all in all, this novel was a solid performance by the author. Captivating, especially the part about the career Cate eventually settled on, it couldn’t have been more fitting. Heartwarming, thanks to the many amazing relationships. And charming – my heart belongs to the Sullivan men.___________________________________Find more reviews and book recommendations on my blog.Find me on Bookstagram.
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  • Talya
    January 1, 1970
    ARC Review:Really enjoyed this book! Without giving too much away, I like how the passage of time from childhood acquaintances to adult lovers progressed. It wasn't a too slow burn, and it wasn't rushed. I also love the setting of Big Sur, beautiful backdrop. The villain aspect also had some interesting/different twists.
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  • Jonetta
    January 1, 1970
    Caitlyn Sullivan comes from acting royalty, beginning with her great grandfather Liam Sullivan, a Hollywood legend. She began her own acting career young and became a child star in her own right. However, her abduction at age ten during a family celebration in Big Sur permanently changed the course of her life. As she matured, Cate’s path led her in a myriad of directions and relationships until she settled into her true calling as a voice actress, which led her back to the home where she was ta Caitlyn Sullivan comes from acting royalty, beginning with her great grandfather Liam Sullivan, a Hollywood legend. She began her own acting career young and became a child star in her own right. However, her abduction at age ten during a family celebration in Big Sur permanently changed the course of her life. As she matured, Cate’s path led her in a myriad of directions and relationships until she settled into her true calling as a voice actress, which led her back to the home where she was taken and to the family and boy (now man) that once provided her refuge.In recent years, Roberts seems to be drifting more towards contemporary fiction with elements of romance and suspense. I’m one of those fans whose loving the shift as no one writes these kind of stories better. I was only a few moments into the book when it started to captivate me, pulling me into the warmth and strength of the Sullivan family and its strong ties and history. Cate was surrounded by love, tradition and multigenerational family members so her abduction disrupted a life that was predestined for success. The impact was portrayed subtly and with authenticity, not going down any dramatic tracks but showing how that trauma influenced her personal and career choices.I’m being deliberately vague about the details as this book covers Cate’s life as a child through adulthood. One aspect I will elaborate on, though, is her career as a voice actress. If you entertained thoughts of what that entails you might want to reconsider. Much is shared not only about the business but the creative art of the performances. It was illuminating and fascinating, made even more exciting because it was being delivered by one of the best voice actresses in the business, January LaVoy, my personal choice as most favorite. She delivered her “typical” great performance but I have a new level of respect for her artistry. Despite the story having a low level of suspense (except at the beginning which had my heart racing), I very much enjoyed being in a Nora Roberts world that spanned a couple of decades. The richness of the characterizations, settings and storytelling is always a staple and I loved being in it. If ever there was a time to choose the audio version, this is it given that the main character is a voice actress and it’s narrated by one of the best. Cate’s romance with Dillon Cooper is a slow burn but in today’s market of instalove, it was a welcome change. And, she took a circuitous route to get back to him. This one really worked for me and I was sad when I reached the end. Posted on Blue Mood Café(Thanks to Macmillan Audio for my complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.)
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  • Addie Yoder
    January 1, 1970
    I have loved Nora Roberts for years and years so when St. Martins sent me this book to read and review, I was thrilled. I had forgotten how fun romantic suspense can be and how great NR is at setting a scene. I most enjoyed the family connections between both Dillon and Cate's family and how their stories and families overlapped. I always love a strong female cast, but this had such great male characters, too. I did feel that it had a little bit of a slow down in the middle, but the end was a su I have loved Nora Roberts for years and years so when St. Martins sent me this book to read and review, I was thrilled. I had forgotten how fun romantic suspense can be and how great NR is at setting a scene. I most enjoyed the family connections between both Dillon and Cate's family and how their stories and families overlapped. I always love a strong female cast, but this had such great male characters, too. I did feel that it had a little bit of a slow down in the middle, but the end was a surprise twist and it kept me glued to the pages all afternoon.
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  • LianaReads blog
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this story. It has a lot of interesting characters and together are adding for a fast-paced, suspenseful book with a few twists and a splash of romance. Childhood trauma is never easy to live with but Cate is looking forward to doing something more meaningful with her life in her twenties. The past is catching up and there’s a beautiful love story with a boy,now a man that helped her in the past but also a very bumpy road as someone wants revenge and they are on her at every turn of th I enjoyed this story. It has a lot of interesting characters and together are adding for a fast-paced, suspenseful book with a few twists and a splash of romance. Childhood trauma is never easy to live with but Cate is looking forward to doing something more meaningful with her life in her twenties. The past is catching up and there’s a beautiful love story with a boy,now a man that helped her in the past but also a very bumpy road as someone wants revenge and they are on her at every turn of the street. Why not five stars? I felt like many moments and parts in the middle of the book were a bit unnecessary or dragging. I can’t really say I like any of the characters, maybe Lily, she was just like the aunt you hate but trust with your darkest secrets.
