The Hidden Things
A hair-raising, atmospheric thriller from the acclaimed author of the “ripping good” (The New York Times) novel Three Graves Full, inspired by the real-life unsolved theft of a seventeenth-century painting.Twenty-eight seconds.In less than half a minute, a home-security camera captures the hidden resolve in fourteen-year-old Carly Liddell as she fends off a vicious attack just inside her own front door. The video of her heroic escape appears online and goes viral. As the view count climbs, the lives of four desperate people will be forever changed by what’s just barely visible in the corner of the shot.Carly’s stepfather is spurred to protect his darkest secret: how a stolen painting—four hundred years old, by a master of the Dutch Golden Age—has come to hang in his suburban foyer. The art dealer, left for dead when the painting vanished, sees a chance to buy back her life. And the double-crossed enforcer renews the hunt to deliver the treasure to his billionaire patrons—even if he has to kill to succeed.But it’s Carly herself, hailed as a social-media hero, whose new perspective gives her the courage to uncover the truth as the secrets and lies tear her family apart.

The Hidden Things Details

TitleThe Hidden Things
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 13th, 2019
PublisherGallery Books
ISBN-139781501177316
Rating
GenreThriller, Fiction, Mystery

The Hidden Things Review

  • Tammy
    January 1, 1970
    This is typical plot-driven thriller fare with the creative premise of the reappearance of a long lost painting from the Gardner Museum heist at its center. Secrets, lies, attempts at selling the masterpiece combined with a plucky, precocious protagonist round out a quick and fast paced read.
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  • Chris Pavone
    January 1, 1970
    I love everything about this book--the characters and their relationships, the complex plot and syncopated pacing, the red herring that launches everything, the credible conflicts and mounting tension, and especially the small observations and clever turns of phrase that give the prose so much depth and personality. The story flirts with being ludicrous but never falls off that cliff, imbuing a sense of fun to the whole endeavor, punctuated with poignant moments of raw emotion. A rare combinatio I love everything about this book--the characters and their relationships, the complex plot and syncopated pacing, the red herring that launches everything, the credible conflicts and mounting tension, and especially the small observations and clever turns of phrase that give the prose so much depth and personality. The story flirts with being ludicrous but never falls off that cliff, imbuing a sense of fun to the whole endeavor, punctuated with poignant moments of raw emotion. A rare combination of action-filled page-turner with beautiful writing about genuine characters.
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  • Charlie
    January 1, 1970
    Received this book from Goodreads for an HONEST REVIEW. I'm barely giving this a 3. BARELY.Takes way too long to make a point on what's going on. Redundant - REDUNDANT. There is no meat to this story. Takes 3 or 4 pages to describe a tiny event and then repeats it over and over again. It is not a page-turner. Although I did fast forward - really fast. On to the next book.
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  • Dianne
    January 1, 1970
    It was an art theft that went very wrong, but that was years ago and who would think that one man’s twisted greed would backfire when a home invasion and attack on a young girl exposes the truth.THE HIDDEN THINGS by Jamie Mason is a tense and alluring read as greed meets revenge head on and one man’s big secret is caught on video and goes viral. Proof that in today’s technology, nothing is private, double-crossing powerful people is dangerous and Karma has no expiration date.Taut and edgy throug It was an art theft that went very wrong, but that was years ago and who would think that one man’s twisted greed would backfire when a home invasion and attack on a young girl exposes the truth.THE HIDDEN THINGS by Jamie Mason is a tense and alluring read as greed meets revenge head on and one man’s big secret is caught on video and goes viral. Proof that in today’s technology, nothing is private, double-crossing powerful people is dangerous and Karma has no expiration date.Taut and edgy throughout, prepare to get familiar with the edge of your seat as this twisted plot unravels at the hands of a teenage girl.I received a complimentary ARC edition from Gallery Books! This is my honest and voluntary review.Publisher: Gallery Books (August 13, 2019)Publication Date: August 13, 2019Genre: Mystery | SuspensePrint Length: 352 pagesAvailable from: Amazon | Barnes & NobleFor Reviews, Giveaways, Fabulous Book News, follow: http://tometender.blogspot.com
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  • Alexandra D.
    January 1, 1970
    To be honest, I couldn’t finish this book. Maybe I expected too much, but the writer’s style irritates me on a level I cannot explain with words. The descriptions about the characters’ feelings and other stuff are extremely redundant and also annoying after some point, especially as they don’t have an added value to the story— maybe they’re just there to fill the pages... This novel is not for me. Thanks for Gallery Books for the ARC.
