SECOND OPINION: The Art of Hiding by Amanda Prowse

Review published on September 16, 2017.

Nina finds herself and her two young boys having to cope with the sudden death of her husband, Finn, in a tragic car accident. Tiggy, her estranged sister, arrives to offer to stay and give whatever help she can. But she lets Nina know that she thinks she has changed since being with Finn.

Somewhat off-centred by this, Nina tries to renormalize post-funeral, despite their raw distress, only to learn that Finn had left outstanding debts of £8 million and was bankrupt. In fact she is to be evicted from their home and the boys ejected from their private school. The question of whether this was an accident has to be ignored as she is faced with recovering her dignity and rebuilding their lives on a shoestring.

In essence the story is about re-discovering herself and finding contentment in a simple life. In all, the story is engaging, easy and entertaining to read. The characters are relatable, likeable and clearly develop, as they have to readjust after such a predicament. Nina does get a bit annoying towards the latter end, rationalising everything her sons say, assuming the reader cannot determine and interpret this themselves. It is very predictable, but this is a minor quibble, considering how well knitted the story and characters within are. Tiggy probably makes for the most interesting and multidimensional character and I would have liked to have learnt more about her. It is an enjoyable journey and one that makes you stop and be grateful for what you have and to pause from what we all are guilty of doing, which is spending too much time thinking of what we desire not need. Definitely one for also encouraging you to reflect upon and take stock of your own life.

Sara Garland 4/4

The Art of Hiding by Amanda Prowse
Lake Union Publishing 9781611099553 pbk Aug 2017



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