The Hidden



❮EPUB❯ ✶ The Hidden Author Jo Chumas – E17streets4all.co.uk Winner Breakthrough Novel Award Mystery Thriller A university professor is brutally murdered in Egypt s Sinai desert in , leaving behind his new bride, the beautiful young Aimee Ibrahim As Aimee trie Winner Breakthrough Novel Award Mystery Thriller A university professor is brutally murdered in Egypt s Sinai desert in , leaving behind his new bride, the beautiful young Aimee Ibrahim As Aimee tries to unravel the web of lies and secrets surrounding her husband s death, she unwittingly becomes a pawn in a revolutionary plot against Egypt s king With the discovery of a twenty year old diary, the mystery only deepens As Aimee gets ever closer to the truth, she discovers startling parallels between her own life and that of the mother she never knew Unfolding in the city s brothels, hashish cafes, and jasmine scented colonial mansions, The Hidden is a gritty, sensual tale of revolution, betrayal, and the lengths we will go to for love and truth.The Hidden

Publishers Weekly on The HiddenThis sophisticated, first rate mystery novel political thriller takes place in Cairo, Egypt It alternates points of view and shifts time frames to create an outstanding narrative with nail biting suspense Yet, it is muchthan a clear cut thriller It offers a penetrating account of Egyptian culture, the role of women in society, and the profundity of love The story begins in Haran Issawi, chief advisor to King Faruk, discusses with his top security men newly discovered intelligence of an assassination plot against him to be carried out by the Group of the X, a proletarian nationalist organization that seeks to overthrow the Egyptian government Meanwhile, Aimee Ibrahim, the young and alluring widow of Azi Ibrahim, an academician who was mysteriously murdered, is asked to come to the university where Azi taught to collect his belongings A parcel wrapped in brown paper and tied with string entices Aimee She opens it and discovers her mother s diary, written years ago Aimee never knew her mother, Hezba Sultan, who was born into royalty as the only daughter of Ali Sultan Pasha Now, with this relic of Hezba s past in Aimee s possession, she speculates about what secrets it may reveal Aimee also wonders why Azi had Hezba s journal and why it was hidden at his office Aimee is invited to the launch party of a poetry book written by the university s up and coming literary talents where she meets Farouk, who is the editor of the Cairo newspaper, The Liberation, and, unbeknownst to Aimee, one of the notorious ringleaders in the Group of X Even though the encounter irritated Aimee she didn t like the way Farouk stared at her she couldn t stop thinking about him after their goodbyes Farouk, too, was enchanted Their friendship blossoms, yet can they trust one another Hezba s flawless diary entries are incorporated into the novel, and they welcome readers into the fascinating yet brutal world of Egyptian harem life in the early th century Hezba s writings tell of her nature as a defiant, impatient and desperately unhappy woman who seeks freedom beyond the strictures of the palace and the societal limitations placed on women Circumcised at age five and married at age to year old Khalil al Shezira in a political maneuver arranged by her father, Hezba s joy is her secret love affair with Anton Alexandre, a member of the Rebel Corp which is agitating for revolution against the British occupation of Egypt Hezba aligns herself with Alexandre s rebel activity, and, as the novel switches back and forth in time, it becomes increasingly intriguing how crucial Hezba s journal is to the unfolding of events in This is a novel that keeps readers guessing presumed allegiances are not always what they seem to be when bombs explode and characters are killed and truths are revealed This is an excellent, well written, and forceful work of fictionForinformation on Jo visit her website jochumas.

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  • 448 pages
  • The Hidden
  • Jo Chumas
  • English
  • 05 June 2019

10 thoughts on “The Hidden

  1. says:

    The Hidden is the first novel I ve read by Jo Chumas and it won t be the last The Hidden is captivating from page one Before long, the end of the book is near and I m left wondering what a heck of a ride.The novel begins 1940 with the murder of Aimee Ibrahim s husband Azi From the first chapter it is obvious there will be tons of mystery and intrigue surrounding his death An unsuspecting Aimee goes to the university, where her late husband worked, to retrieve her husbands belongings and is The Hidden is the first novel I ve read by Jo Chumas and it won t be the last The Hidden is captivating from page one Before long, the end of the book is near and I m left wondering what a heck of a ride.The novel begins 1940 with the murder of Aimee Ibrahim s husband Azi From the first chapter it is obvious there will be tons of mystery and intrigue surrounding his death An unsuspecting Aimee goes to the university, where her late husband worked, to retrieve her husbands belongings and is surprised to find a diary This is no ordinary diary It is the diary of her mamman Hezba Iqbal Sultan Hanim al Shezira The Hidden turns into two seperate stories that run parallel courses.Hezba s journal tells of her life during 1919, with her abusive husband and secret love interest, Alexandre, who s anxious to begin Cairo s revolution Hezba is drawn to him as she wants to be heard as well She s convinced that once the old ways are done with, her female voice will be heard Hezba isn t interested in being one of the wives of a man who treats her as if she is nothing She wants a free Egypt where women and men are on level playing fields Free of religion, customs, and restraints Hezba s story is inspiring and worthy of the equal attention given to it.Aimee seems to be on the same journey of finding her voice when her husband is killed Without much family, she s uncertain of what to do next In the 40s, much hasn t changed Women are still second class citizens who s only purpose is to keep house and bear children In an effort to solve the mystery that was her husband, she enlists the help of an older man named Farouk He s as perplexing as her late husband Azi, but they have an undeniable connection Jo Chumas manages to write a gripping, multi layered novel that adds up to so muchthan a bunch of suspenseful moments The characters in The Hidden all have their motivations that are the bigger story for me The fight for equality politically, socially, and economically isthan worth having Each character, even the bad guys, have relatable motivations Their struggles all seem real even when their methods of action are detestable.My one gripe with The Hidden is that there was a cryptic message that was found in Azi s things I m not certain I ever found the reason or purpose for that message It s noticeable because a few chapters are devoted to finding code breakers Help please someone Anyone The Hidden is a fast paced, historical suspense thriller that I highly recommend Palpable characters, an exotic setting, and great writing makes me a new fan of Jo Chumas

  2. says:

    Absolutely mesmerizing I could not put this book down The story alternated between the journal that Aimee s mother had written for her daughter in 1919 , and Aimee s present day life in 1940.This book explores the treatment of women in the Muslim faith, particularly harem life Aimee s mother, Hezba is the daughter of a sultan who is wed to a much older man when she is only 11 years old The marriage is a political one and her husband is terribly cruel Hezba wants to be free free from her m Absolutely mesmerizing I could not put this book down The story alternated between the journal that Aimee s mother had written for her daughter in 1919 , and Aimee s present day life in 1940.This book explores the treatment of women in the Muslim faith, particularly harem life Aimee s mother, Hezba is the daughter of a sultan who is wed to a much older man when she is only 11 years old The marriage is a political one and her husband is terribly cruel Hezba wants to be free free from her marriage and the confines of harem life She wants to be free to work, free to love the man she wants and speak her mind You will be appalled at the kind of treatment husbands were allowed to give their wives in the 1920 s, you will sorrow with her and rejoice with her Chumas brings Hezba to life.Aimee s life shows the progress that was made between the 1920 s and the 1940 s It explores the political upheaval that Egypt was in at that time Aimee discovers a truth about her own past that was hidden from her The conclusion of the mystery of the death of Aimee s husband is painful for Aimee and you will feel that pain with her.Chumas is a master story teller and keeps the reader guessing The weaving together of Hezba s diary writings and the events unfolding 20 years later beautifully complement one another bringing the story to a complete whole The Hidden is the winner of theBreakthrough Novel Award 2013 Mystery and Thriller This book has become one of my favourites and I will definitely be reading it again This book deserves 5 stars Disclaimer I received a free review copy of this book in exchange for my honest review All thoughts are my own

  3. says:

