Hidden
When a married man suffers a sudden fatal accident, two women are shattered—his wife and someone else's—and past secrets, desires and regrets are brought to lightWhile walking home from work one evening, Jeff Manning is struck by a car and killed. Not one but two women fall to pieces at the news: his wife, Claire, and his co-worker Tish. Reeling from her loss, Claire must comfort her grieving son and contend with funeral arrangements, well-meaning family members and the arrival of Jeff’s estranged brother—her ex-boyfriend—Tim.With Tish’s co-workers in the dark about her connection to Jeff outside the workplace, she volunteers to attend the funeral on the company’s behalf, but only she knows the true risk of inserting herself into the wreckage of Jeff’s life. Told through the three voices of Jeff, Tish and Claire, Hidden explores the complexity of relationships, our personal choices and the responsibilities we have to the ones we love.

Hidden Details

TitleHidden
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 1st, 2014
PublisherLake Union Publishing
Rating
GenreFiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary

Hidden Review

  • Catherine McKenzie
    January 1, 1970
    My new book - coming in June ...
  • Ana
    January 1, 1970
    It took me 3 days to decide to review this book for two big reasons: 1.) I liked it on some level and I didn't want to be harsh. 2.) I honestly don't enjoy offending people and in this case authors because writing a book is fucking hard. That said, I just had to review this because 3 days later, it still managed to irritate the hell out of me and I don't feel comfortable when I don't review books that affected me. Warning: THERE WILL BE SPOILERS. The Bad: Characters Where do I even start? I hate It took me 3 days to decide to review this book for two big reasons: 1.) I liked it on some level and I didn't want to be harsh. 2.) I honestly don't enjoy offending people and in this case authors because writing a book is fucking hard. That said, I just had to review this because 3 days later, it still managed to irritate the hell out of me and I don't feel comfortable when I don't review books that affected me. Warning: THERE WILL BE SPOILERS. The Bad: Characters Where do I even start? I hated Tish with a burning passion. And no, it's not because I can relate to Claire or for any other sanctimonious personal reason. I hated her because she was a lying, inconsiderate fuck who didn't deserve a good husband or any of the luxuries she got in the book. I hated her because she had the audacity to show up at the funeral of a man she had an affair with while ditching her poor daughter for her self-centered ass. I hated her because she willingly fucked another woman's husband(a woman who offered her kindness when she was being whiny, a woman she had met and looked in the fucking face then had an affair with her husband!) God, the nerve! I also didn't buy that the reason she didn't tell Claire the truth about the affair is because she promised to keep it a secret for Jeff. She was saving her own ass because she's the kind of person who loves to eat their cake and have it. I mean, Why ruin the stable home she has when she can fuck up someone else's life with no consequences. It's the perfect turn-out for a gutless liar. Then, there's Jeff. Spineless asshole. Nothing remotely interesting about him. Claire - She was the only tolerable character I didn't want to drop kick. The fact that she didn't end up knowing the truth about the affair really bugged me because I could sense how much it mattered to her. I don't buy that garbage Beth was spewing about how she would have been happier with her ex if she never found out about his affair. WRONG It is human nature to want to be protected from the truth and maybe even reminisce about what could have been. That doesn't make it reality. Beth might have preferred to be oblivious but she can't speak for Claire on that issue. Who is to say Beth's husband wouldn't have grown increasingly unhappy till it ended up affecting their marriage? Just because the truth hurts doesn't mean we should always shield ourselves from it. Characterization and Mechanics: I had a minor problem with the characterization. For some reason, Tish and Claire's voices sounded really similar as if they were the same person. They thought alike, they spoke alike and even their families were fairly similar. ( as in decent spouse and single child of about the same age). It's not that big of a deal but it stood out when I had small confusion deciphering whose perspective I was reading. As for the mechanics, I also had issue figuring out the past from the present cause the story kinda jumped around. The Good:1.) I really liked the writing style. Aside from the minor repetition of phrases during dialogs, I would absolutely love to read more from this writer. That said, beyond my major grievances, I have to wonder what question the author was trying to pose with this book. Honestly, nothing that occurred offered any insights into why people cheat. The story only scraped the very surface of the concept so I felt like there was little reason for Jeff to cheat at all. In retrospect, I get that there isn't always a reason to why people cheat but because the author never delved into Jeff's rationalization of his behavior, I just assumed it was an eye for an eye type situation where he only strayed as a revenge to Claire for kissing his brother. Is this far-fetched? Maybe. But that's how I felt at the end of the book.
