When a married man suffers a sudden fatal accident, two women are shattered—his wife and someone else's—and past secrets, desires and regrets are brought to light
While walking home from work one evening, Jeff Manning is struck by a car and killed. Not one but two women fall to pieces at the news: his wife, Claire, and his co-worker Tish. Reeling from her loss, Claire must comfort her grieving son and contend with funeral arrangements, well-meaning family members and the arrival of Jeff’s estranged brother—her ex-boyfriend—Tim.
With Tish’s co-workers in the dark about her connection to Jeff outside the workplace, she volunteers to attend the funeral on the company’s behalf, but only she knows the true risk of inserting herself into the wreckage of Jeff’s life. Told through the three voices of Jeff, Tish and Claire, Hidden explores the complexity of relationships, our personal choices and the responsibilities we have to the ones we love.
Guest Post by Catherine McKenzie
There are three main characters is HIDDEN.
Jeff is 39, married, the father of a twelve-year-old boy named Seth. He loves golf and numbers and his hometown, Springfield. Wait, that sounds boring. He's not boring. He's smart and funny and caring, but he's not perfect. He loves his wife and kid. He also loves Han Solo. And maybe (you'll have to read to find out) his co-worker, Tish. Ideal casting choice (these are always so hard!): Clive Owen, because he's, you know, Clive Owen, and if he was cast, maybe I'd get to meet him.
Claire is 40, married to Jeff, the mother of Seth. She used to be a lawyer but now she runs a daycare.
She loves music and is a dedicated piano player. She is warm and kind and very close with her sister, Beth. She loves Jeff, but she has some unresolved issues in her past love live because she, wait for it, used to date Jeff's brother. Oh, yeah. There's drama here. Ideal casting choice (seriously, really hard): Jennifer Connelly.
Tish is 39, married, the mother of an eleven-year-old child prodigy, Zoey. She's a little bit lost in life. She's naturally good at things, golf, writing, but she doesn't have the drive (pun intended) to make anything of herself. Not that she's sure she wants to make anything of herself. She hates her job, but ever since she met Jeff, it's been bearable. She knows something's missing in her life and she's trying to figure out what. Ideal casting choice: Rachel Weisz.
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