Il Jeff is killed in an accident and a young woman he worked with attends his funeral eaving Claire with an uneasy feelingThe story takes us back to Claire and Jeff s beginning Claire and Jeff s brother Tim had been a hot item until obligations separated them With Tim out of the picture Claire and Jeff begin dating fall in Dona Flor love marryand have a son We hear this part of the story mainly from Jeff s point of view We are also given Clarie s perspective and Tish s perpective as the story unfolds Jeff never uite got past Claire s past relationship with Tim He always had a deeply rooted suspicion that things were never completely resolved between them When Claire begins to have trouble emotionally after her miscarriage It s Tim not Jeff who sees that Claire is not doing well By the time Jeff wakes up to his wife s issues he is at aoss as to how to make things better Then Jeff meets Tish She is married to a doctor and has a young daughter She and Jeff are both avid golfers and there is an attraction between them Both of them know full well they are playing with fire but they just go right on flirting with disaster Tish and Jeff explain their relationship as it evolved the decisions they made and why they made them It is so easy to see how people can find themselves in a vulnerable place in their Rocker Babies Wear Jeans lives meet someone that is so alive fun and unburdened with your circumstances and beforeong each person is tempted to escape Not to sound preachy but as adults we should know this is a fantasy The grass in not greener on the other side Sooner or ater every relationship becomes burdened with reality This is why they tell you for better or worse in sickness and in health and all the rest of it It s not all peachy every day Money problems job pressures health children and so on will take our time and sometimes our very essense Marriage is hard work even at the best of timesBut when hardships surface a marriage can face even adversity giving it a true measure of its strength Toss in Jeff s aloofness or tone deafness and Tim s sensitivity towards Claire and old jealousies come to the surface complicating an already tense sitution But the real uestion here is whether or not the old adage of What you don t know can t hurt you is really true Even after all the information is presented I couldn t completely sort out my feelings Part of me is mad part of me is relieved Adultery is a touchy subject very emotional and certainly raises the tension evel I was turning pages as fast as possible But at the end of the day any story bold enough to wade into the murky waters of infidelity nearly always comes off as a cautionary tale Read this book and you Sono with Visits from the Seventh ll see it is no exception to that rule Very thought provoking and utterly absorbing 4 stars 45 stars One minute doesn t erase a thousand From the first chapter of Hidden I was hooked Catherine McKenzie s writing grabbed me held on tight and made me wonder all along did it really happen Did Tish and Jeff betray Brian and Claire Infidelity isn t an easy thing to read about but this story was so well written emotional and thought provoking Naturally Claire is devastated when she unexpectedlyoses her husband Jeff With the help of her family she tries to pull things together the best she can for their son But it s rough Especially as pieces of Jeff s Remarkable Creatures life start to unravel and suspicion starts niggling away and consuming her thoughts I don t need my heart any you can have it Claire isn t the only woman broken over theoss of Jeff Tish and Jeff were work colleagues iving in different states but communicating through email and video conferences What started off as just a work training turned into a flirty and emotional connection One that made them both uestion their current relationships Tish has a husband of her own and a daughter but there s something about her that feels unsettled This is going to sound strange but do you ever wish you could do your ife over again As of the story unfolds it comes out that Claire and Jeff didn t have the perfect marriage There were past mistakes and hurt Heroes Adrift (Hero, like any relationship Claire starts to uestion Jeff and make assumptions It takes Tim the one person that s always been a wedge between her and Jeff to see what s been right in front of her all along They both made mistakes but in the end chose each other Isn t that all that should matterIove Chuck and Danielle loveove how this story unfolded With pieces of the past and the present being thrown at us from the alternating POVs of Claire the wife Jeff the husband and Tish the other woman I m not exaggerating when I say I couldn t put this book down It s the first book I ve read from this author and her writing was engaging and flowed so perfectly I don t want to give anything away but the epiloguewow It was epic Changed everything455 FangsMrs Leif s Two Fangs About It Complimentary copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Sie weiß wie groß das Risiko ist das sie damit auf sich nimmt Tatsächlich wird Claire auf sie aufmerksam Sie spürt dass da etwas ist und fragt sich was diese Frau mit ihrem Mann zu tun hat.
