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Big city politics, nasty secrets, a dirty cop, and a deranged sociopath set the stage for a riveting journey deep into the urban jungle. The last scion of a once-powerful political family, Worrcester mayor John O'Toole has his sights set on vastly higher aspirations. When night shift paramedic Thomas Archer uncovers a secret that could upend the mayor's career, O'Toole Big city politics, nasty secrets, a dirty cop, and a deranged sociopath set the stage for a riveting journey deep into the urban jungle. The last scion of a once-powerful political family, Worrcester mayor John O'Toole has his sights set on vastly higher aspirations. When night shift paramedic Thomas Archer uncovers a secret that could upend the mayor's career, O'Toole is set on silencing him, and sends Eamon Conroy, a brutal former cop, to ensure the truth remains under wraps. But O'Toole doesn't stop there. With bribes, buried secrets, and personal attacks, he wreaks havoc on Archer's life in an attempt to save himself. Archer's troubles continue to mount when domestic terrorist and militia member Gerald Knak, who blames Archer for his wife's recent death, sets in motion a deadly plan for revenge. With two forces of evil aligned against him, Archer doesn't stand a chance. But things aren't always what they seem--and he may just have a few tricks up his sleeve in a last gambit to get out alive.


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Big city politics, nasty secrets, a dirty cop, and a deranged sociopath set the stage for a riveting journey deep into the urban jungle. The last scion of a once-powerful political family, Worrcester mayor John O'Toole has his sights set on vastly higher aspirations. When night shift paramedic Thomas Archer uncovers a secret that could upend the mayor's career, O'Toole Big city politics, nasty secrets, a dirty cop, and a deranged sociopath set the stage for a riveting journey deep into the urban jungle. The last scion of a once-powerful political family, Worrcester mayor John O'Toole has his sights set on vastly higher aspirations. When night shift paramedic Thomas Archer uncovers a secret that could upend the mayor's career, O'Toole is set on silencing him, and sends Eamon Conroy, a brutal former cop, to ensure the truth remains under wraps. But O'Toole doesn't stop there. With bribes, buried secrets, and personal attacks, he wreaks havoc on Archer's life in an attempt to save himself. Archer's troubles continue to mount when domestic terrorist and militia member Gerald Knak, who blames Archer for his wife's recent death, sets in motion a deadly plan for revenge. With two forces of evil aligned against him, Archer doesn't stand a chance. But things aren't always what they seem--and he may just have a few tricks up his sleeve in a last gambit to get out alive.

30 review for Every Hidden Thing

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    As a first-time fiction author, Ted Flanagan’s Every Hidden Thing is based on his own experience as a paramedic and Massachusetts newspaper reporter. An ambulance is called to a flat, only for the paramedics to discover a botched home birth and the mother still bleeding. Also present is a former crooked policeman who is out of jail and working for the mayor’s team and planned Governor’s campaign. So begins the saga, with all the hallmarks of a good suspense thriller, crooked cops, city politicia As a first-time fiction author, Ted Flanagan’s Every Hidden Thing is based on his own experience as a paramedic and Massachusetts newspaper reporter. An ambulance is called to a flat, only for the paramedics to discover a botched home birth and the mother still bleeding. Also present is a former crooked policeman who is out of jail and working for the mayor’s team and planned Governor’s campaign. So begins the saga, with all the hallmarks of a good suspense thriller, crooked cops, city politicians, revenge and a killer out to seek justice. With three great protagonists, changing loyalties and action aplenty leading to a confrontational finale this novel makes for a good read. The final chapter was somewhat glib, so only a three-and-a-half-star rating. With thanks to Crooked Lane Books and the author, for an uncorrected proof copy for review purposes. As always, the opinions herein are totally my own and are made without fear or favour.

  2. 5 out of 5

    John Vercher

    The "city of the hills" is as much a living, breathing character as any of Flanagan's layered and complicated antagonists and protagonists in this stunner of a debut novel. Flawed characters making bad decisions despite (some) good intentions make this one impossible to put down. To make comparisons to other crime writers wouldn't be apt—Flanagan is in a category all his own. Readers will be ready to pre-order his next book by the time they finish the final page. The "city of the hills" is as much a living, breathing character as any of Flanagan's layered and complicated antagonists and protagonists in this stunner of a debut novel. Flawed characters making bad decisions despite (some) good intentions make this one impossible to put down. To make comparisons to other crime writers wouldn't be apt—Flanagan is in a category all his own. Readers will be ready to pre-order his next book by the time they finish the final page.

