Kathryn Mackel’s novel The Hidden delves into forgiveness and supernatural forces. The heroine, psychologist Susan Rose, finds herself back home in Colorado to help care for the family horse farm after her father’s accident. She discovers a boy chained in a dark cave, frees him, and begins to try to unravel his mysterious past despite his amnesia. However, inexplicable miracles begin happening in the valley, as well as several horrific murders involving unnatural fires.
Susan herself has been haunted by the ghosts of her past: her mother’s suicide, her husband’s death and also her son’s. When she discovers Jacob, she is determined to protect him even if it means sacrificing her own emotions and relationships in the process. Jacob seems naive and innocent about the world she guides him through, despite the objections from her childhood friend, Rick; Rick, who is the local sheriff, suspects Jacob of the burning murders.
The book is well written, but has its dry spots throughout. The action is fast moving and captivating for the most part, compelling the reader to continue turning pages. The character development is strong, with intense emotions felt by the characters’ dark, interconnected pasts fueling their actions in the present.
The Hidden is based upon Jude 6, which says, “…these [angels] He has kept under darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great day.” What would happen if one of the dark angels was loosed from his chains and allowed to wreak havoc on the country valley? Mackel explores that premise along with strong elements of supernatural creatures and powers, but not without solid Christian values and outlooks.
Overall, I was enthralled by the book. There were times I could not put it down in order to find out what happened next, yet there were times when I was disturbed by the darkness of the supernatural actions. I would recommend that this book for ages sixteen and above, especially those drawn to fiction about angels or the supernatural. – Molly Schnepel, Christian Book Previews.com
A dark ravine. A fiery death. An unimaginable secret. Some things are best left hidden.
Grieving her son's death, psychiatrist Susan Stone returns home to Colorado to help her elderly father manage his horse-breeding business. After the botched delivery of a prized foal, Susan rides wildly into the mountains, seeking release from consuming guilt. Thrown from her horse, she tumbles into a dark ravine and makes a startling discovery--a young man, chained in the darkness.
This novel will forever alter your perception of the darkness of evil and the light of forgiveness and hope.