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The Art of Hiding

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  8,293 ratings  ·  829 reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 290 pages
Published July 18th 2017 by Lake Union Publishing
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Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 out of 5 stars to The Art of Hiding, a family drama novel published in July 2017 and written by Amanda Prowse. I adored this book and am so glad I read it; let's get right into the review.

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
Susanne  Strong
Aug 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.25 Stars* (rounded down)

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
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Nina McCarrick was a typical homemaker and soccer mom that spent all her time taking care of her kids and family, that is until the day her husband was involved in a horrible accident that took his life. Dealing with his loss was bad enough for Nina and the kids but shortly after her husband passed away Nina finds that their finances were not what she had thought they were.

Left alone to raise the kids with no job and no savings Nina helplessly has to watch as their possessions get taken away. W
Sarah Joint
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lovely, emotional, and thought provoking. It's a bit of a riches to rags (well, not quite rags) story. The main character is very hard to identify with at times, but I still found myself rooting for her. The older child was quite bratty throughout most of the book. They're all going through something awful, but there were times I wished Nina would call him out on his selfishness! The disrespect he showed her bothered me, but he evolves during the story along with the rest of the characters.

Rebecca Carter
The Art of Hiding is a hard hitting, thought provoking and moving story.

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
Jennifer Kyle
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
3.75 STARS

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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
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
'......the satnav told her it was 63.4 miles and would take her one hour thirty five minutes to reach their destination. Nina knew this was a lie; she knew that where they were headed was a million miles from where they had started, and that it might take years for them to arrive. '

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'
Louise Wilson
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nina McCarrick's life is perfect. Then her husband is killed in a car accident and everything Nina relied on unravels. She's alone, bereft and facing a mountain of debt. With Nina's life of luxury gone, she wonders if she ever knew the man she married. Nina has to return to the rundown council estate and the sister she thought she had left far behind.

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
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is my first book by Amanda Prowse and I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy it very much as it is vastly different from what I would usually choose to read. It was a relatively quick read and I surprised myself with how it tugged on my heartstrings. You know a book is well written when it can evoke such strong emotions. I was right that it was not my usual pick of novel but that isn't to say I didn't enjoy it - I found it a welcome break from my usual genres. Sometimes you need to have a break ...more
Bex (Beckie Bookworm)
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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
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars.
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
Nina McCarrick’s life literally changed overnight when her husband died in a car accident. He was a successful building contractor and sole provider for his wife and two sons. Though Nina came from extremely humble beginnings, her sons had never known anything but a highly affluent lifestyle. And, she’s not worked in almost twenty years and now faces destitution because of the financial ruin left by her dead husband.

It’s often said you don’t know what you’re made of until you’re tested and Nina
Rachel Hall
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
After releasing a debut novel in 2012 that went on to become a bestseller, author Amanda Prowse appears to have the formula for producing mainstream women’s fiction down to a fine art with her ‘emotional stories about ordinary women who are placed in extraordinary circumstances’. With a synopsis that concludes with the bold statement that the author “plumbs the depths of human experience in this stirring and empowering tale of one woman’s loss and love”, The Art of Hiding is certainly given the ...more
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Imagine having very little while growing up but finding your way into a nice life with nice things. A nice house in which you cook meals for your husband and your toughest choice of the day is your choice of tea, a nice private school to take your beautiful kids to in an equally nice car. Imagine suburbia heaven was your dream and you got it, until it turned into a nightmare.

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
Kylie H
Nov 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: drama, chick-lit
Nina has a perfect life, huge house and loving family, yet why does she feel like such a fraud and misfit? Having come from very poor origins she cannot believe she was swept off her feet by the confident and upcoming Finn. Now with two teenage sons at an exclusive private school Nina feels her place is being a full time housewife and avoids social contact.
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
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars

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
Lucy Banks
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great book by Amanda prowse, with her beautiful passionate words. This book tells the story of Nina, who finds out, that things were not as good as she had thought, when her husband dies and leaves her a mountain of debt. Nina has two kids to look after and with no job and no career, she begins her journey of self discovery, getting herself back to life. This story is all about hope, survival and finding the inner strength and confidence to deal with life and its setbacks. Nina does it with gr ...more
Sep 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Nina lived the perfect life as a stay at home mom to her two boys. With a very successful husband in tow, she wanted for nothing and life was good. Until she got the phone call...

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
Nicole Chinnici
The Art of Hiding is the second book I’ve read by Amanda Prowse, and I can certainly see why she is such a popular author among women. I’m not entirely sure how she does it, but she has a way of writing that tugs on my heartstrings and can make me both laugh and cry within a few short paragraphs.

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
The Book Review Café
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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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
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Pretty good overall. Tough to get through the beginning and middle.
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
Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)
We all think we know people well, especially those we live with. However, for Nina Mc Carrick the opposite is true. Her husband is killed in a car accident and her life of luxury unravels ever so quickly because she is unaware of the mountain of debt her husband has run up, eight million pounds of it to be exact. Use to a life of luxury, she and her sons, already suffering from the death of a spouse and father, lose everything, They move back to a neighborhood from which Nina tried to escape and ...more
Joanne Robertson
Amanda Prowse can pretty much do no wrong in my eyes! I have been a fan of her popular women’s fiction for many years and she’s never let me down yet. I always seem to find something within her strongly affecting contemporary narratives to relate back to my own life and that’s what makes her novels stand out for me. It’s like I have to live out my own fears for myself and also my family through reading these powerful domestic dramas! The Art of Hiding was again one of her most relatable books fo ...more
The Art of Hiding is a touching story about a woman who discovers she was living a lie when her husband dies in a car accident. Nina’s life is turned upside down when she discovers how much debt her husband was in. Can you imagine grieving and struggling with the loss of your husband, while at the same time discovering he was in a huge amount of debt and never told you about it? Not only that, but have nearly every single thing taken away from you because of that secret debt. How does anyone cop ...more
Jill McGill
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, giveaways
A beautiful and well-written story about finding your inner-strength to go on after a devastating loss.
Alice (Married To Books)
I was approved for a copy for review via NetGalley!

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
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book really shines a spotlight on the fact that families and couples might look ideal on the outside but behind closed doors things are so different. Even though Finn is super busy with his business so his family can have everything they want including a mansion, private school and Nora, his wife, can stay home and take care of everything on the home front including their two boys. Nora has been left in the dark about their finances because Finn doesn't want her to worry about it. But he th ...more
Mike Sumner
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
With thanks to Net Galley for this uncorrected proof copy.

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
BAM Endlessly Booked
A big thank you to Amanda Prowse, Lake Union, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.
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
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Amanda Prowse was a management consultant for ten years before realising that she was born to write. Amanda lives in the West Country with her husband and their two teenage sons.

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“This is a little world, Nina.’ Nina had run her fingers over the cool glass, marvelling at the shiny round thing with the blue wispy wave captured in its centre. ‘And if ever the real world feels too big or too scary, remember that it is nothing more than a little ball travelling through space and it fits right into the palm of your hand, and the more courage you have, the braver you are when facing it, the easier it is to conquer!’ Nina” 1 likes
“I think happiness lies in being content now – right now! Every day! That’s not to say you can’t plan and work for change, but if you are constantly waiting for happiness to start, waiting for the change that will make it happen, then you just might miss some really good days along the way.” 1 likes
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