The Ways We Hide The Ways We Hide

The Ways We Hide

A Novel

    • 4.1 • 43 Ratings
    • $16.99
    • $16.99

Publisher Description

"The Queen's Gambit meets The Alice Network in this epic, action-packed novel of family, loss, and one woman's journey to save all she holds dear—including freedom itself." —Kristin Harmel, New York Times bestselling author of The Forest of Vanishing Stars

From the New York Times bestselling author of Sold on a Monday—over a million copies sold—comes a sweeping World War II tale of an illusionist whose recruitment by British intelligence sets her on a perilous, heartrending path.

As a little girl raised amid the hardships of Michigan’s Copper Country, Fenna Vos learned to focus on her own survival. That ability sustains her even now as the Second World War rages in faraway countries. Though she performs onstage as the assistant to an unruly escape artist, behind the curtain she’s the mastermind of their act. Ultimately, controlling her surroundings and eluding traps of every kind helps her keep a lingering trauma at bay.

Yet for all her planning, Fenna doesn’t foresee being called upon by British military intelligence. Tasked with designing escape aids to thwart the Germans, MI9 seeks those with specialized skills for a war nearing its breaking point. Fenna reluctantly joins the unconventional team as an inventor. But when a test of her loyalty draws her deep into the fray, she discovers no mission is more treacherous than escaping one’s past. 

Inspired by stunning true accounts, The Ways We Hide is a gripping story of love and loss, the wars we fight—on the battlefields and within ourselves—and the courage found in unexpected places.

Fiction & Literature
September 6
Sourcebooks, Inc.

Customer Reviews

akbaird ,

Great for book clubs

Kristina McMorris does it again with another well researched and fascinating story. This time through the eyes of an illusionist and how her out of the box thinking helped in the war Intelligence efforts during WWII.

This story alternates between Fenna’s difficult childhood and her adult life. As an adult, she was as an assistant to an escape artist and served in WWII as an assistant for military intelligence in London.

Fenna lost both her parents at a young age, survived the staircase stampede, escaped an orphanage, and developed an obsession with magic, which stemmed from her best friend Arie, whom she lived with after her horrible orphanage experience.

Fenna and Charles are partners for their escapist show. When Fenna is recruited to go to London to help fight in the war, she seriously considers it because she realizes that she doesn’t see eye to eye with Charles. After much thought, she decided to take the assignment. Will this be the new start she is looking for? Will the hardships Fenna faced in her childhood and adulthood help in her intelligence job? Or is this another escape from life?

Absolutely loved the character development in this book. It just made this story flow and gave insight how hard life really was during the war, and the risks that were taken. Did you know that there is speculation that Houdini helped in the war intelligence efforts during WWI? During WWII, they used board games such as Monopoly to hide intelligence information. These are fascinating pieces of information this author provided in her author notes. Perfect book for book clubs and those who love Historical Fiction!

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