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
This is the first review I've written for Audible and I have listened to so, so many. This was described as a psychological thriller. It was not. It was not thrilling. It was interesting but slowly paced. There was a BIT of a surprise at the end but a twisty, shocker of a close? No. No, not at all. The narration was very well done by the sisters. A bit overdone by Claire and Charm. I expected more.
This book is narrated by, Ali Ahn , Angela Lin, and Angela Goethals each telling the different perspectives I thought their narration was well done, however, their voices were all very similar and if you are going to have multiple narrators of the different women their voices should have been a bit more distinct.
This was my first book by Heather Gudenkauf and I like the way she writes. This book is told in alternating chapters by Alison who has just been released from prison for a heinous crime she committed as a teenager, her sister Brynn who has had to live with the shame of having Alison for a sister, Charm who is taking care of her dying stepfather and also holds a secret, and Claire owner of a local bookstore and adoptive mother to little Joshua. These 4 women’s lives collide in a way none of them saw coming as the things hidden don’t stay that way for long.
What a great psychological thriller it is slow to build as the story unfolds you get pieces of the story from different perspectives while trying to figure out how they all fit together and what really happened on that horrible night 5 years ago and the ending blew me away not at all what I expected to happen.
If you like good psychological thriller/mysteries and great writing I highly recommend this book!
At the onset of the novel, the author bounces back and forth too much as she introduces the different characters of the story, making it difficult to get a grip of the plot. It drags along for over an hour of listening before the reader actually finds out what crime the main character was accused of committing. However, once at the halfway point, it does pick up enough to hold your interest.
I really enjoyed how this story slowly unfolded. It seems at first that all the cards are laid out in the beginning but there are some surprising turns. I like the voice of the narrator as well. This was a good find.
I knew whodunnit long before it was finished.
No. Too young. Not for adults looking for a more complex or exciting or scary story.
All the readers were very good.
Not bad, but as I said-it's for teens.
Yes. I was looking for a book for the road and this one is fast-paced with many reveals. Made a long drive way more fun.
Good plot-twists and risky plotline with female protagonist.
They all sounded a little the same. That wasn't great.
I am so happy I don't need to go to dinner with anyone from this audiobook.
Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy
I can't believe I got through the entire book, but I did. So much drivel! The story line is so implausible and unbelievable. Coincidences abound and I kept shaking my head in disbelief. The writing is very simple and filled with minutiae. Action is sorely missing from this book until the very end and that action was so ridiculous I would have preferred to do without it.
The characters were not well-developed, and their behaviors had almost no explanation or basis. Too many of them were unlikeable or downright unpleasant. And following the old trite pattern, the parents of the adult characters must be evil and hateful.
As for the narration, it was passable but not exceptional.
With all these complaints, I managed to stick with the book and finish it in a few days. My recent listen of another of this author's books left me with the feeling it was messed up by the narration. I cannot, however, blame a bad narration for my dislike of this book. I am thinking that Heather Gudenkauf is not my cup of tea. I won't be purchasing any more of her stories.
This is second book by author I have listened to. The narration is great. The story line really grabs you. Because the story being told in different "voices" or through the eyes of different characters, the narration really adds to the enjoyment!
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
I started listening to this one and couldn't stop. I like Heather Gudenkauf's writing, her depth of perception, and her intuition. She has a way of picking out the wounded in this world and rooting for them, despite the horrible things that have been done to them, and shows us that light that is hidden deep within them. She shows us the selfish, all-wrapped-up-in-themselves people, too, and what they do to those around them. I am never disappointed with the outcome of her stories. If you are a thinker and want to see below the surface, you will love These Things Hidden.
I haven't read the print, but the ladies reading this book were awesome. The voices were spot on and I thoroughly enjoyed their performance.
There was a few dynamic layers showing real love between sisters, parents and children. Then there was a great portrayal of selfish and demanded love. These were heartfelt and realistic. I thought that was great.
Having more than one so the main characters had their own voice. Much better than just one reader.
Alison. She has to be the one who does the best she can. Trying to please everyone, keep up her grades and social standing, do the right thing as a parent and sister.
Well written and not what I expected, but worth reading.
"Well told but incredibly sad story"
No, it made me cry. It was a good story but I got too emotional. I would recommend it if you are not as soppy as me.
There was several narrators which worked well for the most part although one of the narrators was not great at doing the child's voice and he did not have a dedicated narrator.
Yes but I obviously can't elaborate.
I would definitely recommend it.
"This is a truly terrible book"
This book could never be a 4 or 5 star listen.
Everything. The story was totally unbelievable, totally impossible and the self pitying, victim bearing characters were enough to make me want to throw my iPad out of the window. Ridiculous, morose and deeply irritating.
Well read if you like an earnest miserable book. Too earnest for my liking.
How this book ever got published defies belief. Sometimes I admit a book is just not for me, but this one should be for no one. Horrible.
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