May 30, 2011

Book Review: These Things Hidden

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. 

I went into this book with no expectations.  I do love suspense novel but the one that I read tend to be more immediate and quite often have a touch of romance.  But this novel doesn't.  It deals with secrets from five years and the changes that it has wrought in the lives of four women.

I was rather impressed by how Ms. Gudenkauf weaves these tale so intricately.  The present and the past blends seamlessly though there are times when the details bog down the story especially in the beginning.  It is well worth pushing through those instances though.  The story keeps getting better the deeper you go. 

I ended up being rather impressed by the book though I don't know how often I will delve into the genre.  For readers that enjoy adult fiction, I highly recommend THOSE THINGS HIDDEN.


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