    The questions are many in this thriller that will keep the reader racing for answers until the very last word.The action begins in Cairo, and immediately the reader will see that this is muchthan your usual mystery Egyptian culture is a primary focus, delving into the woman s role in society To begin with, the chief advisor to King Faruk is talking with his security men as they come upon a plot to assassinate the Egyptian ruler The murder is to be completed by an organization called the The questions are many in this thriller that will keep the reader racing for answers until the very last word.The action begins in Cairo, and immediately the reader will see that this is muchthan your usual mystery Egyptian culture is a primary focus, delving into the woman s role in society To begin with, the chief advisor to King Faruk is talking with his security men as they come upon a plot to assassinate the Egyptian ruler The murder is to be completed by an organization called the Group of the X who want to overthrow the present government.As the politics rage in one area, a professor is murdered in the Sinai desert This professor, Azi Ibrahim, has left behind his young widow, Aimee, who is asked to come to the university and pick up her husband s possessions Among these possessions Aimee finds an old diary written twenty years ago Turns out, the diary belonged to the daughter of Ali Sultan Pasha, a royal family line, and the author of the diary is Aimee s own mother a woman she never actually knew Aimee wonders what her husband was doing with this book and her list of questions begins to grow.Attending a party for the university s literary folk, Aimee meets the editor of The Liberation, Cairo s newspaper, who is also one of the leaders in the mysterious Group of the X The editor takes a shine to Aimee, although trust is not an option for either Taking readers back in time, this tale is much like a Technicolor movie a harem in the early 20th century is uncovered, and the life of an unhappy woman who seeks freedom from the palace is brought to light.Although the narrative can slow a bit in places, watching how the diary helps solve a murder as bombs explode and allies turn into enemies in the 1940 s is extremely interesting

  4. says:

    Well you have to love it when you win a Goodreads giveaway, get sent the wrong book, read it, are pleasantly surprised at your luck That s just what happened to me with this book I won another book called Hidden but was sent this 1 by mistake It was better than the book I really won This book alternates between Egypt in the 1920s Egypt at the turn of the century It is told alternately from the perspective of Aimee a journal written by Hezba a few decades before It wasn t hard to figur Well you have to love it when you win a Goodreads giveaway, get sent the wrong book, read it, are pleasantly surprised at your luck That s just what happened to me with this book I won another book called Hidden but was sent this 1 by mistake It was better than the book I really won This book alternates between Egypt in the 1920s Egypt at the turn of the century It is told alternately from the perspective of Aimee a journal written by Hezba a few decades before It wasn t hard to figure out the plot, but I am happy to say that it didn t make the book any less engaging even after I had its number The story is very well written even though I wish I hadn t figured it out as soon as I did The characters are fascinating the plot moves along at a nice clip with just the right number of twists turns I hope Chumas continues writing like she did here

  5. says:

    This was an enjoyable espionage thriller I debated between 3 and 4 stars, and ended up rating it with a 3 1 2 because of lack of character development This novel consisted of two plots One was in the Egypt of 1919 against British colonial rule The other in the Egypt of 1940 involved a plot against a high government official, with the hope of revolutionaries this would spark a coup The heroine, Aimee, receives the diary of her mother, Hezba, daughter of the sultan and one of his wives, wr This was an enjoyable espionage thriller I debated between 3 and 4 stars, and ended up rating it with a 3 1 2 because of lack of character development This novel consisted of two plots One was in the Egypt of 1919 against British colonial rule The other in the Egypt of 1940 involved a plot against a high government official, with the hope of revolutionaries this would spark a coup The heroine, Aimee, receives the diary of her mother, Hezba, daughter of the sultan and one of his wives, written in the autumn of 1919 These two plots switch from one to the other The author has a gift for description you are drenched in the atmosphere of both British colonial and of 1940 s Egypt I was reminded of older Hollywood espionage movies think The Third Man, but set in another place and time The story started slowly and was confusing at first I nearly gave up But I persisted and I m glad I did The story got better and better as it went along I read it in a matter of hours I received this as a Goodreads Giveaway.Both subplots involve a nationalist terrorist organization and a momentous event intending to overthrow the government Two benefits perhaps women will gainrights, and the fellahin will be treated fairly As Aimee readsandof the diary, we see her mother s and her lives parallel each other uncannily There are spies, double agents, murder, treachery all the elements of a good thriller People are not what they seem The action becomes heart pounding towards the conclusion A shocking secret is revealed, one which really surprised me and I didn t see coming I felt descriptions were vivid, in Hezba s diary, as well as in Aimee s story The novel was written well and the story was quite good Only well rounded characters and the character development were lacking The author describes them well physically, but I felt they were only types, vehicles to move the story along I had no empathy with any of them I thought it strange some of the Arabic names were written in British transliteration, and some, like Rachid, the eunuch, were written in French transliteration I wish there had been a List of characters with names and what function they served in the story e.g., Farouk newspaper editor As I was reading and first came upon a name and the role of the character, I kept a crude list for myself and would refer to it as I read.I wish there had also been a glossary of Arabic terms Some I already knew some were explained in the text but you had to look very closely and some you d just have to guess the meaning Also, I thought the cover of the copy I received a bound notebook against a black background, was uninviting The other cover of variant editions the black mosque silhouette against a red background a fire perhaps was much better.Recommended for lovers of espionage thriller novels

