When her husband, Jeff, dies suddenly in a car accident, Claire Manning falls apart. She must lean on her family in order to cope with her own grief, to comfort their son, to make funeral arrangements, and to deal with the arrival of Jeff’s brother, who is also her ex-boyfriend. But Claire isn’t the only one torn apart by Jeff’s death; his coworker, Tish, is also hit hard. When she volunteers to represent the company at the funeral, Tish knows it will be difficult…and risky. Can she do her job without revealing the depth of her relationship with Jeff?
Catherine McKenzie’s Hidden is told from the points of view of the three main characters: Claire, Tish, and Jeff. The timeline jumps around a bit, with Claire and Tish telling the story in the present, with the occasional flashback, and Jeff revealing important stories from his past with the two women. It’s not an easy story to read, but it’s one that readers will find difficult to put down. McKenzie does an excellent job slowly spinning out the story, and keeps readers guessing the whole way through as to whether or not Jeff is actually having an affair. These are some incredibly complex characters, flawed and beautiful, woven into a complex story.
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