Review: Hideout by Jack Heath

Title: Hideout {Timothy Blake #3}

Author: Jack Heath

Published: 1st December 2020, Allen & Unwin

Status: Read December 2020 courtesy Allen & Unwin


My Thoughts:

“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.


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7 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. Carla
    Dec 21, 2020 @ 13:33:18

    I got the heebie jeebies just reading your review. Probably not for me.

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  3. Helen Murdoch
    Dec 23, 2020 @ 11:19:40

    This reminds me of Silence of the Lambs, which haunted me for years after I saw the movie (though the final line is one of the best ever). This book is too much for me, but I’m glad it’s well done.

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  4. Jennifer
    Dec 23, 2020 @ 12:54:40

    I’ve read ‘Hangman’ but not yet ‘Hunter’. This one is on my list as well 🙂

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  5. Izabel Brekilien
    Dec 23, 2020 @ 22:27:06

    I’d never heard about this series, it looks creepy but good creeepy 😉

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  7. Tracey (Carpe Librum)
    Jan 06, 2021 @ 21:24:13

    Great review, I enjoyed Hideout too and this is my favourite Australian crime series.

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