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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 it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
    My new book - coming in June ...
    Mar 03, 2014 Ana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    Recommends it for: I honestly don't know.
    Shelves: just-ok, annoying
    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 and in this case 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 books that affected me.


    The Bad:


    Where do I even start? I hate
    Jun 18, 2013 Ashley rated it did not like it
    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
    Lisa Brackmann
    Jun 07, 2013 Lisa Brackmann rated it it was amazing
    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
    Jun 20, 2013 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: feb-16
    Hidden is my first novel by Catherine McKenzie. It was thought provoking and well-written.
    Jeff Manning is suddenly killed and leaves two women devastated. One, his wife Claire who is left to struggle with this unimaginable loss and the other, Jeff's co-worker Tish who not only has to hide her grief but is faced with hiding her secret before anyone discovers it.
    Narrated by three different characters, at times, I was confused as to who was speaking. Other than that I truly felt connected to the ch
    Jun 13, 2013 Darlene rated it it was amazing
    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
    Apr 12, 2014 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: about-women
    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
    Erin Clemence
    Mar 15, 2015 Erin Clemence rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I was introduced to Catherine McKenzie’s “Hidden” by way of a Facebook book group (because it clearly gets no more “book nerd” than that). McKenzie is a well-published Canadian author that I have somehow managed to overlook in all of my years of reading.
    In “Hidden”, a man is killed in a car accident, leaving behind a wife and son. But then there is also “Tish”, a “co-worker” and “friend” of the man, who has her own secrets to tell. But what secrets? And what will she tell? And how will this aff
    Mar 26, 2014 Jenna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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
    Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
    This was good, but like others I felt this story line of a dead guy, his wife and his lover has been written about to death. The characters were kind of lacking and I felt when I was reading the two ladies tell there story it felt kind of the same. I didn't particularly like the writing style but it was a good late night insomnia read.
    Sep 07, 2015 Rossy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    At first, it was kind of a drag to be reading this, but as the story progressed, I felt really intrigued.
    Great plot, but the characters didn't win my heart. They were so real but so plain sometimes, that I couldn't help it. I liked Claire over Tish, of course.
    The story is told from the POV of the three main characters, the love triangle, and you have to get to the end to figure out what the mystery is.
    Jul 01, 2013 Killua rated it did not like it
    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
    May 04, 2015 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    4.5 stars

    “One minute doesn’t erase a thousand.”

    From the first chapter of Hidden, I was hooked. Catherine McKenzie’s writing grabbed me, held on tight and made me wonder all along - did it really happen? Did Tish and Jeff betray Brian and Claire? Infidelity isn’t an easy thing to read about, but this story was so well written, emotional and thought-provoking.

    Naturally, Claire is devastated when she unexpectedly loses her husband, Jeff. With the help of her family she tries to pull things togethe
    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
    Tracey Garvis-Graves
    Jan 20, 2013 Tracey Garvis-Graves rated it it was amazing
    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.

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    Allie Larkin
    Jun 10, 2013 Allie Larkin rated it it was amazing
    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.
    Luanne Ollivier
    Jun 30, 2013 Luanne Ollivier rated it really liked it
    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
    Mar 14, 2013 phyllis rated it it was amazing
    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
    Jul 30, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    A solid 4 stars! Catherine McKenzie is an amazing writer. Her characters are extremely realistic, the storylines are edgy and her execution is perfect. I was a little apprehensive at first about reading this book because of the three person narration, the past to present then back and forth timeline and the subject matter. I saw two ways the book could have ended and was so hoping for the other, but, I still really enjoyed the book.
    Mar 18, 2014 Allison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Really compellingly written...with an ending I did not see coming at all. (And it's hard to surprise me!)

    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
    Judy Collins
    My first book by Catherine McKenzie, an exceptional writer, and look forward to reading more of her books. Very intriguing . . .

    While there are mixed reviews about HIDDEN, a compelling read, told through the three voices of Jeff, Tish, and Claire – the author does a fantastic job of leaving a lot to the reader’s imagination, with the building of tension throughout, flawed and messy lives, with real choices – raw emotions, making this an ideal book for discussions and book clubs with many takes,
    Jan 22, 2013 Robyn rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: ebook, print-copy
    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
    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
    Mar 13, 2014 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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
    Kate Hilton
    Jun 26, 2013 Kate Hilton rated it it was amazing
    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
    Jul 25, 2013 Tracy rated it really liked it
    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.
    Katharine Mccormick
    Mar 10, 2013 Katharine Mccormick rated it it was amazing
    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.
    Catherine McKenzie
    Apr 15, 2015 Catherine McKenzie rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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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 SMOKE, and the novella, SPUN. Her works have been translated into multiple languages.

    HIDDEN was a #1 Amazon bestseller and a Digital B
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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.” 8 likes
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