Review #1: HIDE by S.J. Morgan. Published by Midnight Sun 2019.
Alec is hitchhiking to Alice, when the car he’s in turns off the road. Now he’s trapped, the heat pounding against the windscreen, the car charging down a track on the way to nowhere when the driver offers him the only explanation he’s going to get. ‘Zip it,’ he said. ‘I picked you up for one reason and one reason only. And it weren’t for your company.’ At that point I was hooked. S. J. Morgan’s Hide flips between a bikie share-house in Cardiff and the Australian outback as it tells the story of how Alec ended up on that deserted highway. On the way we meet Minto and his biker mates; Alec’s ex-navy Dad; his Mum still mourning the loss of her daughter and Alec’s girlfriend Daniella. I loved Daniella’s strength and humanity but it’s Minto’s girl Sindy who really steals the show. Morgan presents the fourteen-year-old bikie chick with no trace of sentimentality and yet Sindy is oddly appealing and I found it easy to see why Alec and his family wanted to help her. From the moment Sindy enters the story, standing naked outside Minto’s door, with matted hair and a body odour problem the stage is set for disaster. Alec’s parents offer help and the twists and turns of the plot begin. Hide offers the reader a thrilling and complex story grounded in the details of real life. It’s scary, touching and always engaging. Just make sure you have a night to spare, this is not a book you will want to put down.