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3.42 of 5 stars 3.42  ·  rating details  ·  9,567 ratings  ·  957 reviews
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. Tis ...more
Paperback, 366 pages
Published June 18th 2013 by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
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Catherine McKenzie
Jan 21, 2013 Catherine McKenzie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
My new book - coming in June ...
I was so disappointed by this book. I loved McKenzie's first three books and read it despite thinking that the concept seemed a little boring and done compared to her previous novels. Man dies, wife and mysterious other woman left in his wake. I figured in McKenzie's hands, this tired concept would take on new life. It did not.

What I found unforgivable was how completely indistinct the three narrators are. She tells each character's part of the story with identical voices. Sometimes it took me a
Mar 07, 2014 Ana rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: I honestly don't know.
Shelves: annoying, just-ok
It took me 3 days to decide to review this book for two big reasons: 1.) I liked it on some level and I didn't want to be harsh. 2.) I honestly don't enjoy offending people especially authors because writing a book is fucking hard.

That said, I just had to review this because 3 days later, it still managed to irritate the hell out of me and I don't feel comfortable when I don't review read books on here.


The Bad:


Where do I even start? I hated Tish with
Lisa Brackmann
In some ways, Catherine McKenzie's fourth novel, HIDDEN, resembles a mystery. It's a story about a relationship triangle, between Jeff, the husband whose unexpected death tears out the hearts of two women: his wife, Claire, and Tish, the co-worker with whom he had an intense bond -- but what exactly was its nature?

In HIDDEN, the mystery is not "who dunnit" but why, and even, what did they do, exactly? One result is that like a suspenseful mystery, it's a compulsive page-turner.

McKenzie handles
I have long been a fan of Catherine McKenzie. From her very first book she captivated my interest and has held it since with three more books including her newest entitled Hidden which releases tomorrow. Hidden takes us into the lives of husbands, wives, maybe mistresses, and all the things that make up the lives we live each day. It is a very real and honest novel that is raw and emotional and is a change from her previous novels that always seemed to have a funny side to them. Hidden shows jus ...more
This is not REALLY a spoiler review, but it's an opinion heavy review, in which spoilers maaaay be read from between the lines, maybe. I would not call it a spoiler review, but if you want to go into this one COMPLETELY green, then you may want to skip this review just to be on the safe side.

This is a tough one to rate. I kept waiting for the moment when all hell would break loose, but it just wasn't a hell-breaking-loose kind of book. Everything kind of rolled leisurely to light. However it did
Jenna  *Puddin Tame*
Thanks to Netgalley and New Harvest for the advanced copy.

When Jeff Manning is killed in a freak accident on his way home from work, not only does his wife (Claire) and son feel the impact, but there is another woman who feels the loss as well. Tish, a co-worker of Jeff's, who he has formed a bond with that exceeds the relationship limits of most co-workers, is trying to cope with his death in her own way.

This story is told from three points-of-view: Jeff, Claire, and Tish. This allowed me to sn
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
"But, of course, everyone has regrets. Loose ends. Things they could do if they had more time." (Hidden, ebook pg 103)

Catherine McKenzie has spun a tale that is still resonating with me. She wrote what is was like to have to face a loss and to make life work under a new and uncarted set of circumstances. When Claire loses her husband, Jeff, expectedly her life is turned upside down. But, when she has an encounter with one of Jeff's co-worker at Jeff's funeral her life takes another unexpected de
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Tracey Garvis-Graves
I'm a huge fan of Catherine McKenzie so I was thrilled to receive an ARC of Hidden. I love multiple points of view, and Catherine does a great job maintaining distinct narrative voices. Hidden is a compelling novel and I couldn't wait to turn the pages. It's heartbreakingly honest and real, and it's a wonderfully relatable tale.

Luanne Ollivier
I've been a fan of Canadian author Catherine McKenzie from book one. She's just released her fourth book - Hidden. I never know what to expect when I start one of her books - all four have been completely different reads. What I do know is that I'm going to enjoy it.

What if you died unexpectedly? What if there were secrets you were keeping? What would happen then....

