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When Angie is awakened by a midnight call from an officer with the Boise Police Department, she thinks there must be a misunderstanding. The officer tells her that her husband was involved in a shooting at a local bar, but how can that be possible when her husband is sleeping right next to her? Except when she turns to wake him, he isn’t there. Tessa is the twenty-three-yea When Angie is awakened by a midnight call from an officer with the Boise Police Department, she thinks there must be a misunderstanding. The officer tells her that her husband was involved in a shooting at a local bar, but how can that be possible when her husband is sleeping right next to her? Except when she turns to wake him, he isn’t there. Tessa is the twenty-three-year-old bartender who escapes to a backroom storage closet during the shooting. When it comes to light that five people were killed, she is burdened with the question of why she survived. Joyce wakes up to a knock at her front door, a knock she assumes is her wayward son, Jed, who must have lost his keys. It’s not Jed, though. Two police officers tell her that Jed is dead, shot at the bar. Then they deliver even worse news: “We have reason to believe your son was the shooter.” So begins the story of three women tied together by tragic fate―a wife trying to understand why her now-comatose husband was frequenting a bar in the middle of the night, the young woman who her husband was apparently pursuing, and a mother who is forced to confront the reality of who her son was and who she is.


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When Angie is awakened by a midnight call from an officer with the Boise Police Department, she thinks there must be a misunderstanding. The officer tells her that her husband was involved in a shooting at a local bar, but how can that be possible when her husband is sleeping right next to her? Except when she turns to wake him, he isn’t there. Tessa is the twenty-three-yea When Angie is awakened by a midnight call from an officer with the Boise Police Department, she thinks there must be a misunderstanding. The officer tells her that her husband was involved in a shooting at a local bar, but how can that be possible when her husband is sleeping right next to her? Except when she turns to wake him, he isn’t there. Tessa is the twenty-three-year-old bartender who escapes to a backroom storage closet during the shooting. When it comes to light that five people were killed, she is burdened with the question of why she survived. Joyce wakes up to a knock at her front door, a knock she assumes is her wayward son, Jed, who must have lost his keys. It’s not Jed, though. Two police officers tell her that Jed is dead, shot at the bar. Then they deliver even worse news: “We have reason to believe your son was the shooter.” So begins the story of three women tied together by tragic fate―a wife trying to understand why her now-comatose husband was frequenting a bar in the middle of the night, the young woman who her husband was apparently pursuing, and a mother who is forced to confront the reality of who her son was and who she is.

30 review for No Hiding in Boise

  1. 4 out of 5

    Regina

    In the early ‘90s, I remember watching the survivors of a mass shooting at Luby’s Diner in Killeen, Texas (10/16/91) on the Oprah Winfrey Show. I was glued to the screen, because this was such an unusual occurrence. Here we are 30 years later, and mass shootings in America are tragically so common that they barely receive first story placement on the nightly news. It seems like with each passing event, the who/what/where/when/why becomes a little blurrier. Kim Hooper’s latest novel, No Hiding in In the early ‘90s, I remember watching the survivors of a mass shooting at Luby’s Diner in Killeen, Texas (10/16/91) on the Oprah Winfrey Show. I was glued to the screen, because this was such an unusual occurrence. Here we are 30 years later, and mass shootings in America are tragically so common that they barely receive first story placement on the nightly news. It seems like with each passing event, the who/what/where/when/why becomes a little blurrier. Kim Hooper’s latest novel, No Hiding in Boise, attempts to bring one such fictional tragedy into razor-sharp focus. A man enters a Boise bar shortly before midnight, shoots five people dead, severely injures two others, and then kills himself. Hooper’s book unravels the events of that night through the first-person perspectives of three women: a survivor, an injured man’s wife, and the shooter’s mother. No Hiding in Boise is not a thriller, but it is thrilling. It is expertly-crafted literary fiction that tackles a tough, “this again?!” subject (see above) with a captivating approach. It is a near-perfect character study. It is moving, and it is surprising. It is highly recommended by this reader. The audiobook features a full cast of narrators, all perfectly suited to their characters. My thanks to Dreamscape Media for providing a gifted copy for review via NetGalley. I’d also like to thank my Goodreads friend Jayne for bringing this audiobook to my attention! No Hiding in Boise is now available in both ebook and audiobook formats on the Hoopla library app. Blog: https://www.confettibookshelf.com/ IG: @confettibookshelf

  2. 4 out of 5

    Elyse Walters

    LOVED IT!!!!!! Sooooo glad I read it!!! Great everything!!! I mean — everything!!!! I’m still so deep in my thoughts — brought up so ‘many’ thoughts and emotions—- I’m not ready to write yet. But I’m deeply FEELING this story!!!! I don’t want to leave the characters yet or start another book yet. I’ll be back in a couple of days — I need a ‘time out’ personal well being break. But for now… THANK YOU KIM HOOPER!!!! God - I love you — This book has layers and layers of brilliance—- pain, beauty, com LOVED IT!!!!!! Sooooo glad I read it!!! Great everything!!! I mean — everything!!!! I’m still so deep in my thoughts — brought up so ‘many’ thoughts and emotions—- I’m not ready to write yet. But I’m deeply FEELING this story!!!! I don’t want to leave the characters yet or start another book yet. I’ll be back in a couple of days — I need a ‘time out’ personal well being break. But for now… THANK YOU KIM HOOPER!!!! God - I love you — This book has layers and layers of brilliance—- pain, beauty, compassion, and powerful depth of understandings!!! UPDATE... I’m back to share a little more. Lately...emotional books ....[reflecting thought-provoking stories]....with characters that feel so real to me — people I want to share coffee and conversation with ....have been hitting me hard in the gut. Perhaps it’s a little post-covid-vaccinated PTSD.... but I’m feeling others suffering, death, fears, grief, losses to disease and or violence —the challenge of life transitions and change—and the insurmountable painful curves that life throws us quite deeply..... I’m dealing with ‘all-of-these-issues’ in my own life right now too. We’ve each had so much profound change this past year—massive loss-political upheaval....financial worries for many —changes: small and large—with many of us grappling with how to move forward—with thoughts that haunt us with permanence and impermanence— how to face realities we prefer to avoid or minimize with courage, grace, clarity, wisdom, humility, and effective compassion...... Well.... I read this book closely — and I can honestly say — Kim Hooper crafted a fulfilling and important novel to help us understand healing ourselves and finding peace. I’m soooo moved - I still find it hard to talk about the powerful subtle messages without tears in my eyes. THIS BOOK IS IMPORTANT.... but I don’t know if all readers will slow down enough with each page - each sentence - to see why it is....just ‘as’ important as it is.... I hope so. THIS BOOK ‘is’ tragic....but it’s also IMPORTANT.... Sure, it can be a quick page turner - enjoyable, engrossing...(you betcha) ...but its more than that. It had the interesting characters- It had the mysterious questions: why? how come? and what now? It has the sorrow- the guilt - the inner turmoil - family - friends - love - loss - It has the the riveting dealings with the aftermath of a mass shooting.... I think though — what Kim did was kinda subtly brilliant — she went beyond the essential difficulties that her characters faced (I loved their humanness) — Kim was teaching - demonstrating - the possibilities of ‘mastering suffering’..... There is so much mindfulness- under the surface of this story- that as the surprises reveal themselves (there is a yummy surprise) it’s as though through awareness — I was just given a powerful lesson on healing. The book blurb will tell readers the basics....[it’s a perfect description]....easy enough to know if a reader is interested or not.... “Three women tied together by tragic fate”....... I just want to add it’s also brimming with wisdom—it’s a novel of quiet majesty, deep compassion,.....suffering becomes an enriching benediction, and life itself. A few ( out of context) excerpts: “When I tell the story, about how Cale was at the bar that night, nearly everyone says, ‘You weren’t with him?’ And when I say no, they say some version of ‘Thank God’, but I can see the questioning in their eyes”. People will wonder if he was having an affair? “Ryan returns with a bowl of chocolate chip. I resent that I have to look up at him, interact with him, when I really want to text Joyce. It occurs to me, in this moment, that maybe Ryan and I can’t survive this. Maybe we can’t be together. Maybe he will go to law school five hours upstate and I will stay here, and we will pretend that works for a while until we both get tired. ‘It’s not you, it’s me’. That’s what I would say, because it’s the truth, but those words have been overused that they would do nothing to aggravate him”. A favorite Bob Dylan song came on—“Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right”. “ You could’ve done better but I don’t mind” 🎶 Depressing lyrics? Or does it sound like it’s about peaceful acceptance of someone else’s limits? “It still bothers me that the funeral homes in Boise wanted nothing to do with my son. I feel the same rage I felt when he’d come home from elementary school and tell me about the kids making fun of him for wearing overalls”. “I am so sorry for what he did. I am ashamed of what he did. Please, let me say goodbye to my son”. “So much can change in so little time”. A powerful luminous experience!! This book was a tribute to my own growth.