  3. 5 out of 5

    AC

    Worster, Mass EMT Thomas Archer and his partner have a problem. It isn't the woman who has just delivered a baby who is in respiratory distress, it isn't even the woman's boyfriend. The real problem is Eamon Conroy, a corrupt and sadistic cop Archer helped send to prison years ago. Conroy is the fixer for John O'Toole, mayor of Worster from a prominent political family, who has his sites set on the Governor's mansion. His issue is greasing the right palms, and getting Conroy to take care of other Worster, Mass EMT Thomas Archer and his partner have a problem. It isn't the woman who has just delivered a baby who is in respiratory distress, it isn't even the woman's boyfriend. The real problem is Eamon Conroy, a corrupt and sadistic cop Archer helped send to prison years ago. Conroy is the fixer for John O'Toole, mayor of Worster from a prominent political family, who has his sites set on the Governor's mansion. His issue is greasing the right palms, and getting Conroy to take care of other problems in a more violent way. That includes Archer now, given he and his partner's witness of the baby scene. Archer's young son has a brain tumor, and one of the places they stop on their rounds is at a church where a young woman lies in a persistent vegetative state, while her mother stands by her, convinced that the power of god flows through her daughter. Many people come to pray in front of the woman in her be, seeing her through a window on the opposite wall, where a bench sits, ready for them to kneel. Archer and the mom have a number of conversations through the book, and at the end there's a gigantic gathering where people can come to ask for miracles/to be blessed/and whatever other stuff religion does for people who believe. I'm not a fan of fraudsters and hucksters, so these parts had me rolling my eyes. Luckily, the majority of the book is taken up by Archer trying to avoid crossing paths with Conroy. We then switch gears to the POV of a reporter, who is going to be laid off not terribly far down the road. Her editor tells her it's the best he could get for her, and she decides to go out with a bang, by investigating the new gubernatorial candidate, his shady deals, and his employ of Conroy. She faces some real danger, as an old white woman going to a rather rough part of town to talk to the woman who gave birth. She makes it out of there, but not before her car is set on fire by the crowd. There's a separate subplot about a man who is obviously a QAnon kind of nutjob, ascribing all sorts of ills in the world on Democrats, liberals, activists, and of course the LGBTQI+ category. He's further indoctrinated by his father in law, and his father in law and what seems to be a council of sorts for the local militia have a job for him: go to Worster and assassinate someone. I found this the least compelling o the various storylines, not because it's unrealistic, but because crazy seems to be his only character trait. As we return to the main story, things stat getting out of hand and O'Toole is becoming impatient with Conroy. Conroy gets harder into his work, offering Archer's partner enough money to put toward a new house for his family. Archer continues to be pressed by his life seemingly spinning out of control. The end is....the end is good, and matches nicely with the events of the book. There is a loose string here and there, but nothing to make the ending less believable, and I kind of welcome that from time to time, since most writers seem to think everything has to be 100% in tying up everything that has happened in a book. In books like this, there's too much ambiguity to do that, so like a lot of life, people wring what they can from it. A very solid four out of five stars. Thanks to Crooked Land Books and NetGalley for the reading copy.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Crimefictioncritic