"...we all lie about things. Little things, big things. We all keep stuff hidden. And the longer you're with someone, the more stuf
Have been a fan of Catherine McKenzie since I first read Spin. I was surprised to find that her latest, "Hidden" diverges from her first three novels, but delighted to find that it improves an already great body of work. Hidden has multiple narrators, and the narratives move forward chronologically although not simultaneously. It's wonderful. The flow of the book is steady, you become engrossed in the characters, and then the plot turns and twists as you race to the finish, staying up way too la ...more
Allie Larkin
Haunting, beautiful and completely compelling. Catherine McKenzie deftly navigates the complicated nature of love, grief, truth and the places they hold in our lives. Catherine's books are always a must read and Hidden should be at the top of your list.
I thought that Hidden was very well written. It was easy to get into the minds of all the characters involved, even when I didn't agree with what they were doing. There were times I almost forgot I was reading a book because it felt so honest and genuine with realistic settings and dialogue. I kept wondering what would happen next and Catherine threw in some twists throughout. The ending felt anticlimactic, but the story was still powerful and intense. I never condone cheating, whether it is phy ...more

Her hands moved to my face, forcing me to look her in the eyes I was already lost in.
“We can’t tell, okay? We have to … this has to be our thing. Ours.”
“Promise?” she asked.
“Promise,” I agreed.

Ugh this book made me cry so much!

It doesn't feel right to start a review of a book you practically LOVED with an 'ugh' but if said book made you sob like a baby for hours on end, it should be okay.

I'd say I finished it in one sitting cause that's pretty much what happened with the bulk of it
Kate Hilton
Hidden is one of the most nuanced accounts of infidelity that I've read, told from three perspectives: Jeff, the straying (and now deceased) husband; Claire, the guilt-ridden widow; and Tish, the anguished 'other woman'. Each character is beautifully realized and utterly human. As the novel unfolds, we learn more about the events that link these characters to each other, and draw ever-closer to understanding Jeff's intended path, had he lived. No truly happy ending is possible here, and those wh ...more
Well written. Surprising, twists, and causes into question whether or not some truths are better left uncovered. Loved that author surprised me and really enjoyed story being told from three perspectives. Didn't like the ending, but that's bc the author made me care about the characters. Appreciated the ending though and think it was a good choice for the story. Left me thinking about it afterwards, which hasn't happened in awhile.
Cocktails and Books
A story involving infidelity in a marriage is always a tough one for me. Not because I can't sympathize with characters or enjoy the storyline, but because I find myself asking the question "what would I do". I think because of that, the story becomes even more emotionally challenging. So it was no surprise that HIDDEN became a really hard book for me.

HIDDEN is told in alternating POVs from Jeff (the husband), Claire (the wife) and Tish (the other woman) as the story of how these three lives in
Katharine Mccormick
In Hidden, Catherine McKenzie uses multiple narrators to tell her tale. All have the same same quick wit of the characters of her earlier novels and engage in the same realistic dialogues. It's a page turner and a fascinating examination of the aftermath of a life cut short.
Hidden by Catherine McKenzie is a Lake Union publishing 2014 release. I picked this book out for the March 'Kindle first' read.
Claire and Jeff have a pretty good marriage up until Claire has an unplanned pregnancy and a miscarriage which sends her into a tailspin. She makes some pretty drastic changes in her life and her marriage begins to slip away a little bit. But, things had gotten back on a more equal footing until Jeff is killed in an accident and a young woman he worked with attends his
I have been a fan of Catherine McKenzie's work since her first novel came out, which I read in the spring of 2010, about 4 months after it was released. I've read all her work, and thoroughly enjoyed every single novel that Catherine has written. I was extremely excited when I received an advanced reader's copy of Hidden to read & review. I'll be participating in Catherine's blog tour for the release of Hidden. Hidden comes out June 18th, 2013 and my tour date is June 19th, 2013 (www.knitpur ...more
Kathy Ann
When Jeff Manning is accidentally killed by a car accident on his way home from work, his wife and his family aren't the only ones grieving. 500 miles away, his coworker Tish Underhill is also devastated. Told in alternating chapters we get three different points of view: Jeff, his wife Claire, and coworker Tish. We get a glimpse into the lives of three people and how their story intersects.

