Rating: 3 Bright and Shiny Stars out of 5
Book: Hidden by Catherine Mckenzie
Published by: Lake Union Publishing on April 1, 2014
Genre(s): Women’s Fiction, Contemporary, Romance, Drama, Relationships
Source: Bought on Kindle Fire E-Reader
Summary from GoodReads:
While walking home from work one evening, Jeff Manning is struck by a car and killed. Two women fall to pieces at the news: his wife, Claire, and his co-worker Tish. Reeling from her loss, Claire must comfort her grieving son as well as contend with funeral arrangements, well-meaning family members, and the arrival of Jeff’s estranged brother, who was her ex-boyfriend. Tish volunteers to attend the funeral on her company’s behalf, but only she knows the true risk of inserting herself into the wreckage of Jeff’s life.
Told through the three voices of Jeff, Tish, and Claire, Hidden explores the complexity of relationships, the repercussions of our personal choices, and the responsibilities we have to the ones we love.
An OKAY read. To be honest, I was confused between the author’s choice to jump from both past and present to different POVs. It took a little longer to catch on with McKenzie’s writing style. That said, it was a well-written book and I enjoyed the story (until the ending). This book in itself also discusses a very controversial topic: Adultery.
Is it okay when it’s for love?
How far can one go when they suspect a spouse for cheating?
Should the guilty party confess?
Does the meaning change when both parties are married with children?
And to different readers it can mean different things. I will definitely state that this book may have a whole new meaning to someone with a marital status, yet to a single someone or even someone in a non-legally binding relationship this book will have you on edge.
Throughout the WHOLE book McKenzie will have you guessing whether or not Jeff (the main male character) cheated on his wife, Claire. And for this, Mckenzie has my respect.
All in all, I am glad I read it, however, I would not re-read this nor promote it amongst my peers.