Three years after surviving a harrowing encounter with the serial killer who destroyed her first family, Detective Karin Schaeffer and Mac MacLeary are married and living in Brooklyn with their young son. They have found peace together...but then Mac's beloved parents are murdered in what appears to be a botched home invasion. Mac's despondency grows, he disappears, and soon everyone is convinced he has taken his own life. Everyone except Karin. Plagued by the wishful thinking of a reluctant second-time widow, she doesn't believe Mac is dead. When she thinks she spots him at an airport, she launches an investigation that leads her to journey into the heart of darkness to rescue him. Along the way, she discovers that her husband has a dark past she had never imagined.
With the benefit of hindsight I think I would have enjoyed this more if I had read the previous novel You Are Next first, as many of the events in that influence those in this one. But the plot is pacey and interesting with a fair amount of action and mystery. As for suspense, this tended to disappoint because suspenseful situations cropped up and were resolved too quickly. The disappearing husband's 'dark secrets' weren't as dark as I had hoped. So while it was generally interesting it rarely increased to 'must read one more chapter' excitement. Characterisation was no more than par for the course, I didn't really engage with anyone in particular.
Hide and Seek, which in the US is titled Next Time You See Me is the second in the Karin Schaeffer series. Katia Lief is only one of three names that this author has published under - she has written half a dozen other novels under her current married name Katia Lief as well as publishing others under the pseudonym of Kate Pepper. Her earlier published name was Katia Spiegelman. All a bit confusing, but basically she has been very busy, churning out a lot of books over the past five years or so.