Hide and Seek: A Novel
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Hide and Seek: A Novel

3.07 of 5 stars 3.07  ·  rating details  ·  208 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Meet Harry Pickles, the fastest boy in the world (well, at least in school), big brother to Daniel (who runs like a girl but is, in his own twerpy way, a star), and the firstborn son of Mo and Pa, the best-looking parents in their Notting Hill elementary school parking lot. Harry's life, like any other nine-year-old's, is a colorful, frenetic, and fun blur of lunch boxes,...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 8th 2006 by Canongate U.S. (first published January 1st 2005)
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Melissa Lee-tammeus
This was my second attempt at reading this book. The first attempt resulted in me getting annoyed with the clipped sentences and frustrated that nothing made sense. I just didn't have the patience to figure it out and I stopped half way through. This time around, I felt all those same things, but decided to plow through regardless. This is a great story, it really is - heartbreaking really. But the way that the dialogue is written, the way that the sentences and thought structure of the main cha...more
I really wasn't impressed by this book. I tried to get into it, but about a third of the way through I just gave up reading. It tells a story from the perspective of a nine year old and tries to use the same narration as Lovely Bones, but it fails horribly. There were too many characters introduced at once and not fleshed out to make you give a damn about what was happening to them. I read it with a frown on my face going "eh?" and rereading to see if I could figure it out what was happening.

I can't say I was very impressed with this one. I just couldn't connect that well with it. It started out amazingly, and some parts were intense and tear-jerking, but a lot of it was nonsense. It's told through the eyes of a young boy named Harry, whose younger brother goes missing. It was a moving story, but it wasn't told very well. I didn't know what was happening at parts- there was so many characters, and we're never told who half of them actually were. I liked the story, and I liked Harry,...more
Really bad. No idea why I read it.
Julie H.
Told from the perspective of Harry Pickles, aged 9 and a bit, Hide & Seek is the account of the bad year in which Harry's younger brother Dan went missing from a rest stop during the end-of-term school outing. It's a heartbreaking read--told from the perspective of a lonely boy witnessing an astounding array of collateral damage. His parents' marriage suffers, his friendships falter, his mother's grasp on reality crumbles, he inexpertly tries to decipher the mystifying world of adult nuance...more
This was one of those books that I really, really wanted to love but it just didn't happen. A story of a lost little boy, told through the eyes of his slightly older brother has all the works to be emotional and endearing. There are angles that are so unique from a child's point of view, like the emotions of the parents as the narrator observes their breakdown into reality, and at times I think Sambrook got it spot on. Too often, though, I found she didn't give the young narrator enough credit....more
Catty O'Connor
There are a lot of things I could say about this book. But then I don't want to spoil the ending. What I will say is that I am now determind to name my first son Daniel. This book will break you're heart. It will make you look at life with a whole new view point, it also makes you see past a hollywood ending.

A lot of people read to picture themselves in the characters lives, this book is not for you. This book is for the person who doesn't want a happy ending, but a realistic journey. I could n...more
Unfortunately I didn't find this book as thrilling as I had originally believed I would be. Although I can credit this book to contain originality and a unique story line, the execution is what really led me to disappointment. While I enjoyed the childish humor and jokes of a young boy, the sentence structure is difficult to ignore. Writing in the perspective of a young boy is difficult and confusing enough, but often the switch between Harry's imagination and reality were difficult to distingui...more
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The double bluff at the beginning really hit me. You think, oh, it was just a way of introducing a story about something completely different, and then bam, it happens again for real.

That said, the whole way through the book I thought I had the ending figured out, and... I didn't. I thought there'd be a miraculous ending, not the hopeful/almost-happy one we got. I think if I'd been more willing to accept that things wouldn't necessarily turn out all right then I would have been more moved by the...more
David Williams
I read 'Hide and Seek' after meeting Clare Sambrook at a Society of Authors talk. I was engaged by the book and its central character Harry Pickles, through whom the story is told. As a writer who has tried to capture the voice of a nine-year-old child to tell a coherent story, I know just how difficult it is. I don't think I always managed it in my short stories, and I don't think Clare does entirely either, but she gets very close - the misses are not so distracting as to break off the engagem...more
I really enjoyed this book! The premise - dealing with the mysterious disappearance and loss of a child - is not perhaps the most original, but this book's execution, telling the story from the eyes of the child's nine-year-old brother, certainly gave this book a unique feel. Though sad, the book still had moments of humour. A child narrator, when done right (as this one was) makes for a wonderful book. It was very British, with several turns of phrase that may leave an American reader a bit los...more
Kirsty Darbyshire