    Every Hidden Thing by Ted Flanagan—A dark, gritty thriller filled with suspense, double-crosses, and buried secrets. When Worcester (Massachusetts) EMT Thomas Archer and his partner respond to a childbirth emergency call, they find the child already delivered and in severe respiratory distress. Archer is then shocked to learn the person who delivered the baby, still at the scene and is none other than Eamon Conroy, a sociopathic former crooked cop Archer once helped send to prison. Things go down Every Hidden Thing by Ted Flanagan—A dark, gritty thriller filled with suspense, double-crosses, and buried secrets. When Worcester (Massachusetts) EMT Thomas Archer and his partner respond to a childbirth emergency call, they find the child already delivered and in severe respiratory distress. Archer is then shocked to learn the person who delivered the baby, still at the scene and is none other than Eamon Conroy, a sociopathic former crooked cop Archer once helped send to prison. Things go downhill fast from there for Archer, who already has more than enough problems in his life, including a young son suffering from life-threatening brain cancer. He’s also a recovering alcoholic in a marriage that has grown shaky due to his son’s serious medical problems. But when Archer learns the child’s mother is a low-level city employee and the father a crooked and powerful local city politician who hired Conroy to keep the affair and baby out of the press, he is determined to do the right thing. He reports Conroy’s unethical conduct. In response, Conroy goes about doing everything in his power to destroy Archer’s credibility and silence him by blaming him for the botched delivery that left the child brain-damaged. A lot is going on in this book. Every major character, of which there are many, has backstories and character flaws that bear on the primary plot. Besides the former bent cop, plenty of buried secrets get unearthed, and lots of dirty big city politics are involved. It’s a deep dive into the gritty underbelly of the urban jungle. There are multiple points of view and several subplots that the author weaves into this dark, gritty tale. With multiple forces of evil arrayed against him, it doesn’t seem as if Archer stands a chance of surviving the salvos of personal attacks even if he manages to escape with his life. I really liked this book because Flanagan touches so realistically on the very sort of political sleaze and media dishonesty that is so much in evidence today at almost every level in the country. Some of it reads almost as if it were ripped from recent headlines and serves as a sad reminder of how modern society and culture today seems to be coming apart at the seams because of shady, power-grabbing politicians and a corrupt media that readily distort the truth to make a fast buck and to promote its own social agenda. Despite the multiple story lines and numerous major characters, Flanagan’s plotting chops keep the reader on track and free of confusion. I found it an intriguing read with plenty of suspense and surprising twists that kept me turning the pages until the very end. I recommend Every Hidden Thing to those who enjoy suspenseful thrillers, especially when such novels offer something more than the usual thriller story lines and plots. I received an advance review copy of the book from the publisher via NetGalley used for this review, representing my own unbiased opinion.

  5. 4 out of 5

    James Baker

    October 26, 2021 Book Review Submission “Every Hidden Thing” by Ted Flanagan Reviewer: James Baker [email protected] Quick, what characteristics and traits would you like to see from an author before investing your time, energy, and money in reading a debut novel? Ted Flanagan, author of debut novel “Every Hidden Thing”, exhibits most if not all of them. In short, he has been in the “Catbird Seat of Insightful Observation” for his entire life but why and how did this opportunity come to pass? He October 26, 2021 Book Review Submission “Every Hidden Thing” by Ted Flanagan Reviewer: James Baker [email protected] Quick, what characteristics and traits would you like to see from an author before investing your time, energy, and money in reading a debut novel? Ted Flanagan, author of debut novel “Every Hidden Thing”, exhibits most if not all of them. In short, he has been in the “Catbird Seat of Insightful Observation” for his entire life but why and how did this opportunity come to pass? He is an only child, so growing up he self-developed his vivid imagination and sense of curiosity. His family valued current events as evidenced by six, count em six, home delivered newspaper editions per day. His father was a successful tool salesman with the gift of gab that accompanies his Irish heritage. His mother was a personable elder care advocate and pianist who was a high school beauty queen. And his grandmother was the first licensed lobsterwoman in the State of Maine. When he was not cavorting with the neighborhood posse of teen boys, he was devouring books - sometimes two or three a week. Ted’s command of the English language is legendary. Perhaps it comes from taking Latin in high school. And doing so voluntarily!! For 3 years!!! His verbs resonate. His adjectives are so vivid that you feel like you are in the same room as the action unfolds - almost like being the paint on the wall with magic seeing eye capability. He is extremely bright and extraordinarily observant - a deadly combination for the author of a crime thriller. This skill may be inherited from his Irish roots that tell him when a story is indeed a tale his audience would be interested in. Then add that he is a voracious, lifelong reader with a good memory.. REVIEW “EVERY HIDDEN THING” 1 Just possessing these character traits is necessary but not sufficient to be a good author. He must have had the opportunity to apply them in the real world. And thankfully he has done so as represented by his professional life and these career choices: US Marine - not just your average “gy-rine” but a Force Recon Marine who served four years including time aboard the Teddy Roosevelt Aircraft Carrier doing lazy eights off the coast of Bosnia. Mission: part of team who would fly helicopters behind enemy lines and “fast rope” to the surface to rescue downed pilots. EMT/Paramedic - riding trucks throughout Central Mass and Northern Connecticut all the while witnessing and treating carnage from auto accidents, gang shootings, heart attacks, structure fires, and ordinary ouchies, sometimes life threatening, most times not, but always an emergency in the eyes of the victim or his family. He rode the only helicopter on duty for the entire state of New Hampshire for over a year. From the Canadian border to Nashua and the other border towns with Massachusetts if you needed a Flight Paramedic anywhere in the state, Ted was your guy. Reporter for daily newspapers throughout Central Massachusetts covering every kind of story from obituaries to selectman meetings to Town Meetings to fires in Lowell, Lawrence, or Worcester plus any news story with local interest for larger and more urban areas. Here he learned the importance of accuracy as well as the demands of a deadlines-oriented profession. Two keys for a novice author. He has the knack for knowing when a story would be compelling for his reader. Sound good? Yep!! It is!! On the other hand, Ted’s personal life contributes to his skill set as well. He has had to make life and death decisions regarding the experimental treatment for his son’s multiple brain tumor diagnosis. (Son is now thriving as a Dean’s List college sophomore. Thank you, Dana Farber and the Jimmy Fund). He is well loved and supported by his family. He is a man of faith who follows his Lord and believes what He says about who He is and what He expects us to do in following Him. In Ted’s case, his actions speak louder than mere words. He has endured the angst of almost losing the family homestead due to unforeseen medical expenses. Really, who REVIEW “EVERY HIDDEN THING” 2 expects to be crushed with medical bills for a two year old with brain cancer? He has foregone many a holiday to pick up a shift with overtime to help dig out of debt - one shovel at a time. And yes he knows what it is like to “punch the clock”. Over and over and over again. Oh yeah, and the result is? Debut novel “Every Hidden Thing” by author Ted Flanagan and Crooked Lane Publisher. Summary book rating? Outstanding. Five stars. Read it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Claudete Takahashi