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  • CynnieRose
    January 1, 1970
    Working on my WWCD (what would Carly do?) bracelet.
  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    This was an ARC from Netgalley and I would definitely recommend it. At the same time, I'm realizing how hard it can be for me to click the 5 star button! I liked this one. I would recommend this one. It kept me hooked and reading and I enjoyed it. But it didn't 100% live up to my expectations and convince me to click that fifth star. That's ok! It's still excellent and you should still read it.I really liked this author. She has a knack for showing not telling, so that you get really sucked into This was an ARC from Netgalley and I would definitely recommend it. At the same time, I'm realizing how hard it can be for me to click the 5 star button! I liked this one. I would recommend this one. It kept me hooked and reading and I enjoyed it. But it didn't 100% live up to my expectations and convince me to click that fifth star. That's ok! It's still excellent and you should still read it.I really liked this author. She has a knack for showing not telling, so that you get really sucked into the book and it feels like a movie playing in your head. My favorite kind of writing! I lived in Boston, so have been aware of the heist for awhile, and really enjoyed the Art Forger. I get why people are so interested in the whole thing: it was pulled off by people who seem to be relative amateurs and there have been no reported signs of the paintings. The podcast Empty Frames also discusses the heist., although I've only listened to the first episode or so. In addition to the the robbery itself, it seems crazy that people could afford artwork that valuable just to keep hidden. So this book jumps into that blank space with a very large splash.It focuses on one, much lesser known, piece from the theft and where it is today. But it is much less a book about art and the heist itself, and more a cat and mouse game between the few people who recognize this painting and are trying to get their hands (back) on it. Carly's character is fresh, the way the story is un-spooled so we can get a handle on who each person is and what they want is well done.Those looking for a fast paced mystery/thriller that can't be neatly categorized into one or another subgenre will like this one. It feels fresh, even though it follows a reliable addictive thriller model. Personally, I think I expected more of a tie in to the actual heist itself, which didn't come full circle for me. I also found most of the characters to be a little less complex than I ideally would have liked. It works for the genre, it worked for this book, but it kept it slightly short of an absolute favorite, 5 star read, for me.
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  • Mary Mithrilil
    January 1, 1970
    When 14-year-old Carly is attacked at her own doorway, the entrance camera captures more than just her fighting off her attacker bravely. The footage becomes viral, everyone meeting her on the street salutes her for her bravery and strength. But some viewers are more interested in the painting shown hanging at Carly's foyer rather than her heroic act...What an idea! I picked this one up without second thought. The plot did not disappoint. The characters are a complete puzzle, from smart and sexy When 14-year-old Carly is attacked at her own doorway, the entrance camera captures more than just her fighting off her attacker bravely. The footage becomes viral, everyone meeting her on the street salutes her for her bravery and strength. But some viewers are more interested in the painting shown hanging at Carly's foyer rather than her heroic act...What an idea! I picked this one up without second thought. The plot did not disappoint. The characters are a complete puzzle, from smart and sexy to daredevil and pitiful, I couldn't get enough of them. Thank god for multiple POV's. I've seen people commenting on the social media aspect of the story and I couldn't help but notice that the book touches the issue, indeed, from a very subtle yet meaningful aspect. Nothing stays hidden, not even illegal artworks hung in your foyer. A very intriguing book, perfect for those who seek a modern mystery with a twist.Thank you, NetGalley for this ARC! 🖤
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    This started out as a really interesting novel about a stolen painting that is mistakenly caught on a video of young Carly being randomly attacked at her home after school. As her stepfather is the only one who knows its history, he then becomes frantic as he worries about who will see the video and who will know it's in his possession. But of course, in this day and age anything unusual goes viral almost immediately so those that were involved in the scheme years ago see it and the hunt begins. This started out as a really interesting novel about a stolen painting that is mistakenly caught on a video of young Carly being randomly attacked at her home after school. As her stepfather is the only one who knows its history, he then becomes frantic as he worries about who will see the video and who will know it's in his possession. But of course, in this day and age anything unusual goes viral almost immediately so those that were involved in the scheme years ago see it and the hunt begins. Many twists but I just got bored for some reason in the middle. The end was satisfying though so I count it as a good read!Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC!
