Thursday, September 27, 2012

Review: These Things Hidden




Title: These Things Hidden  
Author: Heather Gudenkauf
Pages: 337
Release Date: January 11, 2011







Goodreads Description:

When teenager Allison Glenn is sent to prison for a heinous crime, she leaves behind her reputation as Linden Falls' golden girl forever. Her parents deny the existence of their once-perfect child. Her former friends exult her downfall. Her sister, Brynn, faces whispered rumors every day in the hallways of their small Iowa high school. It's Brynn--shy, quiet Brynn--who carries the burden of what really happened that night. All she wants is to forget Allison and the past that haunts her. But then Allison is released to a halfway house, and is more determined than ever to speak with her estranged sister. Now their legacy of secrets is focused on one little boy. And if the truth is revealed, the consequences will be unimaginable for the adoptive mother who loves him, the girl who tried to protect him and the two sisters who hold the key to all that is hidden.


My Thoughts:

I have to say first that you have to be in the right frame of mind to read this book. Being a mother makes it hard to read a book about anything that has to do with babies or kids. I won't give away much more than that. It's gut wrenching and moving. This could be a Lifetime movie for crying out loud! I read it start to finish in only two days! Really, it was that good. 

I like the way this book was written. I am a fan of having each character having their own point of view. Heather does that with this book. It is very well written and it takes you on an emotional roller coaster ride. I was hooked the second I opened this book.

You start off with Allison. She is the girl that I wanted to know more about. I wanted to know why she was in jail. I had to know what she did. But you are then lead to Brynn, who is Allison's sister. She just seemed odd to me. However, I felt sorry for her. After awhile I felt differently toward her and was annoyed with her. She wouldn't even talk to her sister. No matter how hard Allison tried Brynn just didn't care. You are introduced to Charm, a girl who is around the same age as Brynn. Charm takes care of her mom's ex-husband, Gus. He is the only man that Charm has ever seen as a father figure. Wow what a girl Charm is! I loved Charm as I did Allison. Claire is someone else you meet. She is a lady who owns a book store. I couldn't figure out how these four women all tied together except for the obvious which is Allison and her sister Brynn. So much happens I just cant get over how fast it goes. 

I think I am still in shock after finishing this book. I went through so many emotions! I mean I actually cried! I felt anger and love. Allison's story shook me to the core! I felt so bad for her. After getting out of jail all I would want to do is see my mom and dad and they didn't even care to see her. I wanted to cry for her knowing that she was without her family. I am so attached to my family I don't think I could have dealt with not having them there. To be in the town where people think things of you, where your name was ran through the mud, I just don't think I could handle it! At some point I could understand and felt a little sorry for Brynn. I don't know that I could have dealt with going to school everyday if my sister had done what Allison did. I think I would have left too. Reading Brynn's chapters made me feel fidgety and uncomfortable sometimes. She sometimes made me sad but for the most part I felt like she was dark. 

I did feel sorry for Claire. For the most of the book I felt she was just in the background but as you get more of her story you feel for her. Claire to me was one of those women that felt like warm summer air. She just felt warm and like home.  Claire was just trying to be a good mom to her son a wife and a friend to Charm. 

Charm was going to school for nursing and taking care of her moms ex-husband who was dying from lung cancer. Gus was the only man that Charm ever knew as a dad. Her mother was a man eater, she chewed them up and spat them out. Charm lived with Gus and took good care of him. She knew it wasn't going to be long and he would be gone but she didn't want to think of him that way.  

I enjoyed reading and feeling the way Allison grew in this book and by the time it was over I felt like a weight had been lifted from her, from all of the women. The way it comes together just has left me speechless.  I felt like more could come from this book. It feels a little like it has a cliffhanger. That is the only down fall from it.  

Read this book! You won't be sorry! I give this one five out of five. You must get a hold of These Things Hidden! Get it, curl up on the sofa and dont stop!! 



1 comment:

  1. Great review, Kristen. You really have me intrigued to check out the book sample and see if I'd like to read this.

    Thanks!

    ReplyDelete

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