Title: In Places Hidden (Golden Gate Secrets #1)
Author: Tracie Peterson
Publisher: Bethany House
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
Camrianne Coulter has arrived in San Francisco to find her brother, Caleb, who has been missing for three months. He is a lawyer for a firm and has successfully defended a poor Irish man charged with murder. Camri’s parents have been so worried about their son that their health has suffered and they both have been confined to their beds. Camri discovers that there are very few clues as to what happened to her brother. She works at a chocolate factory to support her brother’s household while questioning those who last saw her brother. She also meets the Irish man who was found innocent of murder. He also is searching for her brother as they both were trying to get proof of corrupt business practices, graft and other criminal activities of a wealthy and ruthless man. Then, just as they were getting close to bringing their proof to light, Caleb disappears.
Patrick Murdock used to work with his father in the family’s construction business. His father was approached by some shifty characters to accept some money in exchange for using inferior materials. His father refused and soon after was found dead. Patrick knows his father was killed and didn’t have an accident. He also knows who is responsible, but he must have proof. He agrees to work with his friend and lawyer, Caleb, to gather evidence. Then, Caleb vanishes without a trace. Patrick meets Caleb’s sister and agrees to help her try to discover what happened to her brother. As they keep digging for the truth, they become more of a target for danger.
The beginning was slow, but it got more interesting. I liked the setting as well as the three women agreeing to work together to help each other solve their problems. They pooled their resources to support one another. I also admired Camri’s ability to look at herself and see how pride and arrogance had been a part of her life without her realizing it. She was able to admit this and apologize to those she offended. She also had God as her center. Patrick had anger toward God due to his circumstances and all that he had lost. He had distanced himself from God. He got to a low point and realized he needed God to be back as the focus of his life and not his anger. Good life lessons for all!