Tuesday, May 22, 2018

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Hiding by Jenny Morton Potts

Hiding

by Jenny Morton Potts

on Tour May 1-31, 2018

Synopsis:




Keller Baye and Rebecca Brown live on different sides of the Atlantic. Until she falls in love with him, Rebecca knows nothing of Keller. But he’s known about her for a very long time, and now he wants to destroy her.

This is the story of two families. One living under the threat of execution in North Carolina. The other caught up in a dark mystery in the Scottish Highlands. The families’ paths are destined to cross. But why? And can anything save them when that happens?





Book Details:

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Published by: Cahoots Publishing

Publication Date: February 2018

Number of Pages: 323

ISBN: 1976862817 (ISBN13: 9781976862816)

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Read an excerpt:

Chapter 2


Death Row
June 2021


There was a walk now. They passed doors, like random choices. They all looked the same, all the colour of pale nicotine. But some of those doors were in the business of living and some were not. As you walked past them, you could feel hope slipping away. Which door? Which one? It was like a game the devil might play as you entered hell. Eventually the passengers reached the end of their journey and were shown into another room which was similar in size to the last but with what looked like a window on one side. The window was dark for the moment, with a black blind pulled down and opposite, there was a gallery with seating. The seating was slightly raked, like a theatre. They were here for a performance.

‘That’s 11.30 gone now,’ someone said from the far end.

‘Show must go on.’ Keller mumbled.

There was a crackle and then an audio test from the speaker in the corner. Keller imagined that President Descher had arranged a televised viewing and that all over the State the people could see and hear this: factory workers, grandmothers, schoolchildren, stopping what they’re doing and watching. From the audio speaker, Keller recognised words from the phonetic alphabet, then the date, today, June 23rd 2021, the location, the prisoner’s name and number HCI 72259-931 and the time scheduled for execution.

Keller knew that the duration for the poison to act was ten minutes maximum and that the ratio to be injected was set against the inmate’s weight and height.

Somewhere behind him, Keller could hear mumbling about the victims’ families and an officer explained that they were seated separately, in another viewing room. He imagined that the families’ room was crowded, since eight victims had lost their lives that day.

At 11.45 am, the time was announced once more on the speaker and the blind was pulled up manually, revealing the execution chamber. Keller had forgotten who was seated directly next to him now, but whoever it was flinched.

The prisoner was already strapped onto the gurney. There was a sheet over his body but you could see where the constraint buckles jutted up into the clean white cotton. His left arm was exposed however and the intravenous tube was already in. He was clean shaven. Keller had never seen him without a beard. He could almost pretend he did not know him.

Three Harfield guards came into the chamber now. They did not look at the window, which to them was a mirror. Who would want to see themselves doing what they were about to do, even if it was their duty. The three guards were each handed a syringe. The content of one of the syringes was deadly and the other two contained a harmless fluid. The guards would never know who among them administered the lethal injection.

The condemned man’s chest began to rise and fall. He blinked rapidly and his Adam’s apple bulged in his throat, as he struggled to find an impossible place between dignity and the screaming of his nerves to stay alive.

Keller murmured, ‘There is nothing to do now but die.’

A man in the chamber who had been out of their view, moved into sight. He was dressed in a plain dark suit. He identified himself as Warden James and held up a chart. His hand was steady enough, his white knuckles though suggested a very tight grip on that chart.

Keller stared down at the inmate who seemed to be staring back, though Keller knew that the glass was one way and that all the condemned could see was a reflection of his own final scene. All the same, their eyes met.

Warden James turned to the prisoner. ‘Is there anything you would like to say or read before we administer this lethal injection?’

‘Yes.’

Keller frowned down at the neighboring lap. It was the redhead next to him, the PhD student, twisting that engagement ring. The girl who more than likely had it all, the girl who could not cope without her cell, was barely coping at all. Keller could feel her trembling against the length of his torso and the anger in his veins burned. The young woman held her hand up to her mouth and whispered into it, ‘God, dear God.’

The Warden lowered his eyes to Prisoner HCI 72259-931 on the gurney and blinked several times. He said to the inmate, ‘Go ahead, what do you want to say.’

‘I would like to ask a question.’

‘What is your question?’