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    I was so disappointed by this book. I loved McKenzie's first three books and read it despite thinking that the concept seemed a little boring and done compared to her previous novels. Man dies, wife and mysterious other woman left in his wake. I figured in McKenzie's hands, this tired concept would take on new life. It did not.What I found unforgivable was how completely indistinct the three narrators are. She tells each character's part of the story with identical voices. Sometimes it took me a I was so disappointed by this book. I loved McKenzie's first three books and read it despite thinking that the concept seemed a little boring and done compared to her previous novels. Man dies, wife and mysterious other woman left in his wake. I figured in McKenzie's hands, this tired concept would take on new life. It did not.What I found unforgivable was how completely indistinct the three narrators are. She tells each character's part of the story with identical voices. Sometimes it took me a page to figure out who's voice we were hearing. And that's even considering one was male!Following from that, I found the two women interchangeable. Oh, one has a son and one has a daughter. One plays piano and the other..zzz...These touchstones were the only way to tell them apart. Neither had any life, spark, distinct qualities. I'd pick up the book after a day off and not be able to remember anything about the character, or which was which. There wasn't even enough description for me to create an image of either in my head, or what their homes were like. As a result, I found myself disengaged and not caring what happened to them.This is essentially a book where nothing happens. Which can be fine and even shocking when enough suspense is built up and you think something huge has happened. Here it was just like, oh, nothing really happened? Yeah, I saw that coming. I appreciate that in real life, not all affairs are searing Hollywood dramas and I appreciate an author taking one like this on. But there just wasn't enough buildup or I just didn't care enough about the characters. The one thing I really liked,and wished there was more of, was how McKenzie explores the debatable perspective that sometimes it's better not to know but how impossible it is to stop yourself from looking anyway.I really really hope McKenzie's next is better and I will keep reading based on her first three.
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  • Lisa Brackmann
    January 1, 1970
    In some ways, Catherine McKenzie's fourth novel, HIDDEN, resembles a mystery. It's a story about a relationship triangle, between Jeff, the husband whose unexpected death tears out the hearts of two women: his wife, Claire, and Tish, the co-worker with whom he had an intense bond -- but what exactly was its nature?In HIDDEN, the mystery is not "who dunnit" but why, and even, what did they do, exactly? One result is that like a suspenseful mystery, it's a compulsive page-turner. McKenzie handles In some ways, Catherine McKenzie's fourth novel, HIDDEN, resembles a mystery. It's a story about a relationship triangle, between Jeff, the husband whose unexpected death tears out the hearts of two women: his wife, Claire, and Tish, the co-worker with whom he had an intense bond -- but what exactly was its nature?In HIDDEN, the mystery is not "who dunnit" but why, and even, what did they do, exactly? One result is that like a suspenseful mystery, it's a compulsive page-turner. McKenzie handles the three very different voices with skill and empathy, and by the time we reach the conclusion, we understand the whats and the whys. The ending, like life, is messy, revealing three flawed characters trying to do their best and not always succeeding, and I have a feeling that some readers may be upset by certain aspects of it. For me, though, the messiness is both true to life, and true to the story. I love the complexity and growth that McKenzie demonstrates with HIDDEN, and I can't wait to read her next one.
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  • Wendy
    January 1, 1970
    Hidden is my first novel by Catherine McKenzie. It was thought provoking and well-written.Jeff Manning is suddenly killed and leaves two women devastated. One, his wife Claire who is left to struggle with this unimaginable loss and the other, Jeff's co-worker Tish who not only has to hide her grief but is faced with hiding her secret before anyone discovers it.Narrated by three different characters, at times, I was confused as to who was speaking. Other than that I truly felt connected to the ch Hidden is my first novel by Catherine McKenzie. It was thought provoking and well-written.Jeff Manning is suddenly killed and leaves two women devastated. One, his wife Claire who is left to struggle with this unimaginable loss and the other, Jeff's co-worker Tish who not only has to hide her grief but is faced with hiding her secret before anyone discovers it.Narrated by three different characters, at times, I was confused as to who was speaking. Other than that I truly felt connected to the characters and experienced their emotions along with them. The epilogue is a surprise that is not only tender but satisfying and memorable.I thoroughly enjoyed this novel - full of life lessons - and hope to read more of this author's work.
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsMontreal writer, Catherine McKenzie tells a great yarn and Hidden is no exception. Although I had an inkling about what would be the big revelation, I couldn't turn away from the pages and felt the book was highly intriguing. Despite the fact that the story is a slowburn, the three person narrative of the husband, wife, and a female friend that might have been more kept me turning the pages.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    When it comes to cheating, there are varying opinions on whether you should break your partner's heart by coming clean or keep it to yourself and allow guilt to be your isolating punishment. I say it depends. Is cheating a chronic issue for you? That needs to be discussed. Have you put your partner at risk of an STD? That absolutely needs to be discussed. Other than that? Just don't. At least don't if the only reason is to relieve yourself of guilt because that makes you an @sshole. You've broug When it comes to cheating, there are varying opinions on whether you should break your partner's heart by coming clean or keep it to yourself and allow guilt to be your isolating punishment. I say it depends. Is cheating a chronic issue for you? That needs to be discussed. Have you put your partner at risk of an STD? That absolutely needs to be discussed. Other than that? Just don't. At least don't if the only reason is to relieve yourself of guilt because that makes you an @sshole. You've brought the person who chose you and only you down in a hole with you and only the very resilient ones get out intact. True forgiveness is not a natural trait found easily these days. In Hidden, Catherine McKenzie shows how these choices look both externally and internally, and various forms of infidelity were explored. There's the physical crossing of boundaries obviously, but there's also that tricky emotional infidelity which can be far more destructive than a one-time act. I liked that Ms. McKenzie explored this debate with such grace and thoroughness, but I didn't find the book as a whole to be incredibly engaging. But...I firmly believe this story was written to provoke thought and not necessarily for entertainment value and when you think, you gain perspective and grow. There is ALWAYS value in that. Check it out!My favorite quote:"It’s so easy, even in this day of suspicion and privacy, to find someone if they’re not careful. It’s so easy to lose someone too."
