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These Things Hidden | [Heather Gudenkauf]

These Things Hidden

Once the golden child of tiny Linden Falls, Iowa, Allison Glenn watches her reputation crumble as she is sent to prison for five years—convicted of a terrible crime. But what really happened that fateful night? Allison’s younger sister is the only other person who knows the truth. Now out of prison, Allison is more desperate than ever to set the record straight, but the revelation of the truth could have far-reaching consequences.
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Publisher's Summary

Author Heather Gudenkauf won instant acclaim for her USA Today and New York Times best-selling debut, The Weight of Silence.

Once the golden child of tiny Linden Falls, Iowa, Allison Glenn watches her reputation crumble as she is sent to prison for five years—convicted of a terrible crime. But what really happened that fateful night? Allison’s younger sister is the only other person who knows the truth. Now out of prison, Allison is more desperate than ever to set the record straight, but the revelation of the truth could have far-reaching consequences.

©2011 Heather Gudenkauf (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Cambridge Mn reader Cambridge, Mn 12-09-13
    Cambridge Mn reader Cambridge, Mn 12-09-13 Member Since 2010

    Tell us about yourself!

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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed this book although it was not a so called suspense. Kristen Hannah fans would love it. But the audible readers didn't seem to match the characters. i was very disappointed and i listen to lots of audiobooks and am a huge fan.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth 04-26-11
    Elizabeth 04-26-11 Member Since 2015

    Fast approaching retirement as a life long oncology nurse. I love family more than anything. I enjoy reading (audio only), movies, travels, paper crafting, photography, gardening and just being alive.

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    "A great listen"

    Wonderful story. Great narrators. Interesting characters. I couldn't put it down. You will not be disappointed.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    A. ricci San Francisco, CA United States 03-18-11
    A. ricci San Francisco, CA United States 03-18-11 Member Since 2014

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    "Loved this"

    Excellent narration. Loved the different voices, like listening to a play. Made me drive slower to work.

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    Kathrin Greenville SC 01-01-15
    Kathrin Greenville SC 01-01-15
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    "Predictable"

    I am listening to the last half hour of this book while I am writing this and I am looking forward to finish it up.

    For me the secrets in the book were very predictable and therefore reading/listening to it not very exciting.

    The perspective in which the story was told was odd and I didn't feel that it did anything to make it more interesting.

    And while we spent a lot of time getting to know the characters, the descriptions didn't do anything to carry the story better.

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    Anne 10-13-14
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    "Premise ruined the experience"

    The book starts out reasonably well. The narrators do a pretty good job although the woman who voiced Claire and Charm overdid it - too much "drama" in her voice. People don't talk like that.

    Here's what gets this book 3 stars - SPOILER ALERT - we are asked to believe that whoever passed for Social Services in this small town placed a foundling infant who had been left in a fire station at the age of 1 month with a couple who become readily identifiable to every single person involved in the existence of that child. Apparently, in this small town, privacy laws don't exist.

    But that wasn't quite good enough to ensure lives enmesh. When the child's mother returns from prison where she has served 5 years for drowning the child's twin sister, she *just happens* to get a job in the adoptive mother's bookstore - not the diner across the street or the nearby drug store but in the actual bookstore - where she, of course, instantly recognizes her son because he looks exactly like his father.

    The premise ruined the experience for me. It was a cheap plot devise.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen Chesterton, IN, United States 02-05-14
    Ellen Chesterton, IN, United States 02-05-14 Member Since 2008

    I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.

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    "A bit too predictable"

    This is one of those books where every one in the book knows the answer but you. I find that mildly annoying. It gave a left turn kind of ending without building up to it, and it somewhat spoiled the book for me. The parents are also simple caricatures which really doesn't work for me. Pleasant enough but not solid, real or compellling.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gretchen Keller, TX, United States 09-30-13
    Gretchen Keller, TX, United States 09-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Cried several times!"
    What made the experience of listening to These Things Hidden the most enjoyable?

    I listed to audio books during my marathon training. I literally cried during three different runs.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The voice selections were incredible. Loved hearing the emotion in their voices


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 09-19-14
    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 09-19-14
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    "An ending I never saw coming!"
    What did you love best about These Things Hidden?

    I loved the complex nature of the relationships to a little boy. The end was brilliant and unexpected!


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Bryn or Alison. Angela Lin is a good narrator as Claire, but I think another narrator might have been better as Charme.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved Heather Gudenkauf's "The Weight of Silence." This book was a well-written and well-read follow-up, well worth the time and credit.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Bartonville, TX 02-19-15
    Susan Bartonville, TX 02-19-15 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.  

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    "Tragic"

    A tragic mystery that slowly reveals it self like peeling an onion. In the beginning I thought I had a handle on what was going on in the lives of the three young girls at the center of the story. Wrong... Needless to say, there are twists and turns that make you keep changing your feelings toward each character.

    Choices and fate seem to run along in the same lane for two sisters, an innocent bystander and a very lonley couple. The characters were believable and the narration was very good. This is not a feel good book and includes some very graphic situations.

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    Angie Golish Salt Lake City, UT 02-17-15
    Angie Golish Salt Lake City, UT 02-17-15 Member Since 2015

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    Where does These Things Hidden rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I think the book was harder for me to get into due to the Audio book. At first, I wasn't fond of the voice of the girl who was doing some of the parts, but eventually I got over it and started really wanting to listen more and more. I still hated the voice imitations she'd do for the five-year-old in the story up until the end, I also didn't care for Charm's voice, but the rest were fine.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really... It took me a long time to get into, it was only as we reached the climax that I wanted to keep listening.


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