  3. 4 out of 5

    JanB

    4.5 stars It’s no secret that I enjoy delving into the psychology of characters and in this book, we not only get a peek into the psychology of a perpetrator, but a peek into the victims and survivors. Boise, Idaho: A shooter walks into a bar, kills five people, and severely injures two others customers before turning the gun on himself. Why? Isn’t that what we all want to know? The why behind such an unfathomable crime? Along with brief vignettes from the shooter, and those who died, the story i 4.5 stars It’s no secret that I enjoy delving into the psychology of characters and in this book, we not only get a peek into the psychology of a perpetrator, but a peek into the victims and survivors. Boise, Idaho: A shooter walks into a bar, kills five people, and severely injures two others customers before turning the gun on himself. Why? Isn’t that what we all want to know? The why behind such an unfathomable crime? Along with brief vignettes from the shooter, and those who died, the story is primarily told from the POV of 3 characters: -Angie, the wife of Cale, one of the injured victims. She and her husband are new parents to an infant daughter. She had no idea why her husband was in a bar instead of asleep by her side. He’s in a coma unable to communicate. -Tessa, the bartender, who survived by hiding in a closet, urged to do so by Cale. She’s alive while he suffers traumatic brain injuries. - Joyce, the mother of the shooter, her only son. She’s vilified by the public, wracked by guilt and grief, and trying to understand how this could have happened. I loved hearing this story from multiple viewpoints. It was raw, real, and heart-wrenching. The author writes in a way that feels so genuine, and with such empathy for her characters. There’s a surprise reveal toward the end, which even if you’ve guessed it, still has an impact. The audiobook featured an entire cast of narrators, all of which did an outstanding job. It was a stellar listening experience. This is not a mystery/thriller, but literary fiction, although there are a couple of surprising reveals. Highly recommended! • I received a copy of the audiobook via NetGalley. All opinons are my own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    4.5 There is a mass shooting at a bar in Boise, Idaho. This tells the story of three women who are brought together by the tragedy. 1) the wife of a man who slipped away late at night while she was sleeping to go to the bar, and now lays comatose in the hospital from being shot 2) the very young female bartender who was able to run for shelter and hid in a storage closet 3) the mother of the shooter This was a riveting story.. It dealt with life after loss, coping after such a tragedy, psychological 4.5 There is a mass shooting at a bar in Boise, Idaho. This tells the story of three women who are brought together by the tragedy. 1) the wife of a man who slipped away late at night while she was sleeping to go to the bar, and now lays comatose in the hospital from being shot 2) the very young female bartender who was able to run for shelter and hid in a storage closet 3) the mother of the shooter This was a riveting story.. It dealt with life after loss, coping after such a tragedy, psychological issues, secrets kept..what feelings the parent of a shooter goes through and how they are treated.. just so much covered here in this story. Thank you to Elyse for making me aware of this book with her outstanding review!! xo

