The Hidden: A Novel of Suspense

The Hidden: A Novel of Suspense

by Bill Pronzini

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Overview

A series of seemingly random murders along a fifty-mile stretch of the
rugged northern California coast, committed by an unknown dubbed by the
media the Coastline Killer. A young couple with marital problems, Shelby
and Jay Macklin, who decide to spend the week between Christmas and New
Year's at a friend's remote coastal cottage. Two couples in a
neighboring home whose relationships are thick with festering menace. A
fierce winter storm that leads to a night of unrelenting terror. These
are the main ingredients in Bill Pronzini's chilling and twist-filled
tale about the hidden nature of crime and its motives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802778369
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 10/01/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 42,593
File size: 879 KB

About the Author

Bill Pronzini is the author of more than forty novels, including three
in collaboration with his wife, the novelist Marcia Muller, and is the
creator of the popular Nameless Detective series. A six-time nominee for
the Edgar Allan Poe Award (most recently for A Wasteland of Strangers),
Pronzini is also the recipient of two Shamus Awards. He received a
Grand Master award from the Mystery Writers of America in May 2008. He
lives in Northern California.
Bill Pronzini is the author of more than forty novels, including three in collaboration with his wife, the novelist Marcia Muller, and is the creator of the popular Nameless Detective series. A six-time nominee for the Edgar Allan Poe Award (most recently for A Wasteland of Strangers), Pronzini is also the recipient of two Shamus Awards. He received a Grand Master award from the Mystery Writers of America in May 2008. He lives in Northern California.

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The Hidden 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Sensitivemuse More than 1 year ago
It certainly started off interesting. It had all the right elements of suspense and it got me reading further into it. Then it stops. The plot suddenly focuses mainly on the deteriorating relationship between Jay and Shelby and the killer suddenly disappears from the story. Huh? why? and the suspense was just getting along fine! However! I actually liked the spotlight on the two of them. It did provide character development despite the lack of suspense. As the story progressed, I found myself losing interest. New characters were introduced so the reader is provided with some potential suspects. I didn't think much of any of them though. They seemed strange, and little out of place and for a minute I thought perhaps it was going to take a turn for the creepy and give the plot a more sinster feel. Unfortunately, I was wrong and it felt as if the characters were placed there out of convenience without any real thought to them. Towards the end of the novel I just wanted this to be over with, and when the killer was revealed I wasn't interested in the story anymore. Honestly, I was wondering more about the outcome of Shelby and Jay's future instead of the mystery. Their marital situation just seemed much more interesting than the mystery itself. It had a lot of potential in the beginning, yet it fell short of its mark. I nearly didn't finish the book but as it's only about 200 pages I decided to get it over with anyway. I don't think I can recommend this to anyone, as there's plenty of better suspense novels out there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started reading as a way to relax and fall asleep but I got so caught up in the story that I read it all and didn't go to sleep until I finished. Very surpenseful!
suballa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have to agree with the other reviewer. Not suspenseful at all. Add in annoying and unbelievable (or unbelievably annoying) characters and a lame plot. Luckily, it's a short book. Sorry!
sensitivemuse on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It certainly started off interesting. It had all the right elements of suspense and it got me reading further into it. Then it stops. The plot suddenly focuses mainly on the deteriorating relationship between Jay and Shelby and the killer suddenly disappears from the story. Huh? why? and the suspense was just getting along fine! However! I actually liked the spotlight on the two of them. It did provide character development despite the lack of suspense. As the story progressed, I found myself losing interest. New characters were introduced so the reader is provided with some potential suspects. I didn¿t think much of any of them though. They seemed strange, and little out of place and for a minute I thought perhaps it was going to take a turn for the creepy and give the plot a more sinster feel. Unfortunately, I was wrong and it felt as if the characters were placed there out of convenience without any real thought to them. Towards the end of the novel I just wanted this to be over with, and when the killer was revealed I wasn¿t interested in the story anymore. Honestly, I was wondering more about the outcome of Shelby and Jay¿s future instead of the mystery. Their marital situation just seemed much more interesting than the mystery itself. It had a lot of potential in the beginning, yet it fell short of its mark. I nearly didn¿t finish the book but as it¿s only about 200 pages I decided to get it over with anyway. I don¿t think I can recommend this to anyone, as there¿s plenty of better suspense novels out there.
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