I think the book was from the 80’s or 90’s. Plot was about a brother and sister. Their stepfather or father tries to molest the sister and the kids escape and end up finding an abandoned(or so they thought) Catskills hotel where they decide to hide out. An older man or woman still resides at the hotel and the three form a bond. I think the dad/stepdad eventually tracks them down.

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Someone's Watching by Andrew Neiderman

Marty, age seventeen, and Judy, age fourteen, become stepbrother and stepsister when their parents marry. When Marty’s father attempts to attack Judy, Marty beats him off. The pair flee to a nearby, seemingly deserted old resort in the Catskills, where they discover the owner still living as if the hotel were about to open. They participate in the old man’s fantasy to keep themselves safe, carrying on a Romeo and Juliet romance, unaware they are constantly being watched…

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