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  • Tiffany
    January 1, 1970
    3.75⭐ rounded upWe are told over and over again that secrets don't stay secret forever, and that's no different for Johnathan. I'm still thinking about his character and the quote that stuck with me the most was, "This situation needed a good bad guy or a bad good guy. You can decide where you’ll put me in this story”. It makes you wonder if a person is only one thing.What I loved about this book:~Carly was one of those characters who you can easily sympathize with and root for throughout the bo 3.75⭐ rounded upWe are told over and over again that secrets don't stay secret forever, and that's no different for Johnathan. I'm still thinking about his character and the quote that stuck with me the most was, "This situation needed a good bad guy or a bad good guy. You can decide where you’ll put me in this story”. It makes you wonder if a person is only one thing.What I loved about this book:~Carly was one of those characters who you can easily sympathize with and root for throughout the book. Although her character had to grow up quicker than anyone else her age, her growth and strength was one of the things I liked the most. I enjoyed her character's personality and all the tiny observations she made. While others often underestimated her, she used her ability to notice what others didn't to put them in their place.~While the plot is somewhat predictable, it was unique. I like when an author takes and event from our history and incorporates that into the story. It makes the book more realistic and usually sends me down the Google rabbit hole for awhile (spoiler alert, I googled 😂). I also really liked the epilogue and felt it wrapped up the novel well. Where it doesn't give you specific details, it gives just enough detail to come to your own conclusions.~This whole novel was spun off of a viral video and it emphasized how social media can effect your life and the wellbeing of those around you. I feel this is an important message that needs attention, especially with the younger crowds. So many people downplay the negative effects it can have and how it can change their lives forever.What kept me from giving this book 5⭐?~While reading this book I found it bit to descriptive at times. While I enjoyed the writing style of the author, there were parts that could have been cut or shortened. By editing those parts I would have found it more enjoyable. I also found most of the characters unlikable (which was necessary for aspects of this book) and that caused me to have a hard time relating to this book. Maybe if there had been more about Carly's Mom or friend, I would have felt more connected. Overall I still enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoyes domestic drama or thrillers.Thank you Netgalley, Gallery Books, and Jamie Mason for a review copy in exchange for honestly review. All opinions are my own and a positive review was not required.
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  • Jeff
    January 1, 1970
    The Hidden Things by Jamie Mason starts with a bang, and doesn’t let up! A random attack on a 14 year old girl in her house sets off a chain of events when the home’s security cameras capture the attack, and a brief glimpse at a piece of art that hangs on the wall gets the story going. The author deftly introduces the characters and the back story in such a way that it feels like the reader is putting the pieces of a large puzzle together until we see the whole picture. What a great way to tell The Hidden Things by Jamie Mason starts with a bang, and doesn’t let up! A random attack on a 14 year old girl in her house sets off a chain of events when the home’s security cameras capture the attack, and a brief glimpse at a piece of art that hangs on the wall gets the story going. The author deftly introduces the characters and the back story in such a way that it feels like the reader is putting the pieces of a large puzzle together until we see the whole picture. What a great way to tell the story, and the action never stops. You root hard for the good guys, (or girls), and it all comes together nicely. Great dialogue, interesting characters and a fantastic plot makes this a great read. Well done! This ARC was provided by the publisher via @NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Evelyn
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an early copy of this book.It started out with a bang, but kinda fizzled out for me in the middle. The best part was teen Carly and her detective skills. Loved Mason’s other books and while this one not so much, it’s still a good mystery.
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  • Bruce Holsinger
    January 1, 1970
    [I received an ARC from the publisher.] This was such a page turner, and so compellingly written from the first sentences. The premise of a viral video that affects so many lives in such unpredictable, twisty ways is just fabulous. The Tana French blurb on the front is no exaggeration--highly recommended!
