March 2, 2011

Review "These Things Hidden" by Heather Gudenkauf

THESE THINGS HIDDEN by Heather Gudenkauf
Published by Harlequin Mira Books
ISBN 9780778328797
I received an ARC-EBook Bound galley Edition from NetGalley, at no cost to me, for my honest opinion.
  Synopsis (borrowed from NetGalley): Allison Glenn tried to hide what happened that night...and failed.
  The consequence? Five years in prison. Now she’s free. But secrets have a way of keeping you imprisoned.
  When Allison Glenn is sent to prison for a heinous crime, she leaves behind her reputation as Linden Falls’s golden girl forever. Her parents deny the existence of their once-perfect child. Her former friends exult in her downfall. Her sister, Brynn, faces the whispered rumors every day in the hallways of their small Iowa high school. It’s Brynn—shy, quiet Brynn—who carries the burden of what really happened that night. All she wants is to forget Allison and the past that haunts her.
  But then Allison is released to a halfway house, and is more determined than ever to speak with her sister.
  Now their legacy of secrets is focused on one little boy. And if the truth is revealed, the consequences will be unimaginable for the adoptive mother who loves him, the girl who tried to protect him and the two sisters who hold the key to all that is hidden.
  My Thoughts and Opinion: Could not put this book down!!! One fateful night, five years ago, a secret of a sixteen year old, many lives of those associated with her will change. This story follows four of the women that are most affected by what happened that night at Druid River and how it comes to be that they all have something in common and the one thing that they are trying to protect. The novel alternates chapters with each of the characters' perspectives of then and now. A heart wrenching novel whereas I was so engrossed it felt that I was transported into the storyline. Each and every character relatable. The suspense was constant but on many different levels and for different reasons (do not want to include spoilers). The ending was shocking. This is the first book I ever read by this author but she is definitely going on my tbr author list.

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Unknown said...

This book looks awesome! I'm going to have to grab it!!

Gigi Ann said...

That sounds like a thriller I would probably enjoy. I will have to put it on my TBR list. Nice review, thanks for sharing.

Nise' said...

Glad this one was great! Whenever an author's debut book is fantastic I always wonder what the next one will be like. Looking forward to reading it.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I like the sound of this a lot; nice review Cheryl.

bermudaonion said...

It seems that everyone loves this book! I've got to get my hands on a copy.

Julie P said...

I'm so glad you liked it! I gave it five stars too.....

Marce said...

I loved her debut and only liked this one but all of you are loving it, which of course is great.

Misha said...

These things Hidden is on my TBR! I want to read it soon. Thanks for the fantastic review!