BOOK CLUB: The Hidden Beach

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Author: Karen Swan
ISBN: 978-1529006216
Copy courtesy of PanMacmillan

This book is set in Stockholm and the wonderful collection of isles of the Stockholm archipelago.  I was so interested in the location that a quick Google search showed me just how amazing this area is.

Bell Everhurst has been working as a Nanny for three years for a couple.  She cares for their 10-year-old son Linus and their 3-year-old twin girls Elise and Tilde.  She has watched these children grow up and has formed a very strong bond with them especially with Linus.

One hectic morning Bell answers a phone call that makes no sense at all to her.  She is asked to pass on a message to her boss.  The message is that her husband has woken. Bell is left feeling confused by the call and knows that her boss has a very busy day at work and won’t be able to be contacted. 


The evening when Hanna arrives home Bell passes on the confusing message and is caught off guard by Hanna’s reaction to this news.  Long kept secrets are suddenly forced to be shared and deeply hidden fears and wounds are brought to the surface. Life changes for the family and of course for Bell who becomes more involved in this drama then she had planned or ever wanted to be.

I really enjoy Karen Swan’s writing and was really excited to receive this book, which is not the first of Karen’s books that I have had the delight in reading.  I love that her characters are so real.  They have their faults but their imperfections are what make them real.

This is an awesome home isolation read that allows you to delight in such a wonderful location as the Stockholm Archipelago.

A selection of our members are reading The Hidden Beach by Karen Swan. You can read their reviews in the comments section below, or add your own!

8 thoughts on “BOOK CLUB: The Hidden Beach

  1. This is the third book that I’ve read by Karen Swan and it didn’t disappoint. The Hidden Beach is an addictive story set in the historic city of Stockholm and the archipelagos of the Swedish coast. It tells the story of, Bell Everhurst who has been working as a nanny for the Von Greyerz Family, Hanna and Max for 3 years, they have a 7 year old son and 5year old twin girls.

    One morning, as she’s rushing out to take the children to school, everything changes, she answers the phone call from a woman she’s never heard asking her to pass on the message that Hanna’s husband is awake. Bell is confused. She clearly just saw Max walking out of the house a few minutes earlier.

    I found this book had lots of twists in it. The author has the reader guessing right to the end, it’s one of those books once you pick it up and start reading you just have to know what happen next and it’s very difficult to put down. I really enjoyed it and gave it 4 stars

    Thanks to Beauty and Lace and Pan Macmillan

  2. I recently used the isolation weekend to read The Hidden Beach by Karen Swan – this was the first book of hers that I read and the description of the story had me intrigued. It follows Bell who is a Nanny to Hanna and Max’s kids – Linus, Tilde and Elise. One day Bell answers a phone call…a doctor is telling her to give a message to Hanna that her husband has woken up. But Hanna is married to Max isn’t he? From there it adds to the story Emil who has been in a coma for 7 years and wants his wife and child back.

    The story has some twists and turns which kept me turning the page – I definitely wanted to find out what happened next, and it was a good weekend read, light and easy to read but had me intrigued. Bell and Linus had a great story together, I liked how they bantered and she cared so much for him. Hanna and Max were both working through their relationship in regards to what happened, but how the story unfolded I didn’t care too much for Hanna in the end. And what I found difficult was that I didn’t gel to Emil at all, especially being the main interest in the story and how it ended. I found he was harsh and some things he said and did I would have slapped him in real life. Yes I understood he was coming into a whole new world from a coma, but some of the actions and words were not acceptable for me and I couldn’t see him as anything more than a cold person. But that’s just me.

    Overall it was a good weekend read, and the twists were definitely good and kept me going, but the main love interests character I could not warm to at all. I much preferred Mats warm and enthusiastic character. Thanks to Beauty and Lace for the opportunity to read this book.

  3. Thank you Beauty and Lace and Pan Macmillan for the wonderful opportunity to read Karen Swan’s The Hidden Beach.
    Once again she has written an amazing book. It will have you hooked from the beginning right to the end.
    You will be swept up in the lives of the characters in this book and won’t be able to leave them until the last page.

  4. The Hidden Beach is the first of Karen Swan’s books that I’ve read despite seeing her other books around the place.
    It follows the story of Bell Everhurst who has been working as a nanny for a family in Sweden for 3 years. One morning when she’s about to leave the house she gets a phone call for her boss saying that her bosses husband has woken up. Bell is confused as she has just seen him walk out the door.
    From their the family secrets are revealed and you want to keep reading to find them all out. What a great book to read in this crazy time. Thanks to Beauty and Lace and Pan Macmillan for my review copy.

  5. I’m a huge fan of Karen Swan and she did not disappoint me with The Hidden Beach!
    The story of Bell Everhurst, a young nanny living in Stockholm, trying to escape her pain following the loss of a loved one. An unexpected phone call turns her employer’s life upside down and the resulting story unfolds with twists and turns that had me reading late into the night.
    This is a beautifully written, suspenseful book and I highly recommened it!
    4 stars.

    Thanks to Beauty and Lace and Pan Macmillan!

  6. Karen Swan you have done it again. Your books are always a joy to read. The characters are so real, likeable and have lives, trials and tribulations that are very relatable to my own. I was always eager to find out what happens next and how the story would develop.

    Thank you Karen Swan, Pan McMillan and Beauty & Lace Bookckub for an enjoyable read.

  7. I havent read any of Karen Swan’s books previously, but i will be looking for some now.

    I enjoyed the story and all the twists and turns. I loved the way the book was relatable, although not everyone gets to holiday archipelago. The story revolves around a family and their nanny, Bell. A confusing phone call taken by Bell starts a few months of twists and turns for the family.

    Secrets – who knows where things will go if they get found out!!

    Loved the book and once i started I couldn’t put it down! Thanks to Beauty and Lace and Pan Macmillan for giving me the opportunity to read this thoroughly enjoyable book.

  8. I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Hidden Beach by Karen Swan.
    Self isolating at home gave me to the perfect opportunity to curl up and immerse myself in this novel.
    I had previously read and enjoyed other Karen Swan novels and was looking forward to this one.
    I certainly wasnt disappointed.
    The story revolves around a young nanny called Bell living in Stockholm trying to reclaim her lif after tragedy hits her family.
    A phone call starts us off on a great novel with so many twists and turns , secrets and family.
    I would certainly recommend The Hidden Beach to those that want a little mystery , secrets and adventure in their reading .
    Thank you to Beauty and Lace and Pan MacMillan for allowing me to read and review this great read.

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