A gunman is stalking the wards of a local hospital. He’s unidentified and dangerous, and has to be located. Urgently.
Police Firearms Officer Aden McCarthy is tasked with tracking him down. Still troubled by the shooting of a schoolboy, Aden is determined to make amends by finding the gunman – before it’s too late.
To psychologist Imogen, hospital should be a place of healing and safety – both for her, and her young niece who’s been recently admitted. She’s heard about the gunman, but he has little to do with her. Or has he?
As time ticks down, no one knows who the gunman’s next target will be. But he’s there. Hiding in plain sight. Far closer than anyone thinks…”
After reading the blurb for Hidden, I couldn’t wait to get started – it sounded like exactly my sort of book. However, I’ve got mixed feelings about it having got to the end. The first few chapters gripped me straight away and, even through there were lots of characters, they mostly seemed to link together and it was easy enough to keep track of who was who. The chapters are told from the points of view of different characters which is the sort of writing I always enjoy reading, but I found the timeline of the novel a little annoying. The book starts with the ending, if that makes sense, so you know about the gunman in the hospital from the beginning – you just don’t know who he is. The rest of the book explains the events leading up to that point. But the timeline jumps about an awful lot. So you will have a chapter told from the point of view of one character two days before the shooting, then jump to another character one day before the shooting, then to a third character four days before. It was a little confusing at times and I kept having to jump back to the start of the previous chapter to check the difference in the timeline – which is not as easy as just flipping back a few pages whilst holding your page if you are reading on a Kindle! I’m not really sure what the point was in jumping around in time so often – I assume it was to make the storyline harder to follow so that when you finally find out who the killer is at the end of the book you feel more surprised.
Aside from the timeline issue, I did enjoy the book. I loved how fast paced it was and it was fun trying to pace together all of the different storylines. I would definitely recommended it but would suggest picking up a real life copy rather than trying to use a Kindle, as you might find yourself flipping back so often that your Kindle starts to get on your nerves!