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A tense, unputdownable thriller from the author of Hangman. Timothy Blake has nothing to lose. He's headed to an isolated house in rural Texas with a hammer in his pocket and murder on his mind. His target is Fred, the ringleader of a criminal empire on the dark web. Once Fred is gone, Blake can disappear for good. But it turns out that Fred isn't alone. Five other psychopat A tense, unputdownable thriller from the author of Hangman. Timothy Blake has nothing to lose. He's headed to an isolated house in rural Texas with a hammer in his pocket and murder on his mind. His target is Fred, the ringleader of a criminal empire on the dark web. Once Fred is gone, Blake can disappear for good. But it turns out that Fred isn't alone. Five other psychopaths live in the house. They work together and call themselves the Guards. Torture, extortion and death are their business. Blake manages to convince them that he's one of their online associates. Soon they think he's a monster, like them. They're not wrong. Blake decides to pick them off one by one. But when a Guard is found with a bullet in his skull, Blake realises that someone else in the house may have the same idea - and he might be their next target. Meanwhile, who are the desperate people chained up in the building behind the house? One of them will change everything . . . A bloody, twisted roller-coaster of dark action and suspense from the acclaimed bestselling author of Hangman.


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A tense, unputdownable thriller from the author of Hangman. Timothy Blake has nothing to lose. He's headed to an isolated house in rural Texas with a hammer in his pocket and murder on his mind. His target is Fred, the ringleader of a criminal empire on the dark web. Once Fred is gone, Blake can disappear for good. But it turns out that Fred isn't alone. Five other psychopat A tense, unputdownable thriller from the author of Hangman. Timothy Blake has nothing to lose. He's headed to an isolated house in rural Texas with a hammer in his pocket and murder on his mind. His target is Fred, the ringleader of a criminal empire on the dark web. Once Fred is gone, Blake can disappear for good. But it turns out that Fred isn't alone. Five other psychopaths live in the house. They work together and call themselves the Guards. Torture, extortion and death are their business. Blake manages to convince them that he's one of their online associates. Soon they think he's a monster, like them. They're not wrong. Blake decides to pick them off one by one. But when a Guard is found with a bullet in his skull, Blake realises that someone else in the house may have the same idea - and he might be their next target. Meanwhile, who are the desperate people chained up in the building behind the house? One of them will change everything . . . A bloody, twisted roller-coaster of dark action and suspense from the acclaimed bestselling author of Hangman.

30 review for Hideout

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mandy White (mandylovestoread)

    Have you met Timothy Blake? Hideout is book 3 to feature this FBI consultant with a very dark secret. He is a character that you should not like, but the way that Jack Heath writes him , you cannot help but root for him. He is a very messed up individual who finds justice by killing the bad guys and making a meal out of them - literally. Hideout can be read as a stand alone but I highly recommend the first 2 books to fully understand what makes Timothy the way he is and his relationships with ot Have you met Timothy Blake? Hideout is book 3 to feature this FBI consultant with a very dark secret. He is a character that you should not like, but the way that Jack Heath writes him , you cannot help but root for him. He is a very messed up individual who finds justice by killing the bad guys and making a meal out of them - literally. Hideout can be read as a stand alone but I highly recommend the first 2 books to fully understand what makes Timothy the way he is and his relationships with others. Hideout begins with Timothy planning to kill Fred and make him his dinner before killing himself - lovely right. But when he arrives at Fred's home he discovers that Fred does not live alone. There is a house full of like minded people who call themselves The Guards. They kidnap the people that the courts set free, bad people who need to be punished. They torture and kill their victims on camera for their online subscribers on the Dark Web. Now Timothy can't really judge them, being what he is. But he is trying to be good, and not eat human flesh. Instead of going to the police, he decides to infiltrate them and gain more information. They welcome him with open arms, believing that he is Lux, one of their subscribers. All of these books are dark and very twisted and are not for those with a weak stomach. It is quite graphic (I am talking about you meat grinder scene!!), terrifying and hard to read at time. But at the same time it is clever, it is funny and addictive. What does that say about me?? I just love these books and already can't wait to see if there will be more. Thanks to Allen and Unwin for my advanced copy of this book to read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Timothy Blake is back in Jack Heath's third book of the series and this time he's determined to kill a criminal ringleader, disposing of his body in the his favourite way. Hideout picks up from where Hunter left us with Blake standing outside an isolated farmhouse confronting Fred, the man he has come to kill with only a hammer hidden in his waistband. However, he wasn’t expecting that Fred would have a team of other psychopaths living with him out here in the woods. A team that calls themselves Timothy Blake is back in Jack Heath's third book of the series and this time he's determined to kill a criminal ringleader, disposing of his body in the his favourite way. Hideout picks up from where Hunter left us with Blake standing outside an isolated farmhouse confronting Fred, the man he has come to kill with only a hammer hidden in his waistband. However, he wasn’t expecting that Fred would have a team of other psychopaths living with him out here in the woods. A team that calls themselves ‘The Guards’, abducting criminals (such as terrorists, rapists, pedophiles) who’ve escaped justice through the court system and torturing them to make violence porn to sell to subscribers on the dark web. Blake realises the only solution is for him to infiltrate the group and hope his undercover alias as one of their collaborators will hold up. Hideout is a darkly clever thriller with touches of black humour. Blake is a flawed hero, who thinks he deserves to die, meaning he has nothing to lose in taking on Fred and his group. He has his own sense of morality which means he will risk much to protect the innocent and bring justice to those who deserve it. Although violent in places (and not for the faint hearted), the suspense and twists in the plot ensures a hugely entertaining and engaging read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Gloria Arthur