    Tom Archer was not afraid of going against powerful people in order to make sure that the truth was being told, however, this position in life was costing him everything. His son was dying, he rarely saw his wife and he was being followed by very bad men. Lu, a long-standing reporter also pursues the truth with all her might, but she is faced with a harsh reality when divorced, with no financial help from her ex-husband, and a son in the university, she is dumped from her 30-year job. Both of th Tom Archer was not afraid of going against powerful people in order to make sure that the truth was being told, however, this position in life was costing him everything. His son was dying, he rarely saw his wife and he was being followed by very bad men. Lu, a long-standing reporter also pursues the truth with all her might, but she is faced with a harsh reality when divorced, with no financial help from her ex-husband, and a son in the university, she is dumped from her 30-year job. Both of their lives intersect with those of the mayor, John O'Toole, who wants to become a governor, his right-hand man, Conroy, who just left prison, and Knak a man who wants to fight and go against the system. All characters are deeply in angst for their loss, whichever it is, and this angst is easily seen in the way Flanagan writes and describes situations and feelings. A great plot, with very interesting characters who are relatable to many in their pursuit of the meaning of life. I downloaded a free copy of this book through NetGalley and this is my honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Vonice Larsen

    So good I will read it twice! Treat yourself to the audible version too. It is a rare gift that a writer engages a reader so thoroughly you feel the characters emotions. Talented writing that brings the characters to life. You can smell and see the city. Listened to the audible version at work and read the electronic version while having a soak. This book has surprising twists and memorable characters. There are no loose ends in this story. I hope this author writes more books. Favorite phrase fr So good I will read it twice! Treat yourself to the audible version too. It is a rare gift that a writer engages a reader so thoroughly you feel the characters emotions. Talented writing that brings the characters to life. You can smell and see the city. Listened to the audible version at work and read the electronic version while having a soak. This book has surprising twists and memorable characters. There are no loose ends in this story. I hope this author writes more books. Favorite phrase from this book; mechanical necessities. There is nothing mechanical about the writing. BRAVO Mr. Flanagan!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jane Lantz

    Having lived in Worcester for 45 years, I enjoyed this book on two levels. The story is fast moving, complicated and compelling. Figuring out the new renamed places, street and institutions was an added bonus to a great read (one of my favorites Gong Pond)!! Very much reminded me of Jack O’Connell’s series set in the old factory down of “Quinsigamond”.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ferne

