The Hidden Things

The Hidden Things

A hair-raising, atmospheric thriller from the acclaimed author of the “ripping good” (The New York Times) novel Three Graves Full, inspired by the real-life unsolved theft of a seventeenth-century painting.Twenty-eight seconds.In less than half a minute, a home-security camera captures the hidden resolve in fourteen-year-old Carly Liddell as she fends off a vic...

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The Hidden Things Reviews

  • CynnieRose

    Working on my WWCD (what would Carly do?) bracelet.

  • Chris Pavone

    I love everything about this book--the characters and their relationships, the complex plot and syncopated pacing, the red herring that launches everything, the credible conflicts and mounting tension, and especially the small observations and clever turns of phrase that give the prose so much depth and personality. The story flirts with being ludicrous but never falls off that cliff, imbuing a sense of fun to the whole endeavor, punctuated with poignant moments of raw emotion. A rare combinatio

    I love everything about this book--the characters and their relationships, the complex plot and syncopated pacing, the red herring that launches everything, the credible conflicts and mounting tension, and especially the small observations and clever turns of phrase that give the prose so much depth and personality. The story flirts with being ludicrous but never falls off that cliff, imbuing a sense of fun to the whole endeavor, punctuated with poignant moments of raw emotion. A rare combination of action-filled page-turner with beautiful writing about genuine characters.

  • Darcia Helle

    This story totally hooked me.

    The writing has a literary flair, with beautifully crafted sentences and poignant observations throughout.

    Pacing is the kind of slow burn that invites us into the characters' minds so we feel the emotions, then gradually builds in urgency and intensity as the truth unravels.

    The plot is complex without ever becoming convoluted.

    Characters are well developed, realistic, and, I thought, fascinating. I loved Carly! When someone is called "fearles

    This story totally hooked me.

    The writing has a literary flair, with beautifully crafted sentences and poignant observations throughout.

    Pacing is the kind of slow burn that invites us into the characters' minds so we feel the emotions, then gradually builds in urgency and intensity as the truth unravels.

    The plot is complex without ever becoming convoluted.

    Characters are well developed, realistic, and, I thought, fascinating. I loved Carly! When someone is called "fearless," it doesn't really mean they have no fear, only that they have the strength needed to move beyond the fear. That's Carly, and she's a badass teen!

    The Hidden Things isn't a throwaway thriller. This is a character study, a look at the lies we tell others and ourselves, and a glimpse at what people are capable of when pushed to the edge.

    *I received a review copy from the publisher, via NetGalley.*

  • Kathy

    Originality is something that readers crave but don't often get. That doesn't mean that great reads don't exist without being considered original. But, when I refer to originality, it is a reference to something unique, a story based on an idea other writers wish they'd thought of, a smack your head moment of creative recognition. Jamie Mason in The Hidden Things has achieved the pinnacle of uniqueness, starting with a brilliant idea and developing it into a story full of unexpected twists and c

    Originality is something that readers crave but don't often get. That doesn't mean that great reads don't exist without being considered original. But, when I refer to originality, it is a reference to something unique, a story based on an idea other writers wish they'd thought of, a smack your head moment of creative recognition. Jamie Mason in The Hidden Things has achieved the pinnacle of uniqueness, starting with a brilliant idea and developing it into a story full of unexpected twists and consequences. The characters are some of the most interesting and distinctive you're likely to encounter, and they will all surprise you in some way. No one will surprise you more than fourteen-year-old Carly Liddell, smart and capable beyond her years. At the center of the tale is a painting, a 400-year-old painting, that has had an unusual journey since its theft as a part of the art heist of paintings from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. All the stolen paintings disappeared, and the fear is they will never resurface. But, in an extraordinary set of circumstances in a most ordinary setting, the most popular of online activity reveals one of the treasures. Social media meets ancient art in an explosion of secrets unearthed.

    Carly Liddell doesn't notice the boy following her until she's on her doorstep ready to let herself in with her key. She attempts to slip inside her house and shut the door on him, but he pushes his way in, and a struggle ensues, one that doesn't go the way the intruder intends. An interior camera in Carly's hallway records an unbelievable maneuvering by Carly in which she frees herself from the boy and knocks him out with a boot kick to his jaw. However, by the time Carly runs to her neighbor's house and the police arrive, the intruder has fled the scene. The police use the video from the exterior and interior security cameras to post online and find their suspect.

