Book Look: Hidden in a Small Town

Does anybody else miss Heroes? You know, the show where people find out they have superpowers and shit gets real? I never did feel like that show got a good ending, I remember being disappointed when I found out it was cancelled. You know what reminds me a lot of that show? Sense8. Eight strangers one day find themselves inexplicably mentally connected. Just out of the blue.

You're probably wondering why I'm opening a book review like this. Hidden in a Small Town opens with an eighth grade history teacher named Slater, a guy who's just trying to get through his day and interest his students when suddenly he's hit with a vision of a girl in trouble. Bam! Out of nowhere. I really like stories where I'm just thrown into the middle of the action - cold opens are my jam. I found myself immediately interested in Slater because he seems so normal, you know? Just a guy who works, helps his buddies on the weekends, and occasionally has visions of people in terrible situations.

You know, the usual.

Before I get into the meat of the story, let's talk about my favorite line. Chapter four opens with, "I hate to knock Kansas, but it's boring as hell. And so flat." Guys, I was mentally screaming it's so accurate. I've lived quite a few places and I've traveled, and let me tell you, I have yet to see a place flatter than the state I'm living in. DESERTS HAVE MORE HILLS. Honestly, my favorite thing about this book is the author dragging the Midwest because it's so good-natured and, you know, true.

The story is told from two perspectives: Slater's and the girl from his visions, Nora. Normally I'm iffy about multiple POVs in a novel because it rarely seems to flow very well together, but I'm happy to say this does. Nora and Slater each manage to keep their voices in the switch, then when they come back together at the end for an overall third-person perspective, I promise you that I couldn't imagine it any other way.

Hidden in a Small Town is classified as suspense, but it's got a little bit of romance and a sliiight touch of something supernatural, but it never comes across as cheesy or campy. Drama and character development are at the core of the novel and I really, genuinely appreciate that. If you're looking for a good weekend read, I'd recommend this book.


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