Title: The Hiding Place
Author: Wayne Mansfield
Publisher: JMS Books
POV: 3rd & 1st Person
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Fantasy
Like a million other young gay men, Bryan keeps his sexuality hidden because it’s safer that way. Yet other guys know he’s different — they sense it, and make Bryan’s life pure hell. At home, things aren’t much better. He barely acknowledges his alcoholic father, and his mother has little time to spend with her family. So Bryan is alone, with no support, no shoulder to cry on.
Years of torture and torment, of name calling and humiliation, have taken their toll. Bryan does what he can to make new friends, but in trying to be something he’s not, he makes a huge mistake. Unable to cope with the repercussions, Bryan spends more and more time in a fantasy world he has created for himself. In this private world he is handsome, an object of desire. He is loved.
Is the hiding place as perfect as it seems? Or will Bryan go too deep and not be able to come out again?
This is the first time I have had the pleasure of experiencing a Wayne Mansfield story and I must say he had me mesmerized from the very first paragraph. His style here to mix 3rd and 1st person Point Of View is surprisingly quick to comprehend and simplistically easy to follow.
Wayne is dealing here with a topic that is all too familiar, I expect, with an abundance of his readers; that of “Bullying.” His presentation of this timeless bane of adolescent torture is unique to say the least. He had me guessing all the way to the end and then he landed a proverbial slap to the face and the command to “Wake Up.”
Nobody, and I emphasize NOBODY, will be able to read this story and come away without being profoundly affected.
Reviewed By: Jymbo