    But, while celebrating Carly's narrow escape, she and her mother, Donna, realize that Carly's stepfather hadn't informed them of the interior camera in the foyer. The stepfather, John Cooper, has some explaining to do, and, yet, that's the least of his worries. The video of Carly's ninja capabilities has gone viral on YouTube, with people all over the country interested to see how this young teenager defeated her attacker. John's got a big problem with the popularity of the video because his painting that his wife had insisted on hanging in that hallway has a corner of it visible to viewers, and that painting is a 400-year-old stolen masterpiece worth millions. There are people who are looking for it and for John, and his new life and safety zone is in danger of becoming a minefield of danger if the wrong people see the video.

    John has created his new identity carefully, and his wife and stepdaughter are clueless about the painting and his part in an art deal gone terribly wrong four years ago. People died because of the painting, and people have been waiting for some flicker of John, or Jonathan, to show. And, show it does through that small corner of a painting from a video inside an ordinary house in an ordinary neighborhood. First, John hears from a man whose homelessness has kept him drifting in and out of John's life for a handout, a man who knows way too much about John's previous life. Then, two other people, who have a vested interest in the painting and a sour taste from past dealings with John, show up in town. The man and woman both want the painting, and while their motivations are different, it's the personal stake that drives them. As John becomes more and more nervous about being discovered and held accountable for his past actions, Carly becomes more aware that her stepfather harbors some serious secrets. And, Carly also becomes cognizant of a strength inside her that started with an innate ability to save herself. John and Carly engage in a cat-and-mouse game of high stakes and potentially deadly outcomes. Who ends up with the painting will bring both closure and new beginnings.

    The Hidden Things is the first book I've read by Jamie Mason, but I already have a past book of hers in my TBR lineup, Three Graves Full, and I'm looking forward to her next one. Mason's writing is a smooth flow of building suspense, with sentence structure I appreciate as a former English teacher. Sentence structure can be an art form, a mixture of complex and simple sentences that move a story forward in its natural state. No awkwardness here. The dialogue does its job, too, revealing character and story. As I've already mentioned, this author's character development and creation of interesting characters is a large part of this reader's enjoyment of this book. I can't wait to read other books by Jamie Mason to see what captivating characters appear. I purposefully didn't describe all of the characters in this story because I wanted readers to come to three other of the major players in the story with the same delight and discovery as I did. As the story is told from the characters' different points of view, a complete picture is formed by the end, with each character building on knowledge as the reader does. With The Hidden Things, I think Mason has established herself as an awards contender and go-to author for thrilling reads.

    I received a copy of this book from the author, and this review is an honest description and reaction to this amazing read.

  • Kelly

    This was an ARC from Netgalley and I would definitely recommend it. At the same time, I'm realizing how hard it can be for me to click the 5 star button! I liked this one. I would recommend this one. It kept me hooked and reading and I enjoyed it. But it didn't 100% live up to my expectations and convince me to click that fifth star. That's ok! It's still excellent and you should still read it.

    I really liked this author. She has a knack for showing not telling, so that you get really

    This was an ARC from Netgalley and I would definitely recommend it. At the same time, I'm realizing how hard it can be for me to click the 5 star button! I liked this one. I would recommend this one. It kept me hooked and reading and I enjoyed it. But it didn't 100% live up to my expectations and convince me to click that fifth star. That's ok! It's still excellent and you should still read it.

    I really liked this author. She has a knack for showing not telling, so that you get really sucked into the book and it feels like a movie playing in your head. My favorite kind of writing!

    I lived in Boston, so have been aware of the heist for awhile, and really enjoyed the Art Forger. I get why people are so interested in the whole thing: it was pulled off by people who seem to be relative amateurs and there have been no reported signs of the paintings. The podcast Empty Frames also discusses the heist., although I've only listened to the first episode or so. In addition to the the robbery itself, it seems crazy that people could afford artwork that valuable just to keep hidden. So this book jumps into that blank space with a very large splash.