"But, of course, everyone has regrets. Loose ends. Things they could do if they had more time."

Hidden defi
Amy Gulbranson
Great read! Never read this author and loved this story! Many different characters with very interesting side stories. I love how many of them become "intertwined" and how these relationships are revealed to the reader. I also enjoyed how each chapter was told by a different character sometimes in the present, sometimes in the past. Kept me on my toes which, honestly, isn't that difficult, but, still highly recommend this one!
Hidden is told in the first-person narrative of three characters – Jeff, the deceased, in the past, along with Claire, his wife, and Tish, his lover, both in the present. The novel begins with Jeff’s untimely demise, and the first half of the novel tells the story of the first few days following his death, along with a look at Jeff’s past.

We know going in to the novel that Jeff was cheating on his wife with a coworker at the time of his death, and it is slowly revealed how his adulterous relati
Really compellingly written...with an ending I did not see coming at all. (And it's hard to surprise me!)
Although HIDDEN is Canadian author Catherine McKenzie's fourth novel, it is the first time I have read her work and I was most impressed.

Within a carefully constructed structure, her writing is clear and moving. I love all the allusions to things in modern everyday lives. It strengthens how we relate to the story told by three people: Jeff, Claire, and Tish. And lest you think that might be confusing it is not. The author places subtle markers at the beginning of each new section that immediatel
Nancy Robson
This book killed me. I read it in almost one sitting. I personally really liked the three narrators, it felt like I was getting more of the "truth" of what was happening. To go back and forth between the two women who were telling the story in the "now" and then to Jeff who was telling his version of the story in the "before" gave the reader a sense of how these people got where they were.

None of the three main characters are without fault, but no one is worse than either of the others. I liked
Christine Lowe

This book was my introduction to Catherine McKenzie. I was a little confused in the beginning due to several characters relating their stories at different times. I finally caught on how some of the story was current and some was seen as already happened.

The characters were interesting and for the most part likeable. The relationships were believable and complicated. Love is complicated and we see how desperately we need to connect with one another.

I would recommend this to anyone
bridgette hughes
What a tantalizing read

What if you met someone and immediately connected with that person, but you are already committed to someone else, and you and said person starts corresponding mostly with phone calls and emails? And as time goes by your feelings grows stronger and then the unthinkable happens and one of you dies and the other is left to grieve. Well this is what Hidden is about, how do you grieve when you are the other woman or man? Catherine takes you on a journey to see how it is to be
Great book! Catherine McKenzie has a wonderful way of writing novels about relationships! Hidden is told from three different angles in the first person voice - Jeff, who was killed while walking home from work as the book opens; Claire, his wife; and, Tish, a co-worker. Jeff's death puts the lives of both Claire and Tish into a tailspin, and exposes the most vulnerable parts of the relationship between a husband and wife, and how fragile that relationship can be at times.

I'm so excited that th
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Catherine McKenzie was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. A graduate of McGill University and McGill Law School, Catherine practices law in Montreal. An avid runner and skier, she's the author of the international bestsellers SPIN, ARRANGED, FORGOTTEN, HIDDEN and the novella, SPUN. HIDDEN was a #1 Amazon bestseller and a Digital Bookworld bestseller for five weeks. Catherine is currently working ...more
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“I don’t need my heart anymore, you can have it. Cut it out, put it in a box, bury it in the hard ground, next to you. My eyes are useless too. They only show me a world without you. Color blind, color absent, colorless. And my mind screams, Not fair! Not right. Not what I was promised on the swing set as you pushed me toward the sun. None of the stories you read me schooled me for this. I didn’t learn this lesson in the moon, or on the train, or as a thing to be curious about. So I don’t need my heart anymore, you can have it. Let it be buried, in the hard ground, next to you.” 7 likes
“One minute doesn’t erase a thousand.” 5 likes
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