    There are some debut novels that simply don't hint that a newcomer has been published. This debut is gripping realism that could easily have been a story torn from news headlines. The author is a paramedic and a former daily newspaper reporter that is no stranger to the life of an EMT and shows his prowess with the written word. Thomas Archer and partner Julio Tavares are paramedics in Worcester, Massachusetts. They take the calls of the night for emergency assistance week in and week out. Every There are some debut novels that simply don't hint that a newcomer has been published. This debut is gripping realism that could easily have been a story torn from news headlines. The author is a paramedic and a former daily newspaper reporter that is no stranger to the life of an EMT and shows his prowess with the written word. Thomas Archer and partner Julio Tavares are paramedics in Worcester, Massachusetts. They take the calls of the night for emergency assistance week in and week out. Everyone knows EMTs are on the front lines, first responders to emergencies and quite often without accompaniment by fire fighters or police. But I think it is rare that we pause to think of them as husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, working to support their own families, stretching limits of endurance to pay bills or to give their family a better opportunity than he/she had when growing up, or coping with the heartaches of a child with brain tumors. This is an inside look and it is not for the faint of heart. One quickly enters the darkness of the tale and wonders if evil will outweigh the possibilities of goodness and hope. Read it. It's a story that is thought-provoking and is impossible to put down. I am very appreciative of the Early Reviewer opportunities by LibraryThing as I've found it a wonderful chance to introduce a new author to one’s reading repertoire.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Every Hidden Thing is a gripping story that you won’t be able to put down! I so enjoyed Flanagan’s debut novel about an underdog paramedic who acts on his values to undermine corrupt politicians and public servants. As a Massachusetts native, I enjoyed the references to the gritty city of Worcester, the New Hampshire countryside and the respite of the Cape. The characters are well developed and the plot is multilayered. I hope the author is working on a new book because I will definitely read wh Every Hidden Thing is a gripping story that you won’t be able to put down! I so enjoyed Flanagan’s debut novel about an underdog paramedic who acts on his values to undermine corrupt politicians and public servants. As a Massachusetts native, I enjoyed the references to the gritty city of Worcester, the New Hampshire countryside and the respite of the Cape. The characters are well developed and the plot is multilayered. I hope the author is working on a new book because I will definitely read whatever he writes.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Guggina

    I love this book so much. It's a great story, with thoughtful well-formed characters. The book explores themes of loyalty, greed, good and evil, in an engaging and fast paced story. It takes place almost entirely at night in a gritty complicated city which makes the perfect setting for this crime novel. Extremely well written. A total page turner. I love this book so much. It's a great story, with thoughtful well-formed characters. The book explores themes of loyalty, greed, good and evil, in an engaging and fast paced story. It takes place almost entirely at night in a gritty complicated city which makes the perfect setting for this crime novel. Extremely well written. A total page turner.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    Fantastic Having been born and raised only a handful of miles away from the setting location of this book, Worcester, Massachusetts, I could feel a real connection to the story, to the area. And the multitude of characters, each with their own personal issues, helps tell the story of the book’s main character. What a tremendous debut novel! Highly recommend.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Emily Ross

