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On The Table Read, “the best book reader magazine in the UK“, What I Hid From You by Heleen Kist follows Radha Bakshi struggling with valium addiction in her quest to be the perfect wife, mother and daughter.

Heleen Kist’s What I Hid From You finds Glaswegian dentist Radha Bakshi succumbing to a Valium addiction that she can’t acknowledge, even to herself. Relying on the pills to juggle being the consummate professional, perfect daughter, devoted wife and a not-too-embarrassing mother to her teenage son, her world starts to unravel when she starts to buy pills from the wrong people.

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Published on 23rd June 2022, this highly original thriller brings two unfortunate but prevalent themes to the fore – the mental health struggles and insidious substance misuse amongst those in the medical profession; and the pressure women are under as part of the ‘sandwich’ generation, juggling work, home, caring for aging parents and being the best possible parent. 

Award-winning from the outset of her writing career, the author delivers a fast-paced, authentic and relatable thriller that captures the essence and underbelly of her adopted hometown, Glasgow, to a tee. And the meticulous character development of both her protagonist dentist and the drug dealing gang she gets entangled with, make What I Hid From You not only hard to put down, but appealing to both men and women.

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What I Hid From You

Recognised for her writing in both Europe and the USA, Heleen Kist is without doubt a writer to look out for and What I Hid From You will only further enhance her reputation as an author of note.


Inspired By Dentists


–              In a survey by the British Dental Association, a shocking 17.6% of dentists said they had contemplated suicide at least once

–              In a separate BDA study, 18.5% of dentists working in the UK were considered at risk of burnout; and 39% of community dentists experienced high levels of job stress vs 15% of employees more widely.

–              In general, the most common mental health disorders for doctors have been found to present as depression, alcoholism and drug addiction

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What I Hid From You

Radha thought she was her own worst enemy … until the real one came after her

Traumatised by the death of a patient, and crippled with anxiety, Glaswegian dentist Radha Bakshi succumbs to an addiction to Valium she can’t acknowledge, even to herself. In truth, she relies on the pills to juggle being the consummate professional, perfect daughter, devoted wife and a not-too-embarrassing mother to her teenage son.

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Heleen Kist

When increased scrutiny of her work forces her to find a new source of supply, she stumbles into the clutches of blackmailing drug dealers. A mistake that could cost her everything.

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About Heleen Kist

Heleen Kist is a Dutch, formerly globetrotting career woman who fell in love with a Scotsman and his country, and now writes about its (sometimes scary) people from her garden office in Glasgow.

She was chosen as an up-and-coming new author at Bloody Scotland 2018. Her debut, ‘In Servitude’, won the silver medal for Best European Fiction at the Independent Publishers Book Awards in the USA and was shortlisted for The Selfies awarded at London Book Fair. Her feminist thriller ‘Stay Mad, Sweetheart’ was a finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards and won third place in the inaugural Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year award 2020.‘What I Hid From You’ is her third novel, inspired by stories of misconduct shared by her posse of dentist friends.

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Published by Pollok Glen Publishing on 23June 2022, What I Hid From You (ISBN:  9781916448643) is available from Waterstones, among others, at

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