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  • Plum Report (Kimberly)
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC edition of The Hidden Things in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Jamie Mason for thinking of me and sending me your book.First the Facts: This book is a multi-person POV. A suspenseful, crime-fiction story that brings an art deal gone wrong four years ago full circle in the present day when a snippet of the painting from “the deal” is seen in a home a security video that has gone viral of a young girl being attacked in the foyer of her home.My thoughts: I enjoyed the s I received an ARC edition of The Hidden Things in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Jamie Mason for thinking of me and sending me your book.First the Facts: This book is a multi-person POV. A suspenseful, crime-fiction story that brings an art deal gone wrong four years ago full circle in the present day when a snippet of the painting from “the deal” is seen in a home a security video that has gone viral of a young girl being attacked in the foyer of her home.My thoughts: I enjoyed the story, and was particularly drawn to two of the main characters, Carly and Marcelline. The Carly and Marcelline at the beginning of the book are not the same Carly and Marcelline at the end of the book, and that was exciting to see how their characters evolved. Their perspectives of what had happened, and what was happening, unfolded the mystery behind the secrets and lies. True agendas come into play as a result of one unrelated incident that stemmed with Carly being attacked at her home.There was a gasping WOW moment about three-fourths into the book that completely caught me off guard and heightened the suspense of the imminent question: What the heck was going to happen now?!?! The ending, or ending climactic scenes, wasn’t rushed and was played out with movie-script quality. Without any spoilers, Jamie nails the gripping effects and emotions for any good suspense-thriller-mystery ending.Plum Report full review coming soon :)
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  • Linda Baker
    January 1, 1970
    Carly Lidell is not your average fourteen-year-old. She survived an attack at her own front door and in the foyer from a local lowlife by fighting back and knocking out he attacker. The whole "thing," as Carly calls it was captured on video by the home security cameras and quickly went viral. Only the corner of a painting hanging in the foyer is visible, but the video is of great interest to several people. The picture is one of the works stolen, a minor one, in the notorious robbery at the Isab Carly Lidell is not your average fourteen-year-old. She survived an attack at her own front door and in the foyer from a local lowlife by fighting back and knocking out he attacker. The whole "thing," as Carly calls it was captured on video by the home security cameras and quickly went viral. Only the corner of a painting hanging in the foyer is visible, but the video is of great interest to several people. The picture is one of the works stolen, a minor one, in the notorious robbery at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990. It seems that the painting has surfaced once before and in the process changed the lives of all involved. What could it be doing hanging in a suburban foyer? The players in this drama are Marcelline, John /Jonathan, Carly's stepfather, Owen Haig, and Roy Dorring. Four years earlier John had led Marcelline into a plan to sell the painting to an obscenely wealthy family rather than turn it into the FBI or the Museum. She nearly paid with her life and had to disappear. Owen was the agent for the family and has been obsessed with getting the art back ever since. Roy was just the sad-sack trying to make a buck, which is the entirety of his life. The viral video sets this group on a collision course. And Carly? She wants to know why her stepfather is so changed and acting so suspiciously since the "thing."The Hidden Things is a fast-paced thriller with characters that are so fleshed out they jump off the page. Marcelline made a bad mistake and just wants her life back. John is a sociopath; Roy, a quintessential loser, and Owen can only be described as a "black hole" whose real motives are indecipherable to me. And Carly is bright, gifted, compassionate and could someday rule the world. I would give this novel an enthusiastic 5 stars, had it not bogged down a bit in the middle. Jamie Mason is a gifted storyteller with a sharp eye for characterization and pacing. I highly recommend The Hidden Things. Thanks to NetGalley and Gallery for an advance copy. The opinions are my own.RATING- 4.5 Stars
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  • Connie Fischer
    January 1, 1970
    A home security video camera has captured how Carly Liddell, age 14, fought off an attacker just inside her front door. The man had followed her up to her front door and just as she put the key in the lock, he pushed her inside and knocked her down. But Carly is determined and she ends up kicking him several times and runs over to her neighbor. By then, the attacker has left. This video has gone online and become viral. However, the video shows the edge of a painting that hangs in the Liddell fo A home security video camera has captured how Carly Liddell, age 14, fought off an attacker just inside her front door. The man had followed her up to her front door and just as she put the key in the lock, he pushed her inside and knocked her down. But Carly is determined and she ends up kicking him several times and runs over to her neighbor. By then, the attacker has left. This video has gone online and become viral. However, the video shows the edge of a painting that hangs in the Liddell foyer. It is a priceless work of art that had been stolen many years ago.Now, Carly’s stepfather, John Cooper, is nervous that someone may recognize the painting. His wife, Donna, wants to know why he finds it necessary to have such an elaborate security system and cameras in the house. John’s real name is Jonathan Spera. He knows a man named Roy who has spent his life just making do. He’s somewhat simple and has taken care of things for Jonathan in the past. Now, John needs to hide the painting in case someone recognizes it in the video. Then, he needs to try and sell it. But, the past has caught up with him and the people he cheated and harmed years ago are ready for revenge. This book builds with background history coming together and we see how all of the characters interact with one another. The tension really builds and we know that people will stop at nothing to get their hands on this painting. How will it all end?Carly is a tough cookie, and poor simple Roy broke my heart. Well constructed characters, all with great descriptions. Donna just comes across as an after thought.Good plot and satisfying read. I’m sure others will like it too.Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • Lesley Henry
