HIDDEN TRACKS is the second book I’ve read by this author. There is a lot to unpack in this book. There are well developed secondary characters at the beginning of the story which frustrated me because i felt like I was missing something. I actually stopped reading and searched the author’s backlog to see what books the other band members where written in – they weren’t. At about 27% in, we find out about the other characters during an interview with the two main protagonists. At that point I was over the who/what and where and moved on.
Seth is a musician; “I’m not some romanticized rock star, some tortured artist with a tragic backstory that left me with some awful hole in my heart that I need to fill with fame or sex or drugs…. But I am just a small-town boy who got called a prodigy and didn’t give a shit about that as long as it meant I got to do what I love and it made my parents proud.” Astrid is a journalist who is writing a story about a band when she meets Seth. From their meet cute to the more complex parts of their journey, the story had a strong arc and carried itself from beginning to end.
I always appreciate the work that a writer puts into their craft and in this book there is a story and then there are songs. At times, the writing is so visual I could actually hear the music while I was at the bar watching the band.
So while there were things that frustrated me, there were things that thrilled me so in the end it all evened out.
Review by @mauraharper