Saturday, June 21, 2014

Hidden by Catherine McKenzie Review

Title: Hidden
Author: Catherine McKenzie
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Series: N/A
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: An amazingly tender, poetic drama from an amazing author, I simply loved Hidden--highly recommended for contemporary fiction fans!

This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Meet three people: Jeff, his wife Claire, and his coworker, Tish. They are ordinary adults, struggling to chase after The American Dream, and their own happiness. But when tragedy strikes--Jeff is killed by an oncoming car--Claire's world--and Tish's--are shattered. Reeling at the loss, the reader is told the story through three different voices, on how all the characters are connected, and how they relate to one another. This novel showcases brilliantly the flaws of the human condition through three very real, flawed, and sympathetic characters, the mystery unwinding as the pages dwindle..

What I enjoyed:
-I loved the way this book was unlike any I'd ever read: a contemporary drama told through three different points of view
-The pacing of this novel--it was so quick, I couldn't put it down, I was completely glued to the page and read it in a matter of mere hours that flew by
-I love how human all the characters seemed; it didn't seem like they were characters in a fictional book, but like real, human people you could see on the street every day
-Jeff, the man who is trying so hard to stay afloat despite his own issues, particularly in his marriage and family--I found myself crying for him a number of times
-Claire, the beautiful wife with the loving husband and kid, seemingly perfect on the outside, but hiding her own cracks and flaws on the inside--I really sympathized with her as well
-Tish, the young woman who grows to be Jeff's friend and maybe, just maybe, something more, despite having her own family to look after--and it's never out and out stated about the affair implied in the novel, it was genius
-Seth, Zoe, Brian, and the cast of characters that surrounds our little triangle of people
-The ending--it was perfect and very satisfying

What could've been better:
-At times, the narration grew a little too fast for me
-I would've liked to know more about Zoe's health issues

Overall, Hidden was a mostly perfect book, an amazing drama. Highly recommended, and absolutely beautiful! Next on deck: Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman!

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