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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    Hidden by Catherine McKenzie is a Lake Union publishing 2014 release. Claire and Jeff have a pretty good marriage up until Claire has an unplanned pregnancy and a miscarriage which sends her into a tailspin. She makes some pretty drastic changes in her life and her marriage begins to slip away bit by bit. But, things had gotten back on a more equal footing until Jeff is killed in an accident and a young woman he worked with attends his funeral leaving Claire with an uneasy feeling.The story take Hidden by Catherine McKenzie is a Lake Union publishing 2014 release. Claire and Jeff have a pretty good marriage up until Claire has an unplanned pregnancy and a miscarriage which sends her into a tailspin. She makes some pretty drastic changes in her life and her marriage begins to slip away bit by bit. But, things had gotten back on a more equal footing until Jeff is killed in an accident and a young woman he worked with attends his funeral leaving Claire with an uneasy feeling.The story takes us back to Claire and Jeff's beginning. Claire and Jeff's brother, Tim, had been a hot item until obligations separated them. With Tim out of the picture, Claire and Jeff begin dating, fall in love, marry,and have a son. We hear this part of the story mainly from Jeff's point of view. We are also given Clarie's perspective and Tish's perpective as the story unfolds. Jeff never quite got past Claire's past relationship with Tim. He always had a deeply rooted suspicion that things were never completely resolved between them. When Claire begins to have trouble emotionally after her miscarriage, It's Tim, not Jeff, who sees that Claire is not doing well. By the time Jeff wakes up to his wife's issues he is at a loss as to how to make things better. Then Jeff meets Tish. She is married to a doctor and has a young daughter. She and Jeff are both avid golfers and there is an attraction between them . Both of them know full well they are playing with fire, but they just go right on flirting with disaster. Tish and Jeff explain their relationship as it evolved, the decisions they made and why they made them. It is so easy to see how people can find themselves in a vulnerable place in their lives, meet someone that is so alive, fun, and unburdened with your circumstances and before long each person is tempted to escape. Not to sound preachy, but as adults we should know this is a fantasy. The grass in not greener on the other side. Sooner or later, every relationship becomes burdened with reality. This is why they tell you "for better or worse, in sickness and in health "and all the rest of it. It's not all peachy every day. Money problems, job pressures, health, children and so on will take our time and sometimes our very essense. Marriage is hard work even at the best of times.But, when hardships surface, a marriage can face even more adversity, giving it a true measure of its strength. Toss in Jeff's aloofness, or tone deafness, and Tim's sensitivity towards Claire and old jealousies come to the surface, complicating an already tense sitution. But, the real question here is whether or not the old adage of "What you don't know can't hurt you" is really true. Even after all the information is presented, I couldn't completely sort out my feelings. Part of me is mad, part of me is relieved. Adultery is a touchy subject, very emotional, and certainly raises the tension level. I was turning pages as fast as possible! But, at the end of the day, any story bold enough to wade into the murky waters of infidelity nearly always comes off as a cautionary tale. Read this book and you'll see it is no exception to that rule. Very thought provoking and utterly absorbing. 4 stars
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  • Darlene
    January 1, 1970
    I have long been a fan of Catherine McKenzie. From her very first book she captivated my interest and has held it since with three more books including her newest entitled Hidden which releases tomorrow. Hidden takes us into the lives of husbands, wives, maybe mistresses, and all the things that make up the lives we live each day. It is a very real and honest novel that is raw and emotional and is a change from her previous novels that always seemed to have a funny side to them. Hidden shows jus I have long been a fan of Catherine McKenzie. From her very first book she captivated my interest and has held it since with three more books including her newest entitled Hidden which releases tomorrow. Hidden takes us into the lives of husbands, wives, maybe mistresses, and all the things that make up the lives we live each day. It is a very real and honest novel that is raw and emotional and is a change from her previous novels that always seemed to have a funny side to them. Hidden shows just what an extremely talented writer Catherine McKenzie is.Hidden introduces us to three narrators: Claire, Jeff, and Tish. Each chapter alternates between them giving us an insight into who they were and are now. Claire and Jeff are married with a son and Tish is married with a daughter. Jeff and Tish work for the same company although in different locations and have developed a strong friendship. After Jeff’s death certain things come to light that cause Claire to wonder if Jeff and Tish had been having an affair. Her sister tells her to leave it alone as what can it matter now that he’s gone but Claire can’t do that. She can’t go forward with her life until she finds out for sure what had been going on. Had Jeff cheated on her? It’s not like he and Claire didn’t have a complicated past. And more importantly why does this woman Tish seems just as broken as she Claire is over the death of Jeff?Hidden addresses a very complex circle of relationships, both past and present, and how they make us the people we become and also how these past experiences shape our future relationships with each other and others. The characters are all very well developed but as usual with me I gravitated towards the female characters but mostly with Claire. Her emotional response to losing her husband was just so raw that you couldn’t help being drawn to her. Despite feeling as though her whole world had ended she knew she had to pull herself up and move forward for her son and for herself. I could feel her pain and uncertainty when she became suspicious of Jeff’s relationship to Tish and also of her need for the truth even if it was even more devastating to her already fragile heart.Hidden is one of those novels that would make a fantastic book for your book club. There is even a Reading Guide that can help you and your book club have a great discussion. There are a multitude of topics to discuss in this novel from marriage, children, identity, jobs, and infidelity. I can guarantee that there will not be a shortage of things to discuss and debate and I imagine that this is one of those novels that will evoke a strong response from those chatting on the issues brought forth.As always Catherine has impressed me with yet another fantastic novel that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend. She has a way of getting to the heart of people and their emotions and portraying that in a story that literally enthralls you from the very first page!
