Book Review · Contemporary

The Art of Hiding – Amanda Prowse

‘She stretched her aching back and put on her slippers, not only to starve off the cold but also because she was wary of going barefoot in this strange environment, where unfamiliar feet had also ventured.”

Goodreads Synopsis

Nina McCarrick has it all: a loving husband, two beautiful boys, a well-appointed home and more time than she knows what to do with. Life is perfect. Until her husband, Finn, is killed in a car accident and everything Nina thought she could rely on unravels.

Alone, bereft and faced with a mountain of debt, Nina’s life of luxury quickly disappears and she begins to question whether she ever really knew the man she married. Forced to move out of her family home, Nina returns to the rundown Southampton council estate—and the sister—she thought she had left far behind.

But Nina can’t let herself be overwhelmed—her boys need her. To save them, and herself, she will have to do what her husband discouraged for so long: pursue a career of her own. Torn between the life she thought she knew and the reality she now faces, Nina finally must learn what it means to take control of her life.

Stirring and empowering, this novel from bestselling author Amanda Prowse once again plumbs the depths of human experience in this tale of one woman’s loss and love.

Review:

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This is another book that I loved, I’m starting to feel a tad spoiled with finding so many books that I am enjoying but hey touch wood that it continues! First things first from the synopsis I knew going into the book their would be tragedy, (and that I would probably be in tears) yet at it unravelled it still hit me just as hard as if I hadn’t known so kudos to Mrs Prowse for that. This is without a doubt a powerful story of a women’s struggle to reclaim her life after the unthinkable happens. It also explores the relationship between money and happiness and whether we can truly have one without the other. Nina herself is a likeable and relatable character with her best moments shining through with her interactions and relationships with her sons. I felt we didn’t really get to know her enough before Finn dies and at times it more felt that the person she was before the tragedy is merely hinted out instead of fully explored. The plot itself is fairly fast paced and I really liked the way the author managed to include the death of her husband and her subsequently finding out about there mountain of debt in a realistic way. Without revealing too much there is a scene shortly after at their house with her sons, which showed just how desperate and unsettling the situation was for all involved but there was also a lot of strength shining through as well. One other aspect I would like to commend the book on was that on the path to rebuilding their lives, not everything went right immediately, bad for the characters I know but it’s was way more realistic then everything suddenly being all rainbows and roses. Although it was the development of Nina that was the main focus of the book it was her eldest son Connor that really surprised me, as a character that was old enough to fully comprehend what was going on and the implications behind that, but also at the same time not being old enough to really do anything, his journey of how to handle this was enlightening. One complaint was that I felt it kinda skipped over things when things were looking up and it would of been nice to hear more of the good things then bad.

If your looking for a book that focuses on self-discovery in the face of adversity, then I recommend this one for you, just be prepared as it’s definitively an emotional roller-coaster at times!

Thank you to Netgalley for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4.5/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

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