Reviews

“It’s enormously cheering to get a good review by someone who seems to understand your work.”

Kenneth Koch, American Poet

A Hidden Life is an entertaining, powerful and uplifting read. But more than anything, A Hidden Life is an important read, because it opens the door to a discussion that we aren’t seeing enough of in today’s culture. This heartfelt novel deals with mental illness in a way that is relatable and understandable by weaving it into a story full of struggle and hope. The novel is full of significant moments that help us get a glimpse into a subject that we all need to work a little harder to understand. Getting to know the main character allows us a small window into the suffering of others, an opportunity that we must use to delve further into the conversation about mental illness.”

Eliana G., Copywriter

A Hidden Life” is a raw, funny, andinsightful novel, that readers will not want to put down. As a Clinical Social Worker, I believe this novel provides honesty in the realities many living with a mental illness experience, especially those who are trying to address their illness in isolation. Readers will find this novel relatable in how it depicts denial of the impact of mental health on ones life, often waiting until  their mental and emotional wellness  seems completely unmanageable, delaying courage to seek informal and/or professional support.   I believe this novel can be a great tool in provoking necessary conversations around mental health and the stigma associated, which often prevents individuals from becoming their most authentic and well self, no matter their race, gender, or socioeconomic status.”

Simone Donaldson, MSW, RSW, Consultant & Therapist 

A Hidden Life is an excellent peek into the life of a young woman managing her mental illness in today’s society. The story brings to light the daily struggles she and others face, which is relevant to so many people today. The characters are well written, drawing you into their lives while you wonder what will happen next. I couldn’t put the book down – the storyline touched me in a personal way. I believe it can help bring awareness and understanding to the subject of “mental illness.”

Maureen Hochdorf, Writer/Editor


A Hidden Life” is as enjoyable to read as it is raw. The emotions and situations that take place within the novel perfectly encompass the types of feelings and thoughts that someone struggling with their mental illness would experience; given in a format that makes it easy for the reader to follow along and picture themselves in the room with the characters. The main character is incredibly easy to fall in love with thanks to Isabel’s amazing writing style, and the struggles that she has to go through can be seen as both relatable and inspiring for those of us who struggle daily with our inner demons. Isabel truly has a hidden gem with this novel, and I cannot wait to see the rest of the world read, laugh, ponder and enjoy it as much as I have!

Harry Potvin, Host of TheMentalCorner

“A Hidden Life: The life I’ve lived is an honest and impactful book which explores the realities and the challenges of mental illness in today’s society. As a healthcare worker I found this story particularly special as it addresses the topic of mental health, and the social stigmas which surround it, head on. With each chapter we gain a better understanding of what it means to come of age with the added challenges of mental illness and we get a long overdue look into what we as a society can do to help bring this issue to the forefront. The author pulls you into the novel from beginning to end and gives a voice to mental illness through her main character’s vulnerable and courageous journey into womanhood. A Hidden Life is a book which strives to bridge the gap between those with and without mental health concerns in a world where the subject is largely taboo. It is truly an eye-opening read!”

Alexis, Healthcare Professional

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