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  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway. It was disappointing. Mostly a YA book. Many confusing sentences. They could have used some commas or an extra word or two. Very long and slow.
  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    I've been reading Nora Roberts' books for decades now and in all that time I have never read something she's written that I didn't like. I haven't loved them all, but I think she consistently puts out solid well crafted stories that I enjoy reading- 'Hideaway' was that for me.The book falls into the suspense/romantic suspense genre and follows the life of Caitlyn Sullivan from the time she was 10 years old and was kidnapped from a family gathering, up into her late 20s. The plot was good and I l I've been reading Nora Roberts' books for decades now and in all that time I have never read something she's written that I didn't like. I haven't loved them all, but I think she consistently puts out solid well crafted stories that I enjoy reading- 'Hideaway' was that for me.The book falls into the suspense/romantic suspense genre and follows the life of Caitlyn Sullivan from the time she was 10 years old and was kidnapped from a family gathering, up into her late 20s. The plot was good and I liked all the characters. Sadly I felt like *something* was missing that could have taken the book from good to great though. Examples- 1) 'Hideaway' is suspense, but because of the shifting POVs used throughout the book you always know who the "bad guys" are and I feel like that knowing made the mystery part of the story less exciting, and 2) 'Hideaway' is a romance in that there are romantic elements, but I think they could have been expanded on- not more sex, but more emotion- because the romance felt flat to me and that flatness interfered with my suspension of disbelief, which pulled me out of the story. I found this last example to be especially irksome because I know Roberts has written so many characters and relationships that show emotional depth and intense chemistry in the past.I'll give the book 3 stars, maybe even a bump it to a 3.25- a solid "I like it" because I did. I enjoyed "Hideaway' from start to finish, but I feel like it could have been better if there would have been less Point of Views used to preserve the identities of the antagonists and up the actual suspense factor, and if there would have been more emotional depth to the relationships, both romantic and family (though the family dynamics were more believable to me than the love interests).*I was gifted an ARC of the book from #GoodreadsGiveaway and #stmartinpress.
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  • CatBookMom
    January 1, 1970
    May 28, 2020 - finished the book. It's a decent, easy read, but not a great book. So 3 stars - I liked it. Don't expect to buy it. I liked the way Our Heroine picked herself up after her acting career was damaged, and found a good alternative, with limited angst. Our Hero is not quite too good to be true, but very likeable. Feb 1, 2020 - FWIW, I find NR's most-recent standalone novels to be hit-or-miss for me, so they've long since stopped being auto-buy books. Still waiting for one to bowl me o May 28, 2020 - finished the book. It's a decent, easy read, but not a great book. So 3 stars - I liked it. Don't expect to buy it. I liked the way Our Heroine picked herself up after her acting career was damaged, and found a good alternative, with limited angst. Our Hero is not quite too good to be true, but very likeable. Feb 1, 2020 - FWIW, I find NR's most-recent standalone novels to be hit-or-miss for me, so they've long since stopped being auto-buy books. Still waiting for one to bowl me over as The Witness did, and still does. Her 2017 entry Come Sundown was a not-as-good repeat of Montana Sky, with much more violence. However, NR just published the first chapter of the upcoming Hideaway (https://fallintothestory.com/wp-conte...) - don't know how long the link will work. And I've joined the Recommended/queue at my local library. Try-before-buying still works, thanks to OverDrive, etc.
