The Hiding Place Girl

The Hiding Place Girl

by Robin Martin
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The Hiding Place Girl by Robin Martin

When she was a child, Renae and a boy named Patrick were friends. They shared secret adventures. They shared secret hiding places. But they never told each other about the secret worlds hidden inside their houses. Their sharing stopped one fall afternoon when Patrick walked home from school and found something terrible waiting for him there. After that day, his secret was out.
Years later, Renae’s father dies suddenly. Staring at his casket in the funeral home, she tumbles back in memories to untangle the connections between herself as a young girl and the woman she has become. Her memories begin with Patrick, and in them she finds that the fearful choices she made when they were childhood friends are the choices she’s been making ever since. Because the hidden world inside the house she grew up in has been following her around.
Set in the American South, The Hiding Place Girl is a haunting look at a time past, and a painfully truthful telling of a girl's secret adolescence and young adulthood.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016280776
Publisher: Robin Billings
Publication date: 02/09/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 770,217
File size: 648 KB

About the Author

Robin Martin is a pen name for Robin Billings. Martin is a family name; it's the middle name of one of her great-grandfathers. He was the son of immigrant Irish parents, born in a small prairie town in Illinois that no longer exists.

The Hiding Place Girl is Robin's first novel. She wrote it over the course of several years while working in Washington, DC. (If you happen to be from that general area and you noticed a woman in a black car pulled over on the George Washington Parkway or in Old Town Alexandria, scribbling furiously on a well-worn note pad, that was probably Robin, writing lines and scenes as they came to her while driving back and forth over the Potomac River bridges to work each week.)

Two follow-on novels are planned for The Hiding Place Girl, and Robin is writing another series of novels under her own name. The first of these will be published in the summer of 2013.

Robin was born in Kentucky. She's also lived in Louisiana, Kansas, Virginia, and in England. Among other things, she's been a convenience store checkout clerk, bank teller, scuba diver, office manager for a mightily dysfunctional construction company, graduate student in clinical psychology, and a director of corporate relations. She's now dividing her time between the U.S. and England, where she's enjoying the Thames and the pubs while her husband John is doing some work in London.

For sample chapters of forthcoming novels, please send a note to You'll only receive samples and news of novels being published by Robin Martin/Robin Billings. Your email address will not be shared with anyone else, and it won't be used for any other purpose. (Robin hates spammy-waste-of-time emails just as much as you do!)

For Robin's blog, a list of discussion questions and other things, please visit:
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The Hiding Place Girl 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gave one star because no stars is not an opton. A trully awful book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
V Depressing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The review made this book appear promising, but I was bored the whole way through. Wouldn't recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A sad sordid book. Not very interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this lousy book because the cover was interesting and it had a high "star" rating. As I now read the reviews that gave it a 5-star rating....I realize that they were from imbeciles writing messages as jokes. I hated this book and quit reading it half way through. I would never have bought it I had bothered to read the reviews first....won't make that mistake again. Perhaps "NOOK" should read what is being posted on here and delete inappropriate posts!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sounded good, but no big secrets.... kind of sad and bizarre in a way that makes no sense.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Hiding Place Girl gets off to a great start, but sags in the middle and the end was not as satisfying as I had hoped. For all the build-up, the climax was anti-climatic. It ended up being a lot like any other coming-of-age book. Promises of a kind were made in the first chapters that didn't pan out. At points, I was wondering just how stupid this girl could be.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was terrible! I only got half way through and gave up. Its the rambling of an eleven year old girl that doesn't make sense. Plus people keep touching her and she touches herself. Its confusing and it made me uncomfortable. Don't recommend!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awe inspiring. Makes you feel every moment. I am at a loss to actually describe how intimate and strong this book is.
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YoyoMitch More than 1 year ago
I found the encapsulation of this book as I began to write the review.  The copyright page was limited to the title, author, copyright and ISBN – almost as if this book only existed on the devise upon which it was read.  Throughout its reading, I had the feeling I get when I see the shadow of a cloud pass over a meadow or feeling a quickly passing cooling current found in a summer-warmed lake – searching for its return until coming to believe it never really existed, its vagueness becoming an important character of the tale.  This ethereal quality of this lengthy novel seems random until the randomness is given definition as the story ends.  The reader who labors through the shadows of reading this book will be rewarded with sunshine at its book’s end. Renae Hayes, a girl from an unnamed, but well described city (those familiar with Louisville, Kentucky, could likely know the neighborhoods in which she lives, if not some of her precise addresses) who grew up in a home with a raging father and a weak mother who would offer no shelter to her children from his abusive.  From the trauma she experienced at home and in the Catholic primary school she attended, she learned to survive by locating various hiding places where she could experience some level of safety.  When she was young, those places were physical locations, as she grew older, those localities became less physical and more a search for connection.  575 of the 621 pages are filled with the “travels” of Renae as she seeks a place to belong.  Such a locale eludes her, though she ties her heart to a lot of seemingly permanent pillars that are proven to be made more of wish than substance.  Each time her connection is found to be empty, her search continues on its rambling, undirected path. When the source of Renae’s pain is found to be less powerful than she imagined, she begins to gain purchase in climbing the mountain of sand upon which she has been running all of her life.  She then finds the strength move from hiding to allowing herself to know her truth and to let others know who she is as well.  This moment of clarity occurs in a scared place, a place where she had once sought safety but found only confusion.  As she forgives those who harmed her, she finds the strength to likewise forgive herself for the crimes committed only in her mind against herself. The book is painfully slow at moments.  It is excruciating to read of someone, even a fictionalized character, continuing to make the same mistakes and expecting different results and Renae does this for most of the book.  Ms. Martin, according the biographical information at the end of the book, has studied Clinical Psychology and that knowledge is evident in the accuracy with which she creates Renae’s worldview.  (I hope that knowledge is from a book and not from personal experience.)  Her repetitive poor choices, the aimlessness with which she approaches life and her “hope for something better” while doing nothing to move in that direction creates within the reader, it seems, emotions very much like those Renae is experiencing. At present the book is available only in ebook format. Maybe it will be in book form, possibly made into a movie. Louisville’s Jennifer Lawrence would make a perfect Renae.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You kinda fall in love with her and feel so happy she found someone to understand her