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3.72  ·  Rating details ·  710 ratings  ·  148 reviews
A gripping psychological thriller by a former police psychologist. Perfect for fans of Nicci French, Tana French and S. J. Watson.


A gunman is stalking the wards of a local hospital. He's unidentified and dangerous, and has to be located. Urgently.

Police Firearms Officer Aden McCarthy is tasked with tracking him down. Still troubled by the shooting of a sch
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Published April 23rd 2015 by Century
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May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

So well written. And such great suspense.

This is told from different points of view including the shooter leading up to it.

I have to say how superbly this was as a plot, I certainly was astounded when I found out.

It starts with a bang and ends with a boom

My thanks to Random House UK, Cornerstone via net galley for my copy
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
" comes in threes, doesn't it? Bad luck..."

I really liked the plot of this book, I just found the execution of it a little confusing at times.

Hidden starts with the end - which is fine, I don't have a problem with that.

Then the story is told from multiple POV's (which seems to be something of a fashion trend currently) and I don't usually have a problem with that; except that 4 different POV's when the timeline is jumping around is probably too many.

A gunman has been stalking the wards of a
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! I made some notes in the beginning to keep relationships straight, and I occasionally had to flip back and forth to keep the timing straight. Once I got into the book everything fell into place. Chapters are told by different people at a particular date and time, and some are told by the shooter. I did find myself sometimes wanting the time to go by quicker, especially when we were getting close to the day of the shooting. Seemingly unrelated events were all tied up nicely at ...more
Apr 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hidden really does start with a bang, in the immediate seconds following a shooting rampage at a Swansea hospital. The first chapter really is chilling stuff with bodies everywhere and Charlie, local reporter, caught right in the middle.

The story then rewinds and we follow three of the main characters in the week leading up to the shooting. As well as Charlie there is her friend Aden, a firearms officer and Imogen who is a psychologist attached to the hospital. A man with a gun has been spotted
Dec 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, book-books
Emma Kavanagh has a talent for writing complex novels with multiple POV. In "Hidden", author Kavanagh displays this talent again. The novel begins at the end of a horrific shooting, then goes back five days before the shooting to give the reader background stories on events leading up to the crime.

My one caution to readers is to pay attention to the timeline at the beginning of each chapter. The book does jump around and not all character POV are happening at the same time, example, one charact
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is Emma Kavanagh’s second novel and it takes us into the world of the spree killer. The dramatic and chilling opening shows a man with a gun, at Mount Pleasant Hospital. That man is killing people randomly causing bloodshed and horror in the hospital. A local reporter, Charlie sees him and recognises him. Slowly throughout the course of the book, we are presented with suspects and it is only at the end that we know and understand who this man is.

The action goes back to six days before the s
Liz Barnsley
So anyway, some people may remember what a huge fan of “Falling” I was, so it was with some trepidation I started reading “Hidden”. It is the usual thing of course, will you love it as much, what if the first one was a fluke, oh what can I say if I hate it? So I count myself lucky for more than one reason that within about 5% of this novel I was hook, line and sinkered.

A lot of that had to do with the haunting and rather exciting starting point – we see an aftermath. Horrific and heart pounding,
How do i start this review as all reviews i have read rated this in between 4 & 5 i decided to finally read it but unfortunately i found it very confusing to follow as it was told by all 4 characters i could not connect to any of the characters except Aden & Rhys & the plot left a bit to be desired i have bought falling recently so will look forward to that but this book just did nothing for me. I must say Emma Kavanagh's writing style i liked a bit disappointed with this one ...more
Yvonne (Fiction Books)
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
“I stand there, a boulder in a stream of people”

There aren’t too many books I have read, where the endgame of the story, is revealed within the first couple of paragraphs of the opening chapter … well! not quite all, and therein lies the intrigue of Hidden, for no matter what you know, or what you think you might know, I can almost guarantee … you don’t!

Emma certainly brings all her psychology training and extensive work within the various enclaves of the police force to bear, in the well drawn
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
This was a very good read that certainly kept my mind engaged.
As soon as I started this book I knew the author was going to capture my attention as she started off with a bang. This is the story of a shooter who is randomly shooting in a hospital. Although the story starts off with the end the author kept me guessing right through the book.

