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The Hidden: A Novel of Suspense Hardcover – November 9, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Walker & Company; First Edition edition (November 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802718000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802718006
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,677,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Routine prose and thin characters mar this stand-alone novel of suspense from MWA Grand Master Pronzini (The Other Side of Silence). Jay Macklin, who six months earlier lost his office manager job, has persuaded his paramedic wife, Shelby Hunter, to spend a few days at a friend's remote Northern California cottage, in a last-ditch effort to save their 12-year-old marriage. At night, in a winter downpour, they have trouble finding the cottage. On a search for matches after a power failure, the couple drive to a neighbor's house, where they encounter Brian and Claire Lomax, whose marriage is obviously in more trouble than their own. Jay and Shelby soon realize Brian physically abuses Claire. When the Coastline Killer, a vigilante who's been targeting random victims because they don't respect the environment, claims another victim, the local police consider Jay a suspect. The denouement will leave many readers feeling cheated. (Nov.) (c)
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Jay Macklin’s decade-long marriage to Shelby Hunter is slowly dissolving, in large part because in, Shelby’s words, “Two people can’t live together without communicating.” Jay, at 35, seems resigned to disappointment: a promising baseball career ended by injuries, the failure of his restaurant, long-term unemployment, and the heart problems he hasn’t disclosed even to Shelby. An EMT, Shelby is attracted to an ER doctor but has resisted beginning an affair. Reluctantly, she agrees to spend the week after Christmas at a cottage on the wild and beautiful northern California coast. Jay’s hope is that he can save their marriage, but a violent storm and a serial killer make marital woes secondary to survival. Pronzini has written 70-plus novels, and The Hidden demonstrates that he’s aging like fine wine. Jay, Shelby, and even the Coastline Killer are complex and engaging characters. The Mendocino coast and its storms are portrayed in all their palpable beauty and danger. Pronzini eschews gore, but the skillfully layered suspense and menace will hold the attention of crime fans. --Thomas Gaughan

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Pronzini lover on November 22, 2010
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Pronzini has done it again! He has reached deep and created a masterpiece of increasing intensity as the story unfolds. The tale begins by setting the mood, which is dark and formidable. Then he builds the characters with such amazing clarity and complexity, the reader will feel as if the characters are personal acquaintances. The author has a deep understanding of human nature and psychological traits which he uses to weave a pattern of behavior into the characters that is both believable and compelling.

The story begins in a subtle way and builds in intensity and intrigue until it reaches a heart-pounding pinnacle, but instead of dropping the reader, it gently carries them down from the crest of emotion and leaves them just slightly unsettled with the final outcome.

This is the finest example of suspense in print today!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. Bukowsky HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Bill Pronzini's stand-alone, "The Hidden," is about various people facing crises, but not having the courage or insight to handle their predicaments constructively. Jay Macklin and his wife, Shelby, are a case in point. Jay, who is an accomplished chef, lost his beloved restaurant and his subsequent job as an office manager; he and Shelby are currently living on her salary as an EMT. The two have been drifting apart for a long time, partly because of Jay's inability to express his feelings. He has terrible nightmares from which he awakens in a cold sweat; when Shelby tries to get him to speak about his concerns, he shuts down. In a desperate effort to save their marriage, Jay takes Shelby to his friend's cottage on the California coast shortly before New Year's. This trip will prove to be a nightmare for this troubled couple.

"The Hidden" has a spooky feel, since Jay and Shelby are hemmed in by a ferocious rainstorm that occasionally knocks out electrical power and makes traveling hazardous. In addition, their only neighbors are Brian and Claire Lomax, another miserable duo with marital problems. The atmosphere is made even more menacing by the presence of a shadowy figure known as the "Coastline Killer," a man who has shot at least four people and is still at large. The author ramps up the suspense by throwing in a few red herrings as well as a medical emergency. Jay and Shelby will need all of their strength and courage to survive what will prove to be an extremely traumatic night.

Although Jay and Shelby earn our sympathy, the contrived plot and stock characters keeps us from being fully invested in their fate. Jay is weak, traumatized, and desperate; Shelby is gutsy, determined, and quickly losing patience with the hapless husband she once cared for deeply.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brandan Adams on August 5, 2013
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The Hidden was a nice read, but the end was too dull. I wanted more of a conclusion. The storyline was fine, but there needed to be more suspense.
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By Dana Hamilton on June 23, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Very good short story, wasn't bored at all, kept my interest the entire story. I enjoy a good mystery with a little romance in it.
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Format: Hardcover
Well, this was my first Bill Pronzini novel and I can pretty much describe it in one word -- BORING! Could his other novels that some rave about really be that much better? After suffering through this loser I'm afraid to find out.
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