Hiding in Sunshine by John Stuart & Caitlin Stuart
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- "I will say that the book started out a little slow, but once it takes off, hold on tight, because I couldn’t put it down!" in 7 reviews
- "I really enjoyed this book..as others have said, it started off a bit slow, but really picked up and I found could not put it down!" in 7 reviews
- "The suspense was there, I just wish it had been a little more well written in the beginning so that people wouldn’t have lost interest." in 5 reviews
The story centers around a husband and wife, Gavin and Lisa Brinkley, and their two incredible daughters. Gavin is a high-tech inventor and Lisa used to work in the banking field. Right away you get a sense that Gavin and Lisa are accomplished, highly intelligent, likeable people, and their first daughter, Rebecca (later known as Caitlin), is following in their footsteps.
In the beginning the book is a bit slow because the authors are developing the background information necessary to make the story complete. The real action does not get started until Chapter 6, page 46, when the story takes off like a rocket! There is intrigue from the moment the family runs to the moment they are finally able to stop running.
This book makes you ponder the question, "Is my identity secure?" You begin to create what-if scenarios that can be very scary. I have a whole new appreciation for security/privacy! I hope what happened in the book never happens in real life!
A portion of the ending strayed a bit from Gavin and Lisa and came about quickly. You really did not get a sense of what Gavin did to help catch the bad guy until the very last chapter. The twists and turns of the story make you smile and root for the good guys!!
There is a bit of "info dumping" throughout the book (as BlueInk reviews puts it), but without the information, the story would not make sense and would seem too far-fetched. The information is necessary to get a full understanding of what is occuring and why.
I just wonder if John and Cindy (aka Gavin and Lisa) ever kept in touch with Bruce and Maloney....hmmm
The first few chapters are pretty slow given that the authors try to paint a vivid portrait of the main characters and their lives. They spend so much time on it that it is almost painfully slow. It would have been nice to include some of the details later throughout the story to keep the reader’s interest. The premise of the story is intriguing, but to someone who doesn’t have any computer knowledge it may be a little much delving into the world of computers and hackers. For me working with computers I found it interesting and slightly frightening how easy it may be for someone to hack my or anyone else’s information.
The story is very descriptive and I feel as if I’m right there with the characters. The authors do a good job of bringing the characters to life and taking you on their journey. The suspense was there, I just wish it had been a little more well written in the beginning so that people wouldn’t have lost interest. Once you get through the first 50 or so pages you are drawn into their story and want to know what ends up happening to this family. The ending was not what I expected as the rest of the book is kind of drawn out, but the end is very short and not as good as I had hoped with all the suspense. However, it does have an interesting twist that saved it. Not bad for a first novel from a father/daughter team though.
I read it hoping that it would pick up, but found that the book is one long rant. A rant against the government. A rant against internet privacy rights. I found it like trudging through tar laden mud. I only kept picking up the book in hopes that something excited would happen, only to put it down again of boredom and disappointment.
The Father Daughter writing team was a great selling point. However it feels as if the book was written with the authors switching off on writing chapters. Every other chapter (almost) was pleasant to read, but then the next would be boring and hard to get through. I suspect the Daughter has the better and less rant worthy writing skills. If this is the case, she needs to write books without her father. Truly boring and unlikable characters with the exception of the oldest Daughter.
DISCLAIMER: I received this book for free from @influenster in a #HolidayVoxBox to review. The opinions herein are my own and are not influenced by anyone else.
Lastly, this book is a true eye opener. As a society which is all about being in the loop and connected realising the complications of making social media aware of your every move as a possible dangerous one is a wake up call every one could use.
I would most definitely recommend this book to anyone
I dislike reading a vast majority of books twice, but this book has a good re-readability factor to it.
I loved that it was real enough to scare me into thinking some of my cyber-choices and taught me quite a bit
Caitlin's character was definitely the most relatable and likable.Even though the book starts slowly, it soon becomes impossible to put down.
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