• Something to Hide

  • A Lynley Novel
  • By: Elizabeth George
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 21 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (1,018 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An instant New York Times best seller!

Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers and Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley are back in the next Lynley novel from number one New York Times best-selling author Elizabeth George.

When a police detective is taken off life support after falling into a coma, only an autopsy reveals the murderous act that precipitated her death. She'd been working on a special task force within North London's Nigerian community, and Acting Detective Superintendent Thomas Lynley is assigned to the case, which has far-reaching cultural associations that have nothing to do with life as he knows it. In his pursuit of a killer determined to remain hidden, he's assisted by Detective Sergeants Barbara Havers and Winston Nkata. They must sort through the lies and the secret lives of people whose superficial cooperation masks the damage they do to one another.

©2022 Elizabeth George (P)2022 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"In Something to Hide, Elizabeth George delivers another intelligent, intricate mystery starring Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley of New Scotland Yard.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Another reliable presence in best-sellerdom.”—Elisabeth Egan, The New York Times 

“Superlative . . . This is a memorable addition to [the Inspector Lynley] series.”—Publishers Weekly (starred, boxed review) 

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A Difficult Subject

I'm only a few hours into this book, and I figured I should give others a heads up.
This story is very realistic. It includes topics that a lot of people will want to avoid.
For myself, to turn away from the subject is akin to turning away from the girls and women who have suffered (and are still suffering) from this brutality.

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What a disappointment!

For all of us who read these books to enjoy the characters of Lynley, Simon, Deborah, Nkata, and Havers, you will be disappointed in this book. There is absolutely no character development of any of the characters we have come to love. We don't learn one new thing about any of them. Instead, Ms. George has just written a plot-driven story with a tedious plot. She has let all Lynley fans down.

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Disappointing

Really wanted to like, but felt like a spin out until the writer was ready to conclude, rather than a mystery unfolding.

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Conflicted

I have read many of Ms George's books with fascination. Every novel, by Ms George and others, includes details of the society around us. Ms George, in this and a prior book, has chosen to focus on the practice of FGM. I find the practice repulsive, but I have read enough about it elsewhere to know that. I read Lynley novels for escape. I find reading about the practice of FGM (or the threat of it) to be profoundly unpleasant, which motivates me to set aside books that use it in their plots. That's what I did with this one. I will carefully review further books by Ms. George before buying them.

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Respectable new contribution to series

No one reading this series should expect meaningful incremental advances in the protagonists’ significantly flawed personal lives. Throughout the series the author has dragged out each element of character development to the point that I often wish Lynley had been the one shot dead on the doorstep instead of Helen. As a consequence of lowered expectations about, and flagging interest in, the main characters, I am better able to appreciate the machinations of George’s murderers and the pursuit of justice in her series. Something to Hide is a fine addition to British detective fiction with plenty of twists and turns and sound police work (if you ignore the passport cockup). Plus the secondary character of Dee at the yard provides much needed humor. Finally, kudos to Ms George for her well researched focus on the tragic mutilation of female infants and girls. I enjoyed this installment, but I’m really ready for some stand alone novels as Lynley and Havers are so static.

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Loved it

All of the usual characters are in fine form especially Havers and Linley. Not only do they deal with an interesting case in the Nigerian community, they also face challenges in their personal lives. An outstanding narration by Simon Prebble makes this an engrossing and satisfying experience.

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Not disappointed!

First, I live this series and have read all of them through the years. The subject of this book is a tough one, but one that needs light shed on it. I found the beginning a little hard to follow because there are several characters introduced, all seemingly unconnected until finally it all comes together. Simon Vance is a terrific narrator, can’t imagine anyone better. Enjoyed this book very much!

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Very good read.

This is a very deep and tragic subject that I feel has been well handled. Be sure to listen to the acknowledgment at the end.

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Great story but could have been edited

Elizabeth George presents a well crafted, researched, thought out mystery that is as much about characters as who done it. Great insight into how we subconsciously fall into old forms of behavior, how we kill those who we love acting what we think is proper behavior. That said it could have been shorter with less description.

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Too many coincidences

I enjoyed this book yet had to supress my disbelief over too many coincidences occuring in it. I've read almost all the books in the series and this is the first where the plot seems too artificial and a couple of twists in side story lines at the end were too weak.

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