    January 1, 1970
    I was so excited to have won a copy of this book as so many people had entered. It was an even better read than I had expected. The characters are complex so that they become almost real to you as you follow them thru the intricate twists & turns this novel takes you thru. One minute you think you have it figured out only to have yet another twist thrown at you but it is done in some a clever way that you don't resent it, rather you take it in stride as you work towards the next one. It felt I was so excited to have won a copy of this book as so many people had entered. It was an even better read than I had expected. The characters are complex so that they become almost real to you as you follow them thru the intricate twists & turns this novel takes you thru. One minute you think you have it figured out only to have yet another twist thrown at you but it is done in some a clever way that you don't resent it, rather you take it in stride as you work towards the next one. It felt like an amazingly awesome rollercoaster ride as one minute things are slowly building only to all of a sudden it collapses beneath you & you find yourself speeding down as events unfold leaving you hurtling at full speed towards more hills & turns so sharp your breath is stolen away. I was even more impressed that it also appealed to my 17 year old son who has autism so it is often very difficult for him to really get a character, much less comprehend what is going on with their emotions & understanding what is driving them. When we discussed the book, I was extremely impressed by the fact that the characters were constructed so well that he actually got it without my having to explain the motives behind their actions/behaviors. There were a few things he needed help with, but not as much as usual. Given how much I love to read, the fact that my son loved the book as much as I did was an added bonus as it is always great to share a good book. This is a truly amazing book that appeals to not just adults but also to teens who enjoy reading. I know I will be gifting it to a couple of people for Christmas.
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  • Mary Montgomery hornback
    January 1, 1970
    I need to start by saying how much I love this author. She presented at my independent bookstore in NC about 5 years back. She captured the audience with her charm, unique wit and authenticity. At the time, I had recently finished Monday’s Lies in one night(I couldn’t put it down), and her first novel Three Graves Full was unanimously adored by everyone in our book club...as well as everyone else I recommended it to. It was truly a hit. I still expect it to be made into a movie. Anyway, I was so I need to start by saying how much I love this author. She presented at my independent bookstore in NC about 5 years back. She captured the audience with her charm, unique wit and authenticity. At the time, I had recently finished Monday’s Lies in one night(I couldn’t put it down), and her first novel Three Graves Full was unanimously adored by everyone in our book club...as well as everyone else I recommended it to. It was truly a hit. I still expect it to be made into a movie. Anyway, I was so excited to hear that her third book was finally released. I purchased the audio version and finished it last night. Happily, Jamie still works magic with her words. She can describe moments, behaviors or emotions in a beautiful way that not many authors can. There are times when I had to stop what I was doing while listening to the audio just so I could repeat back her clever use of metaphors or adjectives. With that said, on the downside, I didn’t care much for this story. I felt no attachments to the characters or their plights. I felt like the story quickly lost steam after the first 1/3 of the book. And I felt like I was left hanging at the end with not much resolution. Perhaps it was the audio narrators who spoiled it for me. (Their voices were annoying). Sadly, I was glad when the book was over. But I’m still a believer in Jamie Mason and I will run out to purchase her next book as soon as it is released.
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  • Victoria
    January 1, 1970
    I read - and thoroughly enjoyed - the author's debut novel six years ago, so I was excited to hear about this latest title! This book, centering around the aftermath of a shady art deal four years prior to the opening of the novel, immediately hooks in the reader. Told in five perspectives, Mason develops her characters well - even the more villainous ones have their moments of humanity. It's really an exciting book that very quickly becomes quite hard to put down. Carly, though, of all of the c I read - and thoroughly enjoyed - the author's debut novel six years ago, so I was excited to hear about this latest title! This book, centering around the aftermath of a shady art deal four years prior to the opening of the novel, immediately hooks in the reader. Told in five perspectives, Mason develops her characters well - even the more villainous ones have their moments of humanity. It's really an exciting book that very quickly becomes quite hard to put down. Carly, though, of all of the characters is the real show-stealer. I have a soft spot for these types of thrillers that feature "regular" people (no cops, private investigators, lawyers or journalists) and I also really enjoyed the art angle.The book is just a lot of fun to read. Not only does it quickly grip the reader, but it really exudes a certain cinematic flair. The use of coincidence can be difficult to feel truly plausible in a novel, but Mason uses to dramatic - and sometimes darkly comedic - effect here. I can easily see this a one-sitting read! It's a lot of fun to read and I am looking forward to catching. up on the book that I missed in the interim period! I like Mason's writing and am looking forward to new releases from her as well!