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    This is not REALLY a spoiler review, but it's an opinion heavy review, in which spoilers maaaay be read from between the lines, maybe. I would not call it a spoiler review, but if you want to go into this one COMPLETELY green, then you may want to skip this review just to be on the safe side.This is a tough one to rate. I kept waiting for the moment when all hell would break loose, but it just wasn't a hell-breaking-loose kind of book. Everything kind of rolled leisurely to light. However it did This is not REALLY a spoiler review, but it's an opinion heavy review, in which spoilers maaaay be read from between the lines, maybe. I would not call it a spoiler review, but if you want to go into this one COMPLETELY green, then you may want to skip this review just to be on the safe side.This is a tough one to rate. I kept waiting for the moment when all hell would break loose, but it just wasn't a hell-breaking-loose kind of book. Everything kind of rolled leisurely to light. However it did keep my interest throughout. The characters of Jeff and Tish were very immature and shallow in all their "love" talk (which was not love at all, but lust and boredom). I HOPE that the author was intending to portray them as immature and shallow and NOT trying to drum up sympathy for this adulterous duo with their talk of love and connection and all that. The cheating was born pretty much out of boredom, as both parties had it pretty good at home. I felt like the author was rather sympathetic towards Tish, the mistress. I don't know if this was a deliberate technique to force the reader to think against such a tone or what, but I just did not like this Tish gal and thought she was selfish, selfish, selfish. And really, I didn't expect much better from Jeff, the front-runner for most immature man in the world until he got hit by a car in the first 5% of the book. Really all this can be gleaned from the first 20 pages. I won't even get into the ending, which I have a BIG opinion about. Props to whoever was in charge of cover design on this one. A pretty clever cover. Clever title as well.
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  • Erin Clemence
    January 1, 1970
    I was introduced to Catherine McKenzie’s “Hidden” by way of a Facebook book group (because it clearly gets no more “book nerd” than that). McKenzie is a well-published Canadian author that I have somehow managed to overlook in all of my years of reading. In “Hidden”, a man is killed in a car accident, leaving behind a wife and son. But then there is also “Tish”, a “co-worker” and “friend” of the man, who has her own secrets to tell. But what secrets? And what will she tell? And how will this aff I was introduced to Catherine McKenzie’s “Hidden” by way of a Facebook book group (because it clearly gets no more “book nerd” than that). McKenzie is a well-published Canadian author that I have somehow managed to overlook in all of my years of reading. In “Hidden”, a man is killed in a car accident, leaving behind a wife and son. But then there is also “Tish”, a “co-worker” and “friend” of the man, who has her own secrets to tell. But what secrets? And what will she tell? And how will this affect the life of Claire, the man’s wife? What secrets is Claire hiding? The story’s description reads like something from an overly dramatic soap opera. I am happy to say though, that the novel does not. The characters and the relationships they form are nothing but genuine and relatable. The characters have their own sets of flaws and dysfunctions, and yet a reader is automatically sympathetic to all of them. I am always happy to report when I am satisfied by an ending, and this book proved to give me the satisfaction I always search for. I do encourage readers to read the prologue though, to give more answers to any remaining questions. McKenzie is definitely a “hidden Canadian talent” (to me at least!) who I hope is receiving the recognition she deserves from someone in the Universe with more power than me. “Hidden” is a great read, and I read it quickly. Each chapter is just small enough to satisfy, and yet leave you wanting more. I was impressed with McKenzie’s work and will now begin the search to find her other works.
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  • Ronak Gajjar
    January 1, 1970
    Love - One emotion, that makes us or breaks us. I always found it as delusional emotion where somethings wait everything isn't justified ever. We love once, others are just I guess compromises. I think a person falling in love twice like Jeff are luckiest ones ever found. Clarie - I disliked her at certain points when she tries to prove her point confronting the people but maybe that was inevitable for her peace of heart.Tish - Only words I have for her is she kept her promise, saving many heart Love - One emotion, that makes us or breaks us. I always found it as delusional emotion where somethings wait everything isn't justified ever. We love once, others are just I guess compromises. I think a person falling in love twice like Jeff are luckiest ones ever found. Clarie - I disliked her at certain points when she tries to prove her point confronting the people but maybe that was inevitable for her peace of heart.Tish - Only words I have for her is she kept her promise, saving many hearts from being broken.Jeff - His maturity level and understanding about her wife was completely astonishing. He knew how to and when to hold on boundaries. Yes, Epilogue is the thing which stays with you forever of this book. "Her hands moved to my face, forcing me to look her in the eyes I was already lost in.“We can’t tell, okay? We have to … this has to be our thing. Ours.”“Yes.”“Promise?” she asked.“Promise,” I agreed."
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  • Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
    January 1, 1970
    This was good, but like others I felt this story line of a dead guy, his wife and his lover has been written about to death. The characters were kind of lacking and I felt when I was reading the two ladies tell there story it felt kind of the same. I didn't particularly like the writing style but it was a good late night insomnia read.
