Hide and Seek by J.S. Ellis

Published: August 24, 2021

Black Cat Ink Press

I received a copy of this book for free, and I leave my review voluntarily.

J.S. Ellis is a thriller author. She has a degree in creative writing, English literature, and digital marketing. She lives in Malta with her fiancé and their kitty fur baby Eloise. When she’s not writing or reading, she’s either cooking, eating cheese and chocolate, or listening to good music and enjoying a glass of wine or two.

“The world is and will always be an unfair, shitty place.”

Phoebe has graduated college and is working as a bookkeeper. She has moved and is trying to move forward from the tragic things that happened in her old flat. Her roommate, Adele, is still missing. Alan hasn’t spoken to her since she was stabbed. Utterly confused and unsure of what to do next, Phoebe knows she has to try and find Adele.

The conclusion to Lost and Found, we get the resolution from the first book. The story picks up months after the last book ended, so the continuity was well-plotted.

I found the continuation well done, and I enjoyed continuing the story. The build-up was steady, and things got more twisted as pieces started falling into place. The closer Phoebe gets to finding Adele, the more suspicious everyone looks.

The characters were just as well defined in this book as the previous, and the depth throughout this book was curated quite deviously. We get to know Phoebe better, and we get more insight into Alan’s past. We also see more of Tom and Greg.

The suspense leading up to the twist was well executed, and the way things fell into place was unexpected. The emotional turmoil was well played throughout the book, and the confusion and heartbreak were believably built up.

As things start to spiral, things quickly get intense, and we realize we don’t know who to trust or who had more reason to lie. The truth will be revealed, and lives will be shattered.

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