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A haunting illustrated novel from the author of the highly acclaimed Thornhill. Told in two alternating narratives, The Hideaway tells the story of Billy McKenna, who runs away from home and takes refuge in an overgrown graveyard. The first narrative is told from his perspective, whereas the second thread tells of the situation at home and the police search for Billy. Cover A haunting illustrated novel from the author of the highly acclaimed Thornhill. Told in two alternating narratives, The Hideaway tells the story of Billy McKenna, who runs away from home and takes refuge in an overgrown graveyard. The first narrative is told from his perspective, whereas the second thread tells of the situation at home and the police search for Billy. Covering themes of domestic violence, families, childhood, being separated and reunited, this is an important and beautifully illustrated book for middle grade readers right up to adults. The Hideaway is illustrated throughout with tonal and textured black and white drawings. The atmospheric illustrations seep into the edge of the pages before they give way to a series of double-page spreads as the story reaches its climax.


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A haunting illustrated novel from the author of the highly acclaimed Thornhill. Told in two alternating narratives, The Hideaway tells the story of Billy McKenna, who runs away from home and takes refuge in an overgrown graveyard. The first narrative is told from his perspective, whereas the second thread tells of the situation at home and the police search for Billy. Cover A haunting illustrated novel from the author of the highly acclaimed Thornhill. Told in two alternating narratives, The Hideaway tells the story of Billy McKenna, who runs away from home and takes refuge in an overgrown graveyard. The first narrative is told from his perspective, whereas the second thread tells of the situation at home and the police search for Billy. Covering themes of domestic violence, families, childhood, being separated and reunited, this is an important and beautifully illustrated book for middle grade readers right up to adults. The Hideaway is illustrated throughout with tonal and textured black and white drawings. The atmospheric illustrations seep into the edge of the pages before they give way to a series of double-page spreads as the story reaches its climax.

30 review for The Hideaway

  1. 5 out of 5

    Stay Fetters

    "He felt a greater sense of comfort out here in a pillbox in a graveyard, in the dark, than he did in his own home." Pam Smy has been on my radar since the release of her first book but this is my first experience with reading one. I knew that it was going to be something that would stick with me forever and I was right. This one caught my attention, not only when I first saw who the author was but by that beautiful cover. It instantly caught my attention and I couldn’t look away. Everything abou "He felt a greater sense of comfort out here in a pillbox in a graveyard, in the dark, than he did in his own home." Pam Smy has been on my radar since the release of her first book but this is my first experience with reading one. I knew that it was going to be something that would stick with me forever and I was right. This one caught my attention, not only when I first saw who the author was but by that beautiful cover. It instantly caught my attention and I couldn’t look away. Everything about it is absolutely brilliant. The colors and the illustration together are something that stands out from others. The story was a heavy and important one. Stories involving domestic abuse always get me emotional and this story affected me deeply. With every turn of the page, I found myself getting teary-eyed with goosebumps traveling up my arms. It really makes you realize that kids see more than you think. As we travel through the story, there are hauntingly beautiful illustrations placed throughout. Together they made this a phenomenal book. Everything about this book was fantastic and I can’t wait to own a copy. The Hideaway was a perfect story with a hopeful ending. It will break your heart and mend it before it’s over. I love this book and it’s one I’ll always remember. I can’t wait to read it again.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kailey (Luminous Libro)

