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Hide and Seek

3.44  ·  Rating Details  ·  913 Ratings  ·  99 Reviews

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.

Hardcover, 192 pages
Published October 21st 2000 by Cemetery Dance Publications (first published 1980)
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Helen Stavraki
Jul 23, 2016 Helen Stavraki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Μου αρέσει ιδιαιτέρως το στυλ της γραφής του Ketchum ακόμη κι όταν δεν γράφει επική φρίκη και ωμή βία στολισμένη με αίμα και ψυχολογική ένταση.

Το "κρυφτό" είναι ένα ψυχολογικό,έντονο,αντρεπτικό και κυρίως αλληγορικό μυθιστόρημα.

Απορώ με τις άλλες κριτικές που διάβασα και ήταν αρνητικές. Βεβαίως σέβομαι τις απόψεις και το πως αντιλαμβάνεται ο κάθε αναγνώστης αυτό που διαβάζει.

Το "κρυφτό" πραγματεύεται μια εφηβική ιστορία.

Ο Νταν ζει σε μια παρακμιακή παραθαλάσσια κωμόπολη και η ζωή του είναι β
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mark monday
Mar 05, 2013 mark monday rated it liked it
Shelves: horrortime, romantika
Ketchum transforms his passion for an independent, self-destructive woman (explicitly depicted and analyzed in a personal narrative postscript) into an interesting little tale about the fate of the Girl with Death in Her Eyes and the poor sap who loves her. the first three-quarters of the novel efficiently and expertly details the small-town, dead-end life of the sympathetic young narrator as he widens his horizons, courtesy of a few sometimes-tragic, always-swingin' rich kids enjoying their sum ...more
Jonathan Janz
Jul 29, 2016 Jonathan Janz rated it it was amazing
Jack Ketchum.

That's all I need to say.
11811 (Eleven)
Aug 21, 2014 11811 (Eleven) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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 girl. Different time, different place, different name - but I'm still pretty sure it was the same girl.

The first 90% was a great Ketchum story; as I expect it should be. The last 10% floored my ass. It was
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
I really enjoyed this read in which the tension builds slowly then boils over in a perfectly plausible finale.

A group of rich college kids arrive in town and adopt a local lumber worker into their group.

Introduce a house with an interesting history, a little holiday boredom that needs relieving, a local legend or two, a little liquor and you have an electric mix.......one that can easily turn deadly....

I will be seeking more of Jack Ketchum's work.
Trudi

Waaaaay back in the early 80's, Stephen King pronounced: "Who's the scariest guy in America? Probably Jack Ketchum." It was, to say the very least, a generous compliment that drew attention to a relatively unknown entity in horror publishing. Even to this day, Ketchum remains on the margins of an already ghettoized genre. He doesn't publish lots, and what he does produce tends to be graphic, propulsive stories filled with violence, sex, and grim outcomes.

He is most notoriously known amongst hor
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Glen Krisch
Aug 24, 2015 Glen Krisch rated it it was ok
Felt like it should have been a novella.
Bandit
Dec 11, 2013 Bandit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In any other hands this could have easily been a fairly trite story of some kids (well nearly adults, nearly 21) going to a scary house on a dare. In Ketchum's ever so capable hands this became a moving dynamic captivating story with strong well developed characters and very tight pacing. Excellent character study, a story of first love even. The reading experience was all the more enhanced for its afterword, Ketchum's biographical story on his own first love that inspired the book. There is an ...more
Rick
Oct 04, 2015 Rick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ketchum is, simply, a brilliant horror writer. He goes to our darkest places with an almost lyrical economy of prose that catches you up in the terror so effectively, you're left nearly breathless. HIDE AND SEEK, while not quite as good as some of his better-known works, is still a great read and a great scare.
Bill
Nov 05, 2013 Bill rated it it was ok
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.
Justin
Jul 23, 2016 Justin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible
The kind of book that makes you want to go on an author binge. And I just might do that! The audible version is extremely well narrated btw
kostas  vamvoukakis
Dec 03, 2015 kostas vamvoukakis rated it liked it
τίποτα το ιδιαίτερο...σίγουρα το χειρότερο του συγγραφέα
Chris
Dec 03, 2008 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-bad, i-own
The story has blurbs of graphic swearing and some sex/nudity which may turn people off. Over the years, I've become somewhat desensitized to that sort of garbage but I still found it moderately distracting and unnecessary at times. If they took the book direct to movie, it would probably get an "R" rating for language and for nudity/sex. Ketchum doesn't get explicit in his nudity/sex, but I suspect the moviemakers would make sure it was overt. The language could easily be toned down to PG-13 or ...more
Simon Dewar
Aug 07, 2013 Simon Dewar rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Its not: the kind of "smash hit" of horror titles with the kind of notoriety and fame of his other works such as Offseason.