    Every Hidden Thing brings together an EMS worker whose son has a life-threatening illness, a corrupt politician, a dirty cop, a disillusioned reporter, and a deranged domestic terrorist in a twisty tale that grabs you from the first page and never lets go. Set in the gritty city of Worcester Massachusetts, it evokes the work of Dennis Lehane and Michael Harvey while shining a light on a blue-collar world where hope is fragile and despair is just around the corner. As its main character Archer st Every Hidden Thing brings together an EMS worker whose son has a life-threatening illness, a corrupt politician, a dirty cop, a disillusioned reporter, and a deranged domestic terrorist in a twisty tale that grabs you from the first page and never lets go. Set in the gritty city of Worcester Massachusetts, it evokes the work of Dennis Lehane and Michael Harvey while shining a light on a blue-collar world where hope is fragile and despair is just around the corner. As its main character Archer struggles against seemingly insurmountable problems, Every Hidden Thing will move you, even as you race to turn the pages. Highly recommended!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    This title has a nice blend of characters, all part of a larger web Eamon Conroy, a brutal former cop, has woven all to help Worcester mayor John O'Toole's aspirations. Unfortunately for both Conroy and O'Toole, paramedic Thomas Archer isn't going to go quietly into the night. Plenty of twists and turns for a decent read. The way he portrayed politicians grabbing for power and the way the media can be convinced to help them resonated true to me. The inclusion of subplots also added to the authent This title has a nice blend of characters, all part of a larger web Eamon Conroy, a brutal former cop, has woven all to help Worcester mayor John O'Toole's aspirations. Unfortunately for both Conroy and O'Toole, paramedic Thomas Archer isn't going to go quietly into the night. Plenty of twists and turns for a decent read. The way he portrayed politicians grabbing for power and the way the media can be convinced to help them resonated true to me. The inclusion of subplots also added to the authentic feel. I received an advance review copy of the book from the publisher via NetGalley used for this review. All opinions are my own.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    Review of Advance Uncorrected Proofs A botched home birth leaves a newborn baby on the verge of death; paramedics Thomas Archer and Julio Tavares answer 9-1-1 call; they find an unscrupulous ex-policeman, Eamon Conroy, there in the flat with the mother. They bring the mother and child to the hospital, but Archer is unsettled . . . he and Conroy have a past connection. Mayor John O’Toole aspires to the governorship . . . and perhaps even the White House. But Archer’s discovery of a secret could der Review of Advance Uncorrected Proofs A botched home birth leaves a newborn baby on the verge of death; paramedics Thomas Archer and Julio Tavares answer 9-1-1 call; they find an unscrupulous ex-policeman, Eamon Conroy, there in the flat with the mother. They bring the mother and child to the hospital, but Archer is unsettled . . . he and Conroy have a past connection. Mayor John O’Toole aspires to the governorship . . . and perhaps even the White House. But Archer’s discovery of a secret could derail all of the mayor’s grandiose plans. Using personal attacks and bribes, O’Toole tries to keep Archer from revealing the truth; he even resorts to sending the ruthless Eamon Conroy to ensure Archer’s silence. Reporter Lu McCarthy has been following the story of the baby and the paramedic as she faces her final days at the newspaper; her connection to Archer plays into her decisions. But when she must decide between her own ethics and a windfall she sorely needs, what will she choose? As this story is playing out, other events keep Thomas unsettled and concerned. His four-year-son, Michael, remains hospitalized in grave condition with multiple cancerous brain tumors; a terrorist Gerald Knak [proselytized by his late wife’s father, Avis Locke] holds a grudge against Archer, the man he blames for the death of his wife Charlotte. Will O’Toole succeed in keeping his secrets as he sets his sights on the governorship? How will Archer defend himself against Conroy and Knak? And how will Lu and the newspaper fit into the story of Worcester? ========= Well-drawn, nuanced, and flawed characters populate this tense tale of power, politics, scandal, and secrets. As the compelling narrative reveals the characters’ interconnectedness, it also lays bare the moral dilemmas each face. With loyalties tested, personal issues play an integral part in the unfolding story that takes an uncompromised look at corruption. At the same time, the tension, the foreboding, and the suspense all combine with a twisty plot to reveal the grittiness of the inner city and the strength and integrity of first responders. Readers will find much to appreciate in this well-told tale of hope amidst despair. Highly recommended.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Choices have consequences. Very interesting characters throughout the story and most were faced with choices that impact the narrative and their own character. Archer’s choice to file the complaint, Lu’s choice to write the articles (and then not write the article), O’Toole’s choices to pursue power, Julio’s choice to take the money, all have justification and all give us some understanding of their motivations. I enjoyed the journey of the characters and seeing them interact with each other ove Choices have consequences. Very interesting characters throughout the story and most were faced with choices that impact the narrative and their own character. Archer’s choice to file the complaint, Lu’s choice to write the articles (and then not write the article), O’Toole’s choices to pursue power, Julio’s choice to take the money, all have justification and all give us some understanding of their motivations. I enjoyed the journey of the characters and seeing them interact with each other over the consequences of these decisions. Evangeline vs. Michael. I didn’t quite understand the divinity of Evangeline. I think she survived a near drowning (which Archer was connected to) and this somehow made her a vessel for religion and evidence of God. Evangeline was propped up and I was confused on why that was the case. I did really enjoy Archer’s confusion in the end on what saved Michael – was it science or faith? And him not needing an answer. I liked his decision to continue with the ritual of applying the brown oil in an effort to run out every grounder and be open to all possibilities. I think there’s a parallel between these two kids but I’m probably not smart enough to grasp it. Plot setting. The story is set in an area of the country that I’m not familiar with so I’m sure if you know Worcester and Boston the landmarks will make a lot more sense and be more impactful. It did not distract me at all however but I think if you know the area it would be more appealing and interesting. Worst character. Certainly Knak and Conroy are the front-runners as these two did not have a lot going for them in terms of likeability. Both saw fitting ends although Knak’s was way way way more chilling. I must admit that I did laugh when Conroy punched the bearded political advisor. However, I would like to make a case for Lu. It seemed she knowingly published articles for cash against her own step-brother that she either knew were false or didn’t do any research on. Her ending as a seemingly successful author and her ironic quote about checking out your mother’s love just rubbed me the wrong way. I really disliked her. "Choices have consequences."