Telling a story through flashbacks isn't my favourite kind of read. However I felt the author pulled this off brilliantly. If your looking for a book that w
After having read Falling and loving that one I was excited to move onto Ms Kavanagh's next book, Hidden.

It starts off in dramatic fashion with a gunman going on a shooting spree inside of a hospital. Shocking to say the least and the kind of beginning that 'throws you in there'. We then cut back to a few days previous to the shooting and that's where the story really begins, the lead up to the shooting. We have a cast of characters that includes Charlie, a reporter for a local paper, Mara and I
Feb 28, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given a copy of Emma Kavanagh's book 'Hidden' by Net Galley in exchange for a honest review. I had previously read the excellent novel 'Falling' by the same author and having read other reviews for the new book I was eagerly looking forward to it. But I found the book generally disappointing and for me did not live up to the hype. To be fair I appear to be in the minority but I found the book rather confusing with the changes in both characters and timelines which did not help with the flo ...more
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
The story begins with a shooting spree by a lone gunman at a hospital. A witness to the carnage is Charlie, a reporter with a local paper. We see from her eyes the victims, some of whom she knows. These names don’t mean anything to us – yet, but the timeline to the story then goes back, counting down to detail events over the preceding 6 day period and culminating on the day of the shooting. This does tend to jump around and attention is needed to the timeline heading for each chapter to avoid c ...more
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved the format of the book. very uniquely written. kept me guessing til the end!
Victoria Goldman
Hidden's first chapter hooked me from the outset with its fast-paced writing and dramatic scene. The book begins with the vivid description of the first few moments after a shooting spree at a hospital by a lone gunman. This is seen through the eyes of Charlie, a local reporter, who clearly knows some of the victims well. I found this to be an effective introduction to some of the key characters.

Hidden jumps between timelines, building up to the day of the shooting. I found this very easy to fol
Vicki - I Love Reading
Jan 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015

My Review., 4/5

This is the 3 rd book I have read from this author. I have just read The Affair which is currently free on Amazon. A short story. My review for that can be viewed here. Click the image below to download your free copy. (free at time of post)

The story is told from multiple view points and does require your concentration.

I think to get the best of this book you need to sit and get stuck in. Not just pick it up now and then. As If you are anything like me, you may get a little confuz
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, net-galley, n, kindle
I really enjoy books by Emma Kavanagh. This one is a real psychological page turner. The concept of a gunman running around a hospital is a really scary one.

Aden McCarthy is looking for him and he's trying to overcome inner turmoil by stopping this man before it's too late- will he find him in time? He's a police Firearms officer. Is Imogen in danger? She didn't really pay the gunman much attention initially.

Emma certainly has the right background to write with such suspense.

"Emma Kavanagh was b
Janet Emson
Oct 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books, reviewed
4.5 of 5 stars

A shooter is on the prowl in a Swansea hospital. Why does he keep lurking outside Ward 12. Is he linked to one of the patients, a boy involved in a shooting a year previously. Does his presence have anything to do with the tragic death of a nurse from the same ward?

The book opens with the immediate bloody outcome of a shooting in the hospital. Amongst the dead and injured we are introduced to Charlie, a reporter at the local paper, and Aden, a police marksman. As the story continue
Nov 25, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While others seem to rave about the supposedly powerful opening, I was somewhat unconvinced. I found it rather messy and confusing. Although it is a point of reference throughout the book, I didn't exactly get me hooked straightaway. As for the rest of the book, wasn't bad.
Seeing as this is Kavanagh's second novel, she does well to keep the reader guessing as to the shooter's identity. The use of multiple perspectives throughout the book bring to light the darker sides to numerous
May 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Hidden is a page turning gripping and unnerving psychological thriller by a former police psychologist.

I read Falling which I thoroughly enjoyed reading and couldn't wait for Emma Kavanagh to publish another novel. I do highly recommend both of Emma's novels.

