Wednesday, October 13, 2010

These Things Hidden - A Review

These Things Hidden - Heather Gudenkauf (Netgalley)

Release Date: February 1, 2011 (via amazon)

Product Description (from Amazon):

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 caged...When Allison is sent to prison for a heinous crime, she leaves behind her reputation as Linden Falls' 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 rumours 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, 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:

Oh man this book packs a serious punch that left me reeling by the end of the book

This is such a roller coaster ride of a book. It sucks you in by letting you know the main character murdered someone but that's it. You're then left to figure out what you think of her and her situation before Heather drops the bomb on you. Once she does that, she doesn't stop. It's one thing after another coming at you. Leaving you unable to put the book down. I was confused, angry, heartbroken, hopeful, optimistic. A little bit of everything passed through my mind while reading this book.

This book deals with such a serious but relevant subject one that should be discussed more. I don't want to say much more for fear of spoiling. I think Heather did a good job handling it.

This is emotionally charged book that I would recommend to just about anyone. I have yet to read her first book but it's on my shelves. You can bet I'll be making time to get that one read as well.

Author's Website: Heather Gudenkauf


Deb said...

Ok so this book has officially been placed on my must have list. Thank you so much for the review.

Marce said...

The Weight of Silence was on my favourites list last year so I am so excited to see a new release by her.

Great exciting review.

Irene said...

I've not read this author, but I will NOW. Thanks. I think you should put it in your sidebar since it's not released yet. Just to remind us.

fredamans said...

Amazing review! It lured my senses right in and I want to know more! Adding to my list.