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Hide and Seek

3.38 of 5 stars 3.38  ·  rating details  ·  408 ratings  ·  39 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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mark monday
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

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...more
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
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
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...more
Debra Harrison
Jack Ketchum is twisted. I learned that I have almost no limjit to how far I want an author to go to scare me. Interesting...
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Description: I don't believe in omens, but I think you can know when you're in trouble. Thus begins Jack Ketchum's riveting second novel Hide and Seek. It's 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, sixty- odd...more
Adam Wilson
Hide And Seek was a fun little book but nothing special. Just like James Herbert’s Others, this one was great, excellent in fact, in its last third or so but the rest wasn’t very interesting. This one didn’t seem to be very great at anything and by that I mean things like writing style, dialog, characterization, until the end. That last quarter where the four characters are playing…you guessed it!! Hide and Seek in an old house with an unpleasant amount of rumors to go with it was unbearable in...more
Netter Thriller für zwischendurch
Dave lebt in einem kleinen Dorf namens Dead River. Jeder Tag gleicht dem anderen und für junge Leute verkörpert es die pure Langeweile.
Eines Tages lernt Dave drei Touristen in seinem Alter kennen, die das Dorf nach und nach aufmischen und zusammen mit ihnen begibt sich Dave in höchste Gefahr...

Das Buch lässt sich schnell weg lesen und ist spannend, allerdings fand ich die Charaktere etwas flach und zu geradlinig.
Dieses verlassene und gruselige Haus, welches im...more
The biggest element to creating a good horror story is to make the reader care about the protagonist. While there are some paper thin characters in Hide and Seek, Ketchum does a good job at establishing our "hero" Dan. Dan is the typical likeable small town decent guy with few options. He becomes intoxicated by a girl he meets at the beach named Casey. Casey is a mystery of adventure, mayhem, and sex, one that Dan can't get enough of. We follow their courtship, getting to learn more about Dan, a...more
Hide and Seek is another random audio pick that became available on my library's Overdrive site. From the synopsis, I was expecting a really creepy haunted house story. What I got was something very different.

I have to say that I was a bit underwhelmed by the book. The kids don't even enter the house until the last third of the book. I'm not even sure what the point of the first two-thirds of that book were. The narrator, Dan, talks about how he met the kids he goes into the house with and his...more
This is the third Ketchum book I read and I am quickly becoming a fan of his work. Hide and Seek is a story about a young, working class guy living in a small town. He becomes entangled with three rich summer kids, especially Casey a sexy temptress. The three rich kids are so bored in their lives that they take to doing stuff for thrills, stealing cars and shoplifting mostly. Eventually Casey sets her eyes on the town's local "haunted house" for the four of them to break into and play hide and s...more
Ehrlich gesagt, kann ich mich grad nicht so richtig entscheiden, ob das Buch nun 3 oder nur 2 Sterne bekommt... wohl 2 1/2...
Totale Katastrophe war es nun nicht, aber einen Großteil des Buches hab ich mich doch sehr gelangweilt. Das Buch arbeitet im Schneckentempo auf einen Höhepunkt hin, der zwar sehr überraschend ist, aber für mich auf negative Art und Weise. Ich hätte einen ganz anderen Ansatz gewählt (auf der psychischen Schiene...) aber der Ansatz der verfolgt wurde, war einfach nur an den...more
This book was written informally, as if having a conversation with the narrator. I'm usually ok with that, but something about the writing made it seem amateurish instead of an effective way to tell the story. There was a lot unnecessary background about the four college kids who eventually play hide and seek in an abandoned house. I think it could have worked better as a short story.
Simon Dewar
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...more
This is an exceedingly well written novel, which you will find to be a common point with all novels by Jack Ketchum, probably because he's an exceedingly talented writer. He has a knack for perfectly describing the intangible, those moments and feelings in life that don't have easy definitions. He writes like someone who has really, truly lived. So why the 3 stars and not 4 or 5? The "horror" elements felt a little tacked on towards the end. Its an early Ketchum novel, and it seems like he was h...more
Sluggish beginning. Real sluggish. A lot of lead up for what turned out to be a little dose of horror. The hide and seek game when it started was good, I enjoyed it and didn't 'see' what was coming...but it took too long to get there, didn't need the long lead in and I'm not really interested in male thoughts on sex or the female body, or shop lifting or exploring these vices or the dollop of abuse which was thrown in to give the story some kind of gravitas. I wanted thriller, storyline and pace...more
Vittoria Corella
Mi piace la prosa di Ketchum. Ma questo horror è prevedibile e non farebbe paura neanche a un bambino di otto anni.
Vince Fontaine

What the hell? All that build-up for a climax of two lame vagrants and their steroid-taking flesh-eating dog? Not a very exciting concept in itself. Should have developed it a whole lot more or not publish it at all. No real horror except a character getting eaten alive and no suspense. The house wasn't creepy and the dank-hole to death was bland in it's description. Casey was an interesting character but what was the purpose of her father raping her? I thought she would turn ou...more
Melanie Nielsen
This was a dark and twisted book, it's my fav of Ketchem
Elizabeth Nesbit-comer
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Nyie Rombeng
if you want an answer,you should play the game.
game yang dimaksud adalah petak umpet.walau temanya agak kekanak-kanakan,tapi rasa suspense & thriller yang dihadirkan disini sungguh2 penasaran & ketagihan menyimak cerita hide&seek hingga akhir.
petunjuk demi petunjuk yang ditemui memang menemukan titik terang namun sekaligus mengancam nyawa diri sendiri:o
Hide and Seek is the second published novel by Jack Ketchum and my second terrifying adventure with JK. Not since Stephen King have I so quickly been absorbed into a writer's work. Jack Ketchum is a beast. The only thing preventing me from awarding this novel with a 5-star rating is the fear that I will rate everything he writes with the same perfect rating. I cannot be that presumptuous. Not yet at least.
Laura Elisabeth
I wasnt really thrilled with this book.
The first book of Jack Ketchum's that I have read. This was a short story that grabbed my attention, but would have lost it if the writier had extended it out an more than he did. I like the adultness to this story and find the use of sex scenes to be attention getting without being to erotic. While I may read another of this writers stories, I am not going to rush out to get another story right away.
Stephen King recommended author. He says: "Who's the scariest guy in America? Probably Jack Ketchum."
"He is, quite simply, one of the best in the business, on par with Clive Barker, James Ellroy, and Thomas Harris."
“Ketchum has become a kind of hero to those of us who write tales of horror and suspense. He is, quite simply, one of the best in the business.”
Κωνσταντίνος Τσουρέκης
Καθόλου τρομακτικό βιβλίο. Δεν ξέρω για τα υπόλοιπα του αλλά το συγκεκριμένο με κούρασε και το τέλος ήταν αναμενόμενο.
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.
Leeann Green
The book begins a little sluggish. I thought it took me a bit longer to read than it should have. The last few chapters were very good. It gave me the impression that two different people wrote it or there was a lapse in time from when the author began and finished the book.
I don't normally read horror but decided to listen to this one. I saw it was available from the Library on overdrive. It had a little bit of a slow start but I ended up liking the book. I would read/ listen to something else from this author.
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