    ⭐️4.5 Stars⭐️ An entertaining and twisted crime thriller, totally perverse with dark humour thrown in! Hideout is the addictive sequel to Hunter from best selling Australian author Jack Heath. Hideout is easily read as a standalone. Timothy Blake is not the type of person you would expect to be working as a FBI consultant although he does have heroic qualities, he’s extremely observant, brave and cunning but he does have a disturbing flaw which will have you reeling! I was repulsed once I found out ⭐️4.5 Stars⭐️ An entertaining and twisted crime thriller, totally perverse with dark humour thrown in! Hideout is the addictive sequel to Hunter from best selling Australian author Jack Heath. Hideout is easily read as a standalone. Timothy Blake is not the type of person you would expect to be working as a FBI consultant although he does have heroic qualities, he’s extremely observant, brave and cunning but he does have a disturbing flaw which will have you reeling! I was repulsed once I found out his secret but regardless you can’t help cheering for him, he is a likeable character! He makes a meal out of the bad guys at times but don’t look in his freezer! In this sequel Blake is aiming to kill Fred the ringleader of a torture empire on the dark web. Blake is claiming to be someone else who is now dead, unknown to Fred. He infiltrates their hideout and finds himself living amongst Fred and five other criminal psychopaths but he cleverly makes them believe he is their ally until he can kill them all off. One of the criminals is killed suspiciously and he realises somebody else in the house maybe planning the same thing. Blake makes another shocking discovery at the house, the psychopaths have been hiding something that he will eventually risk his life for. The scenes in the book are quite violent, particularly the meat grinder scene which is horrific and nail biting. Each chapter is prefaced with a challenging riddle that is fun to decipher. I believe the answers are on the author’s website. I have to admit I’ve become a big fan of Timothy Blake and his evil escapades. A recommended well paced read for those that can handle something a little shocking but cleverly entertaining! I wish to thank Allen & Unwin for the generous opportunity to win an advanced copy of the book

  4. 4 out of 5

    Marianne

    Hideout is the third book in the Timothy Blake series by award-winning Australian author, Jack Heath. The plan had been for Timothy Blake to kill Fred with the hammer stuffed down his waistband, enjoy a last meal (Fred), then suicide, removing his own monstrous presence from the world. But that all goes awry when Fred mentions that his five close friends (of the same murderous inclinations) are here, eager to meet him. Blake is introduced to the others, a group calling themselves The Guards, and Hideout is the third book in the Timothy Blake series by award-winning Australian author, Jack Heath. The plan had been for Timothy Blake to kill Fred with the hammer stuffed down his waistband, enjoy a last meal (Fred), then suicide, removing his own monstrous presence from the world. But that all goes awry when Fred mentions that his five close friends (of the same murderous inclinations) are here, eager to meet him. Blake is introduced to the others, a group calling themselves The Guards, and shown around the remote forest mansion. The Guard engage in something that Blake unwittingly, but to their delight, dubs “Justice Porn”: they kidnap offenders (paedophiles, rapists, domestic abusers, scammers, white supremacists) who have been released by the justice system and film their torture and murder for viewing by internet subscribers on the dark web. A group of such people is currently held captive there for the Guards’, and his pleasure. One tiny complication is that the Guards believe him to be Shannon Luxford aka Lux, one of their prolific torture video contributors, but Lux was Blake’s latest victim, now buried in Huntsville State Park. Thus our favourite cannibalistic monster is trying to fool a house full of monsters into believing that he is a different sort of monster (one he only ever met twice). If any of them twigs to his true identity, things might get rather unpleasant. The best solution would be to kill them all… Blake knows he could call the police, “But then I wouldn’t get to eat the Guards. A thousand pounds of meat, wasted.” He does face a dilemma, though: “I only eat bad people. It’s not much of a moral code but it’s what I have. The Guards have a similar policy. Which puts me into a difficult position, ethically… Is it bad to kill people who only kill bad people?” But before Blake gets a chance to indulge, an intruder triggers the motion sensor cameras in the surrounding trees, then one of the Guards is shot dead. As Blake maintains his act with each of the remaining Guards, he makes an unsettling personal discovery, and then a new torture candidate arrives to change the whole game. Once again, Heath gives the reader an engrossing (although some might say gross) read with an excellent plot, some clever twists and a dramatic climax. The story neatly illustrates power of the internet and social media. As with past books in the series, Heath prefaces each chapter with a riddle, a clue to which appears in that chapter. Again, there are spoilers for the previous book(s) so it is important to read this series in order. Blake’s inner monologue and his unsaid asides are often laugh-out-loud (if darkly) comical: “I pick up a bread knife. It’s been years since I used one of these on actual bread. The serrated edge is perfect for sawing through tendons.” In this instalment, Blake has a close encounter with a human-sized meat grinder, performs an autopsy, has a mishap with pepper spray, and finds himself running customer support for a dark web torture site. Lacking the opportunity to dine on any of them, and because the Guards are environmentally conscious vegetarians, our favourite cannibal remains ravenously hungry for most of the novel. There’s plenty of dark irony, especially regarding what the prisoners are fed and their ultimate fate, and this is probably not a book to read while eating or on public transport. If Heath keeps chopping bits off his protagonist, he’ll need to get quite creative with further books in the series, but given his previous work, that’s unlikely to be too much of a challenge for this talented author. Blackly funny and enormously entertaining: fans will not be disappointed in this latest taste of Timothy Blake. This unbiased review is from an uncorrected proof copy provided by Allen & Unwin.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Janelle

