Hide and Seek
Hide and Seek, by Jack Ketchum (Unabridged)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...Dead River's a sleepy little town on the coast of Maine without much going for it. The... show more
Hide and Seek, by Jack Ketchum (Unabridged)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...Dead River's a sleepy little town on the coast of Maine without much going for it. The Great Depression hit hard and never let go. Even now, sixtyodd years later, there's not much to do, not much going on. So that when a trio of friends, rich college kids, arrive there on a forced march with their parents for summer vacation they have to make their own amusements. And they do, in spades.Dan's a local and didn't get a chance to go to college. There was never the money. He works in a lumberyard hauling twobyfours and furring around all day with a forklift. He's even more bored than he knows.When the college kids arrive, that changes.The most daring of the three is a beautiful, troubled girl name Casey. She's not opposed to stealing caviar or cars or running...
Publish date: November 5th 2007
Publisher: Gauntlet Press
Pages no: 173
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.