Hidden Things

Hidden Things : A Novel

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Watch out for the hidden things...That's the last thing Calliope Jenkins' best friend and former lover says to her before ending a 2 a.m. phone call from Iowa, where he's investigating a case she knows little about. Five hours later, she gets another call, this time from the police. Josh has been found dead, and foul play is suspected. Calliope is stunned. Especially when Josh leaves a message on her phone a few hours later. Spurred by grief and suspicion, she heads to Iowa herself, accompanied by a stranger who claims to know something about what happened to Josh and who can-maybe-help Calli get him back. The road home is not quite the straight shot she imagined. Josh was involved in something a lot more complicated than a teenage runaway or a deadbeat dad, and Calliope finds herself on a surreal road trip into-and behind-America's heartland, hounded by magical beings twisted by living too long just-out-of-sight, and the secret bogeymen in Calliope's own troubled past. It's a search for the truth about her friend's death and the road she needs to walk if she ever wants to stand on her own.
If Calli's not careful, her worst teenage nightmares could come true: she might never make it out.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 134.62 x 198.12 x 22.86mm | 249.47g
  • Harper Voyager
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Original
  • 0062108115
  • 9780062108111
  • 1,388,891

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"Reminiscent of Neil Gaiman's dark fantasies and the early books of Stephen King." -- Library Journal "Although this has many of the trappings of a detective story, drawing noticeably on The Maltese Falcon, Calliope's search ends up more of a quest in contemporary fantasy form ... An entertaining read and a very solid first novel." -- Locus "I loved this book from start to finish. It's strange, weird and down to earth, all at the same time; chock full of fascinating characters, dark dreams and fantasy elements that deliver a real sense of wonder. What's not to love?" -- Charles de Lint "Along with the clever, determined, dauntless protagonist, Testerman brings an impressive dark energy to the scenario and plotting ... Agreeably creepy, with original flourishes and flashes of dark humor." -- Kirkus Reviews "A satisfying blend of noir and magic." -- Publishers Weekly "Hidden Things reveals the America I want to believe in--dragons on highways, trolls in the hills, motels that lead to new dimensions. I'll never look at a rest stop the same way again." -- Maureen Johnson, author of the Shades of London series "This world of wizened wizard-men and demon clowns will lure you into the shadows, and once you meet the characters who live in those dark strange places you'll never want to leave. The magic matters here, but it's the human touch that really brings the book to life." -- Chuck Wendig, author of Blackbirds and Irregular Creatures "Apparently this is Testerman's first novel. You'd never know it from his assured writing style and his ability to tell a story...He is helping to build a uniquely North American mythology that still has its roots in older traditions." -- Charles de Lint, Fantasy & Science Fiction "The real deal when it comes to North American fantasy (or as I like to call it, mythic fiction). -- Charles de Lint, Fantasy & Science Fiction
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Back cover copy

Watch out for the hidden things . . . That's the last thing Calliope Jenkins's best friend says to her before ending a two a.m. phone call from Iowa, where he's working a case she knows little about. Seven hours later, she gets a visit from the police. Josh has been found dead, and foul play is suspected. Calliope is stunned. Especially since Josh left a message on her phone an hour after his body was found. Spurred by grief and suspicion, Calli heads to Iowa herself, accompanied by a stranger who claims to know something about what happened to Josh and who can-- maybe--help her get him back. But the road home is not quite the straight shot she imagined . . .
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About Doyce Testerman

Doyce Testerman was born and raised in the wilds of South Dakota, where he began a lifelong love affair with the written word. He moved to Denver in 1995, and has since steadily ceded control of his weekends to two dogs, a brilliant wife, and two astounding children.
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502 ratings
3.36 out of 5 stars
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4 28% (142)
3 38% (189)
2 13% (65)
1 5% (27)
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