“These Things Hidden” by Heather Gudenkauf

These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf
Paperback, 337 pages
Published 2007 by Mira
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From the Publisher:

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.

I picked up a copy of this book at Value Village. It sounded like the kind of book I would like–mystery, intrigue, crime, family… all that good stuff. And I did like it! Quite a lot, really. There were lots of twists and turns–none of which I expected!

Although in the end it did work for the book, I am not a huge fan of constantly shifting point of views when there are lots of characters. Every chapter in this book was from the view of a different character, bouncing back and forth between Claire, Charm, Allison, and Brynn. These four women are at first connected only by a very thin thread, but as the story goes on and secrets emerge, the thread thickens immensely. While it did work out in this book, it’s just not my favourite literary device.

Overall, this book was really good. The plot was strong and gripping. If you like mysteries, definitely give this one a go! It’s got more heart to it than your typical mystery. All in all, very good.