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3.48  ·  Rating details ·  17,547 ratings  ·  1,437 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
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by Lake Union Publishing (first published June 18th 2013)
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Meredith If they're incredibly mature yes.

But it's definitely an adult book for adults. There's swearing, sexual "themes," (whatever that means when people say…more
If they're incredibly mature yes.

But it's definitely an adult book for adults. There's swearing, sexual "themes," (whatever that means when people say it) alcohol, etc.
Sooooo probably NOT for middle schoolers.(less)

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Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
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 ha
Catherine McKenzie
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
My new book - coming in June ...
Jun 18, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 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
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-borrowed
3.5 stars

Montreal writer, Catherine McKenzie tells a great yarn and Hidden is no exception. Although I had an inkling about what would be the big revelation, I couldn't turn away from the pages and felt the book was highly intriguing. Despite the fact that the story is a slowburn, the three person narrative of the husband, wife, and a female friend that might have been more kept me turning the pages.
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Hidden by Catherine McKenzie is a Lake Union publishing 2014 release.

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 bit by 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 funeral leaving Claire with an uneasy feeling.

The story take
May 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
When it comes to cheating, there are varying opinions on whether you should break your partner's heart by coming clean or keep it to yourself and allow guilt to be your isolating punishment. I say it depends. Is cheating a chronic issue for you? That needs to be discussed. Have you put your partner at risk of an STD? That absolutely needs to be discussed. Other than that? Just don't. At least don't if the only reason is to relieve yourself of guilt because that makes you an @sshole. You've broug ...more
Apr 12, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Jun 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Erin Clemence
Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 rated it really liked it
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
Ronak Gajjar
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Love - One emotion, that makes us or breaks us. I always found it as delusional emotion where somethings wait everything isn't justified ever. We love once, others are just I guess compromises. I think a person falling in love twice like Jeff are luckiest ones ever found.
Clarie - I disliked her at certain points when she tries to prove her point confronting the people but maybe that was inevitable for her peace of heart.
Tish - Only words I have for her is she kept her promise, saving many heart
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. ...more
Briar's Reviews
Hidden by Catherine McKenzie was the most surprising book of the year - it 200% exceeded my expectations!

If you haven't read this book, I'd highly recommend it. This contemporary novel follows the death of a man and the fallout that ensues. Jeff steps into the street (with his eyes closed, bad decision on his part) and is killed. His wife and son along with his co-workers must come to accept his death and unravel a big secret he left behind.

There is lots of drama in this book - cheating, big li
Sep 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
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.
♡ Kim ♡
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book! Thank you Net Galley and Catherine McKenzie for the advance read.

It took me a sentence or two to determine the speaker of the next chapter, but considering that it only alternated between the three main characters it wasn’t too difficult to determine.

This is a controversial topic that most people want to avoid, but it happens to be very realistic and common – even if most people ignore the possibility.

I was not expecting the ending, but the shock of it is sticking w
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hidden is a gripping, inticate novel that delves into the complexities of marriage and the underlying secrets that impact them.
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
Jul 01, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Really compellingly written...with an ending I did not see coming at all. (And it's hard to surprise me!) ...more
Tracey Graves
Jan 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

Catherine McKenzie
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Hidden is out in German! Check it out ....
Kathryn in FL
The story revolves around three primary characters and their issues. Jeff Manning is married to Claire. One Friday night, he leaves the office and is killed when hit by a car. Claire is devastated. So, is Tish, his office wife, whom was awaiting his call. Both women crumble when Jeff's gone. Tish is forced to try and deflect her pain in front of her attentive husband and her daughter and of course, those at the office. When she appears at the funeral, representing the company, Claire senses some ...more
Judy D 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
Jun 04, 2019 rated it liked it
I have been back and forth with deciding how to rate this book.. and I just give up. So 3 stars it is.

Hidden was an ehh okay book. I wanted to like it more than I actually did but I just couldn't. In it, you will meet Tish. She is the kind of person you either end of hating or loving. Or ya know, liking and disliking. Either way, it's one or the other - never both. For me, I hated Tish. There was nothing that this girl could do to make me like her. Heck, even trying some wine to lighten my mood
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
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.
Allison Larkin
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Luanne Ollivier
Jun 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 st
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Catherine McKenzie was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. A graduate of McGill in History and Law, Catherine practiced law in Montreal for twenty years before retiring to write full time. An avid runner and skier, she's the author of numerous bestsellers including HIDDEN, FRACTURED, THE GOOD LIAR and I'LL NEVER TELL. Her works have been translated into multiple languages.


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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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