Grievances I have to wonder what uestion the author was trying to pose with this book Honestly nothing that occurred offered any insights into why people cheat The story only scraped the very surface of the concept so I felt Escaping the Endless Adolescence: How We Can Help Our Teenagers Grow Up Before They Grow Old like there wasittle reason for Jeff to cheat at all In retrospect I get that there isn t always a reason to why people cheat but because the author never delved into Jeff s rationalization of his behavior I just assumed it was an eye for an eye type situation where he only strayed as a revenge to Claire for kissing his brother Is this far fetched Maybe But that s how I felt at the end of the book In some ways Catherine McKenzie s fourth novel HIDDEN resembles a mystery It s a story about a relationship triangle between Jeff the husband whose unexpected death tears out the hearts of two women his wife Claire and Tish the co worker with whom he had an intense bond but what exactly was its natureIn HIDDEN the mystery is not who dunnit but why and even what did they do exactly One result is that Dogs Behaving Badly: An A-Z Guide to Understanding and Curing Behavorial Problems in Dogs like a suspenseful mystery it s a compulsive page turner McKenzie handles the three very different voices with skill and empathy and by the time we reach the conclusion we understand the whats and the whys The endingike Gray Bishop life is messy revealing three flawed characters trying to do their best and not always succeeding and I have a feeling that some readers may be upset by certain aspects of it For me though the messiness is both true toife and true to the story I Puckster's First Hockey Sweater love the complexity and growth that McKenzie demonstrates with HIDDEN and I can t wait to read her next one Hidden is my first novel by Catherine McKenzie It was thought provoking and well writtenJeff Manning is suddenly killed andeaves two women devastated One his wife Claire who is eft to struggle with this unimaginable oss and the other Jeff s co worker Tish who not only has to hide her grief but is faced with hiding her secret before anyone discovers itNarrated by three different characters at times I was confused as to who was speaking Other than that I truly felt connected to the characters and experienced their emotions along with them The epilogue is a surprise that is not only tender but satisfying and memorableI thoroughly enjoyed this novel full of Liar lifeessons and hope to read of this author s work This is not REALLY a spoiler review but it s an opinion heavy review in which spoilers maaaay be read from between the Noir lines maybe I would not call it a spoiler review but if you want to go into this one COMPLETELY green then you may want to skip this review just to be on the safe sideThis is a tough one to rate I kept waiting for the moment when all hell would breakoose but it just wasn t a hell breaking Renovate: Changing Who You Are by Loving Where You Are loose kind of book Everything kind of rolledeisurely to Gaffer light However it did keep my interest throughout The characters of Jeff and Tish were very immature and shallow in all theirove talk which was not Circumstantial Evidence love at all butust and boredom I HOPE that the author was intending to portray them as immature and shallow and NOT trying to drum up sympathy for this adulterous duo with their talk of Lone Star Justice: The First Century of the Texas Rangers love and connection and all that The cheating was born pretty much out of boredom as both parties had it pretty good at home I feltike the author was rather sympathetic towards Tish the mistress I don t know if this was a deliberate techniue to force the reader to think against such a tone or what but I just did not ike this Tish gal and thought she was selfish selfish selfish And really I didn t expect much better from Jeff the front runner for most immature man in the world until he got hit by a car in the first 5% of the book Really all this can be gleaned from the first 20 pages I won t even get into the ending which I have a BIG opinion about Props to whoever was in charge of cover design on this one A pretty clever cover Clever title as well I was so disappointed by this book I oved McKenzie s first three books and read it despite thinking that the concept seemed a A Chicken in Every Yard: The Urban Farm Store's Guide to Chicken Keeping little boring and done compared to her previous novels Man dies wife and mysterious other womaneft in his wake I figured in McKenzie s hands this tired concept would take on new Island of the Lost Horses (Dora and Friends) life It did notWhat I found unforgivable was how completely indistinct the three narrators are She tells each character s part of the story with identical voices Sometimes it took me a page to figure out who s voice we were hearing And that s even considering one was maleFollowing from that I found the two women interchangeable Oh one has a son and one has a dau Hidden by Catherine McKenzie is a Lake Union publishing 2014 release Claire and Jeff have a pretty good marriage up until Claire has an unplanned pregnancy and a miscarriage which sends her into a tailspin She makes some pretty drastic changes in herife and her marriage begins to slip away bit by bit But things had gotten back on a eual footing unt. En Familienmitgliedern umgehen Dann reist auch noch Jeffs Bruder an der zugleich ihr Exfreund istDoch auch eine andere Frau trauert Tish Jeffs Kollegin Sie nimmt an der Beerdigung teil aber nur.
