Author: Catherine McKenzie
Genre: Adult Fiction
Published: April 7, 2015 (originally June 18, 2013)
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
My Rating: 3 outta 5
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.
Read on for my thoughts on Hidden. No true spoilers, promise.
Death comes to us all eventually. We are certainly rarely, if ever, completely prepared for its arrival. Messy loose ends, unfinished business, things meant to do but put off until tomorrow. The normal, usual things that we just don’t think about during our everyday lives.
Until death strikes. Then everything changes. Everything.
Hidden is told from three points of view. Jeff, the deceased. Claire, his wife. And Tish, his mistress.
This story is a look into the wreck of three lives, intertwined somewhat, but how the actions of one man affected so many others. It is an interesting tale, but not a compelling one. There are few, if any, massive scenes where fireworks explode or words are tossed about in extreme anger. There is just the loss, the questions of why and the aftermath of choices made, relationships destroyed and how we are all so attached to each other through the people we know and love.
I enjoyed the reading of this tale, don’t get me wrong. But, to me, the overwhelming sadness of how choices made can mess up so many lives was the main reaction to this novel. Perhaps that was the plan. You’ll enjoy the story, but I’d be willing to bet that you’ll start to think about some of your own unfinished business as well.
*I received an e-ARC of Hidden from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*