Having loved the last two books by Gudenkauf, I was very excited to see that Chandra and Janelle picked one of her older books for the June #buddyreadstodiefor selection.
THESE THINGS HIDDEN – Heather Gudenkauf (Released January 18th, 2011)
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
My Thoughts: 5/5 stars
This is my third outing with Heather Gudenkauf and I haven’t been disappointed yet! Having read her two newest releases I was excited to go back to one of her backlist books for the #buddyreadstodiefor book club. THESE THINGS HIDDEN had all the things that I loved about her other two books – just a fun and solid thriller to fly through.
What I will always love is how she hooks you from that first chapter. Once you start, you aren’t going to want to stop or put down the book. Fast pace, multiple POVs, twists, red herrings, and well-developed characters (some you’ll love and some that will get under your skin). It’s always so hard to review her books because you don’t want to accidentally spoil anything and ruin the fun and suspense.
I will continue to pick up anything by Gudenkauf – this one solidified her status as one of my auto-buy authors. I highly recommend this one as well as BEFORE SHE WAS FOUND and THIS IS HOW I LIE – you won’t be disappointed. Now, to go back and get more of her books.