    It focuses on one, much lesser known, piece from the theft and where it is today. But it is much less a book about art and the heist itself, and more a cat and mouse game between the few people who recognize this painting and are trying to get their hands (back) on it. Carly's character is fresh, the way the story is un-spooled so we can get a handle on who each person is and what they want is well done.

    Those looking for a fast paced mystery/thriller that can't be neatly categorized into one or another subgenre will like this one. It feels fresh, even though it follows a reliable addictive thriller model.

    Personally, I think I expected more of a tie in to the actual heist itself, which didn't come full circle for me. I also found most of the characters to be a little less complex than I ideally would have liked. It works for the genre, it worked for this book, but it kept it slightly short of an absolute favorite, 5 star read, for me.

  • Mary Mithrilil

    When 14-year-old Carly is attacked at her own doorway, the entrance camera captures more than just her fighting off her attacker bravely. The footage becomes viral, everyone meeting her on the street salutes her for her bravery and strength. But some viewers are more interested in the painting shown hanging at Carly's foyer rather than her heroic act...

    What an idea! I picked this one up without second thought. The plot did not disappoint. The characters are a complete puzzle, from sm

    When 14-year-old Carly is attacked at her own doorway, the entrance camera captures more than just her fighting off her attacker bravely. The footage becomes viral, everyone meeting her on the street salutes her for her bravery and strength. But some viewers are more interested in the painting shown hanging at Carly's foyer rather than her heroic act...

    What an idea! I picked this one up without second thought. The plot did not disappoint. The characters are a complete puzzle, from smart and sexy to daredevil and pitiful, I couldn't get enough of them. Thank god for multiple POV's.

    I've seen people commenting on the social media aspect of the story and I couldn't help but notice that the book touches the issue, indeed, from a very subtle yet meaningful aspect. Nothing stays hidden, not even illegal artworks hung in your foyer.

    A very intriguing book, perfect for those who seek a modern mystery with a twist.

    Thank you, NetGalley for this ARC! 🖤

  • Dianne

    It was an art theft that went very wrong, but that was years ago and who would think that one man’s twisted greed would backfire when a home invasion and attack on a young girl exposes the truth.

    by Jamie Mason is a tense and alluring read as greed meets revenge head on and one man’s big secret is caught on video and goes viral. Proof that in today’s technology, nothing is private, double-crossing powerful people is dangerous and Karma has no expiration date.

    Taut and edgy throughout, prepare to get famtruth.THE

    It was an art theft that went very wrong, but that was years ago and who would think that one man’s twisted greed would backfire when a home invasion and attack on a young girl exposes the truth.

    by Jamie Mason is a tense and alluring read as greed meets revenge head on and one man’s big secret is caught on video and goes viral. Proof that in today’s technology, nothing is private, double-crossing powerful people is dangerous and Karma has no expiration date.

    Taut and edgy throughout, prepare to get familiar with the edge of your seat as this twisted plot unravels at the hands of a teenage girl.

    I received a complimentary ARC edition from Gallery Books! This is my honest and voluntary review.

    Publisher: Gallery Books (August 13, 2019)

    Publication Date: August 13, 2019

    Genre: Mystery | Suspense

    Print Length: 352 pages

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  • Tammy

    This is typical plot-driven thriller fare with the creative premise of the reappearance of a long lost painting from the Gardner Museum heist at its center. Secrets, lies, attempts at selling the masterpiece combined with a plucky, precocious protagonist round out a quick and fast paced read.

  • Charlie

    Received this book from Goodreads for an HONEST REVIEW.

    I'm barely giving this a 3. BARELY.

    Takes way too long to make a point on what's going on.

    Redundant - REDUNDANT.

    There is no meat to this story. Takes 3 or 4 pages to describe a tiny event and then repeats it over and over again. It is not a page-turner. Although I did fast forward - really fast.

    On to the next book.

  • Alexandra D.

    To be honest, I couldn’t finish this book. Maybe I expected too much, but the writer’s style irritates me on a level I cannot explain with words. The descriptions about the characters’ feelings and other stuff are extremely redundant and also annoying after some point, especially as they don’t have an added value to the story— maybe they’re just there to fill the pages... This novel is not for me.

    Thanks for Gallery Books for the ARC.

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