Tuesday, February 8, 2011
review: These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf
blurb from goodreads:
Allison Glenn tried to hide what happened that night...and failed. The consequence? Five years in prison. Now she's free. But secrets have a way of keeping you caged...When Allison 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 in her downfall. Her sister, Brynn, faces the whispered rumours 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, and is more determined than ever to speak with her 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.
Wow. This was definitely an emotional roller coaster. By the end of the novel I really felt for these four women and their struggle in facing and living with what happened on that one night that changed them all. I wanted to go back and stop the events of that night from happening. Lame, I know. But the desire was still there.
These Things Hidden was beautifully written. I wasn't expecting there to be a mystery, but there was. Though I figured out a few things, the end was still a shocker. My perceptions of the different women changed drastically from the beginning to the end.
This book is essentially about motherhood. But also about choices and what we are willing to do for love. I really liked this book.