Hiding to Nothing: Mischief and money in Newcastle

Hiding to nothing book review

What is this about?: Lachie Munro gets robbed and manages to meet his father and get involved in something he really shouldn’t be all in one day — and despite his best intentions.

What else is this about?: Family, friends and the problems they never cease to bring into your life


Lay low, stay out of trouble and don’t get pulled over. It was probably the best advice I’d ever had.

How long until I ignored it?

All Lachie Munro wants is a quiet life in sunny Newcastle. But Lachie and quiet don’t seem to get along.

When Lachie’s estranged dad, Terry, turns up fresh out of prison, he’s packing more than the usual family baggage. Suddenly there are two murderous goons on Lachie’s doorstep and the police are paying him special attention. But Terry’s on the hunt for a long-lost fortune, and he won’t be leaving Newcastle – or Lachie – without it.

Hiding to Nothing is the next caper from the master of beachside noir, Andy Muir, a wild ride driven by brilliant characters and fast-paced dialogue.

The underworld has never been so much fun

Hiding to Nothingis the second in the series from author Andy Muir, but I don’t really think you’re going to miss much if you jump straight to this. It reads as pretty self contained. 

Lachie is a painter, a guy who does his work, does jobs on the side and goes home to his granny flat in Newcastle. All is as right with his world as could be — until he gets robbed at gun point in a milk bar, and he realises he’s looking into a very familiar pair of eyes — his father’s. The man he hasn’t seen for 20 something years because he’s been in jail.

From there, the story becomes one of reconnecting with his father, whom he is sure is up to something else entirely, finding himself on the payroll of a man he really shouldn’t be associating with if he wants to stop being on the cops’ radar. Also, there are the friends that are dealing drugs and dragging him into more things they shouldn’t be.

His relationship with Terry is complicated. Terry is his father, the man he still wants to know even though he’s pretty sure Terry is up to no good. So right there, you’re going to empathise with him, and understand Lachie’s response.

The thing that makes this book and all the funnier is that you would probably enjoy a drink down at the pub with Lachie, share a ton of stories and never realise just what he gets up to. He’s that sort of guy, who you’d be friends with in a heartbeat.

It’s hard to totally explain the story because there is a lot happening, but it was Lachie, this easy-going guy who finds himself in situations he shouldn’t be that really makes this all the worthwhile.


  • Lily Blain says:

    Well I guess that’s one way to reconnect with your long lost father XD

  • Kelly says:

    Imagine that, that’s one way for your estranged father to reenter your life. I really like the sound of this one, a bit bogan and lots of larrikin. Have you read the first one? I think I might grab book one and see how I go. Awesome review Verushka darling, so glad you enjoyed it!

    • Verushka says:

      You know that’s a perfect description of it — a little bit larrikin and bogan — in fact, I might say, it’s crying out for one of your bogan reviews! I haven’t read the first one, I don’t think. I hope you give it a go now — all I think is BOGAN REVIEW please!

  • Oh my, the characters sound authentic and I like that it can be read on its own. So sorry, i am late in visiting back. Your comments ended up in my spam. How evil right?

    • Verushka says:

      Heh, don’t worry Kimberly, there have been more than a couple of times that I randomly checked my spam folder and got a fright seeing how many emails were landing up there. This was a fun read in the end.

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