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    I adored Jamie Mason's Three Graves Full and Monday's Lie and so I expected the quirkiness of The Hidden Things. Fourteen-year-old Carly Liddell is on her way home from school unaware that she has attracted the attention of a predator. Although a reasonably competent kid, the attack and her ability to fend off the attacker initiates some profound changes in Carly. Her remarkable escape is caught on a security camera, and when Carly watches, she gains a new perception of what she is capable of ac I adored Jamie Mason's Three Graves Full and Monday's Lie and so I expected the quirkiness of The Hidden Things. Fourteen-year-old Carly Liddell is on her way home from school unaware that she has attracted the attention of a predator. Although a reasonably competent kid, the attack and her ability to fend off the attacker initiates some profound changes in Carly. Her remarkable escape is caught on a security camera, and when Carly watches, she gains a new perception of what she is capable of accomplishing. The event is both traumatic and eye-opening for Carly. The video helps the police catch Carly's assailant quickly; it also catches the public's attention and the video goes viral. Most people are simply impressed with Carly's ability to incapacitate her assailant and escape, but at least two people who see the video are interested in the painting hanging on the wall--a painting by Flinck that was part of the famous (and very real) Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist in 1990. Mason has the ability to create characters whose predicaments pull you in--and even the bad guys elicit some empathy. Carly, a girl on the cusp of womanhood, must reevaluate what she knows about family, trust, and things that have been hidden in all kinds of ways.
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  • pixiepoesie.books
    January 1, 1970
    The Hidden Things, by Jamie Mason (just released) is about old secrets, lies, crimes and conspiracy, involving a missing 17th century painting. The painting in question might not have ever seen the light of day (or museum) again, but for the fact that a tiny piece of it was caught on video and blasted access social media - as crime scene evidence. Fourteen year old Carly was attacked in her home one day, as a young man, following her while she was walking home from school, forced his way into th The Hidden Things, by Jamie Mason (just released) is about old secrets, lies, crimes and conspiracy, involving a missing 17th century painting. The painting in question might not have ever seen the light of day (or museum) again, but for the fact that a tiny piece of it was caught on video and blasted access social media - as crime scene evidence. Fourteen year old Carly was attacked in her home one day, as a young man, following her while she was walking home from school, forced his way into the entryway of her home. Carly fought off the attacker, who then fled. However, the attack was caught on the home security cameras, installed by Carly’s stepdad, John. While the brief video led to the capture of the attacker, John was not so thrilled about additional fallout resulting from the viral video. The film shows a sliver of a certain priceless painting, hanging in their foyer, which has been missing... Told in a number of POVs, the story is suspenseful as it exposes the ugly underbelly of the art theft scene. It’s not pretty, but makes for a suspenseful and enjoyable read!! •Thank You @netgalley For the ARC, in exchange for my honest opinion
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  • Elisa
    January 1, 1970
    A missing painting from the Isabella Gardner Museum appears in the background of a video in which a teen defends herself from an attacker. The people involved find out and all hell breaks loose. What’s not to like for a lover of art heists? Turns out… a lot, in my case. I like plots that focus on the action, and The Hidden Things devotes too many words to the characters and their thoughts and feelings. There is too much detail, so I never really got into it. But my biggest problem was that I did A missing painting from the Isabella Gardner Museum appears in the background of a video in which a teen defends herself from an attacker. The people involved find out and all hell breaks loose. What’s not to like for a lover of art heists? Turns out… a lot, in my case. I like plots that focus on the action, and The Hidden Things devotes too many words to the characters and their thoughts and feelings. There is too much detail, so I never really got into it. But my biggest problem was that I didn’t like any of the characters. They are mostly bad people with some redeemable qualities, but I couldn’t root for any of them. Carly, especially, is supposed to be a plucky teenager who gets involved in her stepfather’s schemes, but I disliked her so much that I was actively rooting against her. The book is well written and readers who value character development over rhythm will love it. It was just not to my taste. I chose to read this book and all opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. Thank you, NetGalley/Gallery Books!