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    May I have your attention my devoted reader friends? I’d like to put this marvelous book on your radar! I am so thankful to dear Elyse: the most intellectual and sweetest Californian woman recommended this book with her brilliant review! As soon as I saw her five starred grading and intriguing blurb about three women’s intercepted faiths with traumatic shooting incident at a local bar, I was already sold and screaming by reaching my hands to this beauty: “give it to me give it to me, give it to May I have your attention my devoted reader friends? I’d like to put this marvelous book on your radar! I am so thankful to dear Elyse: the most intellectual and sweetest Californian woman recommended this book with her brilliant review! As soon as I saw her five starred grading and intriguing blurb about three women’s intercepted faiths with traumatic shooting incident at a local bar, I was already sold and screaming by reaching my hands to this beauty: “give it to me give it to me, give it to me! “ This is another amazing, soul crushing, WTH I just read kind of extremely thought provoking story deserves your full attention and I’m so happy to do anything to promote this book! One frightening, ominous night changes so many people’s life like an avalanche attack! Boise Police Department informs Angie in the middle of the night: her husband Kale has been involved in a shooting incident at a local bar! Angie thinks this must be worst kind of prank: they’re parents of two years old daughter and they barely have enough energy to gather to walk to their bedroom. Why her husband Kale suddenly went to a bar in the middle of night to drink ale instead of getting one from the fridge! She checks her bedroom but she realizes finally it’s not a prank, her husband has things keep to himself and he seems distant since their child has been born. Middle life crisis, boredom of marriage, secret mistress… Any of them may be the reason for him leaving the house without telling to her and finding himself lying hospital bed, in coma: sustaining very serious head injury: there’s a small chance he can wake up but if… a big if… if he makes it, he will wake up as a different man who barely remembers anything about their past lives. And Tessa is another narrator, only twenty three, college student to pursue her dream becoming a nurse, just left her hometown and her mother- the only parent she knows, living with future aspiring lawyer boyfriend, finding herself hiding herself back room storage closet during the shooting. Kale was the customer warned her to run and hide. He saved her life and she’s thankful enough to visit him hospital which attracts Angie’s attention. Why Kale was worried about Tessa’s well being and acted like her hero during the shooting? Do you think the same thing I’m thinking? Yes, Kale is not giving great vibes and it’s still my favorite kind of salad ingredient! And Joyce’s night might be the worst! Because she loses her son Jed at the shooting and Jed is the one who shot 5 innocent people and injured two people before he committed suicide by putting a bullet in his head. Why Joyce cannot see this coming? . Jed was always reserved boy, 29 years old, working in Home Depot, broke up with his only serious relationship, living rent free at his mother’s house. Have he ever showed any kind of violence tendencies before? Did he hurt someone ? Was he suffering from depression? How cannot Joyce notice his mood swings? A mother should know her own son! How could be so blind from the beginning? She’s shunned by furious townies and victims’ relatives already! Interestingly she starts a unique bounding with Tessa who knows who she’s and she tries to understand what was the motives of Jed push him to something so horrible! We also read the narrations of each 5 victims: a married couple who sees a counselor to save their marriage, a widower who is secretly suffering from terminal disease, a middle age man who suffers from Parkinson’s keeping secret his decision to sell his house to move another state and a young bartender who is going to be a father in young age working that night to save more money to move a new apartment with his pregnant girlfriend. We also have chapters for victims: an insecure anorexic young woman with shoulder wound and Kale who is stuck in the limbo fighting for his life! All those narrations are detailed, realistic and interestingly you don’t find any of them guilty. You even learn to see things from Jed’s perspective ( yes, we have a chance to take snippets from his diary! ) I haven’t read something so powerful, provocative so far and I highly recommend this amazing book to you to add to your reading list. Correction: don’t add it to your tbr which needs urgent trimming! Just read it and then thank me for my book taste! You’re welcome my dears!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    “No Hiding in Boise” is an outstanding novel examining the aftermath and ripple effects of mass shootings. I listened to the audio narrated Devon Sorvari, Stephanie Willing, Hillary Huber, and nine others. It sounds overwhelming in narrators, but the nine others are the victims who provide individual excerpts. The three main narrators are Angie, Tessa, and Joyce. Angie begins the narration when the police call her at midnight to inform her that her husband has been shot and is in the hospital. A “No Hiding in Boise” is an outstanding novel examining the aftermath and ripple effects of mass shootings. I listened to the audio narrated Devon Sorvari, Stephanie Willing, Hillary Huber, and nine others. It sounds overwhelming in narrators, but the nine others are the victims who provide individual excerpts. The three main narrators are Angie, Tessa, and Joyce. Angie begins the narration when the police call her at midnight to inform her that her husband has been shot and is in the hospital. Angie thought her husband was in bed with her, had no idea he was at a bar. Tessa was the bartender at the bar where the shooting took place. When the shooting began, she was paralyzed by fear, and Kale, Angie’s husband, told her to run and hide. Tessa feels that Kale saved her. Joyce, poor poor Joyce is the mother of the shooter, Jed. Jed is 28, lives with Joyce, and is an angry man. Joyce is the most sympathetic character for me. This is a mother to an adult man, who she knows isn’t happy, but didn’t see any indication that he would do this. The story revolves around the three women and how they cope. As one can imagine, Joyce is horrified. She reflects, attempting to find what when wrong. A computer post begins about the shooting. In that, someone compares her to the mothers of the Columbine shooters. I personally felt that was wrong in that those were teen boys who had arsenals stored in their bedrooms and garage. Those mothers intentionally didn’t notice nor care. Those mothers are legally responsible for their teen children. Joyce allowed her young adult son to live in her house. No firearms were in his bedroom or garage. What Joyce could be found guilty of, is allowing a depressed son to live in her home. What parent hasn’t allowed that? But I digress. I absolutely found this story fascinating. Author Kim Hooper disperses in her story, narratives from the victims and wounded survivors. These narratives added dimension to the story. There are a couple of plot twists that increases the psychological depth. Given our unfortunate time in America with regard to mass shootings, I found this to be timely and fascinating. Mental health is a true issue in these shootings and as a culture, we need to address how we can proactively reduce the risks. Anger issues also come into play. As a society, we have a huge anger problem. For example, in America, if you cut someone off, you risk being shot due to road rage as evidenced recently in California. There are so many layers that go into play with shootings. It’s not just gun laws we need to examine. We need to examine all the issues. I highly recommend this audio. I assume the books would be just as grand. I felt the different narrators did add impact. This audio will stay with me for a long time!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    A Hallmark movie, or a fourth-grade primer? You pick. Throw me in jail, why don’t you? Because let me tell you, unlike the rest of the world, I did not like this book. At all. It doesn’t have an interesting bone in its body. You’d think with a hot topic like a shooting in a bar, I would open my eyes all wide at some point, but nope. Complaint Board -Boring language. I want jazzy language! But if I can’t have that, make sure the simple language creates nuance and complexity. Not happening here. The A Hallmark movie, or a fourth-grade primer? You pick. Throw me in jail, why don’t you? Because let me tell you, unlike the rest of the world, I did not like this book. At all. It doesn’t have an interesting bone in its body. You’d think with a hot topic like a shooting in a bar, I would open my eyes all wide at some point, but nope. Complaint Board -Boring language. I want jazzy language! But if I can’t have that, make sure the simple language creates nuance and complexity. Not happening here. The prose is too simplistic, too sophomoric—the reading level is pretty durn low. I’m thinking elementary school. The language put me to sleep. Very readable, yes, but so so boring. No pizazz, no style—and no depth, either. -Dead dialogue. This is one of those books where the writer chose to put in dead dialogue—conversations that are unnecessary and just take up space. Stuff like, “How are you? I’m fine. Can we meet? Yes. Thank you for calling.” Sort of like those conversations you practice in a foreign-language class in high school. Please! We do not need to hear these stupid niceties. We can just imagine them, really really we can. The monosyllabic ping-pong of words reminded me of Dick and Jane books of my childhood. -Flat characters. There are three main characters: the mom of the shooter, a young woman who survived by hiding in a closet, and the wife of a man who was seriously injured. Not one of them interested me. All of their behaviors and conversations seemed predictable and dull. There were some overly cutesy kid descriptions, too, which always makes me feel curmudgeonly. It beats me how others felt something for these characters, but they did—so be sure to read their reviews for a different take on this book. (Feeling like a weirdo stoic, I remind myself that recently, other books have made me cry.) -Whining wife. The wife of the injured guy whines nonstop about how her husband doesn’t help with the baby. Seemed like she was throwing a pity party, and that she felt like she was special and deserved more credit. She also acts like she has men, and their shortcomings, down pat—she thinks she’s really smart, when in my opinion, she is just prejudiced and angry. She’s keeping score. She felt slighted that her husband hadn’t given her a “push present”—gee, all her friends had gotten them when they pushed a baby out, so why didn’t she? (Bizarro new ritual, if push presents are a real thing.) All her whining got on my nerves. It was too much, too often. We get it. And interspersed with the whining were trite and unflattering generalizations about men (such as, they don’t show emotion). It was subtle, but there was some male-bashing going on. I don’t like any group to be put down. -Cloned voices. The narration is first-person, and the chapters alternate between the characters. The voices of all of them sound exactly the same—same cadence, same energy, same sentence structure. This crime is not that uncommon, I’ll admit, but it’s a pet peeve of mine. -Hallmark-y. The plot and pacing are just fine, and I could see this being a decent Hallmark movie. (Hey, look! This is actually a compliment. Ha, so proud to be a little positive about something!) So why is this on the Complaint Board? It’s that I don’t really like Hallmark movies: usually they are mere soap and are shallow, slow, and too heartwarming and heartbreaking, with stereotypical characters. Yes, I know, occasionally I WILL watch a Hallmark movie and like it okay, but I usually have a Complaint Board going in my head. -Editing nit. The author used the term, “she could care less.” It should be “she couldn’t care less.” Pet peeve of mine; can’t help it. One thing that’s usually a crime with me is when there’s a first-person narrator who talks right up to their death. Hello, they couldn’t be talking about their lead-in to their death, because they are dead! Here, the victims who died in the shooting talk a little about their lives and why they were at the bar. Somehow it didn’t bother me this time that they were dead people talking—maybe because it was so intentional, and because it was interesting to hear a little about their lives. This is a little Joy Jar-ish, so I’m happy I can say a little something nice. The reason I wanted to read this is that I enjoyed Hooper’s People Who Knew Me. I remember thinking the language was plain, but the story worked for me. Was I just in a weird mood when I read this one? Or was the weird mood happening back when I read People Who Knew Me? In any case, I don’t think I’m going to try another book by this author. I have to say that I read this book right after reading four stupendous books, all hard acts to follow. So I might have been harder on this one because it just didn’t compare to those gems. I missed the magic. I didn’t mean to be so elaborate with my complaints, but I don’t know how to stop the motor-mouth once I begin. As I said, please read others’ reviews; I am the outlier and probably deserve jail time for not conforming. Thanks to Edelweiss for the advance copy.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cheri

    This is the story of a mass shooting in a bar in Boise, Idaho, the repercussions and the consequences that follow, and the people affected by it, as well as the connections made after. The morning after the shooting, Angie, whose husband, Cale, was there and shot, wakes up when the phone rings to the news of him being shot, and is hospitalized. He is in a coma. Angie questions this at first, believing her husband is still in bed beside her, until she realizes he is not there. And then wondering, This is the story of a mass shooting in a bar in Boise, Idaho, the repercussions and the consequences that follow, and the people affected by it, as well as the connections made after. The morning after the shooting, Angie, whose husband, Cale, was there and shot, wakes up when the phone rings to the news of him being shot, and is hospitalized. He is in a coma. Angie questions this at first, believing her husband is still in bed beside her, until she realizes he is not there. And then wondering, questioning what he was doing at the bar at all. It seems so unlike him. On the same morning, Joyce also receives a phone call letting her know that her son Jed is suspected of being the shooter, but he is also dead. Tessa, a twenty-three year old bartender at the bar, keeps replaying the moments as they unfurled up to the shooting, and the man at the bar who had told her to hide. Afterward Tessa ends up making contact with Joyce, and a friendship of sorts ensues. Both seek answers while trying to carefully navigate the connection that others might question. Love and loss, compassion against a background of public opinion. What some people think despite the lack of any facts. This is - in part - a view of some facets of public opinion and how insanely inaccurate ‘facts’ create a forum claiming to believe, or perhaps worse actually believing, the craziest concocted stories and claiming them as though they are ‘facts.’ Meanwhile, Angie tries to come to terms with the fact that her husband had left their home after she’d fallen asleep to go to a bar. Since he’s still unresponsive, she can’t question him, demanding answers. She can only revisit the questions she poses over and over to herself. She also sees the questions unasked in the eyes of those questioning why her husband went to the bar without her. She questions it herself, silently wondering if he was having an affair. This is a story of a tragedy, but at its heart it is also a story of so much more than that. There’s so much honest, realistic emotion as they try to make sense of this tragedy, try to figure out their lives in the aftermath. The bonds, connections, created in the aftermath, the secrets and pain revealed, and a new hope for the future navigating their lives after so much loss. I listened to the audiobook which is wonderfully narrated by a cast of eleven people - Devon Sorvari, Stephanie Willing, Hillary Huber, Stephanie Einstein, Madeleine Maby, Nick Mondelli, Michael Brusasco, Patrick Lawlor, Adam Barr, Pete Cross, and Neil Hellegers - which really added to the story for me as it allowed for hearing a different voice for each character. Many thanks to Elyse for pointing the way to this story of life, love and loss, her review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Published: 15 June 2021 Many thanks for the ARC provided by Dreamscape Media

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jessica | JustReadingJess

    No Hiding in Boise is an excellent novel about a bar shooting told from many perspectives. This story is very interesting and told well. The characters are all multidimensional, and I felt connected to all of them. There are many perspectives but the main ones are a bartender, a victim’s wife, and the shooter’s mother. Their stories intertwine. The story is told alternating between past and present. It was difficult to read at times because it was so emotional, but I couldn’t put it down. I went No Hiding in Boise is an excellent novel about a bar shooting told from many perspectives. This story is very interesting and told well. The characters are all multidimensional, and I felt connected to all of them. There are many perspectives but the main ones are a bartender, a victim’s wife, and the shooter’s mother. Their stories intertwine. The story is told alternating between past and present. It was difficult to read at times because it was so emotional, but I couldn’t put it down. I went into this story blind, and I’m so glad I did. I’ve read two of Kim Hooper’s novels and both were very unique, and I can’t wait to read more of her novels. No Hiding in Boise is a must read for fans of emotional novels. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Devon Sorvari, Stephanie Willing, Hillary Huber, Stephanie Einstein, Madeleine Maby, Nick Mondelli, Michael Brusasco, Patrick Lawlor, Adam Barr, Pete Cross, and Neil Hellegers and loved the narration. All the narrators did a great job bringing the characters to life and added to this great story. Thank you Kim Hooper, Keylight Books, and Dreamscape Audio for No Hiding in Boise. Full Review: https://justreadingjess.wordpress.com...

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jayne

    If I could give this book 10 stars, I would. Tense and riveting, this brilliantly written character-driven drama was emotionally traumatizing and an exceptional read.    A shooter walks into a bar in Boise, Idaho, and kills five people, severely injuring two other patrons, before taking his own life. Who was the shooter and why did he do it?    To answer these questions, we are introduced to the book's three female protagonists:   Angie, a new mom and the wife of one of the injured victims, Tessa, If I could give this book 10 stars, I would. Tense and riveting, this brilliantly written character-driven drama was emotionally traumatizing and an exceptional read.    A shooter walks into a bar in Boise, Idaho, and kills five people, severely injuring two other patrons, before taking his own life. Who was the shooter and why did he do it?    To answer these questions, we are introduced to the book's three female protagonists:   Angie, a new mom and the wife of one of the injured victims, Tessa, the bartender who hid in a closet during the shooting, and Joyce, the mother of the shooter.   Angie was clueless that her husband Cale had been making frequent middle-of-the-night visits to the bar.  Tessa struggles with survival guilt and will be forever grateful to Cale for saving her life.  And Joyce has the difficult task of mourning the loss of her only son, expressing sympathy to the victims; all while asking herself "How did I miss the signs?" Smart, engrossing, and heart-wrenching -- "Hiding in Boise" provides readers with front-row seats to the behind-the-scene happenings behind a horrific tragedy, and the tragedy's powerful impact on victims, family, the community, and a city.  Even though I guessed the "Tessa reveal" early, this fast-paced story was unputdownable and anything but predictable.  I listened to the audiobook that featured an entire cast of narrators.  All of the narrators did an outstanding job and the audiobook was a stellar listening experience. This is my second book by talented writer Kim Hooper. Even though Kim Hooper writes about very dark subjects (ugh!), she is an author to watch and has become one of my new "go-to" authors. Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.  

  11. 5 out of 5

    switterbug (Betsey)

    Kim Hoper’s finest asset as a writer is Voice (with a capital V!). When her characters speak, it is as if they are talking directly to me, and that I am in the room with them. It is this feature of her writing that keeps me turning the pages. The plot here was thinly veiled and awfully convenient at intervals, creating the sense that I was also seeing the author behind a gauzy curtain. But, her strong voices held my attention. I was consistently engaged and curious, despite the flaws. Her themes Kim Hoper’s finest asset as a writer is Voice (with a capital V!). When her characters speak, it is as if they are talking directly to me, and that I am in the room with them. It is this feature of her writing that keeps me turning the pages. The plot here was thinly veiled and awfully convenient at intervals, creating the sense that I was also seeing the author behind a gauzy curtain. But, her strong voices held my attention. I was consistently engaged and curious, despite the flaws. Her themes resonate, specifically the themes of parents and their children, and the complex layers it entails. In the middle of the night in Boise, a shooter comes in and kills and maims numerous people in the tatty but iconic Ray’s Bar. We are off to a bang of a start right away--you don’t have to wait for the “ripped from the headlines” too long; the opening pages will suck you right in, wanting more. Hooper is adept at maintaining an edge and suspense to each character’s plight. The main players are Angie, a new mother married to Cale, who was at Ray’s that fateful night. Cale was seriously injured, but alive in an induced coma at the hospital ICU. Angie had no idea that Cale was there or even missing from the bed. Joyce, a widow, is the mother of the shooter, Jed. He turned the gun on himself after his shooting spree. Tessa, a young woman taking classes at university and working at Ray’s Bar to make ends meet, was saved that night when Cale directed her to run to the storage closet. She has a law school boyfriend that isn’t quite meeting her needs, especially after the shooting. She feels lonely now, alienated from the community at large, and fears doorways and exits, which is understandable. The chapters alternate primarily between these women, with a few chapters dedicated to victims, and Jed. However, it is not a crime novel or police procedural (we know who did it)—rather, it is a narrative about coping with loss and the burden of guilt. Each woman is frightened, grieving, and is bewildered by these extreme turns in their lives. And yet, there is a common thread of shame and loss that connects them all after the shooting. Hooper’s ability to mine the small details that raise provocative questions, and her keen eye on human behavior--love, loss, guilt, ambivalence, emotional paralysis, and the profound need to connect--that is what riveted me. And the author’s authentic use of dialogue kept the narrative robust rather than elegiac. There was always a trace of levity to balance the story. Hooper’s weakness was in unfolding the Tessa “mystery.” It was supposed to be a gradual reveal, but it was too predictable, and I guessed it instantaneously. The other central mystery was too much of an unrealistic stretch to accept. That, and other contrivances to push plot points, broadcast a straining toward a scripted outcome, one that leaned toward twee sentiment at times. Nevertheless, a lesser author would have blown the whole enchilada with these flaws. However, Hooper’s characters--their voices--were so genuine and affecting that my heart was squishy and soft by the end (minus the Epilogue, which I think was unnecessary). The results of BOISE was a mixed bag, but I still enjoyed every second of the story. 3.5 rounded up Thank you to Turner Publishing for sending me an ARC for review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Heather~ Nature.books.and.coffee

    Wow, this was a gripping and Intense read. I flew through it! A fatal mass shooting in a bar, 5 people dead! 3 women tied together through the event. Angie finds out her husband was at the bar in the middle of the night without her knowing. Tessa was a bartender who survived by hiding in a closet. And Joyce, whose son is believed to be the shooter, and has died! You get the point of view of these 3 women, which was really fascinating. You'll also hear from others who were at the bar. You read ab Wow, this was a gripping and Intense read. I flew through it! A fatal mass shooting in a bar, 5 people dead! 3 women tied together through the event. Angie finds out her husband was at the bar in the middle of the night without her knowing. Tessa was a bartender who survived by hiding in a closet. And Joyce, whose son is believed to be the shooter, and has died! You get the point of view of these 3 women, which was really fascinating. You'll also hear from others who were at the bar. You read about how life goes on after such a tragedy. How the shooters mother gets treated, secrets revealed, what the survivors deal with psychologically. Such a compelling read and I highly recommend this book to everyone! Thank you to the publisher for the gifted copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia

    One night at a bar in Boise, a man with a gun walks in. You know how this turns out. Kim Hooper developed an impactful story that allows us to see the aftermath of this event through multiple perspectives. She gives readers a look into the minds of a young woman who managed to flee to a safe hiding place during the shooting, a wife whose husband is now comatose after surviving a bullet to the head, and a confused, grieving mother whose son took the lives of others before ending his own. The auth One night at a bar in Boise, a man with a gun walks in. You know how this turns out. Kim Hooper developed an impactful story that allows us to see the aftermath of this event through multiple perspectives. She gives readers a look into the minds of a young woman who managed to flee to a safe hiding place during the shooting, a wife whose husband is now comatose after surviving a bullet to the head, and a confused, grieving mother whose son took the lives of others before ending his own. The author also provides brief looks into the final thoughts of each victim. It’s thoughtful, chilling and sad, invoking a host of emotions. Spending time with these characters as they processed what happened was really intriguing. I’ve read enough on gun violence from different perspectives to already have some understanding of the varying responses, but seeing it illustrated in a story this way was very meaningful for me. I did figure out one mysterious aspect early on, but that didn’t ruin my reading experience. It actually helped my perception of a particular character, which made the story, itself, more special. I’d be remiss to not mention that I did feel a bit frustrated with the indistinguishable voices of the three main characters. I often have this complaint with books that have multiple narrators, which leads me to believe it’s a challenging storytelling method to succeed with. I knew who was who, but I would have loved to have seen the tone of each character change. This would have really made Angie, Tessa, and Joyce stand out as individuals, ultimately providing more power and depth to the story. No Hiding in Boise is a fast-paced, insightful story that doesn’t sensationalize mass shootings, but forces us to consider how various people are affected by these traumatic events. Kim Hooper captured the many facets of this frightening reality and the story she created is an important one. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I am immensely grateful to Keylight Books for my review copy. All opinions are my own. No Hiding in Boise is out today, June 15, 2021!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tooter

    4 Stars

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    Mass shootings have tendrils with ripple effects – affecting not just the victims but also the families, the community and the world at large. They raise unanswerable questions, and they rob us of our humanity. Sometimes, those at the vortex of the shooting can see their way through, but it takes time and work. All of this is explored in Kim Hooper’s compelling novel, No Hiding in Boise. The shooter suddenly appears at Ray’s Bar in Boise one night and kills five people, severely injures two more, Mass shootings have tendrils with ripple effects – affecting not just the victims but also the families, the community and the world at large. They raise unanswerable questions, and they rob us of our humanity. Sometimes, those at the vortex of the shooting can see their way through, but it takes time and work. All of this is explored in Kim Hooper’s compelling novel, No Hiding in Boise. The shooter suddenly appears at Ray’s Bar in Boise one night and kills five people, severely injures two more, and ends up taking his own life The author spends minimal time on that night; correctly, her focus is on those who suffer the consequences, which include Angie, the wife of one of the injured who has no idea of what her husband Cale was doing at the bar in the late night…Tessa, a bartender and a fortunate survivor, at least bodily, who may have been the love interest of Cale …and Joyce, the devastated mother of the shooter who must mourn her only child, condemn his actions, and wonder why she didn’t note the signs. The other victims receive their own chapters and chance to relay their stories. There is a lot of authenticity in these characters and particularly how a tragedy of this inexplicable nature causes each to drill down to what is important and what is essential. Each goes about the activities of daily living—playing with an innocent two-year-old who needs mom, trying to fake the way through a relationship that’s failing, trying to reach out to others who have been impacted. Yet the world has changed for them. The “mystery” of what Angie’s husband, Cale, was doing at the bar is readily apparent for observant readers – so much so that I suspect that Kim Hooper may have wanted readers to figure it out way before her character does. No spoilers but some of the dynamics of the eventual reveal left me questioning. An epilogue, that I regarded as unnecessary, wraps up the characters more than I believe is necessary. I would have preferred to have imagined where life would lead them. These are quibbles. Kim Hooper is a wonderful story-teller with an empathy that allows her to create characters that we, as readers, care about. I was very absorbed in this novel. A huge thanks to Turner Publishing for enabling me to be an early reader in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Derek

    One of the many reasons I like Goodreads is that I'll stumble across a friend's glowing review for a book I may have never noticed. No Hiding in Boise is a great example (thank you, Regina). Admittedly, I can become consumed by mass shootings - going down the rabbit hole of looking into the victims, the suspect, the suspect's family, etc. So when I saw the premise for this, I was intrigued. In this story, a man in his 20's goes to a bar and shoots 7 people, killing 5 of them before taking his own One of the many reasons I like Goodreads is that I'll stumble across a friend's glowing review for a book I may have never noticed. No Hiding in Boise is a great example (thank you, Regina). Admittedly, I can become consumed by mass shootings - going down the rabbit hole of looking into the victims, the suspect, the suspect's family, etc. So when I saw the premise for this, I was intrigued. In this story, a man in his 20's goes to a bar and shoots 7 people, killing 5 of them before taking his own life. I enjoyed the way the story was laid out as we get to experience the rippling impacts of this night on 3 different POVs: a wife of one of the critically injured, a bartender who survived, and the shooter's mother. Also mixed throughout we get POV chapters of the victims that added interesting context. The author does a great job illustrating the grief each character goes through as they cope with the after effects of the shooting. There's also a nice little mystery to keep you hooked as the story steadily unravels what led to the shooting and why certain people were there. A compelling read that I could not put down. I highly recommend this little gem.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mary Lins

    Thank you, Turner Publishing, for sending me an ARC of “No Hiding in Boise”, Kim Hooper’s compelling and timely new novel! I had “discovered” Kim Hooper last year with her interconnected short story collection, “All the Acorns on the Forest Floor”, which I absolutely adored. So I was excited to read this next offering from a writer I already admired. I’m not sure that the timing of my reading this fascinating novel was fortunate or not; as it is now mid-April and there have been several mass sho Thank you, Turner Publishing, for sending me an ARC of “No Hiding in Boise”, Kim Hooper’s compelling and timely new novel! I had “discovered” Kim Hooper last year with her interconnected short story collection, “All the Acorns on the Forest Floor”, which I absolutely adored. So I was excited to read this next offering from a writer I already admired. I’m not sure that the timing of my reading this fascinating novel was fortunate or not; as it is now mid-April and there have been several mass shootings quite recently. The topic is certainly front and center currently, and this thoughtful exploration of the human “fall-out” from a mass shooting had me turning the pages well past my bedtime! Hooper is an extremely compelling and accessible writer. The reader is pulled into the story on the first page and its grip never lessens. The story is told from alternating viewpoints: Angie, the wife of Cale who was injured in the shooting (why was he in a Ray’s Bar at midnight?), Tessa, who was a bartender that night and survived thanks to Cale, and Joyce, the mother of the shooter, who had no idea her son was so troubled. Interspersed are stories of the victims and how they came to be at the bar that night. We learn what the “ripple effects” might be for people who are directly affected by a mass shooting. This is something that we rarely see after a shooting has left the headlines; sadly, usually because of another shooting. Themes about parenting run through this story with which readers will identify, even if they (thankfully) have no experience with shootings other than the nightly news.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

    3.5 stars. Oftentimes can a tragic event bring together the most unlikely of people. I write this merely hours after memorializing my own mother vis a vis a gathering that blended both friends and family alike. Yet also in attendance were a hodgepodge of personalities decidedly unalike, all bonded by the death of woman who, to them, symbolized life. Many in attendance were not aware of all the details which inevitably caused their presence. To be fair, we kept most of the specifics regarding my m 3.5 stars. Oftentimes can a tragic event bring together the most unlikely of people. I write this merely hours after memorializing my own mother vis a vis a gathering that blended both friends and family alike. Yet also in attendance were a hodgepodge of personalities decidedly unalike, all bonded by the death of woman who, to them, symbolized life. Many in attendance were not aware of all the details which inevitably caused their presence. To be fair, we kept most of the specifics regarding my mother’s illness private; many will remain that way. At the end of the day, they’re insignificant. The tragic event was the ultimate death itself. And yet as someone who was obviously close to the journey which led to my mom’s demise, I couldn’t help but think of the people whom I interacted with throughout – specifically the nurses who cared for her day and night. Who not only knew every aforementioned detail, but knew exactly what to do in their response. These were inspirational, selfless people whom I would have never met, never had a chance to become intimately acquainted with, had it not been for my mother’s unfortunate circumstances. Suffice to say it was a bright spot during an otherwise dark time. My father has designs to stay in touch with one of the principle caretakers; I hope to do the same through text. Sure, they will forever remain direct reminders of my mother’s worst days. But they will also symbolize the dawning of a new day, one which despite the palpable void of my mother’s presence represents hope, growth, and compassion. The tragic event which centers Kim Hooper’s latest novel, No Hiding in Boise, is not a slow-churning debilitative disease: it is a mass shooting at a bar that claims five lives and hospitalizes another pair. That said, the outcome is the same: loss. So too is the coping which immediately follows loss, shared by a handful of individuals united in calamity. And for a chosen few, it is their singular connection. Hooper shifts perspectives throughout No Hiding in Boise, providing firsthand assessments from those who were present at the shooting as well as those it impacted secondhand. Specifically, the writer weaves her story through the trio of Angie, Tessa and Joyce: three strangers suddenly drawn together – and forever wedded – by fate. No Hiding in Boise begins with a late-night phone call. Angie, a working mother of a two-year old, is shook from a dream with the sudden news that her husband, Cale (“like the trendy lettuce stuff”), has been involved in a shooting at Ray’s Bar. This seems unfathomable to Angie; she assumes Cale is sleeping right next to her. Yet when Angie looks to her husband’s side of the bed, Cale is nowhere to be seen. Panic ensues; so too do questions. Is Cale okay? What was he doing at Ray’s Bar in the middle of the night? Was this the first time, or one of many? Is he having an affair? What is Angie to do now? The distressed wife and mother is at her wit’s end seemingly seconds after learning of her husband’s condition. It’s for good reason as we soon learn things between the couple had been a bit rocky prior to the shooting. As new parents Angie took to her maternal role naturally; Cale on the other hand seemed overwhelmed, if not disinterested altogether. This caused a clear dissention; Angie wonders if this were the catalyst to Cale’s potential philandering. Moreover, Angie discovers notes in Cale’s phone suggesting her theory to be true. Said notes describe a young woman named Tessa, the second of No Hiding in Boise’s triad of protagonists. A student at the nearby university Tessa was bartending at Ray’s the night of the shooting. In fact, she claims Cale to be the one to save her life, recounting the incident in detail and how her customer had instructed her to take cover in a closet. Better still, Tessa describes Cale’s recent frequency – and mysterious behavior – at Ray’s, asking her questions all the while over-tipping her service. Who is this guy? To be honest much of No Hiding in Boise felt like a slow-building reveal of Cale’s intentions. It certainly makes for a propulsive reading experience but one which felt incomplete. Perhaps this is why I found the novel to be at its strongest when told through the lens of the Joyce. Like Angie, the single mother receives life-changing news regarding the shooting, but the similarities end there; Joyce learns her son, Jed, was the shooter. And that he’d turned the gun on himself. What initially begins as a messy, tangled web of three different individuals resolves once Angie, Tessa and Joyce intertwine. How they come into one another’s orbit felt a touch contrived, but not wholly unbelievable. There’s authenticity in Hooper’s characters; each are coping in their own way yet it’s the sudden relationships they form which help each woman to move forward. No Hiding in Boise is not without its flaws, though. As fast-paced it may have read I found some of the language to be superfluous, the dialogue clunky. Hooper masks this by providing remarkable depth to her characters; the novel is just as driven by its characters as it is plot. Yet the subtlety she so brilliantly displayed throughout last year’s resplendent All the Acorns on the Forest Floor is practically non-existent here; relatively speaking, information is presented bluntly. But then again, tragedy needn’t any nuance. Nor do the grieving and empathy which follow. With No Hiding in Boise, Kim Hooper has crafted an urgent, timely novel on the timeless subject of survival, touching on themes of mental health, gun control, guilt and fear. What’s more, Hooper presents a compelling study on compassion and connection, and the circumstances – both fortunate and unfortunate – of fate. How individuals are brought together can be heartbreaking yet also yield overwhelming results that provide hope and provoke healing. How else are we as humans able to move on otherwise?

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer's Page Journeys

    Kim HooperBoise, Idaho - One bar, one night, one moment, one gun, multiples lives changed forever, three women's stories. There was a mass shooting, with fatalities, in Ray's Bar in Boise, Idaho. Although we sadly often hear about tragedies such as this, author Kim Hooper takes us deep into the journeys of three women as their stories emerge from this fateful night. While delving deep into the difficult themes of a mass shooting incident, mental illness, and painful pasts, Hooper's writing is t Kim HooperBoise, Idaho - One bar, one night, one moment, one gun, multiples lives changed forever, three women's stories. There was a mass shooting, with fatalities, in Ray's Bar in Boise, Idaho. Although we sadly often hear about tragedies such as this, author Kim Hooper takes us deep into the journeys of three women as their stories emerge from this fateful night. While delving deep into the difficult themes of a mass shooting incident, mental illness, and painful pasts, Hooper's writing is tender, honest, and compassionate. You will feel shock, anger, sadness, empathy, and hope, along with Tessa, Angie, and Joyce as they share intimate details of their lives before, during and after this painful occurrence shook them each to their core in different ways. As Hooper masterfully included alternating accounts given by other family members, friends and victims, readers are fully immersed in all aspects of the mystery, timeline, and details surrounding this tragic event in the town of Boise. I listened to the audio edition of this book, with a stellar ensemble of narrators giving me full immersion into the personalities, souls, and hearts of each individual in this story. Hooper's writing and the narrator's voices took me to Boise, Idaho, Ray's Bar, homes of the victims, and a hospital on an unforgettable journey. I give praise to each narrator for contributing to the wholeness of this outstanding audiobook: Devon Sorvari, Stephanie Willing, Hillary Huber, Stephanie Einstein, Madeleine Maby, Nick Mondelli, Michael Brusasco, Patrick Lawlor, Adam Barr, Pete Cross, Neil Hellegers. Thank you to Net Galley and Dreamscape Media for the Advance Reader's Copy of this audiobook, and I gladly provide a review of this exemplary novel. #NoHidinginBoise #NetGalley

  20. 5 out of 5

    Laura Peden

    Wowza 🤩 This book was incredible! I took a chance and requested an ALC from NetGalley and I’m so glad I did. No Hiding in Boise is Literary Fiction/Psychological Drama that revolves around a mass shooting. The characterization in this book is flawless 🙌🏼 There are 11 narrators in total, with 3 women being the main characters: 1. Angie is awakened by a midnight call from an officer with the Boise Police Department and thinks there must be a misunderstanding. The officer tells her that her husband Wowza 🤩 This book was incredible! I took a chance and requested an ALC from NetGalley and I’m so glad I did. No Hiding in Boise is Literary Fiction/Psychological Drama that revolves around a mass shooting. The characterization in this book is flawless 🙌🏼 There are 11 narrators in total, with 3 women being the main characters: 1. Angie is awakened by a midnight call from an officer with the Boise Police Department and thinks there must be a misunderstanding. The officer tells her that her husband was involved in a shooting at a local bar, but how can that be when her husband is sleeping right next to her? But when she turns to wake him, he isn’t there. - narrated by Devon Sorvari 2. Tessa is the 23-year-old bartender who escapes to a backroom storage closet during the shooting. When it comes to light that five people were killed, she is burdened with the question of why she survived. - narrated by Stephanie Willing 3. Joyce wakes up to a knock at her front door, a knock she assumes is her wayward son, Jed, who must have lost his keys. It’s not Jed, though. Two police officers tell her that Jed is dead, shot at a bar. Then they deliver even worse news: “We have reason to believe your son was the shooter.” - narrated by Hillary Huber Other minor performances by Stephanie Einstein, Madeleine Maby, Nick Mondelli, Michael Brusasco, Patrick Lawlor, Adam Barr, Pete Cross, Neil Hellegers. These are incredibly well-crafted characters. Kim Hooper shows how complex these tragedies can become, while exploring violence, guilt, mental illness, compassion and forgiveness in an extremely raw and real way. This will most definitely be one of my top reads of 2021. It’s available June 15th. Do yourself a favor and put a hold or preorder in for this one! Many thanks to Kim Hooper, Dreamscape Media & NetGalley for the advanced listeners copy in exchange for an honest review!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Fabulous Book Fiend

    Wow what a book this was. Before you read any further this book has care warnings for gun crime and mass shootings but if you can get past that I highly highly recommend picking up this amazing character driven novel. I could not put this down. I love a character driven novel and I love it even more when we have multiple narrative and this book has that by the bucket load. Not only do we follow Tessa, Angie and Joyce but we also get to hear some of the other stories from people at the bar the ni Wow what a book this was. Before you read any further this book has care warnings for gun crime and mass shootings but if you can get past that I highly highly recommend picking up this amazing character driven novel. I could not put this down. I love a character driven novel and I love it even more when we have multiple narrative and this book has that by the bucket load. Not only do we follow Tessa, Angie and Joyce but we also get to hear some of the other stories from people at the bar the night of the shooting. They only get one chapter each but some of those really pack a punch. I loved getting to know Angie. I think she was the character I connected with most. She is a typical modern woman trying to have family and career and struggling to get support from her husband Cale. Through Angie we get to know Cale and he is really the key that links so much of the happenings in this book. Kim Hooper does such a good job of drip feeding the information though, giving us tiny facts and incidents here and there so we never really know Angie and Cale right until the very end. I found Tessa really intriguing as a character. Like Angie, her life kind of has to keep going after everything happened and I think she had the biggest fall out after the incident. She is such an old head on young shoulders type of person and I really loved how this author threw obstacles at Tessa and we get to see how she deals with them. I would love to know what is next for her and really hope perhaps we could meet her again in future books. Joyce was probably the hardest of the three women to get to know, like deep down know what makes her tick get to know. She is very guarded and she has her reasons for being so. I feel like we almost can only get to know Joyce through Angie and through Tessa and here is where the beloved mixed media text comes in because we also get to know Joyce through some online message boards about the incident and I think those were really telling and really helped to move the plot of the book along. Overall I found these women and their stories so compelling. I tried to guess what was going to happen to all three of them but I had no idea things would play out the way that they did. I loved the writing and I loved the characters in this book and whilst it deals with a shocking and hotly contested topic, I think that it did so in a sensitive and considered way. I really recommend this novel.

  22. 5 out of 5

    booksbikesbooze

    5 STARS!!! After reading All the Acorns on the Forest Floor and now this, I will read ANYTHING Kim Hooper writes! She is truly a talented writer, who's words deliver such meaning to the reader. This was utterly compulsive, heart wrenching, and extremely thought provoking. To read three different POV from three women effected by a fatal shooting, was incredible. The excerpts from the victims were extremely moving, as well. I loved this book so much - I kept tearing up the last 15%. I recommend this 5 STARS!!! After reading All the Acorns on the Forest Floor and now this, I will read ANYTHING Kim Hooper writes! She is truly a talented writer, who's words deliver such meaning to the reader. This was utterly compulsive, heart wrenching, and extremely thought provoking. To read three different POV from three women effected by a fatal shooting, was incredible. The excerpts from the victims were extremely moving, as well. I loved this book so much - I kept tearing up the last 15%. I recommend this to EVERYONE. Thank you to the author & publisher for my gifted review copy - OUT NOW!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cam Kovach

    The recent rash of mass shootings makes this book more poignant than it already would be. Angie, Tessa, and Joyce are three women with many differences but one commonality - their lives are all impacted significantly by a shooting in a local bar that kills several people and severely injures others. They don't know each other prior to the incident, but are drawn to one another through a series of events after the shooting. Their emotional turmoil is soothed through the unexplainable and intangib The recent rash of mass shootings makes this book more poignant than it already would be. Angie, Tessa, and Joyce are three women with many differences but one commonality - their lives are all impacted significantly by a shooting in a local bar that kills several people and severely injures others. They don't know each other prior to the incident, but are drawn to one another through a series of events after the shooting. Their emotional turmoil is soothed through the unexplainable and intangible effects of sharing their thoughts and regrets. Short descriptions of the victims' states of mind and circumstances before their deaths are unexpected and impactful. The author seamlessly weaves all of the stories together, resulting in clearly defined characters and some surprising twists.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tehila

    I received an advance readers’ copy for review purposes. As you can see by the five stars, I will be rereading this novel. While novels “told from multiple points of view” are not usually on my reading list, I have taken advantage of the book giveaways to try different things. In Ms Hooper’s case, I am very glad I did. No Hiding in Boise starts out straightforwardly enough - three women brought together by a tragedy. There are some unexpected twists, which will not be described here. Treat yourself I received an advance readers’ copy for review purposes. As you can see by the five stars, I will be rereading this novel. While novels “told from multiple points of view” are not usually on my reading list, I have taken advantage of the book giveaways to try different things. In Ms Hooper’s case, I am very glad I did. No Hiding in Boise starts out straightforwardly enough - three women brought together by a tragedy. There are some unexpected twists, which will not be described here. Treat yourself when the book is released.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Shandon Armstrong

    This book was so different than I thought it would be. The subject was sad and horrible but the book was also pretty hopeful.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kali Cannizzaro

    No Hiding in Boise is told in the aftermath of a horrific shooting. The author provides deep analysis into several points of view, all centering on the shooting. The author created a story that is often horrifying but also highlight adaptive aspects of human nature. Mental health awareness is a clear theme, perfect timing with Mental Health Awareness Month coming to a close in just a few days. I don’t think this book is for everyone due to it’s violent central event, but it is well done. Thank y No Hiding in Boise is told in the aftermath of a horrific shooting. The author provides deep analysis into several points of view, all centering on the shooting. The author created a story that is often horrifying but also highlight adaptive aspects of human nature. Mental health awareness is a clear theme, perfect timing with Mental Health Awareness Month coming to a close in just a few days. I don’t think this book is for everyone due to it’s violent central event, but it is well done. Thank you to the author, publisher, and cast of narrators for the opportunity to listen to this audiobook. The opinions in this review are entirely my own.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Brianna

    4.5 stars. Though I could see the 'twist' coming from a mile away, I wasn't mad about it. Incredibly well written and well rounded characters. I won't be surprised at all if this one blows up. I highly encourage picking it up. Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 4.5 stars. Though I could see the 'twist' coming from a mile away, I wasn't mad about it. Incredibly well written and well rounded characters. I won't be surprised at all if this one blows up. I highly encourage picking it up. Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    This is the best novel I have read that deals with the aftermath of a mass shooting. The multiple viewpoints are handled well and the characters are believable and memorable.

  29. 4 out of 5

    HeatherS

    This book was so interesting and thought provoking. The book follows three women who are brought together by one very tragic event – a shooting in a local bar. One woman was at the bar during the event, another is married to one of the victims and the third is the mother of the shooter who turned the gun on himself after taking the lives of 5 people. The book mainly alternates between the three women with a few chapters dedicated to the victims and the shooter. This is a story that will really g This book was so interesting and thought provoking. The book follows three women who are brought together by one very tragic event – a shooting in a local bar. One woman was at the bar during the event, another is married to one of the victims and the third is the mother of the shooter who turned the gun on himself after taking the lives of 5 people. The book mainly alternates between the three women with a few chapters dedicated to the victims and the shooter. This is a story that will really get you thinking of how you would feel if you found yourself in one of these women’s shoes and what you would do. Themes of love, loss, grief and forgiveness resonate throughout this story. I really enjoyed this book and found it to be really engaging and compelling. Thanks to Kim for sending me a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Shannon (The Book Club Mom)

    I just finished reading/listening No Hiding in Boise by Kim Hooper, and now I’m experiencing a major book hangover. My gosh, these characters really punched me in the gut. Hooper writes with so much heart, empathy, and soul. I was immediately invested in this story about three women who suddenly become connected after one unthinkable tragedy. The reader hears the individual perspectives from Angie, Tessa, and Joyce after a horrific event takes place in their residing city of Boise, Idaho. The au I just finished reading/listening No Hiding in Boise by Kim Hooper, and now I’m experiencing a major book hangover. My gosh, these characters really punched me in the gut. Hooper writes with so much heart, empathy, and soul. I was immediately invested in this story about three women who suddenly become connected after one unthinkable tragedy. The reader hears the individual perspectives from Angie, Tessa, and Joyce after a horrific event takes place in their residing city of Boise, Idaho. The author expertly intertwines their experiences in a way that will touch your heart. You can’t help but feel for these women, and relate to their raw, real, and emotionally-charged reactions to an unfortunate situation. Hooper flawlessly tackles tough subjects like mental health, mass shootings, gun violence, trauma, and grief. I recommend this book if you enjoy slow-burning, intense, and highly character-driven novels. It’s perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult or Diane Chamberlain. No Hiding in Boise comes out on June 15th. It’s a must-read in my opinion, so be sure to grab a copy. 5/5 fantastic stars!

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