    This book is strangely entertaining. The “hero” is Timothy Blake, an FBI civilian consultant gone rogue . He wants to kill Fred, the leader of a dark web torture site but when he gets to the isolated Texas house, he discovers there’s five other psychopaths there so he passes himself off as one of them (which is pretty easy for him when you know his own psychopathy!). It’s not a nice book, there’s lots of violence,cruelty etc and none of the characters are particularly likeable but it’s also funn This book is strangely entertaining. The “hero” is Timothy Blake, an FBI civilian consultant gone rogue . He wants to kill Fred, the leader of a dark web torture site but when he gets to the isolated Texas house, he discovers there’s five other psychopaths there so he passes himself off as one of them (which is pretty easy for him when you know his own psychopathy!). It’s not a nice book, there’s lots of violence,cruelty etc and none of the characters are particularly likeable but it’s also funny and clever. (view spoiler)[All the psychopaths are vegans because they don’t like cruelty to animals, they recycle and compost! (hide spoiler)] I haven’t read the first two books (I won this in a giveaway) but I can see why they’d be popular. Each chapter begins with a riddle, I was pleased when I could solve them, but I don’t think I got them all !(eg “The roof of this war machine goes great with your jeans, what am I?). My favourite part of the book was the name of the invented “anti mascot”, a hate figure for all their online customers , Emmanuel Goldstein. Neither Blake or the guy telling him, (nor their customers it seems) know where this name comes from so it made me laugh. A solid thriller/murder/crime novel that moves along quickly with an end that suggests there’ll be more in this series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    This was so BLOODY good. I think I am quite funny right there. Ok let me tell you a few things, and see if this piques interest, disdain, disgust, confusion or horror. • Blood • Gore • Guts • Dismemberment • Bones splintering • Bones swallowing • Limbs amputated • Meat grinder • Torture • Being trapped • Civil liberties? None • Chains • Flesh consumerism • Treachery • Riot • Dark web • Criminality • Immorality • Rank and odorous Need I go on? Jack Heath has had an illustrious career, I only just recently received This was so BLOODY good. I think I am quite funny right there. Ok let me tell you a few things, and see if this piques interest, disdain, disgust, confusion or horror. • Blood • Gore • Guts • Dismemberment • Bones splintering • Bones swallowing • Limbs amputated • Meat grinder • Torture • Being trapped • Civil liberties? None • Chains • Flesh consumerism • Treachery • Riot • Dark web • Criminality • Immorality • Rank and odorous Need I go on? Jack Heath has had an illustrious career, I only just recently received one of his emails telling his readers how far he has come in the last 20 years (don’t quite quote me, I deleted the email!). He reflected on his matured writing and almost churned out one book for every year of his life. How good is that, and how lucky are we! Timothy Blake returns to our pages (or in my experience the audio format) for the third installment, with the first sentence picking up directly from number two, hammer at the ready, and Blake ready to hunt down the villain responsible for a deadly business which quite frankly, involves all of the above. This is quelled straight away as we realise there is a house full of monsters to be dealt with by the lone Blake. Blake, a ‘civilian’ FBI operative is not normal, he has a fetish that unfortunately he cannot quench. He is not a weak or timid man and is ready to attack this man responsible for all things deplorable. But this man is not alone, and what ensues is messy, dark, and gruesome all the way. Blake is a man we want to gun for, and that I do. There is a lot of cat and mouse, he thinks so fast on his feet and never is there a dull moment. Awful characters and such clever and witty dialogue, this author is very skilled. Something that fascinates me is Jack Heath’s seemingly perfect capturing of American culture, I believe it really is spot on and would be curious to know what his American readers would think. Agent Reese Thistle again is joining him, although with truths come to light, we don’t quite get the ending Blake (or us readers) may desire. I will always look forward to reading more of JH, and frustratingly so I have misplaced two younger reader books I had the pleasure of being gifted by the author himself when he and a book group met for lunch a while back. I must find these books! This series obviously isn’t for everyone, but it is quality writing which I wholeheartedly recommend to those willing and game.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum

    Guess who's back? Timothy Blake is back in Hideout, the third novel in this fantastically gritty and bloody crime series written by Australian author Jack Heath. We first met Blake in Hangman when we learned he was a cannibal working as a consultant with the FBI. In Hunter , we found him providing body disposal services for a crime lord and Hideout kicks off immediately after the closing events in Hunter. Blake starts out with nothing to lose. Torn up by the loss of his love interest FBI A Guess who's back? Timothy Blake is back in Hideout, the third novel in this fantastically gritty and bloody crime series written by Australian author Jack Heath. We first met Blake in Hangman when we learned he was a cannibal working as a consultant with the FBI. In Hunter , we found him providing body disposal services for a crime lord and Hideout kicks off immediately after the closing events in Hunter. Blake starts out with nothing to lose. Torn up by the loss of his love interest FBI Agent Reese Thistle, he's determined to stick it to a bad guy and disappear. Instead, Blake quickly finds himself in a perilous undercover situation which challenges his morals and his will to survive. "I'm being paranoid. A common problem. Once you've done enough bad things, it's impossible not to imagine them being done to you." Page 52 The tension and action is palpable and Heath has taken Blake's character farther than I ever imagined. It's this unexpected plot development that makes this dark and grisly series so uniquely refreshing. Blake is an intelligent, clever and oddly funny anti-hero, and the reader can't help but hope he succeeds in his endeavours, despite knowing about his gruesome proclivities. Blake thinks quick on his feet and is only too aware of his flaws. However he continues to struggle with his inner demons in the series; wanting to be a better person yet readily identifying with the bad guys. This is my favourite Australian crime series of all time and author Jack Heath has certainly outdone himself again. Wow, what a talent! But the best part of Hideout was knowing the direction Blake might take in the future and I'm so ready for it. * Copy courtesy of Allen & Unwin *

