Hidden

Hidden

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by Catherine McKenzie, Jeff Cummings, Angela Dawe, Amy McFadden
     
 

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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

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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.

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ISBN-13:
9781480585065
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
04/01/2014
Edition description:
Unabridged
Sales rank:
1,344,448
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.50(d)

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