Blog Tour: New Release Book Review: Hidden by Emma Kavanagh


Title: Hidden
Author: Emma Kavanagh
Published: April 23rd 2015
Publisher: Century
Genre: Adult, Crime, Psychological Thriller
Length: 352 pages

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Blurb (via Goodreads):


A gunman is stalking the wards of a local hospital. He’s unidentified and dangerous, and has to be located. Urgently.

Police Firearms Officer Aden McCarthy is tasked with tracking him down. Still troubled by the shooting of a schoolboy, Aden is determined to make amends by finding the gunman—before it’s too late.


To psychologist Imogen, hospital should be a place of healing and safety—both for her, and her young niece who’s been recently admitted. She’s heard about the gunman, but he has little to do with her. Or has he?

As time ticks down, no one knows who the gunman’s next target will be. But he’s there. Hiding in plain sight. Far closer than anyone thinks…

As time ticks down, no one knows who the gunman’s next target will be. But he’s there. Hiding in plain sight. Far closer than anyone thinks…

My Thoughts

A gritty thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat, Hidden is one not miss for fans of psychological thrillers. Beginning with the aftermath of a shooting in a hospital entrance hall, we are thrown into a world of confusion and secrets – which lead to deadly results.

Charlie is a journalist working on the story of a woman who died on the M4 motorway. When it turns out that she knew the girl from her school days, Charlie tries everything to solve the mystery of the good girl who ended up drunk and dead.

Meanwhile, a man with a gun has been stalking the hallways of the hospital. The hospital where a young boy lies in a vegetative state after a police shooting incident – one that haunts Aden McCarthy, a police officer with the firearms unit.

Jumping from past to present and linking the lives of not just Charlie and Aden but Imogen and Mara – twin sisters – who are inextricably linked with the shooter too.

Though it starts with a bang, the action does slow down in the following chapters, but the minimum action made for a better read, in my opinion, as it allowed the reader to fully explore the possibilities of who the shooter could be.

I thought I had it all figured out, but I wasn’t prepared for the big reveal, and it was expertly done too. Kudos to Kavanagh for such an expertly woven mystery within the story.

Fans of crime fiction and thrillers will love this book.


This book is available at the following links:

Non-Affiliate: Amazon UK | Amazon US

Affiliate: Book Depository

Publication Day

As an aspiring author, I always dreamt about what publication day would look like – y’know, lunch at the Savoy, champagne and caviar. All that good stuff. So, I thought it might be interesting to tell you what publication day tends to look like for me.

I’m based in South Wales, so can feel quite a long way from the epicentre of the publishing world. So, on release day, I pack up my family (one long suffering husband and two small boys) and we hit the road, our sights on the big city.

Much like the Clampetts.

Although my three year old tends to complain when we tie his rocking chair to the roof.

I am inevitably nervous (read completely, mind numbingly terrified) on release day, so much of the journey is spent with my darling family trying to see just how far they can push mummy before she cries. It’s fine. They love me really.

Twitter is just awesome on release day! The amount of love and support you get from this online community of writers, bloggers and readers is incredible.

Then, London. The bright lights of the city. And all of those bookstores where people are simply dying to buy my book (please let this be true, please let this be true!). For the release of Hidden, I’ll be doing a quick stock signing at the truly awesome Goldsboro books, and then on for an ever-so-civilised afternoon tea with the incredible, Jenny Geras, my agent, Camilla Wray, and the rest of the team at Arrow.

I have high hopes for this year. Last year, for the release of Falling, I got to see my book on a bookshop shelf for the first time (Waterstones Trafalgar Square). It is fair to say that I shed a tear or two. My husband, being supportive and all that, announced loudly that he’d ‘heard’ that Falling was an excellent book. Which was a fabulous ploy. Right up until my kid yelled, really loudly, “Look, Mummy. It’s your book.”

Exit, stage right.

I also got to see the Queen last year. Like, right outside the bookshop. One can only assume that she was out hunting down her copy. It’s fine. I’ve set one aside for her this year. Well, you know what royalty are like for their psychological thrillers.

Once all of the bookish wonderfulness is done, my boys and I will do London – Clampett style.

Be afraid, London. Be very afraid.

About the Author

Emma Kavanagh 2014 © Matthew Jones

After graduating with a PhD in Psychology from Cardiff University, Emma Kavanagh spent seven years working as a police and military psychologist, training firearms officers, command staff and military personnel, throughout the UK and Europe, to deal with the most extreme situations. An expert in her field, she now applies her knowledge to her writing: creating realistic and incredibly tense stories. She lives in South Wales with her husband and two young sons.

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  1. Pingback: Book Review: Falling by Emma Kavanagh | Heather Reviews

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