What You Hide

What You Hide

by Natalie D. Richards

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ISBN-13: 9781492657187
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 12/04/2018
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 78,746
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

After years as a professional paper-pusher, NATALIE D. RICHARDS decided to trade in reality for a life writing YA fiction. She lives in Ohio (Go Bucks!) with her husband, three children, and a ridiculously furry dog named Yeti. This is her second novel. Visit her on Twitter @natdrichards or at nataliedrichards.com.

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What You Hide 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
SchizanthusNerd 8 days ago
Content warnings include addiction, adoption, family violence and homelessness. 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. 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.
UpAllNightBB 11 days ago
4 Stars Review by Sasha Late Night Reviewer Up All Night w/ Books Blog Have you ever felt like you don’t belong in your own life? Or, that you have been given a life that you don’t deserve? Natalie D. Richards' What You Hide explores just that. Spencer feels this way about his own life. He was adopted into a wealthy family and while everything up until now has been going perfectly well, he suddenly finds that he’s searching for a bigger purpose to dedicate his life to. A brief run-in with the law leads him to community service where he must help out at the library. He expected his days to be filled with re-shelving books and answering random inquiries. What he didn’t expect was meeting Mallory, who would show him how the other half lives. Mallory doesn’t feel safe in her own home. Her mother refuses to escape from Mallory’s step father’s control. Left with no more options, Mallory takes to the streets. She’d rather be in danger on her own than be scared for her life while living with the monster in her house. With limited options to keep her life on track, she does everything she can to save herself and keep her family safe. When the streets begin to fill with strange figures and dark corners, she decides to hide out at the library. There she meets Spencer, Mr. All American, with everything going for him. When he suddenly wants to help her, she instantly wants to recoil. Mallory and Spencer both need to learn from each other. Their friendship is tested when they discover that there might be a person hiding out in the library. Spencer and Mallory both want to find the other person living inside the library before the cops do, but what if the person lurking around the library doesn’t want to be found? There are so many twists and turns in this book that I did not see coming and I just loved it! The plot kept evolving as the chapters went on so that the reader was awaiting the next change. Both Mallory and Spencer’s perspectives are told in the narration which was helpful to their character development as they come from completely different socioeconomic worlds. The interweaving of genres was blended in a balanced way and showcased a new look in suspenseful reads.
book_junkee 11 days ago
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**
lee2staes 11 days ago
I love this book. I read the whole book in one sitting, I couldn’t put it down, It is an exceptional, well thought out story, very entertaining. It has believable, true to life characters and the writing has a pleasing flow. The author has a wonderful talent for establishing the relationships of all the characters. I look forward to reading more books from this author.
tpolen 11 days ago
As a total book nerd, a library setting is what drew me to this novel initially. Not only are there strange happenings afoot in the library, this book portrays teens dealing with real-life issues such as emotional abuse, homelessness, and unsafe home environments. In the first couple of pages, I met Spencer and immediately loved his voice. He possesses a wicked sense of humor, is a bit mischievous, and, as a senior in high school, is trying to figure out his future and where he fits in the world. Mallory's situation is heartbreaking. With a controlling and emotionally abusive stepfather who's made Mallory's mother practically a prisoner in her own home, Mallory chooses homelessness over staying in an unsafe environment. It's obvious the author performed extensive research into available resources for people in these dangerous situations, and includes a hotline number in the author's note. Something I particularly admired is the way the parent-child relationships are portrayed. In Mallory's case, the roles are nearly reversed. As a level-headed teen with a talent for problem-solving, she senses the danger at home, researches options, and tries to convince her mother to leave. With Spencer, he's dealing with his own issues in addition to helping Mallory, but eventually realizes he needs his parents' help, and is even encouraged by a friend to talk to them. When Spencer's future plans don't line up with his parents' expectations, they keep an open mind and listen to his ideas. What You Hide is billed as a YA romantic thriller, but I'd describe it as more of a YA thriller/contemporary/coming of age story. Maybe there's a bit of insta-love, but the romance is adorable, and not the primary focus of the story. Add this to your TBR today. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the digital ARC.
ruthsic 11 days ago
Sorry 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.