A Place of Hiding

A Place of Hiding

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An isolated beach on the island of Guernsey in the English Channel is the scene of the murder of Guy Brouard, one of Guernsey's wealthiest inhabitants and its main benefactor. Forced as a child to flee the Nazis in Paris, Brouard was engaged in his latest project when he died: a museum in honor of those who resisted the German occupation of the island during World War II. It is from this period of time that his murderer may well have come. But there are others on Guernsey with reason to want Guy Brouard dead: his wives, his business associates, his current mistress, the underprivileged teenagers he mentored--any of whom might have harbored a secret motive for murder. As family and friends gather for the reading of the will, Deborah and Simon St. James find that seemingly everyone on the history-haunted island has something to hide. And behind all the lies and alibis, a killer is lurking. In order to bring this person to justice, the St. James must delve into Guernsey's dark history--both past and present--and into the troubled psyche of someone who may have exacted retribution for the most unspeakable crime of all. In A Place of Hiding, bestselling novelist Elizabeth George marks new territory in the darker landscapes of human relationships. She tells a gripping, suspenseful story of betrayal and devotion, war and remembrance, love and loss...and the higher truths to which we must all ultimately answer. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Bantam Books, c2003.
ISBN: 9780553801309
0553801309
9780553582376
0553582372
Characteristics: 514 p. ;,24 cm.

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dlh1
Jan 26, 2018

I enjoyed the depth of character development in the story, but the author fell short of providing an explanation as to why the murder victim destroyed so many lives of the locals. Was it unintentional, calculated, or a bit of both?
P.S. It's funny how you feel the true weight of the written word after you've had a few days to fully digest it's impact on your view of the world. How just a small idea, once planted, can blossom into so much more understanding. This novel talked about how a war "hero" was exposed for the exact opposite, after he wasn't able to share the truth with his friends and family for decades (of how he turned in his neighbours, who were part of the resistance, to save his own skin). His own son had honoured him, until he learned the truth through an old German accounting book. Truth is something that we are losing in our own society. Everyone has their own truth, which seems to just be lies and deception to make themselves look good (to varying degrees). If our own parents lie to us, how can we believe anyone?

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rslade
Mar 20, 2012

An interesting "Lynley" in that Lynley only appears tangentially. Starring Deborah and husband Simon, although with little in the way of forensics. Written as well as always, and with as many twists as usual, but this one feels a bit constructed ...

ckguyfromsi Feb 01, 2012

As usual, George does a fine job keeping the reader intrigued and in suspense about who killed Guy Brouard right until the surprising end.

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