    Billy has run away from home. He hides away in a graveyard for several days, camping out in an old brick shelter with his backpack and sleeping bag. His mother is desperate to find her missing son, and she works with the police to start a search. This story is told from two main perspectives, Billy and his mother. The two have a very close and affectionate relationship, but all is not well in Billy's home, prompting him to run away. The writing perfectly balances the multiple points of views fro Billy has run away from home. He hides away in a graveyard for several days, camping out in an old brick shelter with his backpack and sleeping bag. His mother is desperate to find her missing son, and she works with the police to start a search. This story is told from two main perspectives, Billy and his mother. The two have a very close and affectionate relationship, but all is not well in Billy's home, prompting him to run away. The writing perfectly balances the multiple points of views from the different characters, showing their distinct voices. There is such an appealing charm in the writing style that it draws you right in to the story, and makes the characters very endearing and relatable. I loved this book so much! The writing is excellent, the plot is wonderful, the characters are complex; this book has everything! I was completely fascinated with every scene, and I cried at the end. I was glad that it's not scary at all, but has lovely ghostly moods in the graveyard. I enjoyed the slightly creepy elements in the story. So many deep themes are explored as Billy deals with issues of abandonment, domestic violence, and family loyalties. These are complex issues with many perspectives and sides, and I thought this book did such a wonderful job of addressing these sensitive topics with tenderness and understanding, but showing the reality as well. Billy discovers that all families have heartache, and that it can make you a stronger person and bring you closer together if dealt with in the right way. Billy is a wonderful main character. His innocence and sensitivity made me love him immediately. He is thoughtful and intelligent, and I loved to see how deeply he connects with other characters that he meets. He is such a vivid and emotional character, and he made me feel emotional too. Billy's mother is very sweet too. She's trapped in a difficult situation, and I was amazed by her resilience, and I was proud of her courage to take action and do something to help her son (and herself). She is a complex woman in a complex situation, and I was impressed with how the writing made her very real and relatable. The supporting characters were not as complex, but I did like seeing their reactions within the main story and how they connected with Billy and his mother. The black and white illustrations draw the reader right into the moment. Each scene is beautifully illustrated with such lovely delicate art. I love the way the shadows in the art mirror the emotions of each scene. The artwork makes this book truly special! Triggers for domestic violence. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING. Here is a story about a boy who is having problems at home - he loves his mom but he can't take the fights anymore. The fights between his mom's boyfriend and his mom. So he moves into a graveyard. We follow two POVs in this story. On is the boy which is matched with beautiful full page illustrations. The other is the mom and police officers trying to find him. This POV has no illustrations and was so gripping to have that distinction. I was drawn in from the beginning. Th THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING. Here is a story about a boy who is having problems at home - he loves his mom but he can't take the fights anymore. The fights between his mom's boyfriend and his mom. So he moves into a graveyard. We follow two POVs in this story. On is the boy which is matched with beautiful full page illustrations. The other is the mom and police officers trying to find him. This POV has no illustrations and was so gripping to have that distinction. I was drawn in from the beginning. The artwork as AMAZING and the story was compelling. It felt like an ageless story. I actually sobbed heavily when I got to the end of this book, and had to pause multiple times to clear my vision while reading. There are quit a few trigger warnings to go with this book - the biggest being domestic abuse. I think this would be a perfect book for young readers to better understand what someone else might be going through. Also the ending has a beautifully magical. Thanks to Netgalley and Pavilion Children's for giving me a copy of this graphic novel in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Trisha

    Targeted at an 11- 14 age group, this sensitive illustrated book explores the issue of domestic abuse from the point of view of 13 year old Billy. Tough but hopeful.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mathew

    *I was sent a proof copy by the publisher* Having read Thornhill and loved Smy's fusion between written narrative and graphic novel style, I was very happy to read The Hideaway. Although it also touches on sensitive topics, the focus here is on a young teenage boy who runs away from home when no longer being able to cope with watching his mother being domestically abused by her partner. This is something that has gone on for years and Billy, feeling utterly powerless, runs off to the local cemete *I was sent a proof copy by the publisher* Having read Thornhill and loved Smy's fusion between written narrative and graphic novel style, I was very happy to read The Hideaway. Although it also touches on sensitive topics, the focus here is on a young teenage boy who runs away from home when no longer being able to cope with watching his mother being domestically abused by her partner. This is something that has gone on for years and Billy, feeling utterly powerless, runs off to the local cemetery where he finds an ivy-laden pillbox and takes camp. What follows then is a series of narratives from a range of characters who are involved in the story in a variety of ways. Together they begin to unravel Billy's story...and his mum's and everything comes together in a beautiful, unearthly ending pure and touching and full of hope. It's a stunning second novel from Pam Smy.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Reid