  17. 5 out of 5

    Roberta

    A well-written drama about a paramedic (Thomas Archer, referred to as Archer) and authored by a knowledgeable paramedic. The local married mayor, John O'Toole, has been having an affair with a low-level city employee, who later gives birth to a mentally challenged infant. The baby is delivered by one of the mayor's henchmen (Conroy), who commits several mistakes during the delivery. The mother's friend is present when the birth takes place and calls 911, whereupon paramedics Archer & his long-tim A well-written drama about a paramedic (Thomas Archer, referred to as Archer) and authored by a knowledgeable paramedic. The local married mayor, John O'Toole, has been having an affair with a low-level city employee, who later gives birth to a mentally challenged infant. The baby is delivered by one of the mayor's henchmen (Conroy), who commits several mistakes during the delivery. The mother's friend is present when the birth takes place and calls 911, whereupon paramedics Archer & his long-time partner Julio soon arrive. The mother & others present later claim that it was Archer who delivered the child & caused the child's problem. Archer files a written complaint. The mayor plans on running for governor & asks Conroy to take care of the matter by eliminating Archer. At the same time a deranged militia man & domestic terrorist (Gerald Knack) decides that it was the paramedic Archer who was responsible for the death of his wife, Charlotte. The local militia initially assist Knack in formulating details for him to carry out his plan for revenge on Archer by silencing him permanently. The group doesn't take lightly any form of cowardice on the part of Knack or any other member to execute a plan they devised. These two forces collide in making Archer's life a living hell. Archer's wife, Elaine, is about to give birth. However much of their free time is spent caring for their son, Michael, who has serious medical issues of his own & spends much time in the hospital. Readers will thoroughly enjoy this one.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Wagner

    *I received this book through LibraryThing Early Reviewers.* This novel certainly has some great moments - I particularly like one towards the end featuring a dirty cop meeting his end and the more I read the more I liked Lu, a gritty local journalist - but overall I struggled to get into this story. There a number of nonlinear moments throughout and as a reader I felt these time jumps were both confusing and didn't work for the story. I also didn't take to the character of Thomas Archer - his pa *I received this book through LibraryThing Early Reviewers.* This novel certainly has some great moments - I particularly like one towards the end featuring a dirty cop meeting his end and the more I read the more I liked Lu, a gritty local journalist - but overall I struggled to get into this story. There a number of nonlinear moments throughout and as a reader I felt these time jumps were both confusing and didn't work for the story. I also didn't take to the character of Thomas Archer - his partner Julio and the journalist Lu both struck me as more interesting characters. Finally, the ending felt somewhat anti-climatic and in need of something more. Readers who enjoy thrillers and mysteries may well enjoy this book more than I did, and I would encourage them to check it out.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Patrick LeClerc

