The Hidden Things

The Hidden Things

by Jamie Mason

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Overview

A hair-raising, atmospheric thriller from the acclaimed author of the “ripping good” (The New York Times) novel Three Graves Full, inspired by the real-life unsolved theft of a seventeenth-century painting.

Twenty-eight seconds.

In less than half a minute, a home-security camera captures the hidden resolve in fourteen-year-old Carly Liddell as she fends off a vicious attack just inside her own front door. The video of her heroic escape appears online and goes viral. As the view count climbs, the lives of four desperate people will be forever changed by what’s just barely visible in the corner of the shot.

Carly’s stepfather is spurred to protect his darkest secret: how a stolen painting—four hundred years old, by a master of the Dutch Golden Age—has come to hang in his suburban foyer. The art dealer, left for dead when the painting vanished, sees a chance to buy back her life. And the double-crossed enforcer renews the hunt to deliver the treasure to his billionaire patrons—even if he has to kill to succeed.

But it’s Carly herself, hailed as a social-media hero, whose new perspective gives her the courage to uncover the truth as the secrets and lies tear her family apart.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501177316
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 08/13/2019
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 215,377
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Jamie Mason was born in Oklahoma City and grew up in Washington, DC. She’s most often reading and writing, but in the life left over, she enjoys films, Formula 1 racing, football, traveling, and, conversely, staying at home. Jamie lives with her husband and two daughters in the mountains of western North Carolina. She is the author of Three Graves Full, Monday’s Lie, and The Hidden Things.