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  • Jenna
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Netgalley and New Harvest for the advanced copy.When Jeff Manning is killed in a freak accident on his way home from work, not only does his wife (Claire) and son feel the impact, but there is another woman who feels the loss as well. Tish, a co-worker of Jeff's, who he has formed a bond with that exceeds the relationship limits of most co-workers, is trying to cope with his death in her own way.This story is told from three points-of-view: Jeff, Claire, and Tish. This allowed me to sn Thanks to Netgalley and New Harvest for the advanced copy.When Jeff Manning is killed in a freak accident on his way home from work, not only does his wife (Claire) and son feel the impact, but there is another woman who feels the loss as well. Tish, a co-worker of Jeff's, who he has formed a bond with that exceeds the relationship limits of most co-workers, is trying to cope with his death in her own way.This story is told from three points-of-view: Jeff, Claire, and Tish. This allowed me to sneak inside their minds and get every perspective of the lives that were affected.I was immediately sucked into this book. I found that the characters were incredibly realistic and I connected with each and every one of them. This connection even haunted me long after I had finished the book.I would definitely recommend this book as it is an easy read and I finished it in the total of one day. In the end it will leave you questioning the importance of people in your life and how your death would affect those close to you. I know that sounds a bit morbid, but I assure you that it isn't a heavy book, but rather one that leaves you pondering your life in a very positive way. At least that's how "Hidden" affected me.
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  • Rossy
    January 1, 1970
    At first, it was kind of a drag to be reading this, but as the story progressed, I felt really intrigued. Great plot, but the characters didn't win my heart. They were so real but so plain sometimes, that I couldn't help it. I liked Claire over Tish, of course.The story is told from the POV of the three main characters, the love triangle, and you have to get to the end to figure out what the mystery is.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars“One minute doesn’t erase a thousand.”From the first chapter of Hidden, I was hooked. Catherine McKenzie’s writing grabbed me, held on tight and made me wonder all along - did it really happen? Did Tish and Jeff betray Brian and Claire? Infidelity isn’t an easy thing to read about, but this story was so well written, emotional and thought-provoking. Naturally, Claire is devastated when she unexpectedly loses her husband, Jeff. With the help of her family she tries to pull things togethe 4.5 stars“One minute doesn’t erase a thousand.”From the first chapter of Hidden, I was hooked. Catherine McKenzie’s writing grabbed me, held on tight and made me wonder all along - did it really happen? Did Tish and Jeff betray Brian and Claire? Infidelity isn’t an easy thing to read about, but this story was so well written, emotional and thought-provoking. Naturally, Claire is devastated when she unexpectedly loses her husband, Jeff. With the help of her family she tries to pull things together the best she can for their son. But, it’s rough. Especially, as pieces of Jeff’s life start to unravel and suspicion starts niggling away and consuming her thoughts. “ I don’t need my heart anymore / you can have it . . . “ Claire isn’t the only woman broken over the loss of Jeff. Tish and Jeff were work colleagues, living in different states but communicating through email and video conferences. What started off as just a work training, turned into a flirty and emotional connection. One that made them both question their current relationships. Tish has a husband of her own and a daughter, but there's something about her that feels unsettled. “This is going to sound strange, but… do you ever wish you could do your life over again?” As more of the story unfolds, it comes out that Claire and Jeff didn’t have the perfect marriage. There were past mistakes and hurt, like any relationship. Claire starts to question Jeff and make assumptions. It takes Tim, the one person that’s always been a wedge between her and Jeff, to see what’s been right in front of her all along. They both made mistakes, but in the end chose each other. Isn’t that all that should matter?I love, love, love how this story unfolded. With pieces of the past and the present being thrown at us from the alternating POVs of Claire (the wife), Jeff (the husband) and Tish (the other woman). I’m not exaggerating when I say I couldn’t put this book down. It's the first book I’ve read from this author and her writing was engaging and flowed so perfectly. I don’t want to give anything away but the epilogue…..wow. It was epic. Changed everything.4.5/5 FangsMrs Leif's Two Fangs About It*Complimentary copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*
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  • Mrs Mommy Booknerd http://mrsmommybooknerd.blogspot.com
    January 1, 1970
    "But, of course, everyone has regrets. Loose ends. Things they could do if they had more time." (Hidden, ebook pg 103)Catherine McKenzie has spun a tale that is still resonating with me. She wrote what is was like to have to face a loss and to make life work under a new and uncarted set of circumstances. When Claire loses her husband, Jeff, expectedly her life is turned upside down. But, when she has an encounter with one of Jeff's co-worker at Jeff's funeral her life takes another unexpected de "But, of course, everyone has regrets. Loose ends. Things they could do if they had more time." (Hidden, ebook pg 103)Catherine McKenzie has spun a tale that is still resonating with me. She wrote what is was like to have to face a loss and to make life work under a new and uncarted set of circumstances. When Claire loses her husband, Jeff, expectedly her life is turned upside down. But, when she has an encounter with one of Jeff's co-worker at Jeff's funeral her life takes another unexpected detour down a road she may wished she never explored. "I've spent a lot of time thinking about this, too much probably, and I don't think that bad actions erase good ones. Not really." (Hidden, ebook pg 278)We all too often just go along with life, not wanting to upset the order of things. Not really wanting to discovering what may lie ahead. Hidden explores what happens when people make choices, how each choice affects others in ways we may never had intended. How we, at times, are forces to move ahead and take the reins in our own new reality. "That I'd been letting life act itself out on me when I should have been directing it." (Hidden, ebook pg 139)How many of us wish we could go back and unlearn something that was completly unexpected and rocks our world to the core. Hidden explores what is the best about literature; human relationships at their best and worst, complexities in marriages, the impact of loss and how every action has a consequence. "Everyone says that, but we all lie about things. Little things, big things. We all keep stuff hidden. And the longer you're with someone, the more stuff there is like that, I think. That doesn't mean he didn't love me, or wasn't good to me in other ways. So it made me think. Maybe honesty is isn't always the best policy. Because him telling me about it was selfish. The only person it was going to make feel any better was him. So maybe if you make a mistake, you have to live with it by yourself, and that's how you fix it." (Hidden, ebook pg 278)5 stars!!!!