  8. 4 out of 5

    Marles Henry

    A slightly gruesome and macabre story, and a gripping read at that. It’s quite a twisted tale where the hero is just as bad as the villains, so you are actually not sure if you want to empathise with his pursuit. Was I just  horrified by it all? Was I indeed more frightened by Blake than Fred and his clan of vigilantes saving the world from other evil people? He was an uncomfortable character no matter what his intentions were. I still don’t know if Blake is a tormented soul or whether he is a c A slightly gruesome and macabre story, and a gripping read at that. It’s quite a twisted tale where the hero is just as bad as the villains, so you are actually not sure if you want to empathise with his pursuit. Was I just  horrified by it all? Was I indeed more frightened by Blake than Fred and his clan of vigilantes saving the world from other evil people? He was an uncomfortable character no matter what his intentions were. I still don’t know if Blake is a tormented soul or whether he is a callous psychopath just like the ones he wants to hunt down. The Guards are no less likeable even though they are painted lightly with a veneer of normality to entice the reader to make a connection with them a well. But ultimately how do you make a connection with evil? How does one pretty up evil?  I think Jack Heath is very skilled in building these arguments - who is the lesser of two evils, and how do you align to evil knowing that it is still the safer option to have? Thank you Allen & Unwin for the ARC.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Alan Baxter

    This book is bonkers and it shouldn't work, but Heath pulls it off with style. Absolutely bananas fun and mayhem. This book is bonkers and it shouldn't work, but Heath pulls it off with style. Absolutely bananas fun and mayhem.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Luxford

    The best book in the series so far. The book is very grounded in its setting and characters, which Heath builds upon to weave a great story. Heath really digs down into characters, and really fleshes them out as the novel continues. Hopefully there’s more to come. Not as gruesome as the other novels though, which makes me wonder whether Blake is addicted to cannibalism rather than a lifestyle he chooses - as Blake has some of the signs of addiction withdrawal throughout the novel. It makes more s The best book in the series so far. The book is very grounded in its setting and characters, which Heath builds upon to weave a great story. Heath really digs down into characters, and really fleshes them out as the novel continues. Hopefully there’s more to come. Not as gruesome as the other novels though, which makes me wonder whether Blake is addicted to cannibalism rather than a lifestyle he chooses - as Blake has some of the signs of addiction withdrawal throughout the novel. It makes more sense to me as I continue thinking about it. However, what I really disliked about this novel is that it continues the trend of LGBT people being killed, mutilated or just generally being thrown in the mud in literature and films.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Marianne

    Hideout is the third book in the Timothy Blake series by award-winning Australian author, Jack Heath. The audio version is narrated by Christopher Ragland. The plan had been for Timothy Blake to kill Fred with the hammer stuffed down his waistband, enjoy a last meal (Fred), then suicide, removing his own monstrous presence from the world. But that all goes awry when Fred mentions that his five close friends (of the same murderous inclinations) are here, eager to meet him. Blake is introduced to Hideout is the third book in the Timothy Blake series by award-winning Australian author, Jack Heath. The audio version is narrated by Christopher Ragland. The plan had been for Timothy Blake to kill Fred with the hammer stuffed down his waistband, enjoy a last meal (Fred), then suicide, removing his own monstrous presence from the world. But that all goes awry when Fred mentions that his five close friends (of the same murderous inclinations) are here, eager to meet him. Blake is introduced to the others, a group calling themselves The Guards, and shown around the remote forest mansion. The Guard engage in something that Blake unwittingly, but to their delight, dubs “Justice Porn”: they kidnap offenders (paedophiles, rapists, domestic abusers, scammers, white supremacists) who have been released by the justice system and film their torture and murder for viewing by internet subscribers on the dark web. A group of such people is currently held captive there for the Guards’, and his pleasure. One tiny complication is that the Guards believe him to be Shannon Luxford aka Lux, one of their prolific torture video contributors, but Lux was Blake’s latest victim, now buried in Huntsville State Park. Thus our favourite cannibalistic monster is trying to fool a house full of monsters into believing that he is a different sort of monster (one he only ever met twice). If any of them twigs to his true identity, things might get rather unpleasant. The best solution would be to kill them all… Blake knows he could call the police, “But then I wouldn’t get to eat the Guards. A thousand pounds of meat, wasted.” He does face a dilemma, though: “I only eat bad people. It’s not much of a moral code but it’s what I have. The Guards have a similar policy. Which puts me into a difficult position, ethically… Is it bad to kill people who only kill bad people?” But before Blake gets a chance to indulge, an intruder triggers the motion sensor cameras in the surrounding trees, then one of the Guards is shot dead. As Blake maintains his act with each of the remaining Guards, he makes an unsettling personal discovery, and then a new torture candidate arrives to change the whole game. Once again, Heath gives the reader an engrossing (although some might say gross) read with an excellent plot, some clever twists and a dramatic climax. The story neatly illustrates power of the internet and social media. As with past books in the series, Heath prefaces each chapter with a riddle, a clue to which appears in that chapter. Again, there are spoilers for the previous book(s) so it is important to read this series in order. Blake’s inner monologue and his unsaid asides are often laugh-out-loud (if darkly) comical: “I pick up a bread knife. It’s been years since I used one of these on actual bread. The serrated edge is perfect for sawing through tendons.” In this instalment, Blake has a close encounter with a human-sized meat grinder, performs an autopsy, has a mishap with pepper spray, and finds himself running customer support for a dark web torture site. Lacking the opportunity to dine on any of them, and because the Guards are environmentally conscious vegetarians, our favourite cannibal remains ravenously hungry for most of the novel. There’s plenty of dark irony, especially regarding what the prisoners are fed and their ultimate fate, and this is probably not a book to read while eating or on public transport. If Heath keeps chopping bits off his protagonist, he’ll need to get quite creative with further books in the series, but given his previous work, that’s unlikely to be too much of a challenge for this talented author. Blackly funny and enormously entertaining: fans will not be disappointed in this latest taste of Timothy Blake.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

