The Art of Hiding
What would you do if you learned that the life you lived was a lie?
Nina McCarrick lives the perfect life, until her husband, Finn, is killed in a car accident and everything Nina thought she could rely on unravels.
Alone, bereft and faced with a mountain of debt, Nina quickly loses her life of luxury and she begins to question whether she ever really knew the man she ma...more
Why This Book
A few months ago, I'd finished reading 'The Idea of You,' by this author. I really enjoyed the book, and when 'The Art of Hiding' showed up on my NetGalley feed, I had to request it. I forgot that they approved my request until last week, when I went to select whatever was next to be ...more
Everything in Nina McCarrick’s life is going swell. She loves her life, her husband and her sons, Connor and Declan, who go to a posh school system. Her husband’s job is uber-successful and they live a grand life. And then it all comes crashing down. Literally. Nina gets a phone call. One no one ever wants to receive. There has been an accident. Her husband, Finn, is gone. And as it turns out, he wasn’t uber-successful after all. Unbeknownst to her, he had lost his busi ...more
Left alone to raise the kids with no job and no savings Nina helplessly has to watch as their possessions get taken away. W ...more
Nina's husband Finn has been tragically killed in an accident, throwing her life into utter turmoil. Her two sons, Connor and Declan doted on their father and they all lived a comfortable life of luxury in Bath, in a beautiful farmhouse, private school for the boys, luxury cars, and the finer things in life. All a long way from Nina's childhood on a council estate in Southampton. Marrying the self made Finn, who told her sh ...more
This is a well written book with a couple of very important life lessons. It’s the story of a mother that married a wealthy businessman and left her life of poverty behind her for a fancy suburban fairytale. The fairytale comes to screeching halt when tragedy strikes this family of four.
Nina is a solid heroine and I did connect with her perhaps a bit too much. As this year I have found myself and my two children in a similar situation and though the story is a very posit ...more
The Art of Hiding is the first book I have read by Amanda Prowse. She is described as writing 'stories of ordinary women and their families who find their strength, courage and love tested in ways they never imagined' ...more
This is a beautifully written book with characters that are realistic, and it deals with true life experiences. Nina is such a strong character and ...more
Right, I'm going, to be honest here and say that I really struggled with this book.
I'm obviously in a minority here in regards to how The art Of Hiding was perceived by myself as I've seen many positive reviews singing its praises and this is a well-written story it just personally wasn't really my cup of tea.
So I'm going to try and pinpoint what wasn't working for me as there was never one major thing that stood out specifically and ...more
In The Art of Hiding, Amanda Prowse tells a story of a woman who seems to have lost almost everything. Nina has come from a poor background but has been caught up in the love and promise of nice things and a worry free life from her husband Finn. When her husband dies in an accident she has two sons, a fifteen year old and ten year old, and she is about to find out all the things that Finn has been hiding from her.
Nina and her boys have lived in a large house, the boys have gone to a ...more
It’s often said you don’t know what you’re made of until you’re tested and Nina ...more
When a tragic accident kills Nina’s husband Nina is not only left to support her two sons and pick up the pieces of her b ...more
In the blink of an eye her world comes crashing down. Who is she really, and who is the man that she married? Nina is forced onto a personal ...more
What do you do when you find out the life you thought you had was a lie?
Great premise for a book, right? Nina McCarrick lives a life of privilege. She has a beautiful home, two sons in a private school and a successful husbands. Or so she thinks....until the unimaginable happens.
Nina's husband dies in a car accident - no spoilers here. Not only is she dealing with her grief and the grief of her son's but she quickly learns that she is about to lose everything. Her husband was in charge ...more
An interesting exploration into survival, though a tad heavy-handed at times.
I'll be honest, as a raging feminist (tee hee), I struggle a little with books of this ilk, so it's worthwhile stating that I'm probably not the target market. However, there was much about this book that I actually enjoyed, with just a few things that were only slightly irksome.
The book focuses on Nina, a mother of two, whose husband dies s ...more
This one had me feeling uneasy as it niggled at one of my deepest fears of what I would do if I lost my husband, both emotionally and, since I too am a stay at home mom, financially as well. Needless to say I could easily put myself in Nina's shoes.
The Art of Hiding is a tale of a family's emotional and financial ruin ...more
The themes Prowse explores in her stories are always relevant. While reading this book, I found myself thinking about how people change throughout the course of a lifetime. To be sure, there are certain ...more
Oh WOW I can see why author Amanda Prowse has a legion of fans, what a gifted story teller she is. I was expecting a compelling read, but no way was I expecting such an emotive and powerful one, the author certainly knows how to write a story that will pull on the most hardened heartstrings. It’s going to sound cliched but I really didn’t want to put this book down as I was so caught up In Nina’s story.
Nina appears to have it all, the dr ...more
This book gave me a lot of mixed feelings. The beginning was hard to get through. The sadness. The day to day tribulations. The emotional demise of the family. I honestly didn't think it would ever pick up.
Towards the middle of the story you do see a little glimpse of brightness. But getting there I honestly have to say was tough. Several times I wanted to stop reading. You get the entire breakdown of the fami ...more
Rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars (after lots of heart to heart thinking and needing time to process everything that was included within the novel).
T/W- Grief, Scene with Bailiffs
For the total emotional punch to your day, read multiple works by Amanda back to back. I read this one straight after finishing another one of her novels The Idea of You which totally broke my heart. The Art Of Hiding follows a married mum of two boys Nina who finds out the s ...more
I undertook the reading of this knowing that it was classified as Women's Literary Fiction, a tag that will probably put off many men from doing the same. A pity. The Art of Hiding is a well written domestic drama, a story of riches to rags. Nina McCarrick has it all, or so she believes. A successful husband running a construction business, a beautiful home, two sons - Connor and Declan - attending a superior school. It appears that money ...more
This book is a little out of my comfort zone, and that's okay-because I LOVED this story! There were so, so many life changes of the heroine that were easily parallel with my life: the sudden loss of a supportive loved one; being strapped for cash; being forced to uproot your child; looking for a job and feeling too old or unqualified I ran the gambit with her. And the e ...more