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  • Killua
    January 1, 1970
    The funny thing about this book is that the wife never found out how her husband cheated on her while she stayed faithful to him until the end. Ok she did kiss his brother one time but compared to the husband's mistake, it's nothing. She stayed for him and yet he falls in love with another woman, doesn't trust her and the other woman has the gall to "keep her promise" to the husband by not telling the wife the truth. What's the point of making their affair an one time thing when they kissed and The funny thing about this book is that the wife never found out how her husband cheated on her while she stayed faithful to him until the end. Ok she did kiss his brother one time but compared to the husband's mistake, it's nothing. She stayed for him and yet he falls in love with another woman, doesn't trust her and the other woman has the gall to "keep her promise" to the husband by not telling the wife the truth. What's the point of making their affair an one time thing when they kissed and slept together? I feel horrible for the wife having to make herself believe that her husband didn't cheat on her . Just because he died doesn't mean all his mistakes should be hidden. I just can't bring myself to sympathize with the husband, the other woman. If it's going to turn out like the last chapter, may as well make the wife know the truth so she can move on with the brother. Overall, I feel bad for all characters except for the cheaters.
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  • Tracey Garvis-Graves
    January 1, 1970
    I'm a huge fan of Catherine McKenzie so I was thrilled to receive an ARC of Hidden. I love multiple points of view, and Catherine does a great job maintaining distinct narrative voices. Hidden is a compelling novel and I couldn't wait to turn the pages. It's heartbreakingly honest and real, and it's a wonderfully relatable tale.
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  • Judy Collins
    January 1, 1970
    My first book by Catherine McKenzie, an exceptional writer, and look forward to reading more of her books. Very intriguing . . . While there are mixed reviews about HIDDEN, a compelling read, told through the three voices of Jeff, Tish, and Claire – the author does a fantastic job of leaving a lot to the reader’s imagination, with the building of tension throughout, flawed and messy lives, with real choices – raw emotions, making this an ideal book for discussions and book clubs with many takes, My first book by Catherine McKenzie, an exceptional writer, and look forward to reading more of her books. Very intriguing . . . While there are mixed reviews about HIDDEN, a compelling read, told through the three voices of Jeff, Tish, and Claire – the author does a fantastic job of leaving a lot to the reader’s imagination, with the building of tension throughout, flawed and messy lives, with real choices – raw emotions, making this an ideal book for discussions and book clubs with many takes, perspectives, and points of view. (Depending on which character you relate to the most). Full of past and present experiences and ones which play into their future – highlighting charged topics about parenting, relationships, careers, work relationships, children, infidelity, and marriage and consequences. Is honesty the best policy? Should some secrets remain hidden? A page- turner which will keep you seeking answers, full of intrigue, and suspense – to uncover the truth about Jeff’s life --a mystery between this love triangle – was it innocent, revenge, or just friendship? Note: I would have given HIDDEN, a 5 star review, most likely-- if I had read the book. Instead, I listened to the audiobook (Audible.com) , and the voice of (Claire)-the wife (Angela Dawe), was the most annoying voice. She sounded as though she was reading from a script, with no emotion or feeling—making it very difficult to listen to her parts---the urge to fast forward over her voice was overwhelming; however, did not want to miss a part of the suspense – so suffered through. (I definitely will not buy another audiobook narrated by Angela Dawe, in the future). BUY THE BOOK OR E-BOOK instead! On the other hand, the narrators (Jeff), the husband (Jeff Cummings), and (Tish), the co-worker/mistress (Amy McFadden)--Excellent. Due to this, it really made me dislike Claire and her character, as felt she was annoying and boring. I did like Tish/Jeff together, as better suited for one another ---with a special bond and strong dynamics between the two. They have my vote—since this is fiction. BTW – Nice cover design. I liked the quote: “Everyone says that, but we all lie about things. Little things, big things. We all keep stuff hidden. And the longer you're with someone, the more stuff there is like that, I think. That doesn't mean he didn't love me, or wasn't good to me in other ways. So it made me think. Maybe honesty is isn't always the best policy. Because him telling me about it was selfish. The only person it was going to make feel any better was him. So maybe if you make a mistake, you have to live with it by yourself, and that's how you fix it."http://judithdcollins.booklikes.com/p...
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  • Allie Larkin
    January 1, 1970
    Haunting, beautiful and completely compelling. Catherine McKenzie deftly navigates the complicated nature of love, grief, truth and the places they hold in our lives. Catherine's books are always a must read and Hidden should be at the top of your list.
