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Something to Hide

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  916 ratings  ·  141 reviews
"Nobody in the world knows our secret...that I've ruined Bev's life, and she's ruined mine."

Petra's romantic life has always been a car-crash, and even in her sixties she's still capable of getting it disastrously wrong. But then she falls in love with Jeremy, an old chum, visiting from abroad. The fatal catch? Jeremy is her best friend's husband.

But just as Petra is
Paperback, 336 pages
Published May 3rd 2016 by Harper Paperbacks (first published July 2nd 2015)
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Rachel Hall
Oct 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Before Deborah Moggach’s novel, These Foolish Things, was transformed into The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, I was a regular reader of her perceptive and understated novels which capture real people and the routine dramas that occupy our everyday lives. Whilst her writing never quite falls into the chick-lit genre, she manages to impress with her depiction of a life littered with the milestones of marriage, adultery and motherhood in a sensitive manner and her characters are frequently well out of ...more
May 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
2 stars

I was excited to read Something to Hide. On the surface, it sounds intriguing. Four women are keeping secrets from their husbands. What happens when these secrets come out? However, I was disappointed.

I am not going to bother with a plot summary, as the book is uneven and focuses significantly more on one character’s story, Petra, than the other three. By the end, it seems as if the other women’s stories are all but forgotten. The author could have completely eliminated the other three
Jun 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Some great characters from diverse backgrounds, all of them with something to hide. Each individual personality takes us to a different part of the world, from London, to Texas, Japan to Africa , each with its own unique feel. From surrogacy to the vile trade of elephant poaching, murder to betrayal, they're all thrown into the mix, but the author manages to link all these lives together really well. Deborah Moggach weaves her magic here with some wonderful portrayals, bringing her subjects very ...more
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is many years since I last read a Deborah Moggach book and I had quite forgotten just how good her reads are. Her characters are real, they jump out of the page at you and you very quickly become entwined in their lives, and this book is no exception.

Our main character here is Petra, a woman probably in her early sixties, divorced and living alone. The one thing she dreads is spending the rest of her years alone. She wants to be loved. But, when she does find that love she is going to end up
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, giveaways
Marvelous book! (Which I won through a GR giveaway.)

(And really, I need to stop giving 4 and 5 stars to so many books. Problem is, I DNF those I don't like, which would prob. get ratings of 1 or 2.)

Now to this book...

The story of four women and how they interconnect, with one of the four sort of the MC. Each woman has a story, or something to hide, but 60ish Petra is the story's central focus. She's alone and lonely and finds herself in an affair with the husband of her best friend. This is no
Karen O'Brien-Hall
“Nobody in the world knows our secret... that I’ve ruined Bev's life, and she's ruined mine".

Thoroughly enjoying The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel as a movie led me to read the book originally titled These Foolish Things, by Deborah Moggach. The book differs in some details from the movie and is a darker, but more poignant story.

I admire the talent of the writer who can create a set of characters, seemingly with no common bond, then weave them into a cohesive whole. Deborah Moggach has this
Aug 09, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book and read it very quickly, as I was so keen to find out what happened. I did however guess the storyline at each and every turn, which was slightly disappointing, but the characters were well written, not particularly likeable but very believable; I could relate to them and the story did move at a cracking pace. This could have been a 4 or possibly even a 5 star rated book for me except for the fact that the interwoven story of the American Lorrie was far too hastily ...more
Lyn Ryan
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. Interestingly the first person narrator, Petra, is quite an unpleasant character, full of jealously and bitterness and occasionally, self-delusion. Perhaps what makes her slightly more empathetic is the comparison to her hideous friend Bev, with all her 'sweetie pies' and her casual racism, and her lover, the morally flexible Jeremy, involved in murky expat business dealings.

I suppose my criticism of the novel is that the parallel story of Lorrie and her surrogate
I'm not a particulary fast reader but I sped through Deborah Moggach's latest novel Something to Hide* in two days, which is pretty spectacular for me. I wasn't even trying to finish it which I think probably shows the ease in which Moggach's writing manages to capture my attention. Obviously as the name of the book suggests the characters are all involved in a series of secrets which all connect to each other in various ways. Some more closely than others.

There's Petra the sixty something year
Annette Chidzey
This book drew my attention in part because of Moggach's previous novel, The Exotic Marigold Hotel. I was anticipating the same sense of humour. While there was some of that lightheartedness, it possessed more intrigue and pathos. I feel that some of the characters could have been developed and focused upon more regularly. The portrayals of Lorrie and Li-Jing are not as satisfying - they left me wanting to know more about their circumstances and predicaments. I guess I felt a bit short-changed ...more
Deborah Moggach is the author from The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel which has been turned into a top grossing film staring Judi Dench. The book Something to hide is a warm, witty and wise novel about the unexpected twists that later life can bring. It turns out that no matter where you are in the world, everybody has something to hide.
Jul 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: aging, humour, africa, brit-lit
Hugely enjoyable summer read.
Feb 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
This was one strange story of women with big secrets, one downright criminal. As they play out, Petra's secret becomes an absolute nightmare and the focus of the book. I'm not sure why the other women's stories fell to the side, but I think the author missed the boat by not developing their characters. It bothered me, too, that the book was in need of some editing concerning the Lorrie (American) character. The British author doesn't speak "American" and Texans don't "have a nap." However, it ...more
Sophie Elinor
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book, have read a few by the same author. I wasn’t sure at first but was hooked after first few pages. In some ways it was quite heart rending. There was a bit of black comedy thrown in. The parts describing life in Africa were mesmerising . For someone looking for something a little different I recommend this book. If it hasn’t already been done I feel a movie will be in the making.
Antony Simpson
Feb 04, 2016 rated it liked it

In Something To Hide by Deborah Moggach, each of the six main characters, spread across the world, has a secret. Their lives are intricately and cleverly linked by Moggach’s plotting. Moggach writes in the perspective of four of the six main characters:

Petra in London. Poor Petra had been through a difficult divorce. So when she finds love, in an unexpected person, the reader empathises with her, even knowing that he’s married to someone else. Petra’s character is
Fenella Ford
Aug 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everybody has Something to Hide by Deborah Moggach

What's in a name?

