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Hidden
     

Hidden

4.6 17
by Catherine McKenzie
 

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While walking home from work one evening, Jeff Manning is struck by a car and killed. 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 as well as contend with funeral arrangements, well-meaning family members, and the arrival of Jeff’s estranged brother, who was

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While walking home from work one evening, Jeff Manning is struck by a car and killed. 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 as well as contend with funeral arrangements, well-meaning family members, and the arrival of Jeff’s estranged brother, who was her ex-boyfriend. Tish volunteers to attend the funeral on her 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.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
03/15/2014
Jeff is an accountant with a seemingly average life. Married with a young child, he likes golf and lives in the small town where he grew up. Dig a little deeper and you'll find he's always been a little insecure about his wife Claire's feelings toward him, because she was jilted by his brother before they met. When Jeff dies unexpectedly, Claire finds clues that make her suspicious about secrets he may have been hiding from her. But the only woman who has the answers to Claire's questions, Jeff's coworker Tish, is equally determined to keep the truth hidden. By giving the perspective, in alternating chapters, of each of the three main characters (one of whom is deceased), this novel builds suspense as the reader wonders what really happened. VERDICT McKenzie's fourth novel (Spin; Arranged; Forgotten) is sure to please her many fans and appeal to readers who enjoy women's fiction with an element of suspense.—Karen Core, Detroit P.L.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-02-16
An accidental death leads to secrets revealed and second thoughts expressed in McKenzie's latest (Forgotten, 2012, etc.). Jeff Manning is fatally struck by a car when he decides to walk home after firing yet another hapless co-worker at the odious management consultant–dominated company in which he is a reluctantly rising executive. His wife, Claire, is devastated even though it's clear from her very first monologue—as she anxiously wonders why Jeff is late—that there are simmering tensions in the marriage. They might have something to do with Tish, who works in HR for the same company; though she and Jeff are at branches in different towns, they've developed a warm email relationship since meeting at a corporate retreat. But it could also be the fact that Claire was once the girlfriend of Jeff's older brother, Tim, or that she's been emotionally distant ever since she lost a baby four years ago, when their son Seth was 8. Readers learn all this, as well as about Tish's saintly doctor-husband, Brian, and their supersmart 11-year-old daughter, Zoey, via first-person narratives by Claire, Tish—and Jeff, which is odd, since he gets killed on Page 8. In straightforward, realistic fiction like this, a dead narrator should really be explained, but McKenzie simply plows ahead, developing her story via three points of view that follow each other in the same order for the entire novel, adding to the already heavy sense of predictability. The aggravations of corporate life, the compromises and disappointments inherent in long marriages, the processes of grieving are all depicted with reasonable insight, but there's little new here, and what plot development there is may give readers a sense of being jerked around: Zoey faints, twice, but it's just stress; Claire and Tim kiss and Jeff sees them, but when Claire tells him nothing else happened, he believes her. The "truth" about Jeff and Tish's relationship comes much too late and isn't much of a revelation. Readable and forgettable.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780544264977
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/01/2014
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

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Meet the Author

CATHERINE McKENZIE is a graduate of McGill University and McGill Law School, and practices law in Montreal.  Her previous novels Forgotten, Spin, and Arranged were published by HarperCollins and are international bestsellers. Find her at catherinemckenzie.com and @CEMcKenzie1.

