Hiding Places by David J. Bell
This is a story about a young girl, Kate, who lives with 3 generations of family in a hotel in Oregon. Kate is a precocious girl who is very attentive to details around her. She keeps track of the goings on in the hotel and is quite intelligent when it comes to being invisible to those around her. She notices that her Grampa is having a disagreement with his friend and becomes very concerned when she goes with her Grampa to visit the friend’s shop and the visit turns into an argument. Would her Grampa really hurt his friend, or even kill him? Kate is pondering this when she notices her best friend’s brother steal a phone from the shop. She follows him and confronts him, and the story takes a turn. The boy threatens her not to tell and she doesn’t, although this bothers her.
At this point the story takes a new tack and introduces another subplot with a young man who is involved with a homeless group. He becomes involved in a crime that links him to Kate when he is injured and she finds him. She hides him, not knowing that ultimately it will bring thugs seeking retribution right to her family’s doorstep. This story has twists and turns that kept me wondering which direction they would go. I enjoyed this book and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a clean, entertaining story.