Hidden by Paul Jaskunas
GENRE: Suspense | PAGES: 240
My rating: ★★★
The author’s debut novel is well written and incredibly believable as he writes in a female voice.
The female in question, Maggie, is a shard of her former self; a troubled and tainted soul, tormented by the memories of a violent attack from her past.
As she comes to terms with that night, and the things that led her there, she is forced to peer into the recesses of her mind, and what she finds makes her question the testimony that locked her husband away for the brutal act.
Maggie is relatable as a character and all three male characters (Manny, Nate and Carson) have distinct personalities. The detail is vivid—presented in a way that isn’t long-winded and I was particularly impressed with Maggie’s internal monologue of her struggle. Her psychological state is so accurately captured that her confusion became mine. The doubt, the fear, the seizures—utterly believable.
The only disappointment for me was the ending. It felt right for Maggie to make peace with herself and her demons but somehow I was left wanting in some way.
On the whole, however, if you’re into psychological drama, this was a rather gripping read. (3.5 stars)