It takes two to tango – Book review for NetGalley – The Art of Hiding by Amanda Prowse

34111673.jpgWhat would you do if you learned that the life you lived was a lie?

Nina McCarrick lives the perfect life, 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 quickly loses her life of luxury 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.

Bestselling author Amanda Prowse once again plumbs the depths of human experience in this stirring and empowering tale of one woman’s loss and love.


As my ex-husband used to say, it takes two to tango. The Art of Hiding is yet another version of one-sided, one-dimensional story. It all about ‘boo hoo’ poor woman who has been ‘lied to’ for a very long time.

I am sorry, but where was her own brain. If not for her own sake, then for the sake of her children, she should have been more alive, more involved… However, Nina was very happy hiding. She hid from everything: people, troubles, every day life. She was very happy being swallowed by her routine of housework, pick ups, flower arrangements and baking… And reckoning was cruel.

Yes, this story does have a happy ending. Nothing lasts forever, even bad things. However, I found this book extremely naive, if not stupid. The main character’s negligence and ignorance drove me crazy. Living in ‘neverland’ is all nice and good but honestly, not in 21st century…

The writing is nice enough, but the story is not my cup of prosecco.


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