I really liked this, though it's really quite disturbing. The background of the story is that a child goes missing, but the story is told from the point of view of a nine year old boy. Reading it while the Madeleine McCann case was in the news (a coincidence that I only realised after I started reading it btw - I've had it out of the library for a while and if I'd thought a bit rather than just picking up the next book in the pile I might not have read it) made it seem a bit odd, and kind of unr

Samra Muslim
This book is a good read on many levels ... for starters, it tell you a story of what a family goes through if they loose a loved one suddenly. Then the story narrator is a 9-year boy - so the entire situation is presented from a child's eye (and is therefore more emotionally connecting) and lastly it is a simple story! However, there are some problems too ... it drags to the point of being boring and I understand it is written from a child's perspective - but the narration is confusing to follo...more
April Hochstrasser
An emotionally charged theme as a younger brother is missing from his family and the older brother blames himself for not watching out for him better. As the nine-year old goes through the next few years, he has to rebuild a life that has a big hole in it, his missing brother. Mom and dad are absorbed in the tragedy and he is left to try to be happy without their full support and only half of his own. The author could have edited some of the more tedious details but on the whole it was worth rea...more
I liked this and gave it to my son (who was 10 at the time) to read. He enjoyed it too, although we did have to explain some bits to him! I think it works well on two levels - both as an adults book and as a children's book so long as someone is available to support that reading and answer questions. It opened up some interesting conversations about understanding the behaviour of adults and children, and also about feelings and how they might be expressed, which I think is useful for small boys.
Very, very sad. The story is told through the eyes of Harry Pickles, a nine-year-old boy whose little brother vanishes during a school trip. The family's ensuing search, which grows more and more hopeless as the months drag on, is soon replaced by heartbreaking grief, all described through the eyes of Harry. The story does have moments of humor, but for the most part, it's very similar to The Lovely Bones - a tragic, but accurate portrayal of a family's dealings with tradegy and grief.
Eerie, witty, frightening, and very off-putting. A different form of "horror" comes to a normal suburban English household after a boy disappears during a school outing. Big brother, Harry, may have murder on his mind, yet mother-dearest has far worse, perhaps. When all Hell breaks loose, it seems little Harry may be the sanest person in this wrecked family?
Bonnie Nordling
I remember really enjoying the book while I was reading it. It tugs at your heart strings quite a lot - but I remember not entirely feeling satisfied by the ending. It was mostly well written, tackled a heartbreaking subject and made you shift your point of view.
A beautiful, heartbreaking story of loss told from the perspective of 9 year old Harry Pickles whose little brother Daniel becomes missing on a school field trip. Told with all of the stark observations and truth of childhood, I could hardly put it down.
A good book tht you can read on a couple of different levels. Created tension well and got the reader very involved. I also liked the structure a lot, but it didn't keep it through to the last chapter and the end was pretty dissappointing.
Well written from the child's perspective, from the grammar and language to the observations. Very gripping from the beginning as the events unfold and I loved how well described all the characters were. A brilliant book and easy to read.
This book left me wondering if I could go to Borders and ask for my time spent reading it back. I wasn't impressed with the book as a whole, but the unique point of view was fairly well done. This book made me more than a little bit crazy.
This is one of those adult books that tells a story from the point of view of a child. Cool. I like that genre. I'm not sure that it WORKS in this novel, but the voice is really engaging and the story is seriously tragic.
Ash A leen
Jul 25, 2008 Ash A leen rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: whoever
I read this book last year. Good read.
It's written by a nine year old kid, telling us all about the day his brother disappeared.
I bought the book cos it got great reviews but it's not all that.
Belynda Smith
Aug 30, 2007 Belynda Smith rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: adults
Despite its 10 year old protagonist this is a book best read by adults. Children may enjoy it but it deals with very adult themes. Very convincing narrator and a solid read which I enjoyed.
Aug 02, 2011 Barb added it
not as good as i would have hoped...it was a push to get through. A bit confusing, even with understanding it was from the point of a ten year old...there are some sad points
Rebecca O'regan
Didn't like this at all, very disappointed. Would love to be able to gain back those hours I lost whilst reading this book!!! And read something engaging and enjoyable.
Well written childs eye narrative dealing with what its like when your sibling disappears. How a family breaks down, how it rebuilds. Moving, funny, believable.
Abby Sominski
The inside cover compares this book to 'the lovely bones' which I don't agree with but it was interesting, unique and worth reading.
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