Hide and Seek
Publish date: October 28th 2000
Publisher: Cemetery Dance Publications
Pages no: 192
Edition language: English
One of my hard and fast rules in life is never play hide and seek in a haunted house. The characters in this book didn't have this rule and they got a nasty surprise.This was fun, but it was like the first 3/4 of the book was a separate thing from the climax and the end.
This is a typical Jack Ketchum novel. 85% of it is a narrator droning on about young(ish) people being young(ish) people: raising Cain, having sex, drinking and/or doping, telling stories. The last 15% is horrific to the point you think you might be sick. It's the Ketchum formula. You either like it...
There's a huge difference between Off Season and Hide and Seek. The former is a brutal, shocking, irredeemable affair; Hide and Seek is more a Southern Gothic story (despite being set in Maine), complete with the losers and the troublemakers, the grotesque and the damaged, the self-destruction, and ...
Four stars for the story. Five for the author's afterword which was mind-blowingly similar to a personal experience. I'm going with the full five stars based on that alone. Ketchum consistently has an emotional impact on me but this was the creepiest one yet. I think Jack and I dated the same gi...
Not my favorite Ketchum, but not horrible either. It took a while to get to the “game” and honestly it was a bit anti-climatic. There were a few creepy moments and it was written well but did not have the Ketchum punch that I have become accustomed. Much potential with little pay off. Bummer.