ARC Review: Nothing Hidden Ever Stays by H.R. Mason

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Genre: Mystery/Thriller

One for sorrow
Two for joy
Three for a girl

The Ross family is cursed. A spider web of its young women dying young, disappearing, madness spreading like wildfire.

Last of the Ross line, Aubrey has grown up as an orphan and is shocked when she learns that she is the sole heir of an estate and now has more money and possessions that she ever could have imagined.

When she arrives at Desolate Ridge (I shit you not), Aubrey who has suffered from premonitions and visions, sees everything tenfold and she unearths her family’s past and her own future in deadly, ghostly clarity.

Sigh.

I love ghost stories. I love murder stories. What I don’t love is using mental illness as a plot line for both. Reading this I just felt so…gross and annoyed. Insanity and madness were the main reasons as to why things occurred and yes, I get it but also, it seems very problematic.

Reading about the countless and barbaric violence against women got old real quick as well.

Man: I’m jealous. This man is talking to my property. I’m going to kill her. *Kills her; chapter ends*

Rinse and repeat and there you go.

Aubrey is an interesting character and I really felt for her. I also wanted her to get the fuck out of dodge right away. I pictured Hank as a Ken doll and that romance was literally blink and you miss it and I’m not kidding. I blinked and they were kissing and I was like when the hell did this happen? I am not opposed to romance in my thrillers but it didn’t seem organic at all but it’s *~destiny*~ and all that and who am I to mess with ghostly affairs.

The end was…like a soap opera. A korean drama so of course I loved it. It was dramatic and nonsensical and AMAZING. I cheered. This is a fast, read and the story is pretty predictable. Read it on a dark, stormy night and light some candles for the scare factor.

Overall, this wasn’t a very good read. The plot was weak, characters were see through, and the ending was rushed. Mental illness is not a cause for murder and mayhem and that stigma needs to end let’s not exacerbate it.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this copy of my ARC. All opinions are my own.

Four for a boy
Five for silver
Six for gold

Seven for a secret never to be told

💜💜✨ 2.5/5

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Expected publication: October 29th 2019 by Tangled Tree Publishing

8 thoughts on “ARC Review: Nothing Hidden Ever Stays by H.R. Mason

  1. “Mental illness is not a cause for murder and mayhem and that stigma needs to end let’s not exacerbate it.”

    PREACH IT MY FRIEND!!!!!!!!!!!!! This sounds like a completely frustrating read. Could imagine myself flinging it at the heads of people I don’t like……. 🙈😂

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