Book Reviews

Book Review: Hidden by Catherine McKenzie (ARC)

18222870 Expected publication: April 1st 2014 by New Harvest.

Format: Hardcover, 304 pages.

Note: I’d like to say a huge thank you to NetGalley and New Harvest for allowing me to read and review this book early.

Goodreads Summary: While 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 friendship with Jeff outside of the office, 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, the repercussions of our personal choices, and the responsibilities we have to the ones we love.

Thoughts: I’ve heard numerous great things about Catherine McKenzie and her books, but I hadn’t pick up one until now. Hidden managed to tell a heartbreaking tale about the true complexity of relationships and how they’re dealt with. It highlights life at one of its darkest moments; the messy aftermath that comes with loosing a loved one. McKenzie handled these topics with care and the final product is a story that will shake you deep at the core, staying with you long after the final page.

The author makes you look at relationships on a deeper level. I highly recommend this book for anyone. It was beautifully written and very much a page turner. McKenzie is an extremely talented writer and I look forward to checking out her other novels. I don’t normally say this but this may be one of my favorite books of 2014 so far! This is a fantastic story that would make a wonderful discussion piece.

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