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‘The Art Of Hiding’ By Amanda Prowse


Cover Image 'The Art Of Hiding' By Amanda ProwseNina caught the red light only a spit away from the entrance to the boys’ school. It was a regular frustration at the beginning of the day and something she tended to see as an omen.

Green light, good day. Red light, bad.

“What’s for supper?” Connor asked as he pulled at the seat belt of their Audi and flicked his overly long Bieberesque fringe from his eyes with a well-practised jerk of his head.

“You’ve only just had breakfast!” Nina smiled at her son, who sat forward with his school bag on his lap. Her youngest, Declan, gave a chuckle from the back seat.

“I know, but I’m planning ahead. I’m always starving after my match.”

“Yes, I’d noticed.” She pictured him in his rugby kit with mud-caked knees, tearing through the kitchen cupboards with locust-like enthusiasm in a desperate search for carbs or sugar, preferably both. “What have you got on today apart from the big match?”

“Nothing.” Connor extracted his phone from his pocket and began to text with agile thumbs. She decided not to express her concern yet again that all that texting and game playing would lead to arthritis in later life. It didn’t stop her from thinking it though….


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  • The first lines give away nothing about what’s ahead, so I can’t really even tell the genre. (mystery? contemporary fiction?) I will say I do like the cover quite a bit! 🙂

    You’ll have to feature more on this one.

    • I quite like the opening lines, although as you so rightly point out, they don’t give anything much away.

      The Goodreads premise is really good and as for genre, this is how it is described on all the major sites ….

      “Bestselling author Amanda Prowse once again plumbs the depths of human experience in this stirring and empowering tale of one woman’s loss and love.”

      I also like the array of cover art which encompasses Amanda’s books …


      I hope that any future posts give you more of an idea as to whether this one is for you 🙂

  • I like that red light, green light game. But I’m not sure I’d get much further in this one. I tend to shy away from books with texting in the first few paragraphs. I know that just shows how ancient I am. Hope you enjoy the rest of the book!

    • Hi Joy,

      I don’t know whether the texting scene in the car is an isolated incident or not, so I guess that you might be wise to steer clear of reading this one.

      It wouldn’t do for us all to enjoy the same thing, just think how boring that would be!

      My drives to and from work are never going to be quite the same again however, as I shall be playing the ‘red light, green light’ game from now on, although I must be careful not to get too carried away, as it would be quite easy to find myself deliberately dodging or jumping the red lights and that would never do!! Thinking about it though, I only pass through one set of traffic lights and those are right in the middle of town, so the game might get a little boring?

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, despite this not being a book for your own shelf 🙂

  • I like that name Declan. And you know, I totally believe the texting will lead to arthritis. It’s got to. Especially on the thumbs.
    Happy reading and enjoy your week!

    • Declan and Connor McCarrick – I wonder if there is going to be an Irish link going on somewhere in this story? Although I know that the main storyline takes place in Southampton, on the English south coast, an area which I know quite well as it is both close by to where we live and is hubbie’s birthplace!

      Now I need for the book to make its way quickly up my TBR pile so that I can find out!

      I don’t know how people text so quickly and with both thumbs together. This is definitely building up an arthritis problem for the future and as someone who already has an arthritis problem in my feet, through wearing ill-fitting shoes in my youth, I can vouch for the fact that these are not just ‘old wives tales’. These days I so often find myself sounding like my mother that it is quite scary, but she did speak quite a lot of sense!

      Thanks for visiting, I always enjoy reading your comments 🙂

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