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The Hidden Child


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Louise was born and brought up near London. After a law degree at Southampton University, she worked in Hong Kong and Australia, and enjoyed travelling the world before returning to London to settle down to a career in law and banking. She holds a master's degree in creative writing from St Mary's University, London. Louise lives in the beautiful Surrey countryside with her husband, three children and small dog.


"Fein fashions an affecting historical novel by weaving together themes of eugenics, epilepsy, PTSD, and the crash of 1929.... A good choice for readers who enjoy 20th-century historical fiction, Fein's novel is well researched.... The classism and racism fundamental to eugenics come through clearly, as do the heartbreaking consequences of a child's serious illness."--Library Journal
From the first pages of Louise Fein's The Hidden Child, cracks appear in the picture-perfect veneer of the Hamilton family. I found myself tangled in the complicated web of Eleanor and Edward's marriage, and filled with both dread and hope for their daughter Mabel. Full of surprises, The Hidden Child takes us into the heart of a 1930s marriage as Eleanor and Edward navigate the boundaries of class, family ties, and the overwhelming fear of bringing moral shame into the light. A bittersweet tale that will keep you turning the pages until the wee hours to see what happens next.--Laura Morelli, USA Today bestselling author of The Night Portrait
"The Hidden Child is a heart-wrenching depiction of a golden couple in the 1920s.... Shocking, emotive, and compelling, but ultimately a story of hope. I loved it." --Deborah Carr, USA Today bestselling author of The Poppy Field
A family torn apart by misconceptions and forced to face their biggest fears, The Hidden Child is a meticulously researched, brave and timely look into the deep-seated prejudices that drove entire nations. --Serena Burdick, bestselling author of The Girls with No Names
"Set in the wake of the First World War, this well-researched story examines the eugenics movement through the eyes of one of its leading advocates.... A most enjoyable novel and a worthy follow-up to Fein's fantastic debut." --Fiona Mitchell, author of The Maid's Room and The Swap
An acutely observed and heart-breaking story. Louise Fein has a rare talent for immersing readers in her characters' stories and inviting us to decide what we would do. Her writing is pacy, warm and engaging, and she has become one of my new favorite authors. --Gill Paul, bestselling author of Another Woman's Husband and upcoming release The Collector's Daughter
"Louise Fein has done it again! At its core, The Hidden Child is a story of hope and redemption, of humanity and growth. Charting one family as it navigates trauma from the first world war, the impending depression, and the rising eugenics movement that will give rise to Hitler's Final Solution, The Hidden Child is both intimate and universal in scope. I loved this compelling read and its complex, flawed, but deeply human characters."--Addison Armstrong, author of The Light of Luna Park
"The Hidden Child is wonderfully spun through prose that is at times lyrical and poetic but always clear and forward moving. I was completely under its spell in this powerful, engaging, and ultimately heart-warming story."--Gill Thompson, author of The Ocean's Between Us and The Child on Platform One
"Louise Fein's The Hidden Child is a poignant rendering of love and motherhood, human frailty and redemption, exquisitely told against the backdrop of the unthinkable. A heroine for the ages, Eleanor Hamilton's predicament will tear your heart apart while her resolve is a testament to the power of intuition. Fein deftly takes the reader back to a terrifying turning point in history and, with grace and compassion, reminds us of the importance of standing up for what we believe in our souls to be true."--Judithe Little, author of The Chanel Sisters
"Filled with suspense, clever twists, and fascinating historical details, The Hidden Child is an absorbing story about the transformative power of love. Louise Fein has created a nuanced portrait of a family in crisis, and with every passing page of this book, I became more and more committed to rooting for the main character, a woman who finds her voice as she fights for her child's survival. This book is firmly rooted in Interwar England, but it contains the timeless message that the only real path to redemption is through the truth."--Elise Hooper, author of Fast Girls

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