Deborah Moggach's 'Everybody has Something to Hide' makes an intriguing read, and the tension mounts throughout the book as the coming to light of what is hidden gradually plays out in the lives of the characters.

This is the first Deborah Moggach I have read and it definitely encouraged me to read more of her novels. Her letter to the reader on the first page gave enlightening stories of some of her life experiences that fed
Sandra Danby
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The beginning of this book introduces three characters who seem ordinary people, living everyday lives, facing challenges which we or our family/friends/neighbours are facing every day. What is there about them that could possibly be of interest to me? But Deborah Moggach draws me into their stories until I read late into the night.
The Prologue is set in Africa, the plot revolves around Africa though not always in an obvious way. Don’t read the ‘Dear Reader’ letter from Moggach at the front of
Cathy Beyers
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an advance copy of this book through Netgalley and really liked it.
What matters in today’s global society? Everything anyone does has an impact, at least in this novel. Everyone has a secret and many things are not what they seem. The story starts in London, Texas and China but converges in Africa, the often forgotten continent and along the way the reader realizes it doesn’t matter where we live, we are all capable of betrayal.
I was hooked from the moment I opened the book, not only
Maddi Heinrich
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy Deborah’s writing style, so had little doubt that this would be a good read. Somehow she manages to tie up the most far flung destinations and mix up the most unlikely walks of life…successfully. I started off reading about a market in Africa and because this is a preview on my kindle, came back to what I thought was a completely different book at one point!! The hazards of not having a real front cover and bookmark (old school, I know). Each scenario and personality is painted ...more
Lynn Jarrett
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Deborah Moggach has such an ability to be able to weave separate storylines in and out of each other and still maintain a coherent story. I was a little confused in the beginning at the Prologue wondering why it was there when it seemed to have nothing to do with the storylines when lo and behold, a couple of characters popped up way in the last part of the book as minor characters. She is so good at that.

This time the main locations the story takes us to are London, England; Beijing, China;
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have enjoyed many of Deborah Moggach's books in the past and this was no exception.

This begins with two apparently unrelated storylines: Petra, divorced and lonely meets up with the husband of an old best friend and Lorrie, who gets in a financial sticky situation.

From the very beginning it was very readable. At first the two plot lines were quite equitable but as the time went on Petra's became more dominant and I did wonder quite how Lorrie's would fit in. However by the end it was clearer.
Jan Hawke
Nov 02, 2016 rated it liked it
The plot was contrived and most of the characters unbelievable but nonetheless this book is a real page-turner.Bev was realistic up to a point ( one only need check Facebook to see how routine it is to embellish the story of one's life!) but I found Petra's endless search for a loving relationship improbable. Most sixty something's of my acquaintance are too exhausted or too disillusioned! And she's doing something high-powered with books, although that seems to fall by the wayside very quickly! ...more
Jul 26, 2016 rated it liked it
This wasn't my favourite book of hers but I could appreciate the idea of the different characters' stories and how they interwove eventually. Set in three continents, the novel deals with secrets and how challenging they can make your lives. I liked the fact that the main character, Petra was sixty something!
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a totally readable book. It follows seven characters that as the story moves forward become linked by events, which in some cases are not in their control. Very cleverly written with lots of description of the different places the characters find themselves in. I would recommend this book. Wonderful
Lesley Moseley
Apr 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
I had such a great trip with the four threads . China, USA, Africa and England... VERY well written and the characters were so realistic. I haven't been to china, but even those sections felt real. Must look for some of her other books.. VERY contemporary themes, too
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this book in a Goodreads giveway. I had never read a book by Deborah Moggach but it will not be my last. I loved this. The characters were richly written and the stories pulled me in. I could not put it down.
Aug 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
A great "listen" on audiobook, wonderfully read by UK actor/comedian Josie Lawrence.
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
I was looking forward to read this, but very disappointed. Thought there would be far more interesting connections between the women. Still a page turner
Mereka Elsworthy
I won this through the first reads. What an amazing book how it came together was pure genius. It has everything from heartache drama corruption and greed. A must read for any avid reader.
Linda Hepworth
For me, one of the trademarks of Deborah Moggach's writing has been the way in which she can take an apparently disparate group of characters, give each of them a distinct voice and, by the end of her storytelling, make me feel that I have got to know each of them well. Sadly, that didn't happen for me with this story because I felt that two of the four female characters (Lorrie and Li-Jing) were less well-developed and left me feeling that I had I had been deprived of getting to know them, and ...more
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Deborah Moggach is a British writer, born Deborah Hough on 28 June 1948. She has written fifteen novels to date, including The Ex-Wives, Tulip Fever, and, most recently, These Foolish Things. She has adapted many of her novels as TV dramas and has also written several film scripts, including the BAFTA-nominated screenplay for Pride & Prejudice. She has also written two collections of short ...more