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These Things Hidden

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  25,708 Ratings  ·  2,831 Reviews
In the small Iowa town of Linden Falls, popular teenager Allsion Glenn is arrested for murdering her newborn daughter. Within days an infant boy is found on the doorstep of the local hospital safe havens program. And even though the child, Joshua, finds a home with a loving and deserving couple, the harrowing truth about his origins remains a mystery. Five years later, All ...more
Paperback, Large Print, 447 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Large Print Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jun 13, 2014 Limonessa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-lit
I have been debating whether to give this book one or two stars for a while now but, in all honesty, I did not like this book. I wanted to like this book, I struggled to get to the end to see if there was some redeeming last minute revelation but, alas, it never came.

The story rotates around 4 women, - Allison, an ex convict, Brynn, her sister, Charm, a nurse to-be and Claire, a bookshop owner - a little boy and a terrible secret that seems to connect them all. I didn't see the terrible secret.
Jan 09, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
These Things Hidden is all about secrets. As the story progresses, the past is revealed piece by piece. The story falls into place easily while offering shocking things, long hidden, yet never expected.

The book is written in alternating viewpoints between four different women all linked in some way to a little boy named Joshua. Each woman wants to ensure Joshua is safe and taken care if, even if they have different ideas and motives driving them.

The book begins with Allison being released from p
Suzanne Barrett
Feb 17, 2011 Suzanne Barrett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heather Gudenkauf’s second novel deals with a difficult subject: murder. Told in first and third person by a quartet of female protagonists, it opens with Allison Glenn, the main protagonist who is getting out of prison after serving half of a ten-year sentence. Her lawyer, Devin, escorts her to a halfway house run by pragmatic-but tender-hearted Oleta. Allison wants desperately to put the past behind her and start anew but finds obstacles at every turn. Her sister, once a confidant, won’t answe ...more
Aug 11, 2015 TL rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Confession: I saw this on the shelf at work a couple years ago and thought it sounded interesting. Put it on my paperbackswap list and forgot about until I got the notification my request came in. Was in a bit of funk yesterday and grabbed this off my shelves on a whim.,hoping it would bring me out of it. Didn't read reviews of it before I started, just plunged in.

It reminded me of 'Reconstructing Amelia' and 'Girl on the train' (both I loved) in the fact that the suspense and characters are wel
Jun 02, 2015 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
All i can say is i absolutely recommend this book to all my lady friends you wont be disappointed this made me have mixed emotions Characters were dealing with real situations we all deal with every day will be reading more of this Author
Feb 19, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A tragic mystery that slowly reveals it self like peeling an onion. In the beginning I thought I had a handle on what was going on in the lives of the three young girls at the center of the story. Wrong... Needless to say, there are twists and turns that make you keep changing your feelings toward each character.

Choices and fate seem to run along in the same lane for two sisters, an innocent bystander and a very lonley couple. The characters were believable and the narration was very good. This
This is another Audible gem. They were having a "Buy One, Get One" sale, and These Things Hidden was my "Get One" book, chosen on a whim. But for that sale, I probably never would have read this. (I've been kind of unofficially avoiding YA lately, being sick of the love triangles and the YAPNR and the blah blah blah.) But had I missed this one, it would have been a shame, because this book is fantastic.

I almost don't want to talk about the plot of the story at all, because I'm afraid of ruining
Feb 07, 2011 Shannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Trying to come up with words is almost impossible. I read The Weight of Silence quite awhile ago but I still think about it and talk about it. This one will be the same. I read different genres and enjoy them all, but I love fiction that could easily be fact.
Allison's character was one of the biggest reasons why I enjoyed this book so much. Throughout the book I wanted to hate her, but something told me to be patient. It's rare that there is a character I hate to love, it's usually the other wa
Sep 12, 2014 Tania rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This was a nice easy-reading book, and although I thought I figured out the ending quite early on, I was wrong. The reason it only gets a three start rating from me, is that I never felt that much empathy with any of the characters. If you want to try a book by the author, which was brilliant and reminded me a lot of Jodi Picoult's writing, I highly recommend One Breath Away

The story: When her sister Allison, convicted of a heinous crime, is released from prison to a halfway house and is despera
This is a must read. I LOVED this book! I couldn't put it down and I was just speechless upon completion.

