You Can Hide (Laurel Snow #2) – ARC review

You Can Hide
by Rebecca Zanetti
Release Date: November 29, 2022
Publisher:  Zebra Books
Book #2 in the Laurel Snow series
Number of pages:  331
Source: ARC from NetGalley
Ages 16 and up
CW: kidnapping, serial killer,
rape, violence
What do you do when a sociopath loves you? Rising star FBI profiler Laurel Snow is about to find out …
Calling Laurel Snow’s relationship with her newly discovered half-sister challenging is an understatement. Not only does Laurel suspect Abigail is behind the mysterious disappearance of their father, but her erratic behavior also makes life in Laurel’s small hometown interesting, to say the least. Still, when Abigail claims someone is now out to kill her, Laurel’s instinct to protect her sister goes into overdrive. Then things get even more dicey as dead bodies start turning up in the icy waters of the Sauk River and there’s only one connection among them: Abigail . . .
Having Fish and Wildlife Captain Huck Rivers bringing in those bodies with his dive team only complicates matters. Huck is as impulsive and fiery as Laurel is coolly analytical, which makes their alliance risky at best. But standing up to such a demonically brilliant killer is going to take all the help Laurel can get. Because Laurel’s attempt to save her troubled sister’s life might cost her own . . .

I’m going to start with the classification of this story. With this author, it is easy to see why people will assume this is a romantic suspense, but I wouldn’t classify this book as a romance. And, to be fair, neither does the author. On her website, it’s referred to as a thrilling suspense, and that seems right to me. Don’t worry, there is plenty of interactions with Huck and Laurel. But their romance is by no means the central story here.

That being said. Laurel and Huck have a wonderful connection. Because Laurel is socially awkward and not able to pick up on social cues, she doesn’t get that Huck is quite enamored with her. Subtleties don’t hit the mark with Laurel. While Huck knows this about her, it can still be confusing and frustrating for him. Yet these two always come back around to each other and really do understand each other in ways nobody else does. So while this can’t, in my mind, be considered a romance, it still scratched some of my itch for some warm fuzzies.

The meat of this story is the possible (new) serial killer on the loose in the Pacific Northwest. Lauren and Huck team up again to solve this case. The mystery itself is well written. There were a lot of suspects that kept me guessing. But the thing about this series that keeps me invested is Abigail. Lauren’s half-sister is creepy. I love how the author writes all of the characters, but with Abigail, it is next level. I never know where she’s going and what she’s up to. So while the criminal cases in both books so far were wrapped up by the end of the books, there’s still so much not known about Abigail. Obviously, she is not a good person, but how involved has she been in the murders so far? And how far will she go to get what she wants? For that matter, what does she want?

It’s my opinion that you shouldn’t read this story without reading You Can Run first. I don’t feel the full extent of Laurel’s personality or Huck’s reasons for his need to be alone will be appreciated without reading that first book. This is a series that will continue to build tension (and romance) as it goes along.

4 stars

**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely*

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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1 Response to You Can Hide (Laurel Snow #2) – ARC review

  1. Louise H says:

    Wonderful review – you have me intrigued. It’s good to sometimes let romance take a back seat too.

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