Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Hiding in Sunshine by John & Caitlin Stuart

Living lives of quiet affluence in a historic, suburban Boston town, Gavin and Lisa Brinkley had no idea how quickly and decisively their lives, and those of their two young daughters, could be upended. A series of events - a mysterious break-in at their home, some menacing tailgating on the highway from Boston, a startling visit from an F.B.I. agent warning of an imminent kidnapping attempt - leads to the family's abrupt uprooting from its comfortable existence into a terrifying new existence on the run, under new identities. This taut thriller by a father-daughter team follows the eleven-year odyssey of an American family on the run, in hiding through the mountain states of the American west, where survival skills and living off the grid are paramount, but so are friendship, cooperation, and resilience. The enemy, always lurking just out of sight, is a foreign cyber-criminal enterprise that launches breathtaking assaults on the American banking system and physical infrastructure, but the Brinkleys also know that the threat is deeply personal, reaching ever closer to them from the shadows of the past. At the same time, Gavin and Lisa discover the perils of wandering too close to the edges of the dark side, in the murky world of cyber-security. A compelling story of suspense and treachery, HIDING IN SUNSHINE is also a celebration of a family's abiding love and courage - and a young girl's faith in the triumph of the truth.

If you enjoy a great suspense, you won't want to miss Hiding in Sunshine.  Written by a father and daughter, Hiding in Sunshine is almost impossible to put down. Although it didn't capture me from the first page, about fifty pages into the story, I was hooked.

To imagine going from a normal existence, without any hiccups, to being uprooted from your life and told to assume a new identity would be hard to swallow.  But add to the mix not having access to technology that you've always taken for granted as well as the fact that someone is always watching, lurking, waiting for you to make one false move.  The family bonds are stretched to the limits, as well as the fact that they get closer, as the danger escalates as the family constantly moves, hiding.

Honestly, this is a fantastic book! I'm not a fan of the cover - it doesn't do the novel justice - but it's a well-written novel that really captivated me.  I'd recommend it to anyone!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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