    This is a tense, fast paced thriller that reminds me of Dennis Lehane if he wrote about Worcester and not Boston. I don;t want to spoil anything, but it's the story of a veteran paramedic caught up in a scandal that could damage the career and aspirations of the mayor, a scion of a political dynasty with his sights on grander things. Things that he isn't about to let a humble medic stand in the way of. Flanagan draws ion his experiences as a paramedic and a newspaper reporter to lend a feel of gri This is a tense, fast paced thriller that reminds me of Dennis Lehane if he wrote about Worcester and not Boston. I don;t want to spoil anything, but it's the story of a veteran paramedic caught up in a scandal that could damage the career and aspirations of the mayor, a scion of a political dynasty with his sights on grander things. Things that he isn't about to let a humble medic stand in the way of. Flanagan draws ion his experiences as a paramedic and a newspaper reporter to lend a feel of gritty realism to his depictions of the struggles of emergency services and the seedy underbelly of city politics. This is a story that grabs hold of you and won;t let you go until you've finished.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    In Every Hidden Thing, author Ted Flanagan exposes the dark and seamy underbelly of politics. Paramedic Thomas Archer has a strong sense of right and wrong.  Years earlier, he helped put away crooked cop Eamon Conroy. In the present, Thomas files an ethics complaint that puts him in the crosshairs of ambitious Mayor John O’Toole.  Thomas and his partner Julio Tavares unwittingly stumble into a secret that O’Toole wants to bury and he won’t just settle for trying to ruin Archer. As if trying to st In Every Hidden Thing, author Ted Flanagan exposes the dark and seamy underbelly of politics. Paramedic Thomas Archer has a strong sense of right and wrong.  Years earlier, he helped put away crooked cop Eamon Conroy. In the present, Thomas files an ethics complaint that puts him in the crosshairs of ambitious Mayor John O’Toole.  Thomas and his partner Julio Tavares unwittingly stumble into a secret that O’Toole wants to bury and he won’t just settle for trying to ruin Archer. As if trying to stay ahead of his latest trouble with the mayor is not enough, militia member Gerarld Knak is also gunning for Thomas. Thomas has his share of serious problems in his personal life. He has gone through difficult times in the past that he managed to overcome. Thomas is undergoing a very challenging ordeal but he refuses to withdraw his complaint even when he knows Eamon is after him. Newspaper reporter Lu McCarthy has a tumultuous past with Thomas. This figures into a decision she makes that comes back to haunt her. Trying to right her wrong, Lu learns just far Mayor O’Toole will go to achieve his political goals. Gerald has plenty of grievances but his issue with Thomas is personal. He has been on the fringes of his father-in-law’s militia for years and he is a big believer of conspiracy theories. Gerald is out for revenge but will he accomplish his goal? Every Hidden Thing is a well-written novel that is quite suspenseful. Most of the characters are decently developed but difficult to like. The action in the present is interrupted by flashbacks that provide interesting backstory. Some parts of the storyline drag a little which makes the pacing a little uneven. Readers can  expect plenty of moral dilemmas as loyalties are tested by greed.  Ted Flanagan brings this debut novel to an action-packed conclusion that is not completely satisfying.

  21. 4 out of 5

    EB

    Absolutely loved this book!! It is not my typical genre but so well written and loved the twisting and weaving of the plot. If you know Massachusetts you will have an extra love and appreciation for the various settings throughout the book. In addition to the plot and setting, the character development was constant, always learning some new part of the characters’ lives. It left me wanting to read more from Flanagan. What a debut novel!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Chaya Nebel

    Archer is a city EMT who runs up against trouble in the form of crooked politicians and a scandal that the would-be governor of Massachusetts would rather not be uncovered. This is a gritty, dark thriller with a colorful, if unsavory, cast of characters and a fast-paced plot that keeps the reader interested. There are twists and turns, a protagonist the reader roots for, and just enough corruption to make it grippingly realistic.

  23. 5 out of 5

    wade

    A gritty new novel about a corrupt mayor and a plethora of characters entangled in his quest to state office. Many characters are innocent and many characters are not. Most are down on their luck and trying to get by. Many are manipulated into doing things (some criminal) that they would not normally do. The primary characters are a man on an EMS team accused of mishandling the delivery of a baby and a small town newspaper reporter in jeopardy of losing her job. A nice first novel.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Andy

    I received this book as part of LibraryThing’s early reviewer program Pretty solid debut novel. You can tell the author writes from experience. The paramedics’ work was interesting and believable. I think the book could use a little more “meat” to it. More character development and development of their relationships. And the ending felt rushed. Still I’d read another book by Ted Flanagan

  25. 5 out of 5

    Bruce Sembar

    Hard book to rate. It was kind of up and down. None of the characters were developed very well. Even though he gave background information on several. The ending was unsatisfying. He just ended the storylines very simply. This book was definitely not a page-turner.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Meeghan Kummer

    Suspenseful story. Fiction but written by a Worcester EMT about the city. Alot of corruption by a "bad" ex-cop Conroy. Suspenseful story. Fiction but written by a Worcester EMT about the city. Alot of corruption by a "bad" ex-cop Conroy.

  27. 5 out of 5

    LaShana

    Eh. It was Ok.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Scott Blackburn

    Every Hidden Thing is one hell of a debut from Ted Flanagan. The intelligent, intricate plot is brought to life by an array of characters faced with unthinkable decisions throughout. This book has everything: back room deals, hush money, murder, and conspiracy. What truly lends authenticity to this novel is Flanagan’s personal experiences as an EMT; the protagonist, Thomas Archer, like Ted, has seen the best and worst of humankind. I can’t recommend this enough.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Coleen McFarland

  30. 4 out of 5

    Deb Zomberg

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