Tuesday, January 18, 2011

ARC Review: These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf


These Things Hidden is a novel by Heather Gudenkauf from Mira.

Book Blurb:

When teenager Allison Glenn is sent to prison for a heinous crime, she leaves behind forever her reputation as Linden Falls’ golden girl.  Her parents deny the existence of their once-perfect child.  Her former friends exult in her downfall.  Her sister, Brynn, faces the whispered rumors every day in the hallways of their small Iowa high school.  It’s Brynn-shy, quiet Brynn-who carries the burden of what really happened that night.  All she wants is to forget Allison and the past that haunts her.

But then Allison is released to a halfway house, and is more determined than ever to speak with her estranged sister.

Now their legacy of secrets is focused on one little boy.  And it 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.

My thoughts:

These Things Hidden is the story of four woman:  Allison Glenn, Brynn Glenn, Charm Tullia and Claire Kelby.

When Allison was sixteen years old she was convicted of a terrible crime and sentenced to ten years in prison.

Brynn was fifteen the night she tried to help her older sister and she has spent the last five years trying to forget everything that happened that night.

Charm was also fifteen the night her life was turned upside down - and she has spent the last five years trying to make sure that the decision she made was the best thing she could have done in the situation she was placed in.

Claire Kelby is a woman in her forties who had given up on becoming a mother in the conventional way.  When becoming a foster parent ended in another heartbreak - Claire and her husband had almost given up entirely on becoming parents.  Until the call.  

A child had been found and was in need of foster parents.  Would the Kelby’s take him?  Could they take him and the risk of losing him?

Yes they could.  And they became a family.

But now, five years later, the past is coming back to haunt them all...

These Things Hidden is heartbreaking - plain and simple.  I don’t think anyone could read this story and not be touched in some way.  

I am not a person who cries when watching a sad movie or tv show and I’ve not really read a book that made me sad - but These Things Hidden made my heart hurt.

I give These Things Hidden 5 out of 5 stars.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Mira; Original edition (January 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778328791
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778328797


Blodeuedd said...

Hi Michelle,
I haven't heard anything about thsi one before. Seems 2011 will be a good bookyear

Michelle Greathouse said...


I agree - 2011 is going to be an amazing year in books. :) This is not my usual read at all - but it is a fabulous story.


Marce said...

Another great review of this one. I loved her first book Weight of Silence, I didn't enjoy this one as much, didn't feel it was executed well even though the story was amazing.

I would recommend reading the other also.

Michelle Greathouse said...


Thank you. I will add Weight of Silence to my wish list. :)


Vampires and Tofu said...

I gave it five stars too, I really loved this book!