These Things Hidden


Allison Glenn tried to hide what happened that night…and failed. The consequence? Five years in prison. Now she’s free. But secrets have a way of keeping you caged…

When Allison 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 in her downfall. Her sister, Brynn, faces the whispered rumours 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, and is more determined than ever to speak with her 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.


  • “Heather Gudenkauf has captured heart-wrenching emotion and spilled it out on the pages of her moving novel, which will touch you and leave you bleeding for the characters in These Things Hidden.. A remarkable story.”

    –Fresh Fiction

  • “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!”

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  • “Oh man this book packs a serious punch that left me reeling by the end of the book. This is such a roller coaster ride of a book.”

    –Read the full review at ziariasblogspot

  • “What a brilliant novel Heather Gudenkauf has written… My rating: 5 of 5 stars.”

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