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3.24 out of 53.24 out of 53.24 out of 53.24 out of 53.24 out of 5 3.24 (21 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Bell Narrator: Fred Lehne Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2012 ISBN: 9781101579633
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Sometimes it’s easier to believe a lie.

Twenty-five years ago, the disappearance of four-year-old Justin Manning rocked the small town of Dove Point, Ohio. After his body was found in a shallow grave in the woods two months later, the repercussions were felt for years.…

Janet Manning has been haunted by the murder since the day she lost sight of her brother in the park. Now, with the twenty-fifth anniversary of Justin’s death looming, a detective and a newspaper reporter have started to ask questions, opening old wounds and raising new suspicions. Could the man convicted of the murder—who spent more than two decades in prison—really be innocent? Janet’s childhood friend and high school crush, who was in the park with her that day, has returned to Dove Point, where he is wrestling with his own conflicted memories of the events. And a strange man appears at Janet’s door in the middle of the night, claiming to know the truth.

Years of deceit will soon be swept away, and the truth about what happened to Janet’s brother will be revealed. And the answers that Janet has sought may be found much closer to home than she ever could have imagined.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 2/12/2014

    " This is another captivating, compelling thriller from David Bell - I was excited to read this after reading his last novel, Cemetery Girl, which I read in a weekend and could not put down. With The Hiding Place, once again I found myself reading late into the night until I could not physically hold my eyes open. Great plot, experienced from multiple characters' viewpoints, and it keeps you guessing from beginning to end - loved it and plowed through this one in just a few nights! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelley Bowen | 2/5/2014

    " I loved David Bell's CEMETERY GIRL and THE HIDING PLACE does not disappoint. Not as darkly frightening as THE CEMETERY GIRL, Mr. Bell's new novel is more predictable than his first which takes the edge off some of the suspense. Nevertheless, I enjoy his writing style and his stories and will be buying his next book as soon as it hits the shelves. If you enjoy reading small town suspense, I think you'll like THE HIDING PLACE. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robyn Renzy | 2/5/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book and the twists and turns till the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barb | 1/22/2014

    " Bleah. I was really disappointed in this one. I loved Cemetery Girl. This one i just did not care for. I didn't like the characters and the story itself felt choppy and hard to follow. I'm glad I read Cemeteru Girl first as I probably would not have based on this book. Too bad, I really wanted to like this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 1/9/2014

    " An complex story with two strong female characters, and a satisfying denouement. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tanya Jackson | 12/25/2013

    " Pretty good book with a few good twists. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan Richardson | 12/16/2013

    " RED HERRINGS! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberley | 12/14/2013

    " Enjoyed more than his first book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Danielle | 12/13/2013

    " I figured it out halfway through "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri | 12/10/2013

    " Good story with great surprise twists!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Sainsbury | 11/30/2013

    " It was a page turner,quick read...liked it alot! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 11/14/2013

    " The plot seemed promising, but the main character wasn't very interesting. I couldn't get into it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 6/13/2013

    " Really good book, great writing! Everything explained at the end. I enjoyed it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anne Sherman | 5/31/2013

    " I picked this up at the airport and wish I hadn't. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl Karkoff | 4/13/2013

    " Good fast reading mystery. After twentyfive years new questions surface about the disappearance and death of a four year old child. Was the wrong man accused? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lisa | 3/28/2013

    " This book did not hold my attention at all. I figured out the ending very early on-not well written in my opinion. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heaether | 3/25/2013

    " Nothing intriniscally wrong with this book, I just found it a bit bland. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth Ann | 3/22/2013

    " Many twists and turns and red herrings to keep the reader guessing - even without thinking about who killed four year old brother Justin twenty-five years ago. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherrie Saint | 3/3/2013

    " David really gets into your head. Be prepared to have enough time to finish this book. You won't want to put it down "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judith Ree | 1/27/2013

    " Rather intriguing, although 3/4 way through I figured out who the real killer was. So the ending was a bit of an anti climax. Good read nonetheless. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 12/24/2012

    " Okay story but it took me a long time to get invested in the story. Not even sure why I stuck it out with reading this one. "

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About the Author

David Bell is an associate professor of English at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He received an MA in creative writing from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and a PhD in American literature and creative writing from the University of Cincinnati. His novels include Cemetery Girl and The Hiding Place and he has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize.