The following book review was written by Bobbi King:
Hiding the Past.
By Nathan Dylan Goodwin. 2013. 256 pages.
Are you dreading the holidays? Are you cross when the prospect of airport food and snug airline seating is the price you pay for flying out to visit the in-laws? Or your own irascible relatives?
Well, I’ve got a fix for you. Cram this genealogical crime mystery novel into your carry-on next to the Hostess Twinkies, and when you arrive at your destination, re-introduce yourself to the family, then find a comfy hideaway seat and lose yourself in this genealogical whodunit. Soon the holidays will have seamlessly passed over you and before you know it, you’ll be back home again, none the worse for wear.
Mr. Goodwin has written several local history books about his home region, Hastings, East Sussex. This appears to be his first fiction work and there are not that many genealogy fiction books on the market
Hiding the Past is a very good read. The story goes back and forth between the tale set in wartime 1944 of a mysterious Emily and her infant son fleeing a shadowy set of circumstances, and the present-day narrative of one Mr. Morton Farrier.
Morton Farrier is a Forensic Genealogist who has taken on the thorny case of Peter Coldrick while dealing with his own family demons and troublesome past. Farrier scrutinizes the same research records we’re used to looking at, so many of his research situations will be familiar to us. But familiar routines takes on sinister qualities in the realm of murder and wartime terror and fright.
The book is easy to read, easy to follow, and holds your attention.
Go ahead, be your own Secret Santa and treat yourself to an early holiday gift.
Hiding the Past is available from Amazon in print and in a Kindle edition at http://goo.gl/CJR4o6.