You Can Hide
Grade : A

You know it’s a great reading year when it’s bookended by two dynamic books in the same thrilling series. In this case, I’m talking about Rebecca Zanetti’s Laurel Snow series, and while I loved You Can Run, You Can Hide is even more exciting.

Brilliant, calculative, badass Laurel Snow is back. She’s capable and confident, and the best archetype of an FBI profiler – and the fact that she’s a woman who’s desirable and desired, beautiful and deadly, brave and vulnerable – all at the same time – is laudable. I love to read about women who are breaking boundaries in law enforcement professions while still being feminine and true to their whole selves.

In this installment, Laurel is once again tracking a serial killer, this time one who leaves flowers with their victims. The scenes are violent, the victims abundant, and the stakes through the roof. Laurel’s attention to detail and no-nonsense approach make her the perfect profiler for the case. They also further anchor her to the temporary Genesis Valley field office she set up in Washington State – the one that’s close to her unstable half-sister, Abigail, who is scary and dangerous and very possibly part of the problem.

The case is again in the vicinity of Fish and Wildlife Captain Huck Rivers, which means he and his team are back on the scene, retrieving bodies and helping with the investigation. Huck is a sexy, broody loner who gets under Laurel’s skin as much as she gets under his. His ex plays a prominent role in the story and interjects herself as often as possible into the investigation, getting in his way both professionally and personally. He’s prickly and set in his ways, and it’s a delight to watch him warm to Laurel in increments. It’s like Zanetti makes their dynamic duo too shiny to reveal all at once, so she ekes out tiny glimpses that are satisfying and full of details to unpack as you move along. Of course, I want them to rush into each other’s arms and profess undying love for one another … but that would mean the book (and the series) would be done and I’m not ready for that yet.

Another interesting element to this second installment is Laurel’s history with Abigail, who nobody should ever want to be alone with in the dark. Whereas Laurel’s connection to the murders in book one was through her uncle (who was a suspect) this time around both her mother and Abigail are under the microscope – because in small, rural communities where the population is small and everybody knows everybody else, somebody in your life is most likely tied to the crime.

Zanetti continues to craft shocking tales of romance and suspense that keep readers on the edges of their seats. The characters are richly illustrated, and the addictive plots are full of binge-worthy details with reveals that are perfectly timed to create a breakneck pace and leave you breathless. I don’t think I realized there was a question of Laurel and Huck being a couple at the end of the first book, so I wasn’t expecting their awkward interaction at the beginning of this story. I’m happy to report that much is resolved, romantically speaking, in this book. I can’t wait to see what monster lurks around the next corner for Laurel, and I can’t wait to read about her ragtag collection of colleagues who make up her remote field office in Genesis Valley. If you’re a fan of romantic suspense, this one’s a definite keeper!

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Reviewed by Dolly Sickles
Grade : A

Sensuality: Warm

Review Date : December 10, 2022

Publication Date: 11/2022

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