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  • Teri Parks
    January 1, 1970
    When I first read the synopsis for Hideaway, I was immediately drawn back to Nora’s “Public Secrets” and “Genuine Lies” novels, simply because she takes us back to Hollywood. “Hideaway” brings a new realm of Hollywood to life with the profession of a voice-over artist. I personally believe Nora nailed it!Written in the same style as Shelter in Place, with the story beginning during childhood, we are taken through blocks of Cate’s life as she grows and matures, all while overcoming a tragedy from When I first read the synopsis for Hideaway, I was immediately drawn back to Nora’s “Public Secrets” and “Genuine Lies” novels, simply because she takes us back to Hollywood. “Hideaway” brings a new realm of Hollywood to life with the profession of a voice-over artist. I personally believe Nora nailed it!Written in the same style as Shelter in Place, with the story beginning during childhood, we are taken through blocks of Cate’s life as she grows and matures, all while overcoming a tragedy from her young childhood.I have not enjoyed character development from Nora as mush as I did in “Hideaway” since she wrote romance series. First of all, I want an entire book devoted to the grand-patriarch, Liam Sullivan. His story is way too short, being an immigrant from Ireland and making his way to Hollywood. (Nora, PLEASE do a prequel...even if it’s just a novella. I want more!!). I laughed until I cried at some points (Cate’s audition for a minor role is hilarity at its best and young Dillon is a hoot!) and it’s nice to have a male that sits quietly in the background until the timing is right. And when he emerges, although protective, it’s subtle. (swoon!) The Sullivan family reminds me of the O’Hurley’s with a little more spunk! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ for character development, although I think it deserves a ten!I am a huge fan if these latest novels where Nora draws out her story’s over years. It helps with the character development. She had me drawn in so much I was crying by page 75. One scene is so well written I found myself reading faster and faster as the excitement built. The story moved quickly over the span of about 15 years, lingering just long enough at each major time in the story without becoming boring, and Nora expertly skips over a minor storyline or two that would have slowed the story down, but visits those stories in the present with ease and flow to the main storyline. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️A very high ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ rating for Hideaway! I cannot wait to hand-sell this book to my customers!Fans of Nora Roberts’ The O’Hurley series and Shelter in Place will throughly enjoy her latest book!Thank you to Marissa at St. Martin’s Press for the honor to read an Advanced Reader’s Copy in exchange for an honest review!Disclaimer: The ARC has the name Dillon Cooper, but publicity says Callan Cooper. All references to Dillon may change at the time of publication. (Personally, I hope it stays Dillon....he’s more a Dillon than a Callan.)
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  • Cherihy808
    January 1, 1970
    2-2.5 stars. First let me start off by saying that I was absolutely thrilled to win my very first Goodreads giveaway and for it be a Nora Roberts book. I read Shelter in Place last year and absolutely loved it. With that said, I did NOT like this book at all. I have to be honest and say that I only finished it BECAUSE it was a giveaway win and I felt like I couldn’t leave an honest review without reading the whole thing. My friend also had a copy and we attempted to do a buddy read but she only 2-2.5 stars. First let me start off by saying that I was absolutely thrilled to win my very first Goodreads giveaway and for it be a Nora Roberts book. I read Shelter in Place last year and absolutely loved it. With that said, I did NOT like this book at all. I have to be honest and say that I only finished it BECAUSE it was a giveaway win and I felt like I couldn’t leave an honest review without reading the whole thing. My friend also had a copy and we attempted to do a buddy read but she only made it through 50 pages and couldn’t continue. It takes a lot for me to quit a book. I read 85 books last year and only quit 5. If this had not been a goodreads win I would have quit with my friend. But to get back to the book let me start with what I liked. Two things...the cover, it was very pretty and Dillon’s character....other than those two things I’ve got nothing else good to say. The storyline to me was just really dumb most of the time. The drawn out dialogue between the characters with so many unnecessary lines...it felt like the author must have had a goal of no less than 450 pages and just kept throwing stuff in there to make the book longer. So much repetition and absolutely nothing exciting!! I thought MAYBE the ending would be good but even that was a boring, predictable disappointment. I hate to leave such a negative review for a best selling author but I really feel like this one did not hit the mark at all. I won’t give up yet on Nora Roberts since I really did enjoy Shelter in Place but I have to be completely honest when I say that I would not recommend this one at all. Thank you to Goodreads and St. Martin’s press for an advanced copy of this book.
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  • Miss R
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Little, Brown Book Group UK and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. #Hideaway #NetGalleyYou can always rely on Nora Roberts to tell a great yarn, and 'Hideaway' is no exception. She is one of the most natural storytellers I have come across, with a certain inimitable way of engaging her readers with her artfully contrived, epic narratives of the human condition. So, I do not damn with faint praise in saying that this novel lacks the element of suspense I expected. Th Thanks to Little, Brown Book Group UK and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. #Hideaway #NetGalleyYou can always rely on Nora Roberts to tell a great yarn, and 'Hideaway' is no exception. She is one of the most natural storytellers I have come across, with a certain inimitable way of engaging her readers with her artfully contrived, epic narratives of the human condition. So, I do not damn with faint praise in saying that this novel lacks the element of suspense I expected. This, primarily, is the tale of nine-year-old Caitlyn's kidnap and the aftermath of the event, some years later. It is true that the mystery of the kidnappers identities are solved fairly early on in the book. But this does not make this a bad read. Quite the contrary, it was a great read. As someone who is not a fan of romance, I was quite pleased that this was lightly touched upon by Roberts. Nevertheless, 'Hideaway' is still a compulsive read. There is still enough mystery in narrative, particularly in the parts of the book that illuminate the life of adult Caitlyn, to grip even the most ardent of critics of crime fiction. Much to my relief, Roberts maintains her innate talent for weaving a twisty, human-interest tale. 'Hideaway' displays this in spades, even if this is not my favourite book from her burgeoning canon of works. Addictive and imaginative - a recommended read.