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Hidden 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
CarolD59 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. The story is told by Jeff, Claire his wife, and Tish his coworker. Jeff decides to walk home from work one day and is killed when he is hit by a car. It is a story of how Jeff's death affects Claire and Tish. Claire once dated Jeff's brother Tim when they were in college. But went their separate ways once they graduated. Tim comes back to visit the family after Claire suffers a miscarriage and Jeff finds them kissing. Jeff carries on a flirtation with his coworker Tish. The flirtation affects Tish's relationship with her husband Brian. The question is asked if you would want to know if your spouse cheated on you and if you knew your spouse cheated, would you retaliate by cheating. when he is hit by a car. It is a story of how Jeff's death affects Claire and Tish. Claire once dated Jeff's brother Tim when they were in college. But went their separate ways once they graduated. Tim comes back to visit the family after Claire suffers a miscarriage and Jeff finds them kissing. Jeff carries on a flirtation with his coworker Tish. The flirtation affects Tish's relationship with her husband Brian. The question is asked if you would want to know if your spouse cheated on you and if you knew your spouse cheated, would you retaliate by cheating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liked the way this was written, with alternating points of view of the three main characters. While it was quite a pleasant read, I didn't feel drawn to it where I couldn't put it down.
Bethany05 More than 1 year ago
Where do I begin...I have never wanted to hate two characters more than I do in this book. For good reason... The unthinkable happens, right in the first few pages...Jeff Manning is struck by a car while walking home from work after an extremely stressful afternoon. His wife can't believe what she is hearing...another woman across town , a co-worker, doesn't understand why Jeff is not responding to her texts or emails.... Claire must plan a funeral, Tish will be attending on her company's behalf but no one realizes that she was ever more than a co-worker or do they? The twists and turns of many individuals, Jeff, Tish, Claire, Brian, Zoe, Seth and many others have you wondering what will happen at then end...
BeachRead245 More than 1 year ago
Hidden is the most recent novel by Catherine McKenzie. A very interesting story! Something is definitely hidden between three people: John, his wife Claire, and Patricia. So what are they hiding? How engrossing is this story? Synopsis: John is not looking forward to what he has to do. He has to fire a colleague who has mentored him. While Tish (Patricia) can advise him as a member of Human Resources at the company they both work for. They work at a company that is located in two Springfields. John’s choices will affect both women in his life. Claire is his wife and the mother of their son. Then there is Tish Underhill the wife of Brian and her daughter Zoey. So who do they all relate to one another in this story? There are many ways because his death causes paths to cross that may or may not give answers to both Claire and Tish. My Thoughts: I am a fan of Catherine’s work. I liked Hidden! I found the story interesting especially the way she chose to tell it. It is told from three different perspectives of: John, Claire, and Patricia or Tish. The story is told in first person by each character. The question becomes can you keep the details straight? The story deserves to be taken apart with a fine tooth comb. I didn’t find as many hooks in the story to keep me interested as I have with her previous novels. I would probably have to go back and read more myself. I actually found myself wanting to fight for the character of Patricia. Her story won me over and how she strove to move forward. Very interesting read! by Jencey Gortney Writer's Corner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have loved all of Catherine McKenzie's books.  She does a superb job of writing novels that hold the reader's interest throughout the story. "Hidden" had me reading tis as fast as possible.  I understand the topic of infidelity is a hard one for people to grasp. It is done in a way that it's not the main focus of the novel.  The people's reaction to a tragedy is what this novel is focused on.  People's lives are forever changed and how they keep living.  I do know that this might be a hard subject for some to read but I do believe that if you don't focus on the cheating aspect you'll find a "real" portrayal of crisis.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
While walking home from work one evening, Jeff Manning is struck by a car and killed. 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 as well as contend with funeral arrangements, well-meaning family members, and the arrival of Jeff’s estranged brother, who was her ex-boyfriend. Tish volunteers to attend the funeral on her 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.
urfavtchr More than 1 year ago
This is the third book I've read by Catherine McKenzie and I absolutely loved it. I didn't want it to end! From the beginning my attention was lured in and hooked as the story unwound around characters whose lives are entangled with each other. The complexity of the characters and their human emotions pulled me in, and bonded me to them in a way I could identify and empathize with all of them. It was one of the best books I've read recently that not only enraptures the reader during the story, but like an excellent piece of chocolate, lingers in your memory, leaving you reflecting on the story long after you have finished reading the book. After all, who hasn't looked back on the choices they have made with relationships and wondered what if?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why is it life always interrupts the best books. When you read this book, and you will its amazing, be sure you have a few hour to devote to getting lost in the magic Catherine has created this time. Reading this book was like being on a rollercoaster, so many up and downs, thrills and screams throughout. This book deals with brothers both loving the same girl, happy marriages with bleeps, miscarriages and co-worker friendships that escalate to the brink of infidelity. Jeff is killed in a car accident leaving his wife, Claire, and their son Seth to cope with the aftermath. Enters the knowledge of Tish, the co-worker that Jeff has grown extremely close. Prior to the accident, Tish and Jeff were participating in a company sponsored weekend golf retreat where they each had to decide if the crossed the line, and take a chance on losing their spouse. This book will keep you on your toes to the end. As in her previous novels, this title speaks louder than words. Beautifully written and a must read!
Sblockhart More than 1 year ago
Loved it!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Super good read from start to finish!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read!!!
Dancingrandma More than 1 year ago
Great read!! Kept me turning page after page 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
don't often write reviews for books I have read, but in this instance I was compelled to write one. Hidden is the first book I have read by Catherine McKenzie. From the first page, I was hooked. This book is about relationships and dealing with infidelity from each person's points of view. There are lots of twists and turns that make it difficult to put this book down. I look forward to reading more from this author.
mommybooknerd More than 1 year ago
"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!!!!
PaigeTurnerCG More than 1 year ago
Hidden is a story about marriage, loss, and love. I couldn't put this book down! I especially liked the alternating points of view; it helped me connect with the characters. Right up to the last page I had to keep reading to see how this story would unfold. This story will keep you thinking about it long after you've finished reading...I definitely recommend!
Fredreeca2001 More than 1 year ago
This is a different style of Catherine Mckenzie. Her books are usually funny and just plain crack me up. This one stepped out of her comfort zone. This story is told through three different view points; the wife, Claire, the husband, Jeff and the other woman, Tish. These different voices slowly unravel the tale. It’s amazing how one choice has a snowball effect on so many lives. This novel breaks your heart. The grief expressed by both women will keep you torn between the two and will make you wonder “does anybody really know anybody.” The complexities of the book are really fantastic. The reader experiences ever-changing emotions all throughout the saga. The reader will be guessing until the end…well, did they or didn’t they????? There are a lot of life lessons in this book. It is well worth the read!
BeckyLeJ More than 1 year ago
Another fabulous and heartfelt release by Catherine McKenzie! Jeff Manning has died, leaving behind not one but two grief stricken women. Claire, his wife, is shocked when the police arrive on her doorstep with news of Jeff's death. Her family rallies to support her but nothing can truly calm the young widow. Tish lives 500 miles away and has always wondered how she'd find out if something happened to Jeff. Her worst fears are confirmed when she hears the news upon arriving at work the Monday following the accident. Hidden is told through three viewpoints - Clair and Tish, obviously, but also Jeff. Chapters alternate between the three providing the readers a glimpse inside all three characters' lives, their families, how they got to where they are presently, and the building of the two relationships. Unlike McKenzie's previous three titles (Spin, Arranged, and Forgotten) there's very little humor in Hidden. It's still about family and relationships, featuring the same honest and emotional style of the previous three, just with a more serious tone than the prior releases. It was a bit of a heart wrenching read, to be quite honest. Hidden is all of the best things I've come to love about McKenzie's work and I really can't recommend her highly enough!