    “Is it bad to kill people who kill people who only kill bad people?” Regrettably, I didn’t have the opportunity to read Hangman or Hunter so Hideout is my first introduction to Jack Heath’s series featuring FBI consultant and cannibal, Timothy Blake. Being unfamiliar with the protagonist’s back story didn’t seem to matter as such, Heath establishes Timothy’s state of mind as he stands with a hammer hidden in his back pocket ready to kill, and eat, the man who answers the door. Unfortunately, his “Is it bad to kill people who kill people who only kill bad people?” Regrettably, I didn’t have the opportunity to read Hangman or Hunter so Hideout is my first introduction to Jack Heath’s series featuring FBI consultant and cannibal, Timothy Blake. Being unfamiliar with the protagonist’s back story didn’t seem to matter as such, Heath establishes Timothy’s state of mind as he stands with a hammer hidden in his back pocket ready to kill, and eat, the man who answers the door. Unfortunately, his target, Fred, is not alone and Timothy is forced to think fast when he finds himself in a nest full of psychopaths. The house, in rural Texas, hosts the members of the ‘Guard’, a group that abducts ‘deserving’ people (abusers, paedophiles, racists, terrorists, thieves etc) and then tortures them to death to entertain a dark web audience. Taking on the identity of a valuable contributor, Timothy needs to pretend he is one of them until he can figure out how kill them all. Blake is one of the more unusual protagonists I’ve encountered, his desire for eating human flesh is undoubtedly repugnant, and yet he has a conscience and even a moral code that is respectable. Though he is intelligent, resourceful, and even brave, Blake is convinced he is a monster. Heath raises some interesting ethical questions when he compares Blake’s brand of monster with the monstrous behaviour of Fred and his cohorts. There are some clever and intriguing twists that raises the stakes for Blake as the novel progresses. While struggling to maintain his cover, he has the captives in the barn to protect, the identity of an intruder to uncover, the puzzle of a murdered Guard to solve, and his lover to save. Be aware there are some unpleasantly explicit moments in the book, not unexpected, but which serve to enhance the tension and underscore the action. Despite the violence and suspense, Hideout is also entertaining, studded with sly, dark humour, and quirky riddles which head each chapter. I really enjoyed this well paced, unique crime thriller, and hope to read more.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    I was so lucky to win an advanced copy of Jack's new book and have just completed it. If you were on the fence... why would you be , but if you were, don't hesitate. This 3rd book in the Blake series is incredible, moving his story forward and I to new grounds. Thanks Jack for keeping us on our toes. I was so lucky to win an advanced copy of Jack's new book and have just completed it. If you were on the fence... why would you be , but if you were, don't hesitate. This 3rd book in the Blake series is incredible, moving his story forward and I to new grounds. Thanks Jack for keeping us on our toes.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Pao AR

    Omg i can’t wait. My most anticipated book of the year🤩🤩🤩

  15. 4 out of 5

    Deborah

    I loved this book and it's my favourite in the series. Perhaps it's because we very much focus on the one crime (well, several in reality). As the blurb notes, Blake intended to be 'in and out' here but finds himself inadvertently undercover and soon discovers that the evil deeds being perpetrated aren't quite what they seem. Well... they are still evil but the Guards aren't randomly picking the victims for their snuff films. It's probably a little too close to home for Blake who only 'eats' thos I loved this book and it's my favourite in the series. Perhaps it's because we very much focus on the one crime (well, several in reality). As the blurb notes, Blake intended to be 'in and out' here but finds himself inadvertently undercover and soon discovers that the evil deeds being perpetrated aren't quite what they seem. Well... they are still evil but the Guards aren't randomly picking the victims for their snuff films. It's probably a little too close to home for Blake who only 'eats' those who've done wrong. Although it has to be said, some of those he finds himself in league with here do like inflicting pain and death a little too much. 4.5 stars Read my review here: https://www.debbish.com/books-literat...