    In The Hideaway, readers are immediately immersed into Billy's difficult family life. He and his single mom were quite happy until she met Jeff. But when Jeff's protectiveness turned controlling and then abusive, Billy retreated within. Until he refuses to retreat anymore. After hearing yet another argument that he knows will end with Jeff hurting his mom, Billy runs away to a hidden cove in a graveyard he's already scouted out. He doesn't have many plans other than to stay away from the home li In The Hideaway, readers are immediately immersed into Billy's difficult family life. He and his single mom were quite happy until she met Jeff. But when Jeff's protectiveness turned controlling and then abusive, Billy retreated within. Until he refuses to retreat anymore. After hearing yet another argument that he knows will end with Jeff hurting his mom, Billy runs away to a hidden cove in a graveyard he's already scouted out. He doesn't have many plans other than to stay away from the home life he can no longer endure. But his stay keeps getting interrupted by people. An old man turns up and tells Billy he needs to help him clean the forsaken graveyard. With nothing else to do, Billy helps. But he can't figure out why the old man is so keen on clearing things out and for what event he's working hard toward. Use your best judgement when giving this book to your children to read. This novel deals with an absentee father, domestic violence, potential date rape, violence toward women, keeping secrets from parents, and running away to solve problems. More details and my complete review can be read here: http://agoodreid.blogspot.com/2021/10...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Mellen

    Thanks to Netgalley and Pavilion for the ARC of this in exchange for my honest review. I definitely see the comparisons to The Graveyard book, and I’d say also A Monster Calls. I loved the illustrations, the well done heavier topics without going into too much detail, and the near resolution. Recommend this one for all fans of middle grade, but especially those who appreciate lots of illustrations and just a tiny bit of ghost vibes, without being particularly fantasy heavy.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Well, I’m a wreck Domestic abuse is always hard to read, especially with a child characters involved. I think for what age group the book is aimed for, it handles it well and will taught children/teens the signs. The illustrations were haunting and beautiful - we mostly see the good illustrated which I’m thankful for.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    A chilling read. This book deals with domestic abuse, and a child who has run away. Absolutely tugs on your heart strings. Beautiful and Haunting imagery throughout in the form of black and white illustrations. Such an important read. Full review to come. *Gifted copy*

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    **Disclaimer: I received a free early access copy of The Hideaway by Pam Smy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for this opportunity. The Hideaway by Pam Smy is an illustrated contemporary fantasy novel.  It's mostly based in reality with some supernatural elements.  The story is about a young boy who runs away from home because his mother is in an abusive relationship and he can't handle it anymore.  I rated it 5 stars on Goodreads.  It **Disclaimer: I received a free early access copy of The Hideaway by Pam Smy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for this opportunity. The Hideaway by Pam Smy is an illustrated contemporary fantasy novel.  It's mostly based in reality with some supernatural elements.  The story is about a young boy who runs away from home because his mother is in an abusive relationship and he can't handle it anymore.  I rated it 5 stars on Goodreads.  It is set to publish on September 2nd, 2021. Here's the summary from Goodreads: A haunting illustrated novel from the author of the highly acclaimed Thornhill. Told in two alternating narratives, The Hideaway tells the story of Billy McKenna, who runs away from home and takes refuge in an overgrown graveyard. The first narrative is told from his perspective, whereas the second thread tells of the situation at home and the police search for Billy. Covering themes of domestic violence, families, childhood, being separated and reunited, this is an important and beautifully illustrated book for middle grade readers right up to adults. The Hideaway is illustrated throughout with tonal and textured black and white drawings. The atmospheric illustrations seep into the edge of the pages before they give way to a series of double-page spreads as the story reaches its climax. This was a beautiful novel.  When I requested it, I thought it would be more graphic novel style, but I ended up really enjoying the fact that it was an illustrated novel instead.  The formatting was absolutely gorgeous.  I loved the art style.  It framed the text well and added some lovely visuals to the text itself.  The colours were more muted, but I really felt that they suited the story that was being told. Story line wise, the novel really hit me in the feels.  I felt for Billy and his mother and I wanted them to reunite in a way that would be positive and good.  I wanted them to be able to get away from his abusive step father so that they could both thrive as people. The fact that Billy hid in the local graveyard was interesting, and I found it intriguing to introduce the man in the graveyard into the story.  It was nice for Billy to have a positive male role model in his life.   The novel gives you the points of view of different characters so you get a full picture of the story.  You as a reader get to understand Billy's perspective, but you also learn about how his mother learns about the disappearance and how she ended up in the relationship. I found the story very compelling and very interesting.  I was deeply moved by the story and by the art.  I highly recommend that you check it out.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Naomi

