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  • Writer's pictureNia Forrester

LISTENING TO: 'Hidden Pictures' by Jason Rekulak

Mallory is a nineteen-year-old recovering addict trying to get her life together. When her sponsor hooks her up with a job as a live-in babysitter for a couple with a five-year-old boy, she jumps at the chance. And when she meets the family, it seems almost too good to be true---the job is in an affluent New Jersey suburb and she gets to live in her own cottage out in back of her employers' house. But ... as is always the case when something seems to be too good to be true, it is too good to be true.

Interesting yarn that kept me listening though the narrator's voice was a little reedy and thin for my taste. She sounds young, and I suppose that was the point. The story moves very quickly, with clever bits of redirection and a genuine jaw-dropping moment around three-quarters of the way in. I guess this one has been billed a "horror" and I guess it might be if it were a movie. I would call it more of a mystery-suspense novel with a little paranormal flourish thrown in. Nothing about it was horrific, but if it was adapted to the screen (which I think very well may happen) it definitely offers enough to make it visually more like a horror than suspense film. You'll get through this one in a day or less if you have the time. Great semi-spooky vacation read.

My rating:⭑⭑⭑

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