What can I say, I am a Catherine McKenzie fan. But not all her works are equal. Like any author you see her writing become better with each book. So Hidden is a mature story of the complexity of relationships and the repercussions of our personal choices.
The story is narrated by three different voices, and I love this kind of narration because I know how hard it is to write this way. The story has a steady pace, and you are hooked on to know the answer which doesn’t come until the very last chapter.
Catherine has done a great job at showing the complexities relationships. Every relationship, past and present makes us the people we are and the people we become. Our past experiences shape our future relationships with each other and others around us.
I just loved some of the lines from this book:
"But, of course, everyone has regrets. Loose ends. Things they could do if they had more time."
"That I'd been letting life act itself out on me when I should have been directing it."
"Everyone says that, but we all lie about things. Little things, big things. We all keep stuff hidden. And the longer you're with someone, the more stuff there is like that, I think. That doesn't mean he didn't love me or wasn't good to me in other ways. So it made me think. Maybe honesty isn't always the best policy. Because him telling me about it was selfish. The only person it was going to make feel any better was him. So maybe if you make a mistake, you have to live with it by yourself, and that's how you fix it."
My rating is 4 stars.
Other books by Catherine McKenzie.
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.