The Hideaway by Meryl Sawyer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“The Hideaway” by Meryl Sawyer is a romance/mystery with several twists and turns that will keep the reader turning the pages right up to the end. Personally, I felt several pages could have been eliminated by removing some of the unnecessary “love” scenes. I felt that the real story – the who done it part – got lost in these excessive pages. Only a personal preference here…

However, on to the meat and potatoes of the story … Claire Holt finds herself in an embarrassing situation when she is confronted by Zach Coulter, the man with the badge. Holt and Coulter had a history, but that was a long time ago, when they were in their teens. The scandle and deaths of her mother and his father drove both the young people away from the place of their birth. Now they have returned to their roots where mystery, murder, and the unwinding of a forbidden love is revealed.

Claire is charged with a murder … Zach tries to protect her … Claire’s father hates Zach and has his own agenda … not everyone is who they try to appear to be … and what of the mysterious man – the only witness who can clear Claire’s name – where has he gone?

I have given The Hideaway 3 stars for two reasons – one being some of what I felt to be unnecessary to the story (as mentioned above), and two, for editing (having found several miscellaneous errors in the book). Having said this, though, The Hideaway is a good quick read for those who would love to just curl up with a book and while away a few hours.