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Monday, January 17, 2011

(7)These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf

I was first introduced to Heather Gudenkauf two years ago with The Weight of Silence and I wasn't all that impressed. Well, let me tell you that her Sophomore attempt was MUCH more enjoying. The characters had more depth, the story was a little more captivating, and the plot was, in my opinion more suspenseful.

The story opens up with 21 year old Allison Glenn getting out of prison and entering a half way house. As the reader peeking in, you know she was in prison for murder, but it is several chapters before it is revealed who it was that she killed. And it is shocking. The complete opposite of what I had guessed. The story follows Allison as she reenters society and tries to put her life back together, getting a job and contacting her sister, Brynn, are the two most important things in her life. But as she completes both tasks, the whole story starts coming to light in a devastatingly heartbreaking way. You find it is a bit harder to remain hateful towards the killer. Things are not always what they seem, as you will soon find out.

I don't want to say too much and give away the important details, but These Hidden Things was a good read and so much more better than her first book. Check it out for a fast Saturday read, you can thank me after you have finished flying through the pages.


christa @ mental foodie said...

I thought The Weight of Silence was just okay, maybe I'll like this one better too? Picoult has been a miss/hit for me, granted I'd only read 2...