My new book coming in June 35 starsMontreal writer Catherine McKenzie tells a great yarn and Hidden is no exception Although I had an inkling about what would be the big revelation I couldn t turn away from the pages and felt the book was highly intriguing Despite the fact that the story is a slowburn the three person narrative of the husband wife and a female friend that might have been kept me turning the pages When it comes to cheating there are varying opinions on whether you should break your partner s heart by coming clean or keep it to yourself and allow guilt to be your isolating punishment I say it depends Is cheating a chronic issue for you That needs to be discussed Have you put your partner at risk of an STD That absolutely needs to be discussed Other than that Just don t At Summer Meditations least don t if the only reason is to relieve yourself of guilt because that makes you an sshole You ve brought the person who chose you and only you down in a hole with you and only the very resilient ones get out intact True forgiveness is not a natural trait found easily these days In Hidden Catherine McKenzie shows how these choicesook both externally and internally and various forms of infidelity were explored There s the physical crossing of boundaries obviously but there s also that tricky emotional infidelity which can be far destructive than a one time act I iked that Ms McKenzie explored this debate with such grace and thoroughness but I didn t find the book as a whole to be incredibly engaging ButI firmly believe this story was written to provoke thought and not necessarily for entertainment value and when you think you gain perspective and grow There is ALWAYS value in that Check it outMy favorite uote It s so easy even in this day of suspicion and privacy to find someone if they re not careful It s so easy to ose someone too It took me 3 days to decide to review this book for two big reasons 1 I iked it on some evel and I didn t want to be harsh 2 I honestly don t enjoy offending people and in this case authors because writing a book is fucking hard That said I just had to review this because 3 days On the Right Side of a Dream later it still managed to irritate the hell out of me and I don t feel comfortable when I don t review books that affected me Warning THERE WILL BE SPOILERS The Bad Characters Where do I even start I hated Tish with a burning passion And no it s not because I can relate to Claire or for any other sanctimonious personal reason I hated her because she was aying inconsiderate fuck who didn t deserve a good husband or any of the uxuries she got in the book I hated her because she had the audacity to show up at the funeral of a man she had an affair with while ditching her poor daughter for her self centered ass I hated her because she willingly fucked another woman s husbanda woman who offered her kindness when she was being whiny a woman she had met and ooked in the fucking face then had an affair with her husband God the nerve I also didn t buy that the reason she didn t tell Claire the truth about the affair is because she promised to keep it a secret for Jeff She was saving her own ass because she s the kind of person who Operation Iceberg : The Invasion and Conquest of Okinawa in World War II loves to eat their cake and have it I mean Why ruin the stable home she has when she can fuck up someone else sife with no conseuences It s the perfect turn out for a gutless Arrows of the Night: Ahmad Chalabi's Long Journey to Triumph in Iraq liar Then there s Jeff Spineless asshole Nothing remotely interesting about him Claire She was the only tolerable character I didn t want to drop kick The fact that she didn t end up knowing the truth about the affair really bugged me because I could sense how much it mattered to her I don t buy that garbage Beth was spewing about how she would have been happier with her ex if she never found out about his affair WRONG It is human nature to want to be protected from the truth and maybe even reminisce about what could have been That doesn t make it reality Beth might have preferred to be oblivious but she can t speak for Claire on that issue Who is to say Beth s husband wouldn t have grown increasingly unhappy till it ended up affecting their marriage Just because the truth hurts doesn t mean we should always shield ourselves from it Characterization and Mechanics I had a minor problem with the characterization For some reason Tish and Claire s voices sounded really similar as if they were the same person They thought alike they spoke alike and even their families were fairly similar as in decent spouse and single child of about the same age It s not that big of a deal but it stood out when I had small confusion deciphering whose perspective I was reading As for the mechanics I also had issue figuring out the past from the present cause the story kinda jumped around The Good1 I reallyiked the writing style Aside from the minor repetition of phrases during dialogs I would absolutely ove to read from this writer That said beyond my major. Als Jeff überfahren wird und stirbt fällt das Leben seiner Frau Claire in sich zusammen Sie hat keine Zeit für Trauer und muss ihren Sohn auffangen das Begräbnis arrangieren mit wohlwollend.
Catherine McKenzie was born and raised in Montreal Canada A graduate of McGill in History and Law Catherine practices law in Montreal An avid runner and skier she's the author of numerous bestsellers including HIDDEN FRACTURED THE GOOD LIAR and I'LL NEVER TELL Her works have been translated into multiple languagesIn 2019 I'LL NEVER TELL was a #1 Bestseller a Globe & Mail and Toro