‘I would like to ask a question and have it answered.’

Warden James looked around the room at the other officials.

‘Go ahead and ask your question.’

‘Not until you tell me that I will have an answer.’

Keller smiled and nudged the redhead. ‘You see? Make the most of every goddamned moment.’

The young woman was on the edge of her seat and on the edge of tears.

In the chamber, the suits and uniforms huddled and muttered amongst themselves and the Warden came free of the pack once more.

‘We shall try to answer your question. And cannot commit beyond that. I ask you therefore again, is there anything you would like to say?’

The inmate tried to lift his head but the strap across his brow was held tight. He cleared his throat and said in that thick Carolina accent that Keller thought he’d forgotten but which now reignited in his memory and ripped through his heart.

‘I want to know if my son can see me.’

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Excerpt from Hiding by Jenny Morton Potts. Copyright © 2018 by Jenny Morton Potts. Reproduced with permission from Jenny Morton Potts. All rights reserved.



REVIEW!!!
My Opinion:

That me just say that I am in love with this cover. It represents the book well and I can almost feel the isolation within the picture!

I started reading the book and was a bit perplexed on what I was reading. It seemed to go around and around between Keller and Rebecca. I was a bit lost in the why we were going back and forth between them. It wasn't clear to me through a lot of the book and then towards the halfway mark everything started to come together, in a good way.

We are taken on a journey of the early childhood's of both Rebecca and Keller and how things where for them growing up and how they later turn out. The whole time you know that there is something from the past that is on the surface and I was a bit surprised about how it all turned out. I know I couldn't have done it. (That's all I can say. I don't want to spoil it for you).

I felt the isolation of this castle/mansion in Scotland. I also fell in love with it and always wondered way her grandparents went without. You do find out. I also felt her brother was MONDO creepy. Not as creepy as Keller. He puts new meaning in psycho. We are taken on the life of these two and I enjoyed the ride. The best part was the last few chapters and how everything started to come together. There was enough twists and turns in the book to keep you hooked.

I give this book 4 of 5 stars!

Author Bio:

Jenny Morton Potts

Jenny is a novelist, screenplay writer and playwright. After a series of 'proper jobs', she realised she was living someone else's life and escaped to Gascony to make gîtes. Knee deep in cement and pregnant, Jenny was happy. Then autism and a distracted spine surgeon wiped out the order. Returned to wonderful England, to write her socks off.
Jenny would like to see the Northern Lights but worries that’s the best bit and should be saved till last. Very happily, and gratefully, settled with family.
She tries not to take herself too seriously.

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20 comments:

  1. I too enjoyed the twists and turns in this book. Will definitely be reading more by this author.

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  2. The blurb is a bit too vague for me but I'm glad you liked it!

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  3. Yeah, the blurb is super vague...and no I wonder why Keller creeped you out :D

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  4. I am loving this cover it gives it a thriller vibe

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  5. I enjoyed this thriller too! The cover is very well-done and I agree with you that it reflects the atmosphere of the story well!

    Ronnie @ Paradise Found

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  6. Thanks for the review, it sounds like a great read.

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  7. Sounds like an interesting read, something I would very much enjoy.

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  8. I love books set in Scotland and I so love the cover.

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  9. I like this review. This sounds like a good read.

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  10. I'm loving the sound of this! Any author who can constantly surprise the reader is doing a brilliant job as far as I'm concerned!

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  11. I wanted to read the excerpt on this book because I have been looking for an interesting Psychological Thriller.

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  12. This sounds great, I will definitely check it out!

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  13. oh wow, thank you for your review. i agree with the cover, it does make one feel like there is a lot of isolation.

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  14. Ashley Chassereau ParksJuly 8, 2018 at 2:05 AM

    This sounds like an interesting book!! I'm definitely more interested seeing your rating of it. This cover makes me interested too... a little creepy!

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  15. Certainly sounds intriguing as the two storylines weave together. Maybe it would be better sometimes if everyone stayed on their own side of the ocean but hey, what are ya gonna do.

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  16. oh my goodness, this is just chilling to me.

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  17. Looks like an interesting book. Thanks for the review.

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  18. Thanks to your review I bought & read this one, Mary. Really enjoyed all the twists!

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