By Tobias Hill
Published Jan 2010
You’re ours, Ben. Now you are. Now you’re one of us. From acclaimed author Tobias Hill, an extraordinary novel of ancient secrets, modern conflict and what it costs to belong. In Sparta, southern Greece, a close-knit group search for the buried traces of a formidable ancient power. A latecomer, Ben Mercer finds himself drawn to their brilliance and charisma: to the double-edged friendship of his countryman Jason, the unsettling beauty of the women, Natsuko and Eleschen, and the menace of Max and Eberhard, who idealise the extremes of the ancient Spartans. Thrilled by the possibility of acceptance and excited by the dangerous games they play, Ben gradually wins his way into the circle. But there is more to the group than he understands, and Ben finds out too late that some things should remain hidden. He must decide where his loyalties lie – before the decision is taken for him. Written with astonishing grace and power, The Hidden is a novel about the secrets we keep, the ties that bind us and the true cost of fulfilling our desires.