  6. says:

    This author is one of those individuals for me that no matter what they write, I will read it no questions asked, no reading the back cover period Aimee was raised by her Aunt Saiza, she was an orphan and never knew her parents She was sent to France to be schooled in the convent and after 14 years her Aunt summoned her home to Cairo because of the war She was born in Cairo but did not remember it Aimee traveled back to Cairo with her friend Sophie and both loved the freedom and excitement o This author is one of those individuals for me that no matter what they write, I will read it no questions asked, no reading the back cover period Aimee was raised by her Aunt Saiza, she was an orphan and never knew her parents She was sent to France to be schooled in the convent and after 14 years her Aunt summoned her home to Cairo because of the war She was born in Cairo but did not remember it Aimee traveled back to Cairo with her friend Sophie and both loved the freedom and excitement of the invitations to parties, nightclubs and dances organized by Sophie s Uncle The freedom away from the convent was a needed change for the girls It wasn t very long before she met her future husband, Azi Ibrahim He was a highly respected Professor of the University He courted Aimee and made her feel loved and special and soon they were married with the approval of her Aunt It wasn t long after they were married that Azi was murdered.Aimee was invited to travel to the University where her husband worked and pick up his personal effects and was very glad to escape from the daily grind and see her husband s office Once there she meets Azi s boss, Professor Langham and has tea with him The Professor talked about how popular Azi was and towards the end of the meeting he brings out a box and hands it to Aimee This small box was all his personal effects Aimee mentions that she is looking for work and asks the Professor if he can help or suggest a place at the University where she could go to find work He tells her that Azi s family would be taking care of her now and that she needn t worry about things like working any Unfortunately, there were no positions for women at the University, or very few other respectable places either Azi s parents were leaving for America and had not invited her to go along, so she really needed to find work to support her Aunt and herself Soon their meeting comes to an end and Aimee takes the box and goes back to her home, not finding out any about the murder of her husband or any possibilities of a possible job.While she is relaxing at home she opens the box and finds a book, a diary It was the diary of Hezba al Shezira, her mother She read it for awhile and wondered what her husband was doing with the diary and decided she would talk to her Aunt about it when she saw her again She hid the diary and got ready to go to a party that her husband had received an invitation for When Aimee leaves for this party she is a beautiful, immature and inexperienced young widow But by the time she comes home that evening she is on the brink of becoming involved in a conspiracy and a plot for murder As you read this excellent novel you begin to notice that there are two separate stories that are intertwined in history I don t want to say any and give away all the intrigue and adventure, this is a must read I really loved this book and look forward tonovels from this author in the future Definitely five stars

  7. says:

    This review is a copy of what I posted on my blog, which is linked in my profile here on Goodreads I once had a dreams of being an Egyptologist I m not ever going to be one, but I still very much want to visit the land of the pharaohs With all that Egypt and its revolutions have been in the news lately, I started to realize just how muchthere is to the country than I previously thought So, when I got my copy of The Hidden by Jo Chumas, I was excited to discover a part of the story I h This review is a copy of what I posted on my blog, which is linked in my profile here on Goodreads I once had a dreams of being an Egyptologist I m not ever going to be one, but I still very much want to visit the land of the pharaohs With all that Egypt and its revolutions have been in the news lately, I started to realize just how muchthere is to the country than I previously thought So, when I got my copy of The Hidden by Jo Chumas, I was excited to discover a part of the story I hadn t ever known much about.The story is split between a diary written after World War I and events taking place in real time just before the start of World War II I admit to knowing woefully little about those periods in the history of anywhere but Europe and the United States Of course, Ms Chumas story is fictional but I can promise that it seems so very real that it s easy to imagine it happening The research the author did is intense and,than likely, I m going to read researchabout Egypt between the wars as soon as I m done writing this review.Aimee is the main character in the story She s a young girl, fresh both from a convent education in France and fresh into sudden widowhood after a brief and blissful marriage She s in the country of her birth but it s very much a foreign country to her All she wants to do is mourn her husband and find his killer What she discovers is a longstanding world of political turmoil that engulfed her family generations before she was even born.The enemies of the king think her husband shared secrets with her and they need those secrets badly if they have any hope of evading capture by the king s advisers who, in turn, are just as convinced that Aimee possess secrets they need to capture the enemies of the king.Aimee doesn t know who to trust in a world where everyone has at least two code names.The diary she receives from her husband in an odd, roundabout way ties everything together for her and helps her to know the mother she never knew As it turns out, Aimee ends up as essential to the future of Egypt in the 1940s as her mother was to Egypt in the 1920s.It s a beautiful story of self discovery in the face of grave danger.This is one of the rare books where a reader wants nothingthan to stay up late to finish it at the same time that she wants to ration out the pages that are left to make the story last longer I received a copy of Jo Chumas The Hidden through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway

  8. says:

    In The Hidden, there are two parallel stories being presented simultaneously one is in a diary format circa 1919 and the other in narrative form beginning in 1940 This is an interesting approach in which the two stories eventually come together in unity A thought comes to mind about the two periods in the story as things change, thethey seem to be the same The novel is put into perspective through its historical content that tells about life in Egypt during the years covered in the no In The Hidden, there are two parallel stories being presented simultaneously one is in a diary format circa 1919 and the other in narrative form beginning in 1940 This is an interesting approach in which the two stories eventually come together in unity A thought comes to mind about the two periods in the story as things change, thethey seem to be the same The novel is put into perspective through its historical content that tells about life in Egypt during the years covered in the novel Although beliefs and customs as they pertain to the story are integrated into and are an integral part of the story, personally I would have likeddetail about life, customs, traditions, and religeous and social beliefs Perhaps the author feltwould detract from the story This is a mystery, adventure novel that is also the story of people strong, believable characters The plot moves along nicely, but its is somewaht complex at least for me and requires close attention, but this does not detract from the story All things considered, I liked this novel and I believe you will, too an excellent story well told Reviewed by the author of The Children s Story, A Novel Not for Children about good and evil

  9. says:

    I might be judging too harshly, but when I think of historical fiction, I think The Killer Angels or The Poisonwood Bible I feel like both those books tell the stories of fictional characters while staying accurate to the historical accuracy of the time I cannot say the same of The Hidden I have been to the Middle East, read parts of the Koran and a few histories of the region, but I would never claim to be an expert This novel felt like Ms Chumas was applying current issues and techn I might be judging too harshly, but when I think of historical fiction, I think The Killer Angels or The Poisonwood Bible I feel like both those books tell the stories of fictional characters while staying accurate to the historical accuracy of the time I cannot say the same of The Hidden I have been to the Middle East, read parts of the Koran and a few histories of the region, but I would never claim to be an expert This novel felt like Ms Chumas was applying current issues and techniques of war terrorism, feminism in a historical context inappropriately As a result, it just feels inauthentic I must admit, I dislike female heroines who show so much weakness, fainting spells and stupid decisions do not help, and Aimee Ibrahim does boththan once The story s turns are not bad, but not all together unforeseeable Not a bad first outing, but didn t blow my skirt up either Oh, and using an adjective as a noun in the title just bugs me Worth a try, but if you want books on this region, try these Middle East History in Novels

  10. says:

    A great novel should transport you to a time and place The Hidden took me straight to the heart of Cairo where the heat and the buzz of the streets, with all their sights, sounds and smells, were tangible In 1940, Aimee Ibrahim is widowed and, with the authorities showing little interest, she sets out to discover who was responsible for her husband s death, only to find herself entangled in the plans of others seeking personal vengence and the warring leaders of an underground revoluntionary g A great novel should transport you to a time and place The Hidden took me straight to the heart of Cairo where the heat and the buzz of the streets, with all their sights, sounds and smells, were tangible In 1940, Aimee Ibrahim is widowed and, with the authorities showing little interest, she sets out to discover who was responsible for her husband s death, only to find herself entangled in the plans of others seeking personal vengence and the warring leaders of an underground revoluntionary group This is an epic tale of loss, love, revenge and revolution, where no one is quite as they seem The breadth and scope of the novel, together with tight management of a large cast, are two of Chumas s greatest achievements As the story unravells, the parallells between the lives of Aimee and her dead mother Hezba whose tells her own story through her diaries becomeandstark But what struck me most of all is that, with current unrest in the city, The Hidden seems particularly relevant at the present time

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