The nerve-racking story of Hidden starts of Sunday 31 August, 10.33 with a shooting at Mount Pleasant Hospital. The story flips back to six days before the hospital with workers at the hospital and the police each having their own chapter
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hidden is one of the books I have read this year recently that I expect to be among my top ten favourite books of the year. From the opening few pages I was hooked.
Starting with a shooting in a hospital it then goes back a few days and introduces the reader to some of the characters who have been killed or wounded and also to the shooter who remains anonymous throughout.
All of them are linked in someway, and I don't think I will be the only one not knowing who the shooter was until the final few
I really liked her writing style & how she wove the story together.
Bruce Hatton
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english-crime
Emma Kavanagh's second novel is narrated in a similar manner to it's predecessor Falling, in that it tells its story from the viewpoints of four different characters and doesn't follow a linear time-frame. However, I found Hidden to be a far more exciting read because it builds and maintains a sense of impending danger. With Falling the crimes had already been committed and it was just a matter of solving them. In this novel a gunman is stalking a local hospital: Who is he? Who is her after and ...more
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s rare to find a book that legitimately keeps you guessing until the very end, but this one did that.
Rachel Hall
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second release from author Emma Kavanagh and after being impressed by the originality of her first novel and the quality of her writing I picked up Hidden. Her debut, Falling, was an emotional and absorbing tale of the lives of four individuals, all of whom were affected when a plane crashes. In Falling she took her readers straight into the minds of her narrators as their stories unfolded and once again she uses this clever device to weave an exceptional thriller. It would be hard t ...more
MarciaB - Book Muster Down Under
“He’s Watching” – but where is he watching from?

“She’s Waiting” – but what is she waiting for?

When I first started reading this novel, I wasn’t sure if I was going to be comfortable with the subject matter - we’ve all heard the terribly frequent news of a gunman going on the rampage, opening fire in schools, tourist hotspots or shopping venues, killing innocent people who leave their loved ones behind to deal with the aftermath – it’s not pretty news, made all the more worse by the media and the
Joseph - Relax And Read Reviews
I would like to thank Random House, Cornerstone and NetGalley for allowing me to read an ARC of this book.

"I can smell the blood. It is all I can smell. It coats my nostrils, my lungs, it stains the inside of my throat. It is on me."​

These are the harrowing opening lines of this gripping psychological thriller. 'Hidden' kept me on tenterhooks from start to finish. As I was reading it, I could feel my heart beat faster and my stomach squeeze with tension and the more I advanced in the book,
Cleopatra  Pullen
On August 31 at 10:33 am at a Welsh hospital there is a shooting. This opening description isn’t for the faint-hearted, it was all too easily visualised thanks to Charlie’s detailed reporting, but then she is a reporter on the local paper. Amongst the casualties are a few familiar faces to Charlie.
Emma Kavangh has managed to create a complicated structure that actually works.

With the story told from the number of days preceding ‘the shooting’ from different character’s viewpoints it does sound l
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Publication Date: 23rd April 2015 (HB), 5th November 2015 (PB)

Publisher: Century (HB), Arrow (PB)

ISBN: 978-1780892047 (HB), 978-0099588535 (PB)

Source: NetGalley, via publisher

Rating: 4.5*


A gripping psychological thriller by a former police psychologist. Perfect for fans of Nicci French, Tana French and S. J. Watson.


A gunman is stalking the wards of a local hospital. He's unidentified and dangerous, and has to be located. Urgently.

Police Firearms Officer Aden McCar
Tracey Walsh
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A distinctive, quirky writing style sets this author's books apart from the crime fiction crowds.
"A gunman is stalking the wards of a local hospital. He's unidentified and dangerous, and has to be located. Urgently...As time ticks down, no one knows who the gunman's next target will be. But he's there. Hiding in plain sight. Far closer than anyone thinks..."
I've spent a while trying to work out how to review Hidden without spoilers but haven't figured it out. The event towards which all the book
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Emma Kavanagh was born and raised in South Wales. After graduating with a PhD in Psychology from Cardiff University, she spent many years working as a police and military psychologist, training firearms officers, command staff and military personnel throughout the UK and Europe. Now she is lucky enough to be able to write for a living. She lives in South Wales with her husband, young sons, and a d ...more

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