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mel Smith

    Went to the launch in Canberra today so was able to get my hands on this a couple of days early. It’s fantastic, I would say this series is improving as it develops. This twist on a detective novel with a loveable but twisted protagonist is still engaging and the character development of the new characters just goes to show how good a writer Heath is. Although a few new characters are brought in, at no point did I find myself going “wait, who is that again?”. A great stand alone read as it moves Went to the launch in Canberra today so was able to get my hands on this a couple of days early. It’s fantastic, I would say this series is improving as it develops. This twist on a detective novel with a loveable but twisted protagonist is still engaging and the character development of the new characters just goes to show how good a writer Heath is. Although a few new characters are brought in, at no point did I find myself going “wait, who is that again?”. A great stand alone read as it moves away from the Blake/Thistle dynamic as well.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Jack Heath just keeps on delivering. His first 2 Timothy Blake novels were fantastic and this one is definitely no exception. I really enjoy the snippets of dark humour scattered throughout this book and you cannot help but cheer on our antihero as he digs himself into a deeper and deeper hole. I would have liked a little bit more gore that the previous novels had but it certainly didn't lack violence. I am conflicted with the ending as I feel Heath could just end Blake's story there quite comfo Jack Heath just keeps on delivering. His first 2 Timothy Blake novels were fantastic and this one is definitely no exception. I really enjoy the snippets of dark humour scattered throughout this book and you cannot help but cheer on our antihero as he digs himself into a deeper and deeper hole. I would have liked a little bit more gore that the previous novels had but it certainly didn't lack violence. I am conflicted with the ending as I feel Heath could just end Blake's story there quite comfortably but I want to read more.............. Guess time will tell.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Gavin Bolam

    First off I could not put this book it is a brilliant thriller Timothy Blake is a rogue FBI civilian consultant, he passes himself of as Lux a psychopath, He reaches an isolated house in the woods intent on killing Fred another psychopath, plans go amiss when he discovers Fred is not alone but living with 5 more psychopaths calling themselves “ The Guards “, Don’t want to give too much of the story away but this is a seriously great murder / thriller crime novel expertly written Loved the riddle First off I could not put this book it is a brilliant thriller Timothy Blake is a rogue FBI civilian consultant, he passes himself of as Lux a psychopath, He reaches an isolated house in the woods intent on killing Fred another psychopath, plans go amiss when he discovers Fred is not alone but living with 5 more psychopaths calling themselves “ The Guards “, Don’t want to give too much of the story away but this is a seriously great murder / thriller crime novel expertly written Loved the riddle at the beginning of each chapter

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lenine

    I really would love to give this book a 6!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Shay

    It's safe to say I am properly invested in Timothy Blake, Heath Jack's anti-hero. I picked up Hideout expecting good things having raced through the previous two books in the series and I was not disappointed. This book felt more theatrical and less police procedural. I got the feeling the Heath was able to get a bit more wild with his story-telling - well, as 'wild' you can get when your main character is already a cannibal civilian FBI consultant! I was amazed at just how disturbing things coul It's safe to say I am properly invested in Timothy Blake, Heath Jack's anti-hero. I picked up Hideout expecting good things having raced through the previous two books in the series and I was not disappointed. This book felt more theatrical and less police procedural. I got the feeling the Heath was able to get a bit more wild with his story-telling - well, as 'wild' you can get when your main character is already a cannibal civilian FBI consultant! I was amazed at just how disturbing things could get in Blake's world, and being a big fan of the macabre, I was very impressed with the creativity that was shown. I'm sure my husband got tired of my effusive praise for the setup and plot. This book opens with our protagonist on his way to an isolated property in Texas "with a hammer in his pocket and murder on his mind". At this point in his life he has nothing to lose and intends to go out in style after a decadent bloodbath dispatching a known criminal, however things don't work out that way and Blake is quickly drawn into a complicated case. I would liken this book to the Saw franchise with its sense of twisted mayhem and creative execution. While Blake makes an impressive anti-hero the supplementary characters really added to my enjoyment. I was so happy Christopher Ragland continued his flawless narration in this book, he embodies the voice of Timothy Blake in my mind. I will be so upset if they ever change the narrator! I am now (im)patiently waiting for the fourth installment. Mr Jack if you read this, PLEASE tell me it's in the works?!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    I actually met Jack Heath when he was writing YA novels and visited the school I was working at to give a talk to our students. Fast forward a few years and Jack had begun writing for adults with the first Timothy Blake novel Hangman. Hunter continued Timothy’s story and I am thrilled to have received an ARC copy of the next instalment - Hideout. I know Jack doesn’t like to have his work compared to Hannibal Lecter and says he has not read the Thomas Harris books or seen the movie or TV series bu I actually met Jack Heath when he was writing YA novels and visited the school I was working at to give a talk to our students. Fast forward a few years and Jack had begun writing for adults with the first Timothy Blake novel Hangman. Hunter continued Timothy’s story and I am thrilled to have received an ARC copy of the next instalment - Hideout. I know Jack doesn’t like to have his work compared to Hannibal Lecter and says he has not read the Thomas Harris books or seen the movie or TV series but it’s hard not to notice the similarities. That said I think Timothy Blake is a more relatable character and Jack’s books easier to read. The riddles at the start of each chapter nearly did my head in but kudos to Jack for including them to stretch your brain. I read Hideout in under 24 hours. I was totally addicted! Timothy Blake has infiltrated the Guards - a group of psychopaths holed up in rural Texas who make torture, extortion and murder a viable Dark Web business. Timothy plans to pick them off one by one but someone beats him to it - one of the Guards is dead and Timothy was not the perpetrator. The sentence I had to read and reread was - Is it bad to kill people who kill people who only kill bad people? This one sentence seemed to sum up the whole book for me. Yes Timothy Blake is a cannibal but he has a conscience. He may eat people but he’s not a killer. I can highly recommend the Timothy Blake series and I eagerly await the next instalment. Because c’mon Jack there HAS to be a next one!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Unseen Library

