Allison Glenn has spent the past five years in prison and now is being released to a halfway house. Her younger sister Brynn has always looked up to her older sister but has refused to talk to her after what happened that night. Claire has finally got her life in order with the family she has always wanted. Charm is studying to be a nurse and has been getting her life in order despite her mother. These four women take turns revealing the story in These Hidden Things, the newest novel by Heather Gudenkauf.
Allison was the perfect child, made perfect grades and was the perfect athlete in high school. Her younger sister Brynn looked up to Allison and tried to follow in her sister’s footsteps. The events of one night change everything for these two sisters. Their parents have disowned them because they interfere in the lifestyle they have chosen over their daughters and the sisters have become estranged from each other. What really happened on that rainy night five years ago when their parents were out for the evening? The secrets that they hid that night affected other lives in the community.
Claire Kelby is married to Jonathan and they have an adopted son Joshua, who had been left on the steps of the town fire department. Claire owns the local bookstore, Bookends, and her life is finally what she had hoped for. But there are hidden secrets in the town that could threaten her happiness.
Charm has lived with her stepfather Gus since she was 10 years old. After her mother divorced Gus she still chose to stay with the man who is a father to her. Gus is now dying of lung cancer and Charm is trying to go to nursing school and tend to his needs. They also live with things that happened many years ago that they have chosen to keep hidden.
The lives of these four women are intertwined and the truth may destroy them all. Gudenkauf slowly reveals the story using the voices of all four. The tale is well told and slowly evolves from one character to the next before it all comes crashing down.
These Things Hidden is a book that you will not put down!