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  • Charlotte
    January 1, 1970
    I've also posted my review on YouTube: https://youtu.be/_z5nXTxViB0Nora Roberts is one of my favorite writers. Her writing always pulls me in and makes me forget world around me and this book was no different. She my go to writer when I'm stressed because she helps me forget the world around me and everything works out in the end.In this book the story follows Cate. It starts with a celebration of life party for her Grandda who had passed away, she's 10 years old, and is kidnapped. The story fol I've also posted my review on YouTube: https://youtu.be/_z5nXTxViB0Nora Roberts is one of my favorite writers. Her writing always pulls me in and makes me forget world around me and this book was no different. She my go to writer when I'm stressed because she helps me forget the world around me and everything works out in the end.In this book the story follows Cate. It starts with a celebration of life party for her Grandda who had passed away, she's 10 years old, and is kidnapped. The story follows her escape, the capture of her kidnappers and her life that follows. The story is interesting as it follows Cate through her life. I didn't really appreciate that the main villain of the story shares a name with me and had an affinity for plastic surgery, but oh well, she's hilarious. That villain is part of my main complaint about the book. I wasn't really thrilled about the end. (view spoiler)[I felt like the ending was a bit anti-climatic. It follows Cate through her whole life and then it's ended in 10 pages? I would have loved for the story to focus on her adult life and wrapping up the story more than the middle part. I would have loved for Charlotte to really have gotten it. Why couldn't karma had happened and there had been some sort of resolution there. And for the other story line to end so boringly? I mean really... the girlfriend of the guy in jail pathetically attempts murder and it fails so spectacularly. I wish there was some sort of epilogue or final chapter that wrapped it all up and had resolution for all storylines. (hide spoiler)]Overall, I really enjoyed the book! Thank you to St. Martin's Press for an advanced copy of the book in exchange for an honest review!
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  • Ashley Oxford
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 out of 5 starsSo many things I loved about Hideaway by Nora Roberts... The setting, the characters, the plot, the villains, the family dynamics. But there was one major thing that missed the mark for me, and that was the dialogue. I can't put my finger on it but when I read all the narration I could see everything. I could visualize Big Sur and the family home and all the characters. But when I read the dialogue, I couldn't see it coming out of the character's mouth. For me it was simply a " 3.5 out of 5 starsSo many things I loved about Hideaway by Nora Roberts... The setting, the characters, the plot, the villains, the family dynamics. But there was one major thing that missed the mark for me, and that was the dialogue. I can't put my finger on it but when I read all the narration I could see everything. I could visualize Big Sur and the family home and all the characters. But when I read the dialogue, I couldn't see it coming out of the character's mouth. For me it was simply a "real people don't talk like this." And all the dialogue was the same.... And I thought real people don't all speak in the same way. Like everyone spoke like a wise 80 year old storyteller. I really can't explain it but every time I read dialogue, especially toward the end of the book, it completely removed me from the story.I read Come Sundown last year and was obsessed (5 out of 5 stars), so it cannot just be the way Nora Roberts writes dialogue. Because I love, love, love Nora Roberts' books! But there was just something about the dialogue in this book that didn't come across as realistic for me.I won Hideaway in a Goodreads giveaway. Thank you so much to the publisher for sending me a copy!
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  • Molly Connolly
    January 1, 1970
    4.75 STARSSynopsis: Caitlyn Sullivan was born into one of Hollywood's most prominent families. When she was just 10 years old, an attempted kidnapping uprooted her and the lives of everyone who loved her. First came the discovery of a betrayal that would send someone she'd trust to prison. Then there were years away in Ireland, sheltered and protected but with restlessness growing in her soul Then, finally, she returned home, only to begin receiving anonymous threats that must relate to that lon 4.75 STARSSynopsis: Caitlyn Sullivan was born into one of Hollywood's most prominent families. When she was just 10 years old, an attempted kidnapping uprooted her and the lives of everyone who loved her. First came the discovery of a betrayal that would send someone she'd trust to prison. Then there were years away in Ireland, sheltered and protected but with restlessness growing in her soul Then, finally, she returned home, only to begin receiving anonymous threats that must relate to that long-ago tragic night.Nora Roberts is one talented writer! Whenever I pick up a Nora Roberts book, I know it's going to be good, and this one was no exception. Caitlyn Sullivan was an extremely likable main character, and she had many lovable (and some not-so-lovable) supporting characters. The story is mainly told from Caitlyn's perspective, but we also get brief viewpoints from many secondary characters. If you haven't read any Nora Roberts yet, I would strongly suggest picking up one of her books sometime! I am already looking forward to see what she comes out with next!Thank you so much to Nora Roberts and St. Martin's Press for providing me with an Advanced Reader's Copy of this amazing book!
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