Author: Kelley Armstrong
Publication Year: 2011
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy
Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library
From the cover:
Hiking through the snow, holiday baking and playing board games by the fire — what’s not to love about an old-fashioned family Christmas?
Werewolves Elena Michaels and Clayton Danvers want to give their four-year-old twins, Kate and Logan, something their parents never had: a nice, normal holiday. No Pack responsibilities, no homicidal half-demons or power-hungry sorcerers to deal with — just the four of them, alone, at a chalet outside Ontario’s Algonquin Park. Then a strange werewolf shows up at their door…while the town is buzzing about a young man, back from college, found half-eaten in the woods. And there’s the missing little girl…
With all the signs pointing to a rogue mutt with a taste for human flesh, Elena and Clay have no choice but to investigate. But are they the hunters — or the hunted?
(This is a novella in the Women of the Otherworld series, after Bitten, Stolen, Dime Store Magic, Industrial Magic, Haunted, Chaotic (novella), Broken, No Humans Involved, Personal Demon, Living With the Dead, Angelic (novella), Frostbitten, Counterfeit Magic (novella), and Waking the Witch,)
The thing that I really love about the novellas in this series are that they’re a mix of shorter action-packed stories and character development. I particularly like the opportunities given to fleshing out more minor characters in the series, as well as showing different perspectives of the protagonists.
Hidden is a chance to see a side of Clay and Elena that isn’t shown much in the rest of the series: their roles as parents. Kate and Logan are given a much more central role in this novella than they are in any of the rest of the books. It also brings up a rather important question … what will Clay and Elena – and the Pack – tell the kids about what they are?
The mystery part of the story was really just a backdrop for the rest of the story for me. It was interesting enough, but it really wasn’t what I was focused on. Instead, I liked getting to see more of the interactions between the members of the Pack with Elena, Clay, and the kids, and even to see how the relationship between Clay and Elena has evolved since Bitten. It was a really fun read for me.