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  • Luanne Ollivier
    January 1, 1970
    I've been a fan of Canadian author Catherine McKenzie from book one. She's just released her fourth book - Hidden. I never know what to expect when I start one of her books - all four have been completely different reads. What I do know is that I'm going to enjoy it.What if you died unexpectedly? What if there were secrets you were keeping? What would happen then...."...we all lie about things. Little things, big things. We all keep stuff hidden. And the longer you're with someone, the more stuf I've been a fan of Canadian author Catherine McKenzie from book one. She's just released her fourth book - Hidden. I never know what to expect when I start one of her books - all four have been completely different reads. What I do know is that I'm going to enjoy it.What if you died unexpectedly? What if there were secrets you were keeping? What would happen then...."...we all lie about things. Little things, big things. We all keep stuff hidden. And the longer you're with someone, the more stuff there is like that..."McKenzie explores that premise in Hidden. Jeff Manning is struck and killed by a car one night. This unexpected loss leaves two women grieving - his wife Claire.....and his co worker Tish.Hidden is told in those three voices, with Jeff recounting his life with his wife and his...relationship... with Tish. We are privy to Claire's grief and her memories of their life together. And we get to know Tish and her family as well. (Sharp eyes will be able to tell whose chapter it is by the font used in the first line)McKenzie's exploration of the dynamics of these relationships is incredibly well drawn. The sense of grief both women feel is palpable and beautifully written. My heart broke for Jeff's son Seth as he attempted to deal with his father's death. I initially expected to dislike Tish, given that she is 'the other woman'. But is she? When is a line crossed? I found my thoughts on each character and their choices changing with every new chapter and revelation revealed.Although the main focus is these three characters, Catherine also explores the relationships between family members, friends and workmates as well. Tim and his brother Jeff have one of the most difficult of all. McKenzie does an impressive job writing from a male perspective. Actually, it was all impressive. I was caught up in the story and characters from the first page. The ending caught me totally unawares - and had me rethinking what I had read.Catherine McKenzie has written a very real, insightful and powerful novel exploring the complex and complicated relationships that shape our lives. This would be a fantastic selection for a book club. Another fantastic novel from a very talented author. I can't wait to see what she comes up with for book number five!
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  • Theresa Alan
    January 1, 1970
    One of the things that’s compelling about McKenzie’s work is that each book is distinct from her others. They are all unique. What’s unique about this story isn’t simply that it alternates points of view between different characters—lots of novels do that—but that one of the narrators, Jeff, is killed in chapter one, yet he continues throughout the book to be a narrator. His part of the story helps explain why it’s not just his wife, Claire, who is grieving, but a coworker who lives a few hours One of the things that’s compelling about McKenzie’s work is that each book is distinct from her others. They are all unique. What’s unique about this story isn’t simply that it alternates points of view between different characters—lots of novels do that—but that one of the narrators, Jeff, is killed in chapter one, yet he continues throughout the book to be a narrator. His part of the story helps explain why it’s not just his wife, Claire, who is grieving, but a coworker who lives a few hours away, Tish.This book goes back and forth in time—the present in which Claire is planning and then attending the funeral, back to work events that happened a few days or weeks or a year prior to Jeff’s untimely death.The relationships between the characters are complex and nuanced. Claire begins to suspect that there may have been something more between Jeff and Tish than simply working for the same company, even if they worked at different branches. Claire has her 12-year-old son, Tish has a doctor husband and a precocious 11-year-old daughter. We, the readers, are also unclear throughout the book if Tish and Jeff simply enjoyed emailing each other and being together at work retreats, or if something more was going on—something that could destroy both their marriages.After the initial shock of Claire’s husband dying in a car accident and dealing with the funeral and the endless stream of people telling her how sorry they are for her loss, Claire becomes obsessed with finding out if the love she shared with Jeff was real, or was he also in love with another woman? She is dealing with her own grief and her complicated past with Jeff’s brother—who has largely been estranged and living in Australia for years but comes back for the funeral.This is a complex book about the choices we make with relationships, with love, with family, and with ourselves.For more of my reviews, please visit: http://theresaalan.net/blog/
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    I thought that Hidden was very well written. It was easy to get into the minds of all the characters involved, even when I didn't agree with what they were doing. There were times I almost forgot I was reading a book because it felt so honest and genuine with realistic settings and dialogue. I kept wondering what would happen next and Catherine threw in some twists throughout. The ending felt anticlimactic, but the story was still powerful and intense. I never condone cheating, whether it is phy I thought that Hidden was very well written. It was easy to get into the minds of all the characters involved, even when I didn't agree with what they were doing. There were times I almost forgot I was reading a book because it felt so honest and genuine with realistic settings and dialogue. I kept wondering what would happen next and Catherine threw in some twists throughout. The ending felt anticlimactic, but the story was still powerful and intense. I never condone cheating, whether it is physical or emotional, but it was interesting to hear a man's perspective and why he would be led on two different paths. Overall, it was a strong story and I can't wait to read her next novel!Of course, I had to cast this as a movie!Claire: Claire Forlani (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001231/?r...)Tish: Martine McCutcheon (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0567356/?r...)Jeff: Josh Holloway (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0391326/?r...)Tim: Paul Rudd (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0748620/?r...)