    Her writing is so gentle and relaxing. Even with the heavy subject matter, it feels calm and not shocking or gruesome like it could be. Very sad, but beautiful. The depictions of the graveyard and the general landscape are GORGEOUS. I find myself getting lost in her descriptions. I'm craving a quiet place filled with ivy and twigs to hide in. I think everyone needs a hideaway sometimes. I love how Billy loves his Mum, and how we are told that she has him at an early age, but has always loved and Her writing is so gentle and relaxing. Even with the heavy subject matter, it feels calm and not shocking or gruesome like it could be. Very sad, but beautiful. The depictions of the graveyard and the general landscape are GORGEOUS. I find myself getting lost in her descriptions. I'm craving a quiet place filled with ivy and twigs to hide in. I think everyone needs a hideaway sometimes. I love how Billy loves his Mum, and how we are told that she has him at an early age, but has always loved and cared for him, and how she made an untidy but cosy family home together. That's all kids want really, a nice home and a loving parent. There is a comparison in the book of his Mum to something in the graveyard, and it was such clever writing that I couldn't help but smile. So, I've just now finished. And I am crying. Wow. I haven't cried because of a book in a long time. It was BEAUTIFUL. The ending was so satisfying, the illustrations so atmospheric and emotive. I can't explain succinctly enough how the ending made me feel. Pam Smy is a fantastic writer and illustrator, she is a double threat and I am going to read anything and everything that she puts out into the world. Her work is outstanding. Read this book!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Katy

    This is truly a standout book of the year for me. It is deeply emotional and atmospheric, and I am so glad I was able to read. The sensitive topics that are featured in this book are covered with reality whilst still being handled with care. It seems well researched and the child point of view fits perfectly and would help younger readers to empathise with our main character. That being said I would suggest that any potential readers check the content warnings for this book and handle any potent This is truly a standout book of the year for me. It is deeply emotional and atmospheric, and I am so glad I was able to read. The sensitive topics that are featured in this book are covered with reality whilst still being handled with care. It seems well researched and the child point of view fits perfectly and would help younger readers to empathise with our main character. That being said I would suggest that any potential readers check the content warnings for this book and handle any potential triggering material with care. I also loved the illustrations in this book, the style and colour palette really enhanced the story and I am so glad that they were included. It really made this book super special. The storyline itself had some elements that I wasn't expecting that pleasantly surprised me and the open ended ending was perfect in my opinion. It wasn't polished and finished but it was real and it kept me thinking. Overall I would definitely recommend.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    ⚠️ TW: Domestic violence, sexual assault ⚠️ This book is such an emotional rollercoaster and really tugs at your heart strings! This book follows the story of Billy McKenna who is a young boy who runs away from a difficult home life and takes refuge in a graveyard. Whilst hiding out in the overgrowth he meets an elderly man who is preparing the graveyard for the magical and supernatural night of All Souls' Eve. This book got me so badly and I cried so much. The chapters alternate pov's between Bi ⚠️ TW: Domestic violence, sexual assault ⚠️ This book is such an emotional rollercoaster and really tugs at your heart strings! This book follows the story of Billy McKenna who is a young boy who runs away from a difficult home life and takes refuge in a graveyard. Whilst hiding out in the overgrowth he meets an elderly man who is preparing the graveyard for the magical and supernatural night of All Souls' Eve. This book got me so badly and I cried so much. The chapters alternate pov's between Billy and his mother in a way that weaves such an incredibly compelling, emotional and heartwarming storyline that really stays with you and it is written so well from both perspectives. Throughout the whole thing I just wanted to bundle them both in a hug! Also, it is filled with stunning black and white illustrations that really help the story come to life even more. Overall, I highly recommend this book and it is such a perfect read for spooky season!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kajree Gautom

    I loved Pam Smy's Thornhill and was naturally excited for The Hideaway. Thanks to Netgalley I got an e-arc. The Hideaway is a very emotional and wholesome book filled with beautiful illustrations. I loved this story so much. Both the POV of Billy and Grace were so emotional and I wanted to give both of them the biggest hug. The one scene in the graveyard was simply enchanting and damn it was probably my favorite. Pam Smy's writing is very swift and easy to follow and it was the same here too. Th I loved Pam Smy's Thornhill and was naturally excited for The Hideaway. Thanks to Netgalley I got an e-arc. The Hideaway is a very emotional and wholesome book filled with beautiful illustrations. I loved this story so much. Both the POV of Billy and Grace were so emotional and I wanted to give both of them the biggest hug. The one scene in the graveyard was simply enchanting and damn it was probably my favorite. Pam Smy's writing is very swift and easy to follow and it was the same here too. The emotions were in abundance and seeped in through the pages. The ending was absolutely stunning! This book had the same atmospheric environment setting as Thornhill, less of supernatural horror but still had horrifying undertones. Its perfect for quick short reads in between heavy books.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Steve Streeter

