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On a spring day in England, six teenagers venture to a neglected part of their school where there is a door to a small windowless cellar. Behind the door, the old stairs haverotted away. A boy unfurls a rope ladder and five descend into The Hole. The sixt
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Published May 28th 2002 by Random House Publishing Group (first published 1993)
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While reading the first two thirds of this book, I was thinking – I’m going to write this a really bad review. The plot was slow, the characters were indistinguishable from one another and the viewpoint shifted from third person to two different people telling you the story in the first person! It was very confusing and hard to follow, but I persevered until the end… and I’m glad I did.

Like the movie Arlington Road, the closing moments of this story totally change your perception of everything t
I really liked this. It sucked me in right away - I read about half of it this morning on the bus running errands, and then couldn't put it down once I got home. I liked the twist ending, and while I've read some reviews where people said they wished there had been some foreshadowing, I thought there was plenty. The "future" parts of the book were very idealised and just made me kind of suspicious, but also I just had a feeling that it couldn't end so happily-ever-after. I wish there had been a ...more
It's like if Stephen King and M. Night Shyamalan had a baby and that baby wrote a book. Towards the end you get this horrible, sickening feeling and then the twist comes and you get this gaping, mouth-open "wtf" feeling. It's well written and expands your mind but not a feel-good, for the heck of it story.
Fantastically dark and sinister. The layers in this book leave the reader puzzling over it for a long time.
I first read this book in 1993 and its darkness stayed with me for years. A profound mind-bender.
'The Hole' is catalogued as crime/thriller in our library - and sometimes as teen fiction, though that may be more on account of the teenaged characters and slim novella-sized length - but this book reads a little more like a slow but chilling horror to me. I literally got chills from the ending, anyway, and it made me a bit reluctant to turn the light out that night.
Highly recommended for anyone who likes a dark but very slow-paced story, not so much a whodunnit as a 'what's going to happen nex
I know this isn't entirely fair but I'm going to compare this to Burt's second book, Sophie. Sophie is one of my favorite novels and it's very similar to The Hole in every way but one: the ending twist does not make the book. Sophie has engaging characters and an interesting plot the whole way through the ending twist just makes the book better, it doesn't make the book. The Hole has bland characters and lacks any sort of tension until the very end. The only character I found interesting was Mar ...more
Mike Bocchieri
Mike Bocchieri
Period 3-4
The Hole
Guy Burt
date completed: 9-27-09

In my book, The Hole, one of the characters, Mike, starts the story as a very laidback easy going person. Mike remains this way for most of the story but when Martyn( the boy responsible for trapping the students in the hole) turns off the kids water supply Mike soon becomes much more aware of the life threatning situation that he is in. Mikes main friend throughout the story is Liz, and Liz helps Mike become muc
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this book is about 5 kid that find a deep hole in thier school and they were finished fromm day the 5 kids planed to go in the deep hole and 4 of them went in and one of the kids locked the other 4 kids in and ran away.The 4 kids that were locked in the hole were left their because noone knew bout it the person that changed in the story was the kid that locked his friends in the hole.He changed because when they were planing to go in the hole they all agreed and when they got their on ...more
Zu diesem Buch kam ich nur, weil ich den Film mochte. Besonders die Figur des Martyn. Darum entschied ich mich auch das Buch bei Gelegenheit zu lesen, in der Hoffnung, dass man dort mehr über Martyn erfährt. Aber eigentlich ging es die meiste Zeit nur um Liz.

Es hatte auch einen ziemlich chaotischen Schreibstil. Jeder Absatz gibt andere Informationen und ich war oft verwirrt, auf was sich welcher Absatz denn nun bezieht. Im Epilog wird zwar erklärt warum das so ist, trotzdem fand ich es nicht so
Kim Filiatrault-bateau
I started out seeing the movie that this is based on. I didn't realize ut was based on a book until my daughter pointed it out. I found tge movie to be very dark & gripping that stays with me and I often go back to watch it. I still get those shivers and the metallic taste in my mouth when I do so.
That being said, the book was slow, dry and the characters were flat; no depth. Everyone says that they don't see the twist that comes toward the end. To me it was poorly executed. I felt little to
Young Lightning in Dark Sky
I just read this book although my mother prefers me to steer away from Guy Burt's work..

It was really interesting actually. From my past readings (mostly of excerpts, unfortunately-I love his writing style and his morbid and disturbing topics), I expected Burt to have at least two to three characters die terribly of a slow death, like starvation or a disease that took over the body slowly painfully, or some kind of rapist living in the Hole devouring one of the girls or something. But no, they a
Awake at Midnight
Five teenagers take part in a school prank, hoping to become legends. Geoff, Mike, Liz, Frankie, and Alex are all to participate in an elaborate joke by class prankster Martyn. Martyn calls it an “experiment with real life.” They will allow themselves to be locked in a forgotten WWII bunker for three days to avoid a school field trip. Their parents will think they are mountain climbing while the school will believe they had stayed home. It seems like a flawless plan. Martyn’s plans are always pe ...more
In this psychological thriller a group of six teens, led by prankster Martyn, hatch a plan to hide away in an abandoned cellar to avoid attending a school trip. The idea is simple, the teens head down to the cellar and in three days time Martyn will come back and let them out. So, when three days have passed and there is no sign of Martyn the story becomes one of survival. What has happened to Martyn and will the group make it out alive?

Our narrator is Liz, who intertwines the events inside the
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I don't typically say this but... The movie was much better.

I first saw the movie in high school and loved it, but didn't really remember too much on it. I re-watched it last weekend (thanks to Netflix instant streaming!) and immediately remembered why I had enjoyed it the first time. I love movies or books where the ending makes you question everything you've been reading/watching. Upon finding out that this was a book first, I knew I had to read it right away.

I think this was well-written, but
A quick read, a good book but it's the ending that makes it. A lot of the issues that arise when reading the book are cleared up in the ending. It's all in the pay off - and at 150 pages (paperback) it's worth it.
Lisa Rathbun
I picked this book up at random off the library shelves. The concept was interesting, but I felt that the book was leaving off details. Supposedly the teens get to know each other more after three days in the Hole, but I felt that I didn't really know them. Figuring out who the narrator was took me a while, and I found it confusing switching from 3rd person (usually Mike's thoughts) to 1st person. Of course, once Lisa's comments were added in, there was even more to keep track of. I thought the ...more
Flimsy characters, viewpoints that cut/jump between styles and times so that this reads more like a screenplay should.... not surprised it was made into a film. Not sure it should have gone through the book stage first. Confusing plot until you start to figure out the twist (I didn't totally figure it out, but enough so that the end was just a letdown). I don't get why people rave about this. It's not nearly in the same realm as Lord of the Flies (one reviewer compares it), and I wouldn't see th ...more
Bill Littell
approx. lexile: 1000

If the reader can get through the first few chapters of somewhat tedious, overworked dialogue, I think most will enjoy this psychological thriller. Written by a Brit, some of the expressions will seem foreign to American youth, but I don't think this distracts us too much from the text.

This is a well-written, complex piece that serves as the author's debut (Burt was only 18 when he wrote it). The epilogue ending is the most complex element of all and offers a satisfying twist
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"Death is always to be found beneath the ground."

This book was pretty amazing. It was actually recommended by my current English teacher from his book shelf. I really enjoyed the book reