What You Hide by Natalie D Richards
A new pulse-pounding romantic thriller from the author of We All Fall Down and Six Months Later
Spencer volunteers at the library. Sure, it’s community service, but he likes his work. Especially if it means getting to see Mallory.
Mallory spends a lot of time keeping her head down. When you’re sixteen and homeless, nothing matters more than being anonymous. But Spencer’s charm makes her want to be noticed.
Then sinister things start happening at the library. Mysterious symbols and terrifying warnings begin to appear, and management grows suspicious. Spencer and Mallory know a homeless teenager makes an easy target, and if they can’t find the real culprit soon, they could lose more than just their safe haven…
This is the second book I’ve read by Natalie D Richards and I really enjoyed it. I wasn’t sure if it would end up being a ghost story, or just a story with a real person. It kept me guessing.
The book is told in alternating chapters by Mallory and Spencer. Mallory leaves home in fear of her stepfather. He hasn’t been physically abusive, but he is controlling and terrifies her. Mallory’s pregnant mom was supposed to leave with her, but she chose to stay. Mallory starts hiding out in the library to sleep. Spencer is an adopted rich kid. He gets in trouble for breaking a window at the library and starts working there to pay it off.
After a body is found in the library, strange things start happening. A little girl freaks out that there is a ghost in the walls. Strange footprints start showing up. There are random dark marks and then words start appearing. The police have searched the library, but they don’t find anything. But the words and marks keep showing up.
Spencer and Mallory start talking and she eventually opens up to him. He wants to help her, but she doesn’t want a boy to take control of her since that happened to her mom. Spencer is having doubts on his future and realizes that he isn’t looking for the future his parents have planned. Mallory just wants to get her mom away from her stepdad and for things to get back to normal. They start spending more time together and both end up having feelings for each other.
The book will have you wanting to know who is in the library, ghost or human. And also wanting to know the history of Mallory’s stepdad. I ended up really liking both Mallory and Spencer and wanted the best for both of them.
Thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss for giving me a copy for review. I gave this one 4 stars. Warnings for emotional abuse, overdose, and death.
Have you read What You Hide? What are some other YA thrillers that you enjoyed?