It is: a fantastic and edgy take on the "haunted house" tale mixed with a coming of age story gone wrong.

The story of 4 teens entering a haunted house and the grisly end that awaits them unfolds before your eyes with all the horror of a car crash in slow motion. The unease and sense of fear builds up across the novel to a fever pitch and it goe
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Shadow Girl
Jul 15, 2016 Shadow Girl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ku-july-2016
I liked this story. Not as much as some other books by Jack Ketchum, but it was fun, and not without it's own creep factor. A spooky old house with a disturbing history just begs to be explored - and it is, with expected results. (Expected results, but an original trip getting there!)
Although the root story isn't completely original, it was perked up by Mr. Ketchum's eerie style, (see what I did there...), and likable characters involved.
Hide And Seek is available for free with Kindle Unlimited
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chucklesthescot
Nov 11, 2014 chucklesthescot rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, horror, abandoned
Dan lives in a sleepy town where little happens, hanging out at the beach with his best friend. When he catches the eye of Casey, one of the rich teen summer visitors to the area, he is smitten with her, hanging out with Casey and her friends. Casey is a bit strange and wild, what she says always goes and Dan can't seem to say no to her.

OK so the description I have given doesn't sound very horror does it? That is probably because it is not in my opinion a real horror story in the way that I expe
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Nate
Mar 14, 2016 Nate rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Hide and Seek was a pleasant surprise for me. I'm not the biggest Jack Ketchum fan, even though Peaceable Kingdom is one of my favorite short story collections. His novels never really got to me. I think my four star rating is more in relation to Ketchum's other works, but this is a solid horror read with some excellent writing. Ketchum really nails it with this one - the writing is stark, descriptive, and accurate. The scares at the end are intense well worth the read.
George
Mar 14, 2015 George rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
Το δεύτερο βιβλίο που διαβάζω από Τζακ Κέτσαμ, το πρώτο ήταν το RED που γενικά μου άρεσε περισσότερο από το Κρυφτό. Το βιβλίο δεν είναι καθαρά τρόμου ούτε έχει πολλές σκηνές βίας. Ειδικά το πρώτο μέρος δεν είχε καθόλου βία, μετά στο δεύτερο προς το τέλος είχε αρκετή, αλλά όχι σπλάτερ, όση βία έχει ένα αστυνομικό μυθιστόρημα. Πάντως σασπένς για το τι θα γίνει παρακάτω είχε μπόλικο, αλλά ούτε και αυτό είναι το σημαντικότερο στοιχείο του βιβλίου. Το σημαντικότερο στοιχείο του βιβλίου είναι η ανάλυσ ...more
Frederic
Eh. Probably more of a 2.5. There were some good moments, but this is my least favorite Ketchum book so far.
Shanelle
Aug 23, 2016 Shanelle rated it liked it
The story was good but it ending without explaining a few things. I hate that..
Kelly
May 11, 2009 Kelly rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009
I was really loving this book until page 143, when things suddenly and quickly went south for me. The first 2/3 of the book (it's short, only 190 pages) went along at a good pace and had a nice buildup of tension and suspense. The final third of the book was just lame; it seemed more fitting for a teenage boy than for anyone else. It was unrealistic and gory, bordering on ridiculous, and just didn't appeal to me at all. Just yuck.