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The Hidden Things 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Alfoster 4 days ago
This started out as a really interesting novel about a stolen painting that is mistakenly caught on a video of young Carly being randomly attacked at her home after school. As her stepfather is the only one who knows its history, he then becomes frantic as he worries about who will see the video and who will know it's in his possession. But of course, in this day and age anything unusual goes viral almost immediately so those that were involved in the scheme years ago see it and the hunt begins. Many twists but I just got bored for some reason in the middle. The end was satisfying though so I count it as a good read! Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC!
diane92345 6 days ago
Suspenseful heist thriller where Hidden Things don’t stay hidden forever. When fourteen-year-old Carly is attacked in her house, the police post video from her home’s security system hoping someone will recognize her attacker. While it only takes 44 views to find her assailant, the video has now spread far and wide on the internet generating millions of views. While happy that Carly’s attacker is behind bars, her stepfather is in trouble in two areas. First, his family didn’t know the security cameras were in the house. Worse, the attack video shows a small fragment of a famous stolen multi-million dollar painting on the wall. Engrossing look into high-end art theft and its aftermath. Hidden Things keeps its reader at a high level of suspense while propelling them forward to the excellent conclusion. This book is recommended to anyone looking for a thrilling ride through the illegal art trade. 4 stars! Thanks to Gallery Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous 6 days ago
A home security video camera has captured how Carly Liddell, age 14, fought off an attacker just inside her front door. The man had followed her up to her front door and just as she put the key in the lock, he pushed her inside and knocked her down. But Carly is determined and she ends up kicking him several times and runs over to her neighbor. By then, the attacker has left. This video has gone online and become viral. However, the video shows the edge of a painting that hangs in the Liddell foyer. It is a priceless work of art that had been stolen many years ago. Now, Carly’s stepfather, John Cooper, is nervous that someone may recognize the painting. His wife, Donna, wants to know why he finds it necessary to have such an elaborate security system and cameras in the house. John’s real name is Jonathan Spera. He knows a man named Roy who has spent his life just making do. He’s somewhat simple and has taken care of things for Jonathan in the past. Now, John needs to hide the painting in case someone recognizes it in the video. Then, he needs to try and sell it. But, the past has caught up with him and the people he cheated and harmed years ago are ready for revenge. This book builds with background history coming together and we see how all of the characters interact with one another. The tension really builds and we know that people will stop at nothing to get their hands on this painting. How will it all end? Carly is a tough cookie, and poor simple Roy broke my heart. Well constructed characters, all with great descriptions. Donna just comes across as an after thought. Good plot and satisfying read. I’m sure others will like it too. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
MKBagwell 7 days ago
Reading a Jamie Mason novel is not for everyone. Let me say that right off the bat. However, if you’re a reader who values a satisfying experience and a unique escape, then she’s the one for you. Jamie Mason novels are not ‘popcorn’ books that you blow through, not Patterson-esque quick bursts of quick-cut scenes and certainly not for the impatient. With her use of resonant words and complex syntax, she forces you to read at HER pace, not yours. She makes you pay attention to, not only every word, but how each is used in the greater scheme. You must match HER stride or you will not appreciate the subtleties of her work. It’s been said in reviews that Jamie Mason novels are difficult reads. You’re damn right they are. By using out of the ordinary descriptors, paying attention to the nuances of the mundane and delving into a person’s psyche from different angles, she reminds us readers WHY we read. The vibrancy of her words, the arrangement of her sentences and the structure of her paragraphs all combine to draw the reader into the world she has created. And she does it in a unique and ultimately satisfying way. That being said, Jamie Mason’s The Hidden Things delivers on all fronts. Characters simultaneously likable and distasteful with traits of both to which we all can relate, whether we admit it or not. A contemporary plot diffused with elements of the modern and the antiquated. Dialogue purposely designed to juxtapose her prose. And, of course, a pacing she has orchestrated to keep the reader on task and engaged. Don’t let the richness of her work put you off. The Hidden Things is a gem, arguably the best of her three novels. And certainly one which could easily be converted to film, with the right cast and directing. If you give Jamie Mason’s The Hidden Things a chance, you will be repaid with, not only a satisfying experience, but I bet you’ll have a new go-to author for intelligent and insightful novels. She’s slow to publish, which makes us anticipate her next work all the more. But she’s quick to reward.
Steve Aberle 9 days ago
Hidden Things is perfect for the wired-up, social media times that abound. Looking for a fast and fun read? Hidden things is it. The author writes well and includes details that enrich and engage the reader. The main character seems like an ordinary 14-year-old teen. Hah, but looks deceive, do they not? Carly is one cool cat. She fights off an intruder trying to break into her house. Of course, the video goes viral and Carly is the new hero for the moment. But as attention intensifies, Carly’s Stepfather becomes increasingly nervous. What is he hiding and why? The reader will be compelled to read as fast as possible in order to discover what is really going on behind the scenes of this seemingly peaceful and normal house.
Janice Lombardo 9 days ago
Carly arrives home from school just in time to be attacked by an unknown assailant. Thanks to security cameras, the situation is easier for the police. Unfortunately, the attack goes viral and the "wrong" people see something unrelated to the attack. This escalates into a brilliant read with amazing characters. Many Thanks to Gallery, Threshold, PockCarly arrives home from school just in time to be attacked by an unknown assailant. Thanks to security cameras, the situation is easier for the police. Unfortunately, the attack goes viral and the "wrong" people see something unrelated to the attack. This escalates into a brilliant read with amazing characters. Many Thanks to Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books and NetGalley for a great, suspenseful, read!et Books and NetGalley for a great, suspenseful, read!
Janice Lombardo 9 days ago
Carly arrives home from school just in time to be attacked by an unknown assailant. Thanks to security cameras, the situation is easier for the police. Unfortunately, the attack goes viral and the "wrong" people see something unrelated to the attack. This escalates into a brilliant read with amazing characters. Many Thanks to Gallery, Threshold, PockCarly arrives home from school just in time to be attacked by an unknown assailant. Thanks to security cameras, the situation is easier for the police. Unfortunately, the attack goes viral and the "wrong" people see something unrelated to the attack. This escalates into a brilliant read with amazing characters. Many Thanks to Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books and NetGalley for a great, suspenseful, read!et Books and NetGalley for a great, suspenseful, read!
Janice Lombardo 9 days ago
Carly arrives home from school just in time to be attacked by an unknown assailant. Thanks to security cameras, the situation is easier for the police. Unfortunately, the attack goes viral and the "wrong" people see something unrelated to the attack. This escalates into a brilliant read with amazing characters. Many Thanks to Gallery, Threshold, PockCarly arrives home from school just in time to be attacked by an unknown assailant. Thanks to security cameras, the situation is easier for the police. Unfortunately, the attack goes viral and the "wrong" people see something unrelated to the attack. This escalates into a brilliant read with amazing characters. Many Thanks to Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books and NetGalley for a great, suspenseful, read!et Books and NetGalley for a great, suspenseful, read!
jjthor 9 days ago
A riviting book about a missing 17th century painting and those involved in the theft and double cross. Carly is attacked in her home and it is caught on the home cameras. It goes viral and the truth of the family starts to come out. Old partners and now adversaries find her stepfather . will she be able to unravel the secrets and save her family life befroe its too late. It was a great read very well thought out and characters well written. As they say secrets and lies will always come out. Well worth reading