Hidden by Emma Kavanagh
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…
I read Emma’s debut novel, Falling, last year. I loved it and you can read my thoughts on it Here.
Emma has a wonderful way with words. They ebb and flow and you get caught up in them and move with them as they weave their way around the story. For a crime novel, it’s not all hard and spiky, it’s smooth and clean feeling and you just want to keep reading, to stay in that world, with those characters. You want to just keep turning the pages and stay with the feeling she creates.
Hidden follows several characters who have their own chapters. We see what they see and how they feel. How they are dealing with events in their lives. The shooting of a schoolboy and an ill child. With interwoven chapters like this it can be difficult to get them to marry up and work well but Kavanagh has polished this novel so that it shines. The stories of everyone involved and how they all interweave is wonderfully done. We’re talking about shootings and life, you feel the lifeblood and life-force of people as she so eloquently conveys how the loss, how death, how fear or love touches them.
I adored this book and can’t wait for the next one from Emma Kavanagh. She writes so wonderfully. If you haven’t tried her yet, you must. And the other thing is, these are standalone books. Where lots of crime novelist, myself included, write series, Kavanagh is writing standalones and this makes her standalone in place all of her own. Brilliant!