The Hidden People

The Hidden People

by Alison Littlewood

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ISBN-13: 9781681442938
Publisher: Quercus
Publication date: 11/01/2016
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Alison Littlewood is the author of A Cold Season, published by Jo Fletcher Books. The novel was selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club, where it was described as 'perfect reading for a dark winter's night.' Her second novel, Path of Needles, is a dark blend of fairy tales and crime fiction. Alison's short stories have been picked for the Best Horror of the Year and Mammoth Book of Best New Horror anthologies, as well as The Best British Fantasy 2013 and The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 10. Alison lives in West Yorkshire, England, with her partner Fergus.

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The Hidden People 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
SarahJo4110 More than 1 year ago
I am so impressed! It has been a very long time since I have read a book this well-written. Outstanding use of language and the plot had me on the edge of my seat until the very last page. I couldn't get enough. This is one of my new favorite authors. I can't find even one part of it that needed fixed. MUST-READ!
LuluRoadsideReader More than 1 year ago
With such a gorgeous cover and an intriguing synopsis, I was super excited to read The Hidden People by Alison Littlewood. Slow to build, the pacing was problematic enough that it knocked the rating down two stars to three. Other than the pacing, the characters and story itself were absolutely fantastic! An amazing mystery that messes with your mind and keeps you wondering what is happening from start to end. The characters were extremely interesting and well developed. The narrator was fantastic and reminded me of Edgar Allan Poe’s narrators in which they are strong of conviction and slowly begin to wonder if they are slowly giving in to madness or if madness is suddenly invading the real world. Leading him to wonder whether he is going insane is his wife Helena and her erratic behavior. While I know her behavior was altered to make the reader and narrator wonder whether she was herself or a fae changeling, it didn’t seem to make sense at the end, with the explanations given after everything unravels. I can’t go into it further without getting into spoilers so I’ll leave it at that. Mrs. Gomersal is perfect at her role as well, just so well developed and complex. The story itself is great and leaves you as a reader confused and constantly wondering what is happening. Are changelings real? Are they not? What is happening? Then once the reveal happens, everything clicks and you realize what a fool you were for not seeing it earlier. It was incredibly well thought out and put together. Pacing, however, was a big issue for this book. It didn’t pick up for me until around the 50% mark. It was a big hurdle. I kept having to push myself to keep going, telling myself it would pick up. It did, but if I hadn’t stuck with it, I would never have known have great it was in the end. The Hidden People by Alison Littlewood has fantastic characters and plot, but with troubling pacing, it will take a dedicated reader to reach the payoff. // I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this title. //
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Albie Mirralls briefly meets his cousin, Lizzie Higgs, during the 1851 Great Exhibition. There he notes her beautiful voice and quiet demeanor. Years later his father tells him about Lizzie’s death at the hands of her husband. It seems that her husband thought she was a changeling and burned her to death. He is rather upset and becomes obsessed with Lizzie. He travels to Halfoak to figure out what is going on. When he arrives he is appalled that Lizzie has not been buried. Albie moves into Lizzie’s house while he tries to figure out what is really happening. This is a whole new world from what he knows and how the Hidden People play into this town. Albie’s wife decides to join him and it starts to look like she may be a changeling too. Is Albie falling into the same place with the folk lore of the town and area? The Hidden People is wrote similar to stories in the 19th century so it gave the story a gothic feel to it. I also liked the attention to detail of the difference in language from London to Halfoak, details like this made the book even better. I have to admit that I had a hard time getting into this story. It kind of dragged and the over whelming amount of detail just made the book slower. I just kept finding myself reading the same paragraph over and over. I even thought about not finishing the book. But I stuck with it and was rewarded in the end. Please don’t take this the wrong way, the book ends well. It was just not one that flowed well for me. I received The Hidden People from the publisher for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of the book.