by CJ

January 19, 2023

These Things Hidden - Heather Gudenkauf

B&N: “When teenager Allison Glenn is sent to prison for a heinous crime, she leaves behind her reputation as Linden Falls’ golden girl forever. Her parents deny the existence of their once-perfect child. Her former friends exult her downfall. Her sister, Brynn, faces whispered rumors every day in the hallways of their small Iowa high school. It’s Brynn—shy, quiet Brynn—who carries the burden of what really happened that night. All she wants is to forget Allison and the past that haunts her.
But then Allison is released to a halfway house, and is more determined than ever to speak with her estranged sister.
Now their legacy of secrets is focused on one little boy. And if the truth is revealed, the consequences will be unimaginable for the adoptive mother who loves him, the girl who tried to protect him and the two sisters who hold the key to all that is hidden.”

You can’t help but feel sorry for Allison, but at the same time you wish you could slap her silly.  At 16 she gives birth, out of desperation and fear the baby is drowned.  Five years later she is released from jail for good behavior.  Her family wants nothing to do with her.  Through out the book secrets are uncovered.  It isn’t until the end you know the chilling truth.

Claire is the adoptive mother of a 5 year old boy who is left in front of a fire station as a baby.  He holds so many of the secrets.

I was in tears throughout this book.  I couldn’t fathom why Brynn was so determined to never speak to not only her sister, but her parents as well.  Not to mention Allison and Brynn’s parents and how they could go on pretending they had no children.

This book kept me guessing, it was amazing and so not predictable.  This coming from me who typically figures out the ending of a book just a few chapters in.


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