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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray; New edition edition (27 Mar. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0719567637
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719567636
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 19.7 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,055,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A mesmerising first novel that wraps character-led drama around a thriller-like core. (Observer)

An intriguing tale well-told (Evening Mail)

Jaskunas's descriptive prose has a hallucinatory and ominous vividness. (Independent on Sunday)

Characters that grip and a story that resonates long after the book is finished. (Tangled Web UK)

'A strong debut thriller in which Jaskunas really gets into the head of a woman attacked and left for dead' (Sue Baker, Publishing News)

Magical ... provides both the racing pulse pleasure of a thriller and the quieter deep waters of character-driven literary fiction (The Washington Post)

'A strong debut thriller in which Jaskunas really gets into the head of a woman attacked and left for dead' (Sue Baker)

A shifty low-key thriller, half Spellbound, half Daphne du Maurier (Stewart O'Nan)

Hidden is not really like anything you've read before (Anna Quindlen)

'Hidden' is a page-turner, poignant and powerful. I was transfixed (Chris Bohjalian)

'Impressive ... a considerable achievement ... a narrative that is as original as it is well structured' (Natasha Cooper, TLS)

'It's an unusual, very well-written novel, which draws the reader into the mind of the narrator as she finds herself beginning to question her own memories' (Sunday Telegraph)

'Well-plotted...sensitive' (New Books Mag)

'A strong debut thriller in which Jaskunas really gets into the head of a woman attacked and left for dead.' (Sue Baker)

'Powerfully compelling, this intelligent thriller about a woman's search for the truth maintains a vice-like grip' (Sainsbury's Magazine)

'Hidden... is a first novel of both powerful and poignant emotions...' (Birmingham Post)

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Left for dead by her attacker. Six years later he knocks on her door.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reader 11 on 16 Aug. 2009
Format: Paperback
This is the second book I've read recently for which the blurb does not match the content of the novel. The front cover of 'Hidden' states: 'Left dead by her attacker. Five years later, he knocks on her door.' This is plain wrong. Neither of the protagonist's suspected attackers ever knocks on her door. (Amusingly, I have seen two versions of the cover - one with 'Five years...' and one with 'Six years...')

The back cover blurb describes the book as 'A chilling psychological thriller and a gripping journey into the hidden corners of a young woman's mind.' Again, this is misleading - the book is not a thriller. There is a lot of pseudo-psychology, but this is neither chilling nor gripping in my view.

The back cover blurb goes on to say that the protagonist 'receives a call from the lawyer who helped put her husband in jail. Told that another inmate has confessed to the crime...' Actually this is all given in backstory in the novel itself and so the use of present tense here is also misleading.

A more accurate description of the novel would be along the lines of 'Self-obsessed Maggie Wilson never tires of replaying the same old fragmented memories round and round and round in her head, achieving the quite impressive feat of making a frenzied attack seem dull dull dull, and making the reader wish it had been more successful.'

That being said, the writing was often very good, and I enjoyed the parts about Maggie's life as a student and her relationship with her husband.
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You know how it is. You're stuck in an airport in some foreign land (in this case, Spain) with a flight delay which seems never ending when you suddenly realise that the book you've got as in-flight reading might not even last until take off, much less see you through the flight home.

Necessity forces you into an airport shop and starts you flicking through a succession of awful sounding paperbacks, mostly by people you've never heard of before. Eventually, a combination of desperation and fear that you'll be stuck on a plane with only the in-flight magazine for company leads you to pick up what seems like the lesser of many evils.

Described as a "chilling psychological thriller", Paul Jaskunas' "Hidden" sounded like my cup of tea. It tells the story of Maggie Wilson who, in the summer of 1996 was attacked in her home and badly beaten. In court, her testimony helped convict her husband of the attack and, to this day, she still believes he was her attacker. Six years on, however, another man confesses to the attack and her now ex-husband is released from prison. Still living in their former marital home and suffering both psychologically and physically from the events of six years previously, Maggie fears that her husband will return to town and that she will again have to come face to face with the man who left her for dead.

"Hidden" follows Maggie's lift through both traumatic seasons; the happy times when the relationship and marriage with her husband was fresh and her struggles to rebuild her life after the attack and deal with the news that all she believed about her husband was wrong.
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A chilling psychological thriller and a gripping journey into the hidden corners of a young woman's mind.: thats what is written as the blurb of the book, and i was thoroughly disappointed.
The book is not a thriller, its a back and forth story of a woman who went through some hard times with her husband.
To begin with, i was gripped, i thought that, considering what was said about it, that there was a background story, and that she was going to be running away from her killer.

She didn't even hear from her killer, the real killer.
Total rip off, do not buy.
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By lovemurakami TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Dec. 2008
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I was lucky enough to read this book when it first came out. I've never heard of Paul Jaskunas but since reading this have spent my time checking if he's written anything else. This is a beautifully written novel, with gorgeous prose and a driven narrative. The characters are full and rounded. All in all a superbly written book which deserves to be more well known than it is. Love it, love it, love it
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Have to agree with the majority view above - the back and forth (present to past) was irksome, and I ended up skimming some bits.

Again as above - the account of the courtship and early marriage was interesting, but the modern stuff (therapist, law enforcement, elderly next door neighbour, job at the local paper) seemed to drag.
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