- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: MIRA; First edition edition (18 Mar. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 077830437X
- ISBN-13: 978-0778304371
- Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 96 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
These Things Hidden Paperback – 18 Mar 2011
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Beautifully written, compassionately told, and relentlessly suspenseful. --Diane Chamberlain on 'The Weight of Silence'
Deeply moving and exquisitely lyrical, this is a powerhouse of a debut novel. --Tess Gerritsen on 'The Weight of Silence'
This is one of those books, where you are desperate to get to the end, to find out the outcome, but at the same time,DON'T want the novel to end!!!!!! I thoroughly enjoyed it - even if I DID have to leave it several times,and I was very sad to have finished it, but wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anybody I knew!!!! ENJOY!!!!!!!!! --Amazon Customer Review for 'The Weight of Silence'
About the Author
Heather Gudenkauf is an Edgar Award nominated, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Heather lives in Iowa with her husband and children. In her free time Heather enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and running.
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Her stories are original and have great depth, I have read all her books now and I have never been disappointed.
Now I am eagerly awaiting her new book Little Mercies that's due out in July 2014 - Can't wait.
Keep writing Heather you are an inspiration.
Unfortunately the book hardly deals with that at all - she is released to a halfway house full of unconvincing stereotypes and her parents/sister cut her out of their lives. She starts working for Claire, bookshop owner who has a young son - clearly this is in some way related to her past life in ways we can only guess (none of my guesses were as ridiculous as the reality though). I found it hard enough to swallow the coincidence that brought them together let alone the fact that Claire - having been the victim of violent robbery decides to employ an ex-con who has just gotten out of prison - because it is cheaper ??? (Personally if I was employing a girl who had just gotten out of prison and was going to spend time with my precious son I wouldn't be satisfied by knowing she had committed a 'serious' crime I would want to know exactly what she did!).
As the novel progresses, the plot developments become increasingly hard to swallow as is the cold uncaring behaviour of Alison's parents and Charm's awful mother.
Brynn, Alison's sister is the best character in the novel and I wish the author had focused more on the relationship between the two sisters and the secret they shared, rather than continually introducing more sensational plot twists (the last one I predicted even from reading the Kindle sample).
By the end I had lost interest especially as the ending seemed so predictable. I wish the author had just stuck to the original idea and focused on developing the characters - virtually everyone but Alison/Brynn and Josh is a cardboard cutout - instead of adding a completely implausible twist (the whole Josh storyline) - I was already struggling to accept the hefty prison sentence without being clobbered with even more twists which made the whole thing just seem implausible and silly.
The novel has an interesting premise, Allison, a young woman is released from prison following a terrible crime she has committed, having spent 5 years in prison being the model inmate she is to go to a halfway house, where she can come to terms with her feelings and start to make a new life. In the town we also meet Claire and Jonathan who have struggled with their own infertility but now devote themselves to their adopted son Joshua, and Charm and her fractured family who lives with Gus who is slowly dying of lung cancer, and Allison's sister Brynn who is haunted by the night that lead to her sister's imprisonment. If the plot seems heavy with difficult topics, it is, as the book progresses we will find out what connects what seem to be a set of disparate characters.
The difficulty of the subject matter was not what I struggled with in terms of liking this book. Though it was well written, for some reason I never really warmed to the characters even when it felt like I should have done. Something about them, but more importantly about the suspension of belief required to make the plot work just didn't cut it for me and I didn't find the ending very satisfactory either. I didn't really ever fully believe in the setting and it's not a book that will stay with me or that I will read again I don't think. Slightly disappointing.
Narrated by all the central characters in turn (a style I love as it often lends itself to superb characterisation), this is a tale of murder, guilt, relationships and, ultimately, secrets...
Allison is released from prison following an horrendous crime commited when she was just 17 and is desperate to make amends with the family that abandoned her following her conviction. A twisty, fast paced read, I was hooked from the first chapter and read it in two days!
HG writes with flair and grace while at the same time remaining utterly human in her observations. 'These Things Hidden' (and there's a fair few surprises...) comes highly recommended. For me, HG is certainly riding high amongst this genre...
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