Intrigue, Romance, and Redemption

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21). This poignant biblical quote sets the stage for Colleen Coble and Rick Acker’s collaborative novel, What We Hide, a blend of suspense, romance, and spiritual depth.

History professor Savannah Webster’s life shattered after losing her toddler and her marriage collapses. Amid her research on the Willard Treasure, pre-Columbian artifacts with a shadowy past at Tupelo Grove University, Savannah stumbles upon forged provenance letters, hinting at a sinister plot to steal from the collection.

Matters worsen when her estranged husband, Hezekiah, reappears seeking reconciliation, only for Savannah to find herself embroiled in a murder investigation soon after rejecting him. Desperate to clear her name, Savannah reluctantly partners with Hez to uncover the truth behind the crime while navigating their unresolved feelings and the painful memories of their daughter’s death.

Coble and Acker, masters in their respective genres of suspense and legal thrillers, deliver a compelling narrative that keeps readers guessing until the very end. Although Savannah occasionally falls into the role of damsel in distress, and the prose can be repetitive, the story enriches readers with its heartfelt exploration of second chances and the healing power of faith. The plot is rife with twists and turns, ensuring a gripping read that holds the reader’s attention throughout.

What We Hide is a promising start to what could be an engaging series, blending mystery with a tender love story. I supplemented the eBook with audio, and the narrator does a great job. Fans of Coble and Acker will find much to enjoy in this collaboration, and I eagerly anticipate what comes next. 4 stars.

**Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing a complimentary copy. The opinions expressed are solely my own.

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