Hide and Seek
published August 4, 2022
CLOSE YOUR EYES
The game of hide and seek is over, everyone has gone home, but little Lily Murphy hasn’t been found.
Her parents search the woods and tell themselves that the worst hasn’t happened – but deep down they know this peaceful Dublin suburb will never be the same again.
COUNT TO TEN
Years later, Joanna moves into a new house.
It seems perfect in every way, until she learns that this was once Lily Murphy’s home. From that moment onwards, a sense of dread seems to follow her from room to room.
AND WHEN YOU OPEN THEM, YOUR CHILD IS GONE
As Joanna unravels the secrets at the heart of this close-knit community, her own dark past begins to resurface. Because she thinks she knows what really happened to Lily – and if the truth gets out, it might be her undoing…
ONE GAME OF HIDE AND SEEK, ONE CHILD WHO WAS NEVER FOUND…
THE LATEST TWISTY AND COMPELLING THRILLER FROM THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF ALL HER FAULT
‘Next-level domestic suspense – even the twists have twists. I loved it – Andrea Mara is a star.‘ LEE CHILD
‘I loved Hide and Seek by Andrea Mara! Original, clever, and unputdownable, it ticks every crime thriller box for me and then some! I couldn’t stop turning the pages to find out what happened next as the gripping, clever plot twists and turns its way to a dramatic denouement. Andrea is an author to watch and I can’t wait to read her next.’ SARAH PEARSE, AUTHOR OF THE SANITORIUM
‘A relentless, twisting page-turner, Hide and Seek delves deeply into every parent’s worst nightmare. A first-class thriller.‘ CHRIS WHITAKER
We have two intricately woven stories which may or may not be related. Lily went missing in 1985 and Joanna lives in her house and is trying to covertly investigate the disappearance. Told partly in 1985 leading up to Lily’s disappearance and in 2018 as Joanna investigates. Wow, there are twists from the very first chapter. I read a lot of thrillers and can honestly say I had no idea what happened to Lily nor what happened in Joanna’s past. This almost never happens to me where I am struggling on a guess. Some of the town is still around in the present for Joanna to question and it seems like an awful lot are dead, which seemed odd until I realized it is more than 30 years later even though 1985 in my mind is much more recent. LOL
The story is a multi layered slow burn. It was hard to put down and kept me guessing. What more can you ask for in a psychological thriller? A great summer read.
About the author
ANDREA MARA is a Sunday Times and Irish Times top ten bestselling author, and has been shortlisted for a number of awards, including Irish Crime Novel of the Year. She lives in Dublin, Ireland, with her husband and three young children, and also runs multi-award-winning parent and lifestyle blog, OfficeMum.ie. All Her Fault was her first thriller to be published in the UK and internationally and was a Sunday Times bestseller.