The second, riveting novel from Bram Stoker Award-winner Jack Ketchum, Hide and Seek is a book about games. Reckless, dangerous games. Games you might even want to play yourself if you're with the right people. But shouldn't. Not ever… In a small Maine town, a group of thrill seeking college kids finds a game of hide and seek in an abandoned house turning into a reality of stark terror.
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"Ketchum writes with economy and power, in sentences that tighten like noose wire. Anyone who enjoys fine, hard horror will appreciate this novel." (Publishers Weekly)
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This would have been a 5 star had the author left out or shortened chapters 1-13. I have got to tell you, chapter 14+ was sooooooo freakin' good, it just took forever to get there!
Love scary stories and thrillers.
I was so bored listening to this one. Even towards the end where the "action" is was awful as well. Waste of a credit and a waste of my time.
In a word, boring, if I was reading it, instead of listening while doing other things, I wouldn't have even bothered to finish it. I expected suspense and entertainment but what I got was a slow moving coming of age story that ends in game of Hide and Seek (the last hour and a half). Yes, their are games played throughout but they aren't really the suspenseful, entertaining kind. If you are looking for an edge of your seat thriller, look elsewhere. I do like thought provoking suspense but this wasn't even that. Don't waste your time on this one, even if is only five and a half hours.
Probably, if I knew someone interested in this genre.
I thought this novel did a much better job showcasing Ketchum's writing abilities than the last book of his that I listened to, "Open Season" which left me thinking I might never read another Ketchum novel. The characters and the relationships between them were better developed and vastly more interesting which left me actually caring about what was happening to them thus adding to the increasing suspense in the later chapters. The dialog between the characters didn't make me cringe and seemed to represent the people accurately. One of the downfalls of the novel, although not enough for me to remove a star, was that it's length didn't allow for complete backstory fulfillment; there were various story "off-shoots" that never really get flushed out or wrapped up which left me feeling a little ripped off but hey, it's a Ketchum novel. I found it fun, suspenseful, and masterfully narrated.
No, this was my first one and I intend to seek out other books strictly based on his narration. He was terrific. I don't like it when a narrator takes too many liberties with characterizations; they tend to sound like little kids putting on a sock-puppet show. However, I do still appreciate a narrator who is able to provide slight changes in intonation to help the listener stay connected to who's who while not distracting from the flow of the writing. Wayne June did this exceptionally well; he is now in my top 3 narrators list next to Will Patton and probably R.C. Bray.
"Not bad, but not wholly fantastic"
I thought it was worth a listen, but due to the length of the piece I did not find the price justified.
I did think the story was a good one and the author did draw you in and make you really care about the characters. He also paints vivid scenes and makes you feel as if you are experiencing some of it.
However, as a horror, I thought it was lacking that scare factor.
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