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  • phyllis
    January 1, 1970
    Have been a fan of Catherine McKenzie since I first read Spin. I was surprised to find that her latest, "Hidden" diverges from her first three novels, but delighted to find that it improves an already great body of work. Hidden has multiple narrators, and the narratives move forward chronologically although not simultaneously. It's wonderful. The flow of the book is steady, you become engrossed in the characters, and then the plot turns and twists as you race to the finish, staying up way too la Have been a fan of Catherine McKenzie since I first read Spin. I was surprised to find that her latest, "Hidden" diverges from her first three novels, but delighted to find that it improves an already great body of work. Hidden has multiple narrators, and the narratives move forward chronologically although not simultaneously. It's wonderful. The flow of the book is steady, you become engrossed in the characters, and then the plot turns and twists as you race to the finish, staying up way too late but not regretting a single minute of sleep (that's what coffee is for).Read it. If you loved Spin, Arranged and Forgotten, then Hidden will blow your socks off. If you havent read them, then you're in for a treat finding a new author to enjoy.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    A solid 4 stars! Catherine McKenzie is an amazing writer. Her characters are extremely realistic, the storylines are edgy and her execution is perfect. I was a little apprehensive at first about reading this book because of the three person narration, the past to present then back and forth timeline and the subject matter. I saw two ways the book could have ended and was so hoping for the other, but, I still really enjoyed the book.
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  • Catherine McKenzie
    January 1, 1970
    Hidden is out in German! Check it out ....
  • Allison
    January 1, 1970
    Really compellingly written...with an ending I did not see coming at all. (And it's hard to surprise me!)
  • Robyn
    January 1, 1970
    I have been a fan of Catherine McKenzie's work since her first novel came out, which I read in the spring of 2010, about 4 months after it was released. I've read all her work, and thoroughly enjoyed every single novel that Catherine has written. I was extremely excited when I received an advanced reader's copy of Hidden to read & review. I'll be participating in Catherine's blog tour for the release of Hidden. Hidden comes out June 18th, 2013 and my tour date is June 19th, 2013 (www.knitpur I have been a fan of Catherine McKenzie's work since her first novel came out, which I read in the spring of 2010, about 4 months after it was released. I've read all her work, and thoroughly enjoyed every single novel that Catherine has written. I was extremely excited when I received an advanced reader's copy of Hidden to read & review. I'll be participating in Catherine's blog tour for the release of Hidden. Hidden comes out June 18th, 2013 and my tour date is June 19th, 2013 (www.knitpurlmama.com)Hidden is completely different than the style of Catherine's first 3 novels, which was a nice change. This novel introduces 3 narrators (Jeff, Tish & Claire), instead of one/two narrators. Each chapter moves through the story in chronological order through each of their own stories and leaves you not wanting to put the novel down until the very last page. The story is completely realistic and that's what I like in a novel. I also liked the suspense of wondering throughout the entire novel, if Jeff and Tish were actually lovers or not. Jeff, while walking home from work one day, is hit by a car and dies. Hidden is the story of his wife, Claire (and their son Seth) and another woman, Tish a co-worker from the same company at another branch in another city (as well as her family, husband Brian and daughter Zoey), who both are heart broken at the death of Jeff. I recommend this book to anyone who has or has not read any of Catherine's earlier work. If you haven't read any of her earlier work, you should, Catherine's novels are fantastic. They're light, fun reads and this one is being released just in time for summer, perfect to read by the pool/beach. I look forward to seeing where Catherine goes with her next novel, because she certainly outdid herself with Hidden.
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  • Jaxy
    January 1, 1970
    Hidden is told in the first-person narrative of three characters – Jeff, the deceased, in the past, along with Claire, his wife, and Tish, his lover, both in the present. The novel begins with Jeff’s untimely demise, and the first half of the novel tells the story of the first few days following his death, along with a look at Jeff’s past. We know going in to the novel that Jeff was cheating on his wife with a coworker at the time of his death, and it is slowly revealed how his adulterous relati Hidden is told in the first-person narrative of three characters – Jeff, the deceased, in the past, along with Claire, his wife, and Tish, his lover, both in the present. The novel begins with Jeff’s untimely demise, and the first half of the novel tells the story of the first few days following his death, along with a look at Jeff’s past. We know going in to the novel that Jeff was cheating on his wife with a coworker at the time of his death, and it is slowly revealed how his adulterous relationship came to be throughout the course of the novel. Like most novels that start with a huge opening such as this one, Hidden was easy enough to become interested in. The characters were satisfactory, but not great; Tish and Claire didn’t really stand apart from one another in their narratives, but Jeff had his own unique voice. The writing is decent, but again, not great; unfortunately, when a novel deals with a topic that is written about a lot like this one is, it has to be fantastic to stand out. This novel fell a bit short of fantastic. However, if you haven’t read any books with a plot like this in the past, you may feel differently. For me, though, nothing about this book was especially unique.The big reveal at the end was not much of a reveal at all. I was hoping to like all of the characters despite their obvious flaws (adultery sucks, but it happens to the best of us, after all; no one is perfect), but sadly, at the end, I was left thinking that two of the three characters were assholes. Also, Jeff’s reason for cheating wasn’t a good reason at all, in my opinion. Sorry, Jeff, you’re one of the assholes.Review to be posted soon on my blog, www.bibliobrat.com
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