I was surprised at so many points while reading These Things Hidden and that doesn't happen often for me when reading a book. The author did an incredible job of slowly revealing secrets, piece by piece, and from various points of view.

My heart broke for many of the characters. I truly felt for them all, although my feelings changed toward the end and I had the deepest compassion for one of
Oct 15, 2015 David rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Andrea Yates, Susan Smith, Oprah
Why was this on my TBR list? I must have read some review that made it sound interesting, and so I picked it at random at the library. At least I didn't pay money for it.

This is a book about secrets and babies and mommy-love and bad parents and crazy.

Perfect college-bound athlete Allison gets knocked up by a summer fling, manages to keep this secret from her parents, because they are caricatures of Bad and Superficial Parenting, and when she gives birth, with her flaky sister Brynn present, she
Got this book for some mindless entertainment...To me, that's just what it was. It wasn't wasn't bad...Won't tell you what it is about because you can read any other review or the book's jacket for that...

It's know...when you're flipping through the channels on the tellie and there is nada on...and you settle on some lifetime movie or something that's already been on for however long (who cares anyway?)just because you're tired of flipping and you know you can just keep flip
Feb 02, 2011 Candace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a crazy ride! At first I didn't know what was going on, what Allison had done that was so terrible. So I flew through the pages dying to know. In those pages I felt like I got to know Allison well enough that I couldn't imagine she had truly done something horrible. I couldn't imagine why everyone would be so hateful toward her. When I found out what her crime had been I just had to know WHY?!
This book alternates characters. We go to know Allison, the center of it all and the one who ju
Casey Hays
I must admit, there were things I liked about the book, but more things I didn't. The author was able to paint some images in my head with her descriptions, and that worked. Some of those images I will not be able to erase. Every once in awhile, she said something profound and beautifully-written that made me sigh in satisfaction, but these were few and far between.

Many things bothered me about the book. Christopher was too vague. Grandma was too vague. I couldn't figure out the relationship Br
Dec 18, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary-fiction
This is a book that is all about secrets, choices, second chances, abandonment, and ultimately of hope.

The story is told from the POV of multiple characters whose lives are connected in ways that only become readily apparent as the story unravels in unexpected ways.

Allison is the twenty one year old former overachieving highschool student convicted of a heinous crime that has left her alienated and abandoned by her family and an outcast in the small Iowa town that she grew up in.

Brynn is Allis
Maxine  (Booklover Catlady)
This won't be a long review. I can't find enough words to say about this drawn-out book. I suffered to the halfway point with this book, bored to tears wondering what the point of it all was.

Not all books are thrilling page turners but both the plot and the characters fell flat in this for me in this one completely. It's put me off her other books although I know she has her fans and many loved this too.

It failed to capture raw emotion that should have been there in this story and in a nutshell
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Really enjoyed this book. This author is proving to be one of my new favorites.
Kathy Worrell  ツ
Great book! This is my first Heather Gudenkauf novel, but will not be my last. Heather writes beautifully, the story is told with words that flow down a lazy river until they reach the rapids. I especially love the way the story unfolds through the eyes of four women. I read this book in one day, I couldn't put it down.
Nov 25, 2010 Beadyjan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoyed The Ice Cream girls by Dorothy Koomson or Sister by Rosamund Lupton
Recommended to Beadyjan by: Netgalley
I was fortunate enough to receive a pre publication copy of this book to review via NetGalley from whom I am giving the following quote ...

Quote: from the publishers "Allison Glenn tried to hide what happened that night...and failed.

The consequence? Five years in prison. Now she’s free. But secrets have a way of keeping you imprisoned.

When Allison Glenn is sent to prison for a heinous crime, she leaves behind her reputation as Linden Falls’s golden girl forever. Her parents deny the existence
Oct 28, 2013 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kathryn by: Becky
These Things Hidden was sort of a recommendation from my GR friend Becky. She read this book last year, and even though it had been on my TBR shelf for a while, Becky's five star review pushed me to consider reading it sooner. I happened upon it a few months ago sitting on the $1 clearance section at Half-Price Books. It was a great investment.