    I received a copy of Hideout from Allen & Unwin Australia to review. Rating of 4.25. Australian bestselling author Jack Heath brings back his cannibalistic protagonist, Timothy Blake, for another gruesome adventure in Hideout. Timothy Blake, occasional FBI consultant and full-time murderous cannibal, is on the run, convinced that his former employers are close to capturing him for his unfortunate habit. With nothing to lose, Blake decides to take out one final target and travels to a house in rural I received a copy of Hideout from Allen & Unwin Australia to review. Rating of 4.25. Australian bestselling author Jack Heath brings back his cannibalistic protagonist, Timothy Blake, for another gruesome adventure in Hideout. Timothy Blake, occasional FBI consultant and full-time murderous cannibal, is on the run, convinced that his former employers are close to capturing him for his unfortunate habit. With nothing to lose, Blake decides to take out one final target and travels to a house in rural Texas where Fred, the ringleader of a group of dark web torture video producers, lives. However, his plan to kill and consume Fred quickly goes out the window when he finds out that this target is not alone. Fred has gathered five of his cohorts, known as the Guards, each of whom makes a living off torturing, extorting and killing people on the dark web. Pretending to be an online associate of the Guards who is in trouble, Blake manages to con his way into the house, convincing them that he is a just as twisted as they are. His subsequent plan to pick off his new companions one by one seems like a winner, until one of the Guard turns up dead by someone else’s hands. It soon becomes apparent to Blake that another killer is stalking his new hideout, one who is determined to keep their secrets no matter what. With his cover likely to be blown at any second and his ravenous hunger for human flesh threatening to overwhelm him, Blake needs to find a way to survive and overwhelm his companions. However, the discovery of a group of desperate people chained up in the building behind the house complicates everything, especially when the Guards’ latest victim arrives. Can Blake take out this group of psychopaths before he is picked off by another killer, or has this cannibal finally met his match? To see the full review, click the link below: https://unseenlibrary.com/2021/01/09/... An abridged version of this review ran in the Canberra Weekly on 24 December 2020: https://unseenlibrary.com/2021/01/18/... For other exciting reviews and content, check out my blog at: https://unseenlibrary.com/

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Tupper

    I never get tired of Timothy Blake. Hideout is the third novel in the Blake series, and is clever, fast-paced, and fun! 'No-holds-barred' gets thrown around a lot but for the last 100 pages of this book? Accurate! Hideout picks up directly where book 2 (Hunter) left off, and follows Blake over a tense week stuck in an isolated house with some bad people. I'm reminded of the Wreck It Ralph quote: "You are a bad guy, but you are not bad guy". Blake may be a morally grey cannibal but he's definitely I never get tired of Timothy Blake. Hideout is the third novel in the Blake series, and is clever, fast-paced, and fun! 'No-holds-barred' gets thrown around a lot but for the last 100 pages of this book? Accurate! Hideout picks up directly where book 2 (Hunter) left off, and follows Blake over a tense week stuck in an isolated house with some bad people. I'm reminded of the Wreck It Ralph quote: "You are a bad guy, but you are not bad guy". Blake may be a morally grey cannibal but he's definitely the guy I'd want in my corner in the book. The only subplot I didn't care for was Blake's 'connection' with one of the other characters, Kyle. It gave Blake different motivations than he otherwise would have had during this novel and informed some of his choices but it didn't really track for me. I love Blake but didn't buy his immediate paternal instincts for the younger character. All in all, another terrific Timothy Blake read! I need at least 10 more in this series to be satisfied.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jacqui

    This is what hell will look like, when I get there. Hell for Timothy Blake looks like a cabin in the woods, surrounded by sadistic vegetarian killers. Unfortunate for a starving cannibal. Picking up right where we left off, Blake quite literally stumbles into Spahn Ranch under an assumed identity with the intention of killing himself. Unfortunately, the residents have other things on their minds and Blake's FBI skills quickly become essential. This exciting series became a murder mystery and thus This is what hell will look like, when I get there. Hell for Timothy Blake looks like a cabin in the woods, surrounded by sadistic vegetarian killers. Unfortunate for a starving cannibal. Picking up right where we left off, Blake quite literally stumbles into Spahn Ranch under an assumed identity with the intention of killing himself. Unfortunately, the residents have other things on their minds and Blake's FBI skills quickly become essential. This exciting series became a murder mystery and thus cemented Jack Heath as one of my favourite authors. Blake is one of the most interesting characters out there. A cannibal with a conscience, a love interest and now an exciting new career prospect. Each chapter is headed by a riddle and I'm ashamed to admit I only got about six of them despite the fact the answers are embedded in the story. Granted I was so engrossed in each chapter that I sometimes forgot the riddle in the first place so I'll give myself a break. It's hard to believe but it's been almost two long years since I read the previous book Hunter but I still remember my one lingering question about an ingested phone. Heath cleared that up (sort of) and now I have another. How did Blake successfully duct tape a hammer to his hand with one hand and no thumbs? I think that should be a riddle in the next book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Naomi (aplace_inthesun)

