Wow! This book was fantastic! With strong characters, superb plot building, and creepy moments, this was a wild and five-star filled ride!
Mallory has been clean for 18 months and has just gotten her first job outside of rehab. With an on-site cottage for her to live in on her own, this babysitting gig seems pretty great! There are some downsides though, Mallory’s little charge, Teddy, he is such a sweet kid, but he draws the creepiest pictures. Mallory quickly finds that these creepy drawings may have a more sinister origin than Teddy’s parents know…
This story has such a quick start, and it never slows down. I loved the fast-paced writing, and the crazy things that happen! The paranormal aspect was hair raising at times, but never to the point that I needed to sleep with a light on, which is perfect for me!
The plot is so well created. I didn’t feel like there were loose ends left behind at the end of this one. While this is a paranormal, crazy story, I felt like everything that happened made sense withing this story’s universe, and I was really happy with where the plot went!
I would absolutely recommend this one for readers who enjoy ghost stories and thrillers!
Drug use, drug rehabilitation.
Where to Find This Book:
From Jason Rekulak, Edgar-nominated author of The Impossible Fortress, comes a wildly inventive spin on the classic horror story in Hidden Pictures, a creepy and warm-hearted mystery about a woman working as a nanny for a young boy with strange and disturbing secrets.
Fresh out of rehab, Mallory Quinn takes a job in the affluent suburb of Spring Brook, New Jersey as a babysitter for Ted and Caroline Maxwell. She is to look after their five-year-old son, Teddy.
Mallory immediately loves this new job. She lives in the Maxwell’s pool house, goes out for nightly runs, and has the stability she craves. And she sincerely bonds with Teddy, a sweet, shy boy who is never without his sketchbook and pencil. His drawings are the usual fare: trees, rabbits, balloons. But one day, he draws something different: a man in a forest, dragging a woman’s lifeless body.
As the days pass, Teddy’s artwork becomes more and more sinister, and his stick figures steadily evolve into more detailed, complex, and lifelike sketches well beyond the ability of any five-year-old. Mallory begins to suspect these are glimpses of an unsolved murder from long ago, perhaps relayed by a supernatural force lingering in the forest behind the Maxwell’s house.
With help from a handsome landscaper and an eccentric neighbor, Mallory sets out to decipher the images and save Teddy—while coming to terms with a tragedy in her own past—before it’s too late.
Just the Facts:
Hidden Pictures by Jason Rekulak
Genre: Paranormal Thriller
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Pub Date: May 10, 2022
I was provided a gifted copy of this book for free. I am leaving my honest review voluntarily.