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  • Diane Hernandez
    January 1, 1970
    Suspenseful heist thriller where Hidden Things don’t stay hidden forever.When fourteen-year-old Carly is attacked in her house, the police post video from her home’s security system hoping someone will recognize her attacker. While it only takes 44 views to find her assailant, the video has now spread far and wide on the internet generating millons of views. While happy that Carly’s attacker is behind bars, her stepfather is in trouble in two areas. First, his family didn’t know the security cam Suspenseful heist thriller where Hidden Things don’t stay hidden forever.When fourteen-year-old Carly is attacked in her house, the police post video from her home’s security system hoping someone will recognize her attacker. While it only takes 44 views to find her assailant, the video has now spread far and wide on the internet generating millons of views. While happy that Carly’s attacker is behind bars, her stepfather is in trouble in two areas. First, his family didn’t know the security cameras were in the house. Worse, the attack video shows a small fragment of a famous stolen multi-million dollar painting on the wall.Engrossing look into high end art theft and its aftermath. Hidden Things keeps its reader at a high level of suspense while propelling them forward to the excellent conclusion. This book is recommended to anyone looking for a thrilling ride through the illegal art trade. 4 stars!Thanks to Gallery Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Darcia Helle
    January 1, 1970
    This story totally hooked me. The writing has a literary flair, with beautifully crafted sentences and poignant observations throughout.Pacing is the kind of slow burn that invites us into the characters' minds so we feel the emotions, then gradually builds in urgency and intensity as the truth unravels.The plot is complex without ever becoming convoluted. Characters are well developed, realistic, and, I thought, fascinating. I loved Carly! When someone is called "fearless," it doesn't really me This story totally hooked me. The writing has a literary flair, with beautifully crafted sentences and poignant observations throughout.Pacing is the kind of slow burn that invites us into the characters' minds so we feel the emotions, then gradually builds in urgency and intensity as the truth unravels.The plot is complex without ever becoming convoluted. Characters are well developed, realistic, and, I thought, fascinating. I loved Carly! When someone is called "fearless," it doesn't really mean they have no fear, only that they have the strength needed to move beyond the fear. That's Carly, and she's a badass teen!The Hidden Things isn't a throwaway thriller. This is a character study, a look at the lies we tell others and ourselves, and a glimpse at what people are capable of when pushed to the edge.*I received a review copy from the publisher, via NetGalley.*
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  • DP Lyle
    January 1, 1970
    Jamie Mason is a great writer. And a better storyteller. Edgy and on point. The Hidden Things is a perfect example. The characters, typical of Mason’s other works, are well-drawn and deeply flawed. In this story, they find themselves in the midst of an art heist that goes very wrong. Not immediately, but years later when home-invasion assault during which fourteen-year-old Carly Liddell fends off her attacker. The entire event is captured by home security cameras. The video finds its way to the Jamie Mason is a great writer. And a better storyteller. Edgy and on point. The Hidden Things is a perfect example. The characters, typical of Mason’s other works, are well-drawn and deeply flawed. In this story, they find themselves in the midst of an art heist that goes very wrong. Not immediately, but years later when home-invasion assault during which fourteen-year-old Carly Liddell fends off her attacker. The entire event is captured by home security cameras. The video finds its way to the cyber world and becomes a sensation. Everyone watches, cheers her courage and resolve. Well, not everyone. Something is buried at the corner of the video. Something that means nothing to most viewers but to a few it means lies, deceit, and greed. To Carly’s stepfather, it means his dark past has come calling. What follows is a convoluted story that will keep you on edge until the end. DP Lyle, award-winning author of the Jake Longly and Cain/Harper thriller series
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  • Sharon
    January 1, 1970
    "Sparks, fuses. Old-dynamite wrong."I wondered about the plot at first because I'm not a big fan of art heists, but it's more than that. It's about the guilty and innocent characters and how they are dealing with the secrets coming to light from an incident caught on video.Jamie Mason is a wonderful writer. Her descriptive prose is poetic and gives the reader a great sense of who the character is and what they are thinking.The characters are everything from innocent to evil and intuitive to mani "Sparks, fuses. Old-dynamite wrong."I wondered about the plot at first because I'm not a big fan of art heists, but it's more than that. It's about the guilty and innocent characters and how they are dealing with the secrets coming to light from an incident caught on video.Jamie Mason is a wonderful writer. Her descriptive prose is poetic and gives the reader a great sense of who the character is and what they are thinking.The characters are everything from innocent to evil and intuitive to manipulative. My favorite is Carly who is fourteen and mature for her age. Not only does she kick an attackers ass which is caught on video, but she puts the most seasoned criminals to shame. This is a gripping read about secrets, revenge and a painting to literally die for. A great summer read!
