This novel of suspense has many strengths. Kathleen offers depths of emotional truth and texture. Other characters are portrayed at a certain remove, according to the narrator's personality, but they open up by turns as she experiences them ... The setting in rural Pennsylvania mountains is harshly beautiful and handsomely evoked. And, warning: this is a book to keep one up late into the night, its considerable momentum pulling the reader toward its finale. Ways to Hide in Winter is an impressive, compelling first novel, with characters that will be missed after its conclusion.
... readers unfamiliar with Uzbekistan’s human rights history (likely most of them) will find this novel especially eye-opening. Ways to Hide in Winter makes it clear that you can hide for a season, but spring thaw will catch up to you eventually.
Sarah St.Vincent, who comes from a background in human rights law enforcement and advocacy, skillfully interweaves [several humanitarian] issues into her novel. She successfully shines a light on the horrific violence that is often perpetuated in the most secret places ... Although the book exposes the absolute worst of human nature, it also offers glimpses of redemption and forgiveness ... Ways to Hide in Winter is one of those novels that should be discussed among readers, as its stark juxtaposition of political and domestic violence offers so much space for catharsis and debate alike.