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‘Hidden’ by Emma Kavanagh

So as not to show any spoilers I have not included a synopsis, however, if you want to find out more about the story, just click on the book image, or to read more about both book and author go here.

If you don’t really want to read any major spoilers, then you can tease yourself a little more, by reading the first few lines of the story … here.

It is late by the time I leave my mother’s house, the rain coming down in torrential swathes. The others remain behind. They will stay until the food has run out, until the television is blaring with late-night infomercials, my mother falling asleep in her chair. They have never been very good at making a timely exit, not like me.

I steer the car along quiet streets, driving a bow-wave of water before me. I feel like I am all alone in the world. I don’t go home, because what would be the point? Instead I follow the coast, watch as the waves lap against the shoreline, the bright lights of the pier up ahead. Imagine myself in that life, where Saturday night is spent in a bar, a penny arcade, instead of in a car, contemplating your own death.

Paperback Edition – Page 190

As this was a publisher review request, a paperback copy of, Hidden, was sent to me by Philippa Cotton, at Century Publishing and will form part of an organised blog tour for the book, in a couple of months time.

This will in no way influence any comments I may express about the book, in any blog articles I may post. Any thoughts or comments will be my own personal opinion and I am in no way being monetarily compensated for this, or any other article.

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by … Jenn at ‘A Daily Rhythm’

Anyone can take part, by just doing the following:

Grab your current read.

Open to a random page.

  1. Share a couple of  “teaser” sentences, from somewhere on that page.
  2. Be careful not to share “spoiler” sentences.
  3. Remember to share the title and author too.
  4. Head on over to ‘should be reading’ and leave a link to your post, so that others can share it and you can share other people’s.

It would be great if you then decided to leave a comment for Jenn, as we all like to receive them and are interested in sharing your thoughts.

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  • I’ve seen this author mentioned on a couple of book blogs this week, I will definitely have to check out her books when I get chance, this sounds like a good read! I hope you enjoy it.

    • Hi Lindsay,

      I have gone about reading Emma’s books in the wrong order really, although as they are stand alone stories I guess it doesn’t really matter. Her first book ‘Falling’ I won as a Goodreads Giveaway, the second ‘Hidden’ was a publisher request, to tie in with a blog tour in April.

      I have now finished reading ‘Hidden’ and I have to say, that I haven’t read such a suspenseful and well thought out storyline in quite some time.

      You can certainly tell that Emma was a police psychologist and boy, can she write well about what she knows best!

      If you enjoy a great psychological thriller, then you really need to check out Emma’s books, I am sure you won’t be disappointed 🙂

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I really appreciate it.

  • This is a good teaser to start with, but the last part of the last line makes me wish you’d continued on! I feel like we’re left hanging, wondering what’s going on in her (his?) mind to warrant such desperate thoughts.

    I’m still reading The Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell. Here’s a random excerpt taken from page 173:

    “I didn’t know what to do with myself or my suitcase.
    There was Bobby, bringing what looked like a knee into Lennie’s front room and my sister selling confectionery to the dismay of an unbalanced spouse.
    I was a nervous wreck, surely I was. Retrieving the bone and burying it again was no easy feat. I didn’t even know which grave he’d pulled it from.
    Thank goodness for Lennie’s tea and cake.”

    • Hi Kelly,

      Nope Sorry! I couldn’t possibly have gone any further without causing a major spoiler alert 🙂

      Let’s just say that my list of suspects was as long as your arm and this name wasn’t amongst them!

      I haven’t enjoyed a psychological thriller as much as this one, in I don’t know how long and I am seriously thinking of adding it to my ‘favourites’ box at Goodreads, although the review won’t be out until April, to coincide with my date on the planned blog tour.

      Your teaser lines from ‘The Death Of Bees’, are completely obscure and intriguing, although I have already added this emotional and powerful sounding story to my ‘Want To Read’ list. I have worked out some of what may be going on, from reading the synopsis and think I might be correct in assuming that Bobby isn’t human. What else is happening, I have no idea, it is one of those confusing paragraphs which needs to be read in the context of the storyline … A good choice for not giving anything away 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by, I always love chatting with you.

  • I got my copy through Amazon Vine otherwise I wouldn’t have read and reviewed quite so long before publication. I was really impressed by the way the author managed the multiple timelines and number of characters and I haven’t been able to get this one out of my head. As I missed Falling last year I’m going to be reading that one soon. You’ve chosen excellent teasers! Here is my Tuesday post https://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2015/03/10/4158/

    • Hi Cleo,

      I got my copy through the publisher, who I have worked with before and who asked me to take part in a blog tour for the book, in April 2015.

      I have finished reading the book, but will be holding back on the actual review, until the requested date.

      I also have ‘Falling’ in my TBR pile, which I won in the Goodreads Giveaway competition, so I am looking forward to that one.

      I don’t want to give anything away, but I loved ‘Hidden’ and I have to admit to becoming so engrossed in the story, that I completely missed any of the small inconsistencies in the writing, which you mention in your Goodreads review.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I really appreciate you stopping by 🙂

  • “… where Saturday night is spent in a bar, a penny arcade, instead of in a car, contemplating your own death.”

    Well… that certainly got my attention 🙂 From the excerpts posted, that part jumped out most.

    I’m finishing up The Living Is Easy by Dorothy West – really interesting both in terms of character study (the main character reminds of someone I know, so much so that it’s painful) and sociological study of an African American elite living in Boston during WWI, and the ups and downs of their lives.

    • Hi Hila,

      I agree. Up until that point this person just sounds really fed up with what sounds like their birth family, although not their mother, with whom they seem to feel a certain sympathy. Then bam! the mood of the whole narrative changes in context when you realise that this person is indeed contemplating ending their own life and what has gone before may have just tipped them over the edge!

      That sudden switching of mood and emotions, amongst just about all the different characters, many of whom seem to have issues in their lives, is what makes ‘Hidden’ one of the best psychological thrillers I have read.

      ‘The Living Is Easy’ sounds like a deep, roller-coaster of a story, full of latent tension and dark emotions. I love this kind of book, which can offer such an insight into the social history of a time, a place and the people who lived in it. It would be good to read your thoughts about it when you are done.

      Thanks for stopping by, you always have something interesting to say 🙂

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