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Things We Hide from the Light by Lucy Score: FAQs + Books Like It

Updated: Sep 13, 2023

Given that contemporary romance and mysteries/thrillers are my two favorite book genres of all time and the focus of The Day-to-Days, it doesn't surprise me one bit that I loved Things We Hide from the Light by Lucy Score as much as I did. It's that perfect blend of swoon-worthy romance and a bit of mystery and danger to keep you on your toes. (Kindle | Paperback)


If you have questions about the book, whether you're thinking of reading it or reading it as we speak, I've anticipated what a few of those questions may be and answered them below. I've also gone ahead and put together a list of small-town romances and neighbors-to-lovers books like Things We Hide from the Light for you to read next as all anxiously await the third book in the Knockemout series. (Warning: This article contains spoilers)

Things We Hide from the Light by Lucy Score

What Is the Book Things We Hide from the Light About?

After being shot and left with no memory of who shot him, Nash Morgan is suffering from depression and panic attacks that make him feel like he's a deadman walking. That is until Angelina (Lina) Solavita moves in next door. At first, she's just his brother's college girlfriend-turned-friend and insurance investigator in Knockemout on a case. But it doesn't take long for that to change, especially after Nash lets Lina see the side of him that's struggling and claims she's the only one who has made him feel truly alive since before the shooting. What woman can resist that? Definitely not Lina, I can tell you that much...


How Long Does It Take to Read Things We Hide from the Light?

It will take the average reader approximately 9 hours and 47 minutes to read Things We Hide From the Light, according to How Long to Read.


Can Things We Hide from the Light Be Read as a Standalone?

Yes - You could read Things We Hide from the Light as a standalone. However, it is meant to be read as part of a series, which means you'll be missing out on some backstory and that might make you feel a little lost at times. So, I'd recommend reading the Knockemout series in order:

  1. Things We Never Got Over - Knox and Naomi

  2. Things We Hide From the Light - Nash and Lina

  3. Things We Left Behind - Lucian and Sloane


What Are the Spicy Chapters in Things We Hide from the Light?

The spicy chapters in Things We Hide from the Light are chapters 13, 35, 36, 38, and 44.


How Old Are Nash and Lina? What Is the Age Difference?

In Things We Hide from the Light, Nash is 41 years old while Lina is 36 years old. This means there is a 5-year age gap between the two.


Does Things We Hide from the Light Have a Happy Ending?

Yes - Things We Hide From the Light has a happy ending! After Lina is kidnapped by one of Duncan Hugo's henchmen, she is taken to their hideout. At the same time, the memory of the shooting comes back to Nash and he realizes it was Tate Dilton, the disgraced cop he fired, who shot him. Nash, Knox, and Nolan arrive at Duncan's hideout and engaged in a shootout, which injures Nolan and kills Tate. During the shootout, Nash proposes to Lina and she says yes. A few years later, we find out they are married and have twins, Jayla and Memphis.


Is Knockemout in Virginia a Real Place?

No - Knockemout, Virginia is not a real place, which makes sense given that all the small towns I've ever been to do not have hot, single men in such plentiful supply.


5 Books Like Things We Hide from the Light by Lucy Score

Are you looking for another small-town romances and neighbors-to-lovers book like Things We Hide from the Light by Lucy Score to hold you over until the next book comes out? If so, here are five options for you to check out next.


Totally Folked by Penny Reid

1. Totally Folked by Penny Reid

While Totally Folked by Penny Reid isn't an exact dupe for Things We Hide From the Light, and we wouldn't want it to be because that's boring, it does have quite a bit in common with it from the small-town setting to the male main character who works in law enforcement. Here's a description to give you a better sense of what it's about: "Jackson is the sheriff’s deputy in a small town with a big personality. However, strict adherence to the law during the day is balanced by rakish rules at night. Then there's Raquel who is longing for something (and perhaps someone) lasting after years of enduring the excessive demands that come with being a movie star. When she returns to town and crosses paths with Jackson, they proceed to spend one unforgettable night. Now they must decide whether to follow their rules or, at long last, find something real."


Maggie Moves On by Lucy Score

2. Maggie Moves On by Lucy Score

Lina from Things We Hide From the Light felt like a breath of fresh air to me. It was a nice change of pace for it to be her, not Nash, whose relationship-averse. Well, it would seem our author, Lucy Score, felt the same as she wrote Maggie Moves On which features the same trope. Don't worry though, if the description is anything to go by, it's plenty different enough to still be interesting: "Maggie is a house-flipping sensation who just arrived in tiny Kinship, Idaho, to restore a crumbling Victorian mansion in four months or less. This means she doesn’t have time for her sexy landscaper Silas. But as their summer heats up, Silas manages to demolish Maggie's emotional walls and send her into a panic. With the end of the project looming, she has a decision to make."


My Killer Vacation by Tessa Bailey

3. My Killer Vacation by Tessa Bailey

As I mentioned earlier, I'm a sucker for books that combine my two favorite genres. Like Things We Hide From the Light, Tessa Bailey's book, My Killer Vacation, does exactly that. It's equal parts spicy contemporary romance as it is a murder mystery, so if that sounds up your alley, then I highly recommend giving this book a shot. Here's a brief description for you: "I'm just here to do a job, not babysit an amateur sleuth. She's stubborn, distracting, and can't stay out of harm's way. But she's also brave and beautiful. In other words, the painful hunger and protectiveness she is waking up in me is a threat to my peace of mind. Before I sink any deeper, I need to solve this murder and get back on the road. But will fate take her from me before I realize the road has been leading to her all along?"


What If You & Me Roni Loren

4. What If You & Me Roni Loren

Just like relationship-averse Lina was a breath of fresh air, so was Nash. I couldn't get over how vulnerable he was to seek out Lina for help with his mental health. So I went out searching for another book with this trope to recommend and didn't find anything that was quite right - until I found What If You & Me by Roni Loren. Just take a look at the description and you'll see why I picked it: "After Hill Dawson, a former firefighter, loses part of his leg in a rescue gone wrong, he's stuck in limbo. He needs to figure out what he's supposed to do with his life, so he can't get distracted by Andi, the pretty redhead next door. But when someone breaks into her place, Hill rushes to play hero. What starts out as a neighborly exchange quickly turns into a chance for more - if Andi can learn to put aside her fear and trust in herself―and love―again."


Lovelight Farms by B.K. Borison

5. Lovelight Farms by B.K. Borison

One of the things I love about the Knockemout series is that each book focuses on a different couple from a friend group in a small town. If you do too, then I'd recommend starting the Lovelight series which is about "the three owners of Lovelight Farms who find love in the small town of Inglewild." The first book, Lovelight Farms, currently has an overall rating of 4.07 out of 5 on Goodreads and has many glowing reviews like this one from Ceceila: "Lovelight Farms is the sun kissing every exposed surface, the warmest hug, a familiar and comforting scent, and a Sunday state of mind that I am not ready to leave." That is exactly how I felt about Things We Hide From the Light, so this seems like a promising option to recreate the feeling!

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