These Things Hidden, Paperback
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Imprisoned for a heinous crime when she was a just a teenager, Allison Glenn is now free.

Desperate for a second chance, Allison discovers that the world has moved on without her...Shunned by those who once loved her, Allison is determined to make contact with her sister.

But Brynn is trapped in her own world of regret and torment.

Their legacy of secrets is focused on one little boy. And if the truth is revealed, the consequences will be unimaginable for the adoptive mother who loves him, the girl who tried to protect him and the two sisters who hold the key to all that is hidden...Praise for Heather Gudenkauf 'A great thriller, probably the kind of book a lot of people would chose to read on their sun loungers.

It will appeal to fans of Jodi Picoult' - Radio Times 'Deeply moving and exquisitely lyrical, this is a powerhouse of a debut novel' - Tess Gerritsen 'Beautifully written, compassionately told, and relentlessly suspenseful' - Diane Chamberlain



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Like her first book "The Weight of Silence" this is another well written page turner from Heather Gudenkauf. Her first novel does take some beating, and this one doesn't quite top it, but it is still a good read. The story is told through 4 characters, all female, and tells of their entanglement and involvement in one little boy's life. Allison is just being released from jail. Brynn, her sister, has left home to live with her grandmother, unable to live in the family home with their controlling mother and bemused father. Claire is blissfully happy, having adopted little Joshua with her husband Jonathan after a history of heartbreak. Charm is a student nurse and sometime visitor to Claire's bookshop. Oh, and she isn't just there to browse and purchase the books! The chapters are short and so keep the writing moving along at a fast pace. It reminded me of a Jodi Picoult novel in this respect, and as the blurb says, fans of Jodi will love this. It would be a perfect holiday read and lends itself to a book club discussion on the issues raised in the storyline. I can honestly say that the novel was everything I was expecting and I recommend it wholeheartedly for a light, undemanding read.This book was made available to me, prior to publication, for an honest review.