Review: These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf

Allison Glenn has been practically perfect since birth. Beautiful, blonde and talented she always appeared to be one step ahead of those around her. As the brightest star of her small town Allison excelled in everything she set her mind to until that one fateful night when she did the unthinkable. The town of Linden Falls will never forget the heinous crime committed in the darkness of that one night. Allison Glenn has had five years in prison to remember every detail of what she did. Now her time behind bars is up and she is free to once again live life outside the confines of a prison cell.

However Allison has not been alone in her guilt and the never-ending memories of that horrific night, her younger sister Brynn lives everyday with the reality of what happened and the anger of the town continually surrounding her.  Struggling to define a life for herself Brynn fights to keep separate from a sister she once adored. Do the future lives of the sisters lie in forgetting the past or must they both go back to that one defining moment to ever find peace? And if there is peace after committing the ultimate crime does anyone truly deserve it?

Sometimes life is not black and white. Sometimes even the most tragic events have secrets hidden within and the most evil individuals have truths not revealed. The effects of one crime have changed the lives of many some of which continue on unaware of its influence on their daily paths. Through multiple voices and emotionally riveting accounts, Gudenkauf makes one night on a riverbank real for not just her characters but her readers as well.

In a work exploring just what one moment can do to a small town and a once picture perfect family; Gudenkauf has created a novel of page turning proportions. From the very first chapters These Things Hidden offers twists and turns that will surprise even the most seasoned reader.  Creating characters and situations that challenge the reader to see the world from various viewpoints while also maintaining a fresh and unexpected plot, Gudenkauf has created a work that will draw in fans new and old.

If you like Jodi Picoult or Chris Bohjalian you will more than likely enjoy These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf.



Filed under Adult Books, New Books

13 responses to “Review: These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf

  1. I also read this for review and loved the twists and turns! It was a fantastic read!

    • stilettostorytime

      I really enjoyed it as well…when you read as much as we do it can get harder and harder to get surprised. This book not only surprised but it continued to do it again and again. Kudos!

  2. It surprised me too…great writing, I was completely sucked in to the story!

  3. Wow, that sounds like a page turner. I am a fan of Bohjalian and Picoult, so this sounds right up my alley.

  4. stilettostorytime

    One of the things I loved most was that you thought you knew the twists and turns the story would take and yet you were always shocked at the next moment. Great writing. Great Reading.

  5. Ava

    This book looks great. I love what I’ve read of Jodi Picoult and books with lots of plot twists are always awesome. Thanks for the review!

  6. Hello!

    I wanted to let you know, I awarded your blog with The Sylish Blog Award!

    Congrats From The Write Stuff blog!

  7. I also loved this book! Just when you think things couldn’t get worse….great story of the will to live and survival. Thought I would let you know that I received the box of books today and I will do a post about it tomorrow. I will also tweet. Thanks so much, I haven’t looked at all of it yet. My son was hospitalized for four days, released yesterday and I am a bit overwhelmed with all of my catch up work to do. The box couldn’t have come at a better time, brightened my day. Thanks!

    • stilettostorytime

      Oh Lisa…hope your son is on the mend. I will keep him in my thoughts. I wish I had had more to send for him but all of my graphic novels were adult. As far as fiction for that age I seem to specialize in all things girly. I do hope you enjoy the hodge-podge though. Hope things get better and you get a breather to enjoy some of those new books soon! =)

  8. Melissa

    This looks like a good one. I’ll add it to my “To Read” list.

  9. Beautifully written blog post and storyline altogether. I am 14 years old and was wandering through Borders because they were closing and this book caught my eye. So i emailed my english teacher aand requested I read it for our summer reading. She said yes and couldn’t have been more thrilled. This book had me up until 6:30 one morning trying to finish it because I was desperate to figure out the outcome. I was truly surprised and on the verge of tears by one of Brynn’s actions. I have recommended this book to my mom and about 4 different 9th graders. A great read for anyone.

  10. Pingback: Blog Tour: One Breath Away by Heather Gudenkauf | Stiletto Storytime

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