Book Review: The Ways We Hide by Kristina McMorris


The Ways We Hide by Kristina McMorris

Sourcebooks Landmark (September 6, 2022)

Historical WWII Fiction

From the New York Times bestselling author of Sold On A Monday—over a million copies sold!—comes a sweeping World War II tale of an illusionist whose recruitment by British intelligence sets her on a perilous, heartrending path.

As a little girl raised amid the hardships of Michigan’s Copper Country, Fenna Vos learned to focus on her own survival. That ability sustains her even now as the Second World War rages in faraway countries. Though she performs onstage as the assistant to an unruly escape artist, behind the curtain she’s the mastermind of their act. Ultimately, controlling her surroundings and eluding traps of every kind helps her keep a lingering trauma at bay.

Yet for all her planning, Fenna doesn’t foresee being called upon by British military intelligence. Tasked with designing escape aids to thwart the Germans, MI9 seeks those with specialized skills for a war nearing its breaking point. Fenna reluctantly joins the unconventional team as an inventor. But when a test of her loyalty draws her deep into the fray, she discovers no mission is more treacherous than escaping one’s past.

Inspired by stunning true accounts, The Ways We Hide is a gripping story of love and loss, the wars we fight—on the battlefields and within ourselves—and the courage found in unexpected places.



The main character, Fenna, is a skilled illusionist with multiple life changing events. The Ways We Hide is full of loss, family, danger, and a bit of romance. I enjoyed reading about a part of history that I had no knowledge of. The writing is wonderful, and it is evident that extensive research was done. Unfortunately, I thought the story was a bit slow in some areas and I was not fully engaged until more than halfway through. The author notes at the end are very informative and fascinating. If you are on Facebook check out the author’s page to view clips of M19 gadgets that were used for servicemen. An interesting story with a wonderful ending.

.Reviewed by Comfy Chair Books/Lisa Reigel (August 11, 2022)

ARC provided by publisher via Netgalley

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Kristina McMorris is a New York Times bestselling author of two novellas and six novels, including the runaway bestseller Sold on a Monday. Initially inspired by her grandparents’ WWII courtship letters, her works of fiction have garnered more than twenty national literary awards. Prior to her writing career, she owned a wedding-and-event planning company until she had far surpassed her limit of YMCA and chicken dances. She also worked as a weekly TV-show host for Warner Bros. and an ABC affiliate, beginning at age nine with an Emmy Award-winning program. A graduate of Pepperdine University, she lives near Portland, Oregon, where (ironically) she’s entirely deficient of a green thumb and doesn’t own a single umbrella.


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