    "I pick up a bread knife. It's been years since I used one of those on actual bread. The serrated edge is perfect for sawing through tendons." And so says Timothy Blake, a psychopathic cannibal (somewhat reformed) who is a consultant with the FBI .... undercover as a psychopathic killer called Luxe who joins a group of Guards (ie. other psychopaths) hiding out in rural Texas while they show their masochistic and murderous activities to subscribers on the dark web. The Guards attest to their victi "I pick up a bread knife. It's been years since I used one of those on actual bread. The serrated edge is perfect for sawing through tendons." And so says Timothy Blake, a psychopathic cannibal (somewhat reformed) who is a consultant with the FBI .... undercover as a psychopathic killer called Luxe who joins a group of Guards (ie. other psychopaths) hiding out in rural Texas while they show their masochistic and murderous activities to subscribers on the dark web. The Guards attest to their victims being the lowest common denominator - a paedophile, terrorist, adulterer, and a war criminal. There's a strange camaraderie between the Guards, like a deadlier and weirder than weird dysfunctional family, but when one of them is found dead, Blake/Luxe has each one in his sight, one by one - if he escapes, he will be well and truly free. This is the first Timothy Blake book I've read, it's the third in the series but I had no difficulty picking this up and following the thread. [I intend to go back and read the other two though, such is my interest in Blake's character and history]. It's an intriguing thriller with a unique story-line. And Blake is a character you definitely do not want to (and probably shouldn't) like. He's quite the anti-hero, intense and calculating. This has more than it's fair share of violence and gruesomeness. I shared a joke with Jack Heath that I happened to be reading over lunch at an inopportune time ... So yes, the warning that this book contains scenes some readers may find disturbing is accurate. Can't wait to read the next one. Thank you to Allen and Unwin for providing me a free copy of this book to read and review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    I’ve not been doing much besides getting crafty and watching documentaries recently, but this has been an excellent breath of fresh air. Jack Heath holds no punches in the gritty and gruesome crime department for this series, and Hideout, the third instalment, is no exception. It’s actually really fun jumping into Timothy Blake’s psychopathic brain waves and hearing his internal monologues as he faces the inner turmoil of not really being able to put a finger on who is morally better when it com I’ve not been doing much besides getting crafty and watching documentaries recently, but this has been an excellent breath of fresh air. Jack Heath holds no punches in the gritty and gruesome crime department for this series, and Hideout, the third instalment, is no exception. It’s actually really fun jumping into Timothy Blake’s psychopathic brain waves and hearing his internal monologues as he faces the inner turmoil of not really being able to put a finger on who is morally better when it comes to the warped minds of a murderous vegetarian vigilante group that torture people on the dark web for views, pitted against his own disturbing cannibalistic lifestyle. This is something that shouldn’t work but does so well because despite all the queasy that comes with a character like Timothy Blake, he’s surprisingly really easy to like. I won’t get into much detail about the plot or characters as I don’t want to give anything away, but I think this was really well plotted and paced and the characters were fleshed out enough as they needed to be for a book like this. I loved the idea to layer stories at the beginning of chapters that seem unrelated to the main storyline but do play a role later on and think this was done well! Overall, this was a really great way to finish 2020 and I would definitely recommend it to those who aren’t afraid to get a bit squeamish.

  27. 4 out of 5

    RG

    This is probably my fave so far in the series. Heath really comes through here with amazing writing and a very clever plot. I really liked how this centred around one crime ( in a way). Its gruesome, horrific but so so addicting. Who knew reading about a main character with certain traits would be fun. I highly recommend reading from the first novel to see the flow of this character. I guess things can only get bigger on scale from here on end

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    I am usually more a crime and mystery reader but was lucky enough to receive an advance copy. The tale is quite gruesome but Timothy Blake is likeable in a twisted kind of way. He somehow reminds me of Dexter, a bad guy doing good things. This was the first book in the series I have read and will get the first two. The story is amazing and I have to give this genre a bit more attention, thanks to Jack Heath.

  29. 5 out of 5

    LeslieB

    Hideout is Jack Heath’s third book. We were introduced to Timothy Blake, the self-confessed cannibal and FBI Consultant, in ‘Hangman’. This time, he finds himself in rural Texas in search of a criminal ringleader. This leads to an action packed and twisting plot with lots (and lots) of violence, murder and mayhem. What more can you ask for? Well, bring in a setting that gives us the intrigue and dark side of technology, and you have it all. This is a thriller that, given the nature of all the ‘b Hideout is Jack Heath’s third book. We were introduced to Timothy Blake, the self-confessed cannibal and FBI Consultant, in ‘Hangman’. This time, he finds himself in rural Texas in search of a criminal ringleader. This leads to an action packed and twisting plot with lots (and lots) of violence, murder and mayhem. What more can you ask for? Well, bring in a setting that gives us the intrigue and dark side of technology, and you have it all. This is a thriller that, given the nature of all the ‘badies’ Blake encounters, makes him look relatively harmless. Overall, it’s a clever read.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Petey Karalis

    All the stars! Take them all! 🌟🌟🌟 This series... Man, this series is phenomenal. On paper (and when I try and convince co-workers and friends with my terrible synopsis) it just sounds so weird. "A cannibal with a conscience who infiltrates a house full of murderers to try and eat them" doesn't automatically make you want to read, I suppose. But it's so damn enjoyable! I adore this series, and I cannot wait to read whatever else comes out of Mr. Heath's strange mind. All the stars! Take them all! 🌟🌟🌟 This series... Man, this series is phenomenal. On paper (and when I try and convince co-workers and friends with my terrible synopsis) it just sounds so weird. "A cannibal with a conscience who infiltrates a house full of murderers to try and eat them" doesn't automatically make you want to read, I suppose. But it's so damn enjoyable! I adore this series, and I cannot wait to read whatever else comes out of Mr. Heath's strange mind.

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