Hiding in Plain Sight by Barbara Goodwin
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
Genre: Contemporary; Action/Adventure
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Snapdragon
Senior flight attendant Judy Winston is on the wrong flight at the wrong time when hijackers try to take over her airplane while it’s still parked at the gate. During the evacuation, she’s abruptly thrown down the emergency slide by DEA agent Chase Danton.
Chase has seen enough in his lifetime. He watches the brave flight attendant save the passengers—now he has to save her. The DEA suspects that a ring of airline employees are smuggling drugs on flights and Agent Danton recruits Judy to go undercover at her airline.
Who is the ringleader? It must be someone high up in the airline…
Chase’s demanding, no-nonsense attitude grates on Judy. Strong-willed, she won’t bend to his demands—or will she?
When the drug smugglers find where Judy’s been Hiding In Plain Sight, Chase vows to protect her as they fall into a highly-charged, passionate and dangerous love affair.
Fast action and fast thinking kick off Goodwin's romantic thriller, Hiding in Plain Sight. In this very contemporary, threat-filled world, stewardess Judy Winston proves herself a woman of action. Her decisiveness saves lives, and makes her a completely admirable character, right from the start. The fact that she too, will need to be saved only makes her seem all the more human, and brave. DEA Agent Chase Danton comes across as no less fast-acting and, indeed, embodies the old-school hero traits, from brave right to annoying. There is practically a whole story packed into the opening chapter here, but there is much more to come.
And, the action never slows down.
Judy discovers that she will - and must- have a pivotal role in uncovering terrorist activity within the airlines. She will have to rely on the tough Agent Chase, although there is enough friction between them so that the cooperation is never exactly easy. When Chase admits to 'researching' Judy's life, then admits to having been "watching over" her for six months, you might wonder if a little creepiness might not factor in, too. Chase is deadly honest about it all though, and in the end, it’s her own judgment of him that Judy will go by. You can see where Chase might think Judy is far more head-strong than a forty-something professional woman really ought to be... or is she? Chase may have saved her life, but he may also get her killed.
Action will keep you intrigued with this super novel, but it’s the characters you will remember. Chase really is that everyman's hero, and anybody would want to be courageous (and smart) Judy. Dialogue is plausible and fast, and all the background details seem correct enough to be completely unobtrusive.