A small town. A big secret. A deadly game.
From the author of Liars, Inc., comes a dark, contemporary thriller with twists and turns that are perfect for fans of We Were Liars, Little Monsters, and One of Us Is Lying.
Embry Woods has secrets. Some are small, like the ones about her complicated past. Others are bigger, like her growing feelings for best friend’s ex-boyfriend, Holden. But the biggest secret she carries is about what they did at the abandoned Sea Cliff Inn...and the resulting terrible fire.
Embry helps a homeless man escape from the flames and is immediately hailed as a hero, but she knows that couldn't be further from the truth. Though she’s wracked with guilt, Embry thinks she can take one last secret to her grave.
But then she receives an anonymous note—someone else was there that night. Now she must respond to a series of threatening messages asking her to make impossible choices.
Someone is playing a high-stakes game with her life. And their last move is murder.
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.50(d)|
|Age Range:||13 Years|
About the Author
Paula Stokes is the author of Hidden Pieces; This Is How It Happened; Girl Against the Universe; Liars, Inc.; and The Art of Lainey. Paula lives in Portland, Oregon. You can find her online at www.authorpaulastokes.com or on Twitter and Instagram @pstokesbooks.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am always up for one of Paula’s books because I have always enjoyed her stories. I loved Embry, even though I wanted to shake her. She’s so loyal and so good, it was easy for me to root for her right away. Yes, she’s stubborn af, but it makes sense why she chooses some of the things she does, and I enjoyed seeing her grow. Holden is adorable and the dynamic between him and Embry was equally as adorable. He pushes when he needs to and backs off when she needs it. And hello to healthy communication. Plot wise, it was delicious. Some parts did feel a bit drawn out, but I loooooooooved the tension and the not knowing. That feeling of not trusting anyone is my favorite in a book like this, and I figured everyone had something to do with it. The slow burn build up made for a satisfying reveal and ending. And while I wanted more from the epilogue because I’m greedy, it was great for the book. Overall, another captivating story with excellent characters. I can’t wait to see what Paula writes next. **Huge thanks to Harper Teen and Paula for providing the arc free of charge**
4.5 STARS I believe that Paula Stokes is one of those authors that deserves more people reading her books. Every book of hers that I’ve read, starting with “Liars, Inc.”, I’ve always enjoyed and find myself recommending them to people I know. “Hidden Pieces” is another fantastic addition to the list of books I’ll be recommending to people. If you liked “Liars, Inc.”, “Pretty Little Liars” and/or are just looking for a great thriller that’ll keep you hooked from beginning to end with LOTS of Gossip, pick this up IMMEDIATELY. Before I read this book, I was in a bit of a slump with YA Novels and I thought I needed a break from them, but this book ended that slump. It was the perfect blend that I look for of Mystery, Gossip & On Your Seat Thrills. It’s mainly YA with a hint of New Adult (WHICH I LOOOVED). The writing style is great. The flow felt as if time was flying by as I was having so much fun trying to figure this out. The setting is perfect, Paula has built this beautiful small town scenery that I felt like I was actually there. The details, while at first I thought were too many, I’ve come to realize that they in fact enrich the text as fantastic world-building. My favorite characters were Betsy & Holden, I was so happy whenever they were in a chapter. I also love that this was set around Christmas. Normally these kind of stories involving blackmail are set in like the summer or spring from what I’ve read, but making this one in Christmas made it much more exciting. Like, WHO GETS BLACKMAILED ON CHRISTMAS??? That’s so original! Overall: Do I recommend this book? ABSOLUTELY! It’s a fun, exciting page turner that should be on your Want to Read List ASAP. Give this book a chance! This is probably one of my top reads of 2018.
This mystery kept me turning pages well into the night. It was dramatic and tense with the occasional swoon thrown in. I don’t normally gravitate towards mysteries, but I am really glad I picked this one up. I would have loved to see a book about those two without the mystery aspect. I loved the idea of Embry’s hidden pieces and how she felt she could show them to Holden. It had all the makings of a great contemporary romance.
I really liked this. I wasn't a huge fan of the main character but I loved the setting and the story. An event (or events, depending on how you look at it) sets off a chain of blackmail texts to our main character. She is tasked with certain things, most of them containing a certain level of danger involved with threats to people she loves. We spend much of the novel trying to figure out who the blackmailer is and what their reasons are. This is where thrillers often let me down because one of two things happen: the reveal of the perp is way too predicable OR the author takes a last ditch effort and just throws something random in that does not connect to the story. NEITHER of these are the case with Hidden Pieces and I am so glad. There were a few suspicious characters with various possible motives, so it wasn't entirely predicable. And the author pulled a conclusion from her story. I've had good luck with Paula Stokes and can't wait to see her next offering!
I received an ARC of Hidden Pieces and I really enjoyed it. I guessed the culprit pretty early on but there were still mysteries I hadn't guessed by the end. I thought the MC made some poor choices in the beginning (shows she is realistically flawed) but then she made better decisions as the story went on that I think other mysteries don't do. Some other mysteries tend to have the characters make really bad decisions for the entirety of the story to the point that it is so annoying to read and finish. Hidden pieces didn't do that. The MC started to turn the narrative around and made decisions I was cheering for because they actually made sense. That is what set this book apart for me. I will definitely be reading more of Paula Stokes' books.
This was such a good YA thriller and mystery. I don’t find too many well written and thought out thrillers in YA and this one was both of those things. The characters were relatable and well fleshed out. They felt like teens which sometimes when I read YA the characters don’t come across as actual teens even if that’s what the author is intending, but Paula made me believe I was reading about teens with what they did and said. It all felt very authentic to the teenage experience. I loved the setting and descriptions of the area because it really connected me to the story and made me visualize it as I was reading. I did suspect who did the blackmailing but through the course of the book I began to doubt myself and even though who I thought did it did do it, how it was revealed and the why were surprises for me. I loved the book and highly recommend it!