    This is another excellent book by Pam Smy. Thornhill was an incredibly story combining beautiful illustrations and this new book is equally good. Tackling the subject of domestic violence through the eyes of Biliy and his mum, Grace. Billy takes refuge in a graveyard and befriends an elderly volunteer who tidies the area and at the end of the story learns about real love. Grace’s story is told with sensitivity and clarity highlighting the realities of a manipulative bullying relationship and tell This is another excellent book by Pam Smy. Thornhill was an incredibly story combining beautiful illustrations and this new book is equally good. Tackling the subject of domestic violence through the eyes of Biliy and his mum, Grace. Billy takes refuge in a graveyard and befriends an elderly volunteer who tidies the area and at the end of the story learns about real love. Grace’s story is told with sensitivity and clarity highlighting the realities of a manipulative bullying relationship and tells of the eventual “escape”. The illustrations add to the expressing Billy’s emotions and the atmosphere in the graveyard This is a powerful book and would be excellent for 10 + readership. A book I will recommend to upper Ks 2 colleagues Thank you to NetGalley for the advance copy.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Band

    For a book that deals with domestic violence, this is such a gentle and touching story - full of emotion and hope. Written and illustrated by Pam Smy, this is a book that will stay with you and have you reaching for your tissues. It's written from two points of view; one is that of Billy, the thirteen-year-old, who runs away as he can't stand his mother's boyfriend's violence anymore or living in a house where he has to be careful about everything he says and does, the other is from his mother's For a book that deals with domestic violence, this is such a gentle and touching story - full of emotion and hope. Written and illustrated by Pam Smy, this is a book that will stay with you and have you reaching for your tissues. It's written from two points of view; one is that of Billy, the thirteen-year-old, who runs away as he can't stand his mother's boyfriend's violence anymore or living in a house where he has to be careful about everything he says and does, the other is from his mother's situation at home and how the neighbourhood comes together to support her in her search for Billy. As well as the domestic violence, which isn't graphically detailed, it also deals with family, loss and reconciliation, and has a supernatural element too.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Elise

    A lovely book dealing with some heavy topics. The illustrations add a lot of character to the story, although the words do the heavy-lifting. I appreciated how the work clearly separates the views of the two characters, the young boy and his mother, by through the design of the chapter headings, font, and illustrations. This book deals with domestic abuse, but does so without depicting the violence itself. Instead, it confronts the impacts of continued abuse, showing us through how each characte A lovely book dealing with some heavy topics. The illustrations add a lot of character to the story, although the words do the heavy-lifting. I appreciated how the work clearly separates the views of the two characters, the young boy and his mother, by through the design of the chapter headings, font, and illustrations. This book deals with domestic abuse, but does so without depicting the violence itself. Instead, it confronts the impacts of continued abuse, showing us through how each character reacts. For such a heavy subject, the book handles it with aplomb, and in such a way that is appropriate for middle-grade readers.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mandy

    I was interested in obtaining this ARC from NetGalley for having The Graveyard Book vibes. So happy that I received it! This story alternates between Billy and Grace McKenna’s perspectives (a change in font is a clear indicator between chapters). The illustrations were beautiful and added a childish-feel, which was a lighthearted balance to a rather difficult story. The illustrations suggest middle grade, as the book is was marketed as middle grade, but I think YA is better considering the tough I was interested in obtaining this ARC from NetGalley for having The Graveyard Book vibes. So happy that I received it! This story alternates between Billy and Grace McKenna’s perspectives (a change in font is a clear indicator between chapters). The illustrations were beautiful and added a childish-feel, which was a lighthearted balance to a rather difficult story. The illustrations suggest middle grade, as the book is was marketed as middle grade, but I think YA is better considering the tough topics of domestic violence and consent. It didn’t have the amount of macabre or supernatural that I preferred, but it was really a great story about how change is possible and things working out when you least except them. I would recommend to upper middle school and high school readers! TW: domestic violence