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    (I received an ARC of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway).The Hidden Things tells the story of the aftermath of a failed art heist and the four characters left piecing their lives back together. While I enjoyed some characters (Roy, Carly, Marcelline) I found Johnathan's and Owen's perspectives very taxing to read.Overall, the pacing of this novel just wasn't there and the conclusion was somewhat predictable. I honestly probably would have enjoyed the novel more if it was just told from Carly's p (I received an ARC of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway).The Hidden Things tells the story of the aftermath of a failed art heist and the four characters left piecing their lives back together. While I enjoyed some characters (Roy, Carly, Marcelline) I found Johnathan's and Owen's perspectives very taxing to read.Overall, the pacing of this novel just wasn't there and the conclusion was somewhat predictable. I honestly probably would have enjoyed the novel more if it was just told from Carly's perspective. And I felt that, other than Roy (and maybe Johnathan), we didn't get enough insight into everyone's lives and I felt no real connection to any of them. If maybe there had been more pages devoted to character development and less to just circling around what to do with the painting, I would have found myself more engrossed in the story.
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  • Debra
    January 1, 1970
    Fourteen year old Carly is attacked going into her house. She fights off the attacker and escapes to the neighbors. This was all on video which the police used to catch the attacker. However, the video was out on social media and something was caught on that video that opened up a door to the past and set off several people who were willing to steal or kill to get to it. This book was a thriller and it was cleverly paced between current events and the past events which brought everyone to this m Fourteen year old Carly is attacked going into her house. She fights off the attacker and escapes to the neighbors. This was all on video which the police used to catch the attacker. However, the video was out on social media and something was caught on that video that opened up a door to the past and set off several people who were willing to steal or kill to get to it. This book was a thriller and it was cleverly paced between current events and the past events which brought everyone to this moment in time. I couldn't put it down. I was also intrigued by several of the characters and would not mind seeing them again some time in a future book.A great read, very original.Thank you NetGalley and Gallery Books for giving me this sneak peak.
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  • Steve
    January 1, 1970
    Hidden Things is perfect for the wired-up, social media times that abound. Looking for a fast and fun read? Hidden things is it. The author write well and includes details that enrich and engage the reader. The main character seems like an ordinary 14-year-old teen. Hah, but looks deceive, do they not? Carly is one cool cat. She fights off an intruder trying to break into her house. Of course, the video goes viral and Carly is the new hero for the moment. But as attention intensifies, Carly’s St Hidden Things is perfect for the wired-up, social media times that abound. Looking for a fast and fun read? Hidden things is it. The author write well and includes details that enrich and engage the reader. The main character seems like an ordinary 14-year-old teen. Hah, but looks deceive, do they not? Carly is one cool cat. She fights off an intruder trying to break into her house. Of course, the video goes viral and Carly is the new hero for the moment. But as attention intensifies, Carly’s Stepfather becomes increasingly nervous. What is he hiding and why? The reader will be compelled to read as fast as possible in order to discover what is really going on behind the scenes of this seemingly peaceful and normal house.
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  • Kahri Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with this book to review. I was immediately intrigued by the description. When a video goes viral, we don't often think about all the ramifications of that. This book thinks through one of the ramifications (something other than the original focus being seen) and takes off with that idea. I think it is a really intriguing idea. I found Carly a very likeable and relate-able character. I love the idea of a stolen painting being at the center of this book. I Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with this book to review. I was immediately intrigued by the description. When a video goes viral, we don't often think about all the ramifications of that. This book thinks through one of the ramifications (something other than the original focus being seen) and takes off with that idea. I think it is a really intriguing idea. I found Carly a very likeable and relate-able character. I love the idea of a stolen painting being at the center of this book. I was disappointed, however, in that I found the book lost my interest in the middle. It was still a very unique idea and I did not count it as time lost, just not one of my favorite reads. I will try other books by this author.
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