On the upside, I checked this out from the library, and it happene
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Mike Kazmierczak
Jul 08, 2016 Mike Kazmierczak rated it it was amazing
There are some authors which when reading their work, I usually burn through it at a record pace. These are novels which I yearn desperately to find out what happens next, I'm eager to spend more time with the characters and at the same time I dread the ending because that means my experience with them will be over. Obviously I'm saying this now because Ketchum is on that list; and in case you are curious, others include Andrew Vachss, Joe Lansdale, and Richard Laymon. I started and finished HID ...more
Kaitlyn Henderson
I think I would have liked this more if it had been a short story. The book is dragged out way too long. I feel like Ketchum did that for unneeded character development. And i didn't even like the characters all that much. In fact, I absolutely hated Casey.

The actual game didn't even take place until half way through the book. He wasted time developing these characters and spent less time on the actual story. The scary parts were anything but scary and the ending was anticlimactic. I would have
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Joe Hempel
Aug 26, 2014 Joe Hempel rated it liked it
Jack Ketchum is known for highly intense, gory, and yet, though provoking works. He deals with child abuse in a book which I will never read again with The Girl Next Door. He takes on cannibalism with Off Season, and sexism in The Woman among many others.

In Hide and Seek he takes on the games people play. Out of boredom, out of a want to be included, or the things people do for love. He doesn’t disappoint, but it’s not without its flaws.

The plot is pretty straight-forward and begins when Dan mee
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Julie
Aug 05, 2014 Julie rated it liked it
I rated this book as 3 out of 5, because for over the first half it wasn't that interesting. Once it got to the climax, it made up for what lacked throughout. It seemed to me the novel was written backwards in a sense- written around the climax as though everything else was filler.
Though when the climax came around, it didn't rest. That's when the horror genre truly emerged and really packed a punch. I liked Ketchum's use of life threatening situation as the main course. It was graphic, darin
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John
Jan 04, 2015 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
HIDE AND SEEK is a very well-written coming-of-age story that, about 2/3 of the way through, turns into a gruesome horror-fest for no particularly good reason that I can see, apart from this being Ketchum's next novel after the publication of OFFSPRING established him as an up-and-coming horror writer of note. Perhaps he felt obligated to stick in a few scares so as not to annoy his fledgling fan base.
It's kinda too bad, though, because the horror element is the only thing about HIDE AND SEEK th
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Mohikanos
Μια ωραία εφηβική ιστορία η οποία στο δεύτερο μισό του βιβλίου εκτυλίσσεται σε ένα κλειστοφοβικό θρίλερ που κόβει την ανάσα και κρατά σε εγρήγορση και αγωνία τον αναγνώστη. Ο συγγραφέας δεν αναλώνεται σε υπερβολές του είδους, αλλά στήνει βήμα-βήμα το σκηνικό του τρόμου, εγκλωβίζοντας σε αυτό και τον ίδιο τον αναγνώστη. Για τους λάτρεις των ιστοριών τρόμου. (6/10)
Kya Aliana
Apr 16, 2016 Kya Aliana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jack Ketchum’s HIDE AND SEEK is a fast-paced, thrilling horror story jam-packed with an emotional wallop! It’s a story about taking reckless risks, seeking that adrenaline rush, and hiding from your inner demons. Of course, you can’t hide from them forever. This is a powerful story that will grip you from the beginning and keep you hooked all the way through.

I really loved reading this book as Ketchum’s writing, once again, enveloped me inside a whole new world. His writing abilities far surpass
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Paula
Aug 25, 2016 Paula rated it really liked it
Summer in a small town. What is there to do for 20 year old boys? Hang out at the beach. Dan and his friend Rafferty are doing just that. The rich people have come into town for the summer and some of the kids are at the beach also. Dan spots a good looking girl with another couple and would like to talk to her but she is out of his class. Rafferty finds a girl to hang out with and Dan decides to leave. The girl he was eying is waiting for him. So begins an unlikely relationship. Casey is very d ...more
S Abbey
Dec 19, 2015 S Abbey rated it really liked it
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Jack Ketchum is the pseudonym for a former actor, singer, teacher, literary agent, lumber salesman, and soda jerk -- a former flower child and baby boomer who figures that in 1956 Elvis, dinosaurs and horror probably saved his life. His first novel, Off Season, prompted the Village Voice to publicly scold its publisher in print for publishing violent pornography. He personally disagrees but is per ...more
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