  19. 5 out of 5

    Opal Edgar

    A lovely teen novella tackling a difficult topic. This reminded me of a literary magazine I used to get when I was a teen with a big story every month, the hero always a relatable teen. I used to love it, and I think lots of 13-16 years old will like that one and finding it meaningful with lots of food for thought. The only thing it was missing was little touches of humour to break the tension of the heavy topic. But there is nothing inappropriate here despite the real life family drama aspect. A lovely teen novella tackling a difficult topic. This reminded me of a literary magazine I used to get when I was a teen with a big story every month, the hero always a relatable teen. I used to love it, and I think lots of 13-16 years old will like that one and finding it meaningful with lots of food for thought. The only thing it was missing was little touches of humour to break the tension of the heavy topic. But there is nothing inappropriate here despite the real life family drama aspect. It might be just the thing to start talking about empathy, understanding that not everything is as it first looks and how to help other people out.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Denise Forrest

    Wow! When Billy runs away from home to escape domestic violence, he meets an old man who takes him under his wing. The story, written as a dual narrative by Billy and his mum, explores family relationships and the nature of love. The book is illustrated throughout with atmospheric black and white drawings. I loved this element of the story and towards the end, when the illustrations took over from the narrative, I was spellbound. Even though the story covers the upsetting topic of domestic violen Wow! When Billy runs away from home to escape domestic violence, he meets an old man who takes him under his wing. The story, written as a dual narrative by Billy and his mum, explores family relationships and the nature of love. The book is illustrated throughout with atmospheric black and white drawings. I loved this element of the story and towards the end, when the illustrations took over from the narrative, I was spellbound. Even though the story covers the upsetting topic of domestic violence, it is handled sensitively. The twists and turns kept coming, right to the end. I absolutely loved it! I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    MGewald

    A beautiful book that captures the essence of what it means to miss a loved one. If only we could have one more moment with them, a moment in which everything is the way it was before. Pam Smy writes about a challenging topic in a thoughtful and captivating way, together her gorgeous black and white illustrations this made it a magical reading experience. A must read!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Stacy Renee (LazyDayLit)

    A beautifully illustrated story of a boy who runs away to hide in a nearby cemetery, and the mother who just wants him to come home. Content warning includes domestic abuse, violence, and abandonment. Full review to come. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Hil J

    Completely precious, romantically spooky, and hopeful. Did not realize I was requesting a galley for more of a middle-school reader and SO glad I did. Just as compelling for adult readers! *thanks to netgalley for this ARC*

  24. 4 out of 5

    Amber Webb

    I have been waiting patiently for another book from Pam Amy an it did not disappoint The Hideaway was an amazingly brilliant story of running away to save oneself and their family. It was filled with mystery, magic, intrigue and emotion. This was a book I could not put down. Absolutely loved it!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mike Watson

    Pam Smy has created another utterly stunning, magical, emotive, powerful, heart-trending, beautifully written and illustrated story in The Hideaway Couldn’t put it down! Just look at the endpapers! . TW: Domestic Violence and Abuse

  26. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Pope

    An excellent, powerful read. Not as scary as I thought it would be, with the image on the front, but scary in a different sort of way, with the threat from the living, not the dead. A sensitive portrayal of the effects of domestic violence that doesn't get too 'violent' but does show how victims are affected mentally as well as physically. The drawings and storytelling are superb. An excellent, powerful read. Not as scary as I thought it would be, with the image on the front, but scary in a different sort of way, with the threat from the living, not the dead. A sensitive portrayal of the effects of domestic violence that doesn't get too 'violent' but does show how victims are affected mentally as well as physically. The drawings and storytelling are superb.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alexis

    Really beautiful with captivating illustrations and short chapters that keep the pace fast. It might be triggering for those who have experienced abuse, but it is a hopeful story full of love.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Louise Forshaw

    Beautiful.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rosie

    Beautiful illustrations really bring this story to life, but not quite as exciting form-wise as Thornhill

  30. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Connor

    A stunning second novel that focuses on domestic abuse. Dark, foreboding and emotional. Such an important read.

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