I really thought this story was about something else entirely. About secrets? Yes. What kind of secrets? I didn't know, or at least my idea was completely
Dale Harcombe
May 29, 2013 Dale Harcombe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four and a half stars. That I read this book through so quickly shows how involved I was in the story and the characters. The story is told from varying viewpoints. That of Allison who has just been released from prison after serving five years for a shocking crime, and her younger sister Brynn who wants nothing to do with Allison. Then there is Charm who is pulled into the consequences of that fatal night when Allison's life took a drastic turn, and Claire - mother of the adopted Joshua.
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My personal opinion:

This read had my emotions going all over the place. I connected with Allison. She had a quiet strength and even though I thought she made some horrific choices, I could understand where they came from. She was frightened. She was young. She did not have her parents support. I felt for her sister, Brynn. The bullying scenes were heart-breaking. The way the story unfolded kept me on the edge of my seat. I was always anxious to find out how the newest twist would pan out. The en
Crystal Craig
So many people gave These Things Hidden five stars. I’ve had many people recommend it to me. It was good. In all honesty, I finished it in three one hour sittings; I didn’t want to put it down. However, I felt the author told the story more so than made me feel; if that makes any sense at all. For example: when Allison and Christopher fell in love. As the reader, I knew they were in love because the author told me, however, I felt no chemistry between them. Maybe it was because there romance was ...more
Tara Chevrestt
This is a novel about motherhood. What makes a good mother? A bad mother? It's about how faced with motherhood, desired or not, changes a woman's life forever. There are those that want to be mothers and face numerous struggles to become one. There are those that are not ready for motherhood but are faced with it anyway and must deal with it or make a difficult choice. This novel shows how differently every woman handles this life changing event.

Allison was faced with motherhood, but it foiled h
May 22, 2012 Benilia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My basis of a good story depends on how it surprises the reader especially on how the story has ended. I failed to predict the ending and all the more the revelations shocked me. At first, it was a plain family oriented story which speaks more of parents-children relationships. And then went over to sweet childhood to sibling rivalry to growing pains and then eventually to young adult dealing with complex situations. Lies and deception took in as I went on every chapter of the story. Shocking re ...more
Wynne Kontos
While I read this book I kept waiting to like one of the characters. Would it be Allison, the girl whose cold perfectionism drove her to commit a terrible crime? Her sister Brynn whose guilt over her sister's actions leaves her socially and emotionally isolated? What about Claire, the woman whose desire to have a child has turned into a needy, obsessed mother of her adopted son Josh? There's still Charm, the young nursing student who cares for her dying step-father while harboring yet another se ...more
These Things Hidden was my second Heather Gudenkauf book. And, just like the first book I read and loved, The Weight of Silence, this was also a quick fantastic read!

This is a beautifully human story about love. All kinds of love, and the different ways it takes shape in different people. It's also about the difficulties, struggles and consequences of the decisions we make...and the decisions that are already made for us.

It's also about the beauty and tragedy of dealing with one's family. The b
May 08, 2014 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Allison Glenn is your typical smart, gorgeous girl who has a good reputation. Not only do her peers look up to her for guidance but they respect her as an individual and often want other people to follow in her footsteps. However her timid and average looking sister Brynn is overlooked in the shadow of her sister, complicating their relationship. While Alison gets excused for the choices she makes by her parents, Brynn is forced to conform to her personality. Growing up together as siblings, the ...more
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf is about Allison, who was sent to prison for commiting a heinous crime, and her sister Brynne, who carrys the burden of the crime. Allison has been released on parole to a halfway house, and wants to make amends with Brynne, who wants nothing to do with her.

Based on the fact that Allison's crime is kept a mystery in the synapsis, I was surprised to find it revealed within the first 100 pages. But of course, it is more complicated that first given.

The stor
Samantha Janning
These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf gave me chills throughout the entire story. It begins with Allison Glenn, a 21 year old Iowa native who is serving time in prison for a crime that is not immediately known. Allison is about to be released, and will finish out her sentence at a halfway house in her hometown. Once the golden girl of her family, excellent grades, good at sports, a college future in mind, Allison’s family has now shunned her very existence. But the one person Allison is despe ...more
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“You were a wish that we made every morning when we woke up and a prayer we said before we went to bed each night,” 1 likes
“I get Allison’s letters. Sometimes I wish that I could write back to her, go see her, act like a sister to her. But something always stops me. Grandma tells me I should talk to Allison, try to forgive her. But I can’t. It’s like something broke inside me that night five years ago.” 0 likes
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