When a married man suffers a sudden fatal accident, two women are shattered—his wife and someone else’s—and past secrets, desires and regrets are brought to light
While walking home from work one evening, Jeff Manning is struck by a car and killed. Not one but two women fall to pieces at the news: his wife, Claire, and his co-worker Tish. Reeling from her loss, Claire must comfort her grieving son and contend with funeral arrangements, well-meaning family members and the arrival of Jeff’s estranged brother—her ex-boyfriend—Tim.
With Tish’s co-workers in the dark about her connection to Jeff outside the workplace, she volunteers to attend the funeral on the company’s behalf, but only she knows the true risk of inserting herself into the wreckage of Jeff’s life. Told through the three voices of Jeff, Tish and Claire, Hidden explores the complexity of relationships, our personal choices and the responsibilities we have to the ones we love.
Hidden is the fourth novel written by Catherine McKenzie (I previously read Arranged and loved it). It’s the story of man, his wife and his girlfriend and it is told from each of their perspectives. Each of their voices is unique and in hearing the story from the three different views, it really brings the story and the characters to life.
The relationships in the book are complex but not complicated. Catherine did a superb job keeping everything true to life and not far-fetched which really draws to reader towards the characters and makes you care for them. I love it when an author writes totally honest and real people that could be your neighbour or even yourself.
With a few twists and turns, well-rounded characters, and interesting relationships, the book pulls you in and doesn’t let you go until the last page. It’s so well written and has really made me a fan of Catherine McKenzie. I’m eagerly anticipating reading her other novels and will happily read her future books, too.