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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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    MissSusie66 09-04-12
    MissSusie66 09-04-12 Member Since 2010

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    "great psychological thriller"

    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!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Michele Canyon Lake, TX, United States 02-28-13
    Michele Canyon Lake, TX, United States 02-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Nicely Twisted"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The warped ending. Was VERY well spun and totally unexpected.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Very pleasant and well done


    Who was the most memorable character of These Things Hidden and why?

    Main character


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sharilyn ann arbor, MI, United States 09-17-12
    Sharilyn ann arbor, MI, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A sound mystery"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Vickie Pulaski, VA, United States 09-22-11
    Vickie Pulaski, VA, United States 09-22-11
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    "Another great listen!"

    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!

    3 of 3 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 2007

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    "Loved this"

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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    R. Romm Santa Fe, NM 07-19-14
    R. Romm Santa Fe, NM 07-19-14
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    "Fun x-country listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of These Things Hidden?

    Good plot-twists and risky plotline with female protagonist.


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

    They all sounded a little the same. That wasn't great.


    If you could take any character from These Things Hidden out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I am so happy I don't need to go to dinner with anyone from this audiobook.


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    Tania S Dawson 07-12-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing characters and several levels"
    Would you consider the audio edition of These Things Hidden to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Having more than one so the main characters had their own voice. Much better than just one reader.


    If you could take any character from These Things Hidden out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Well written and not what I expected, but worth reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Monika New Hope, PA 03-17-14
    Monika New Hope, PA 03-17-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Disjointed"

    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.

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    Susan COLUMBIA, SC, United States 03-12-14
    Susan COLUMBIA, SC, United States 03-12-14
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    "For Teens"
    What did you like best about These Things Hidden? What did you like least?

    I knew whodunnit long before it was finished.


    Would you recommend These Things Hidden to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. Too young. Not for adults looking for a more complex or exciting or scary story.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    All the readers were very good.


    Any additional comments?

    Not bad, but as I said-it's for teens.

    0 of 0 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.

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    "This is a truly terrible book"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book could never be a 4 or 5 star listen.


    What could Heather Gudenkauf have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Well read if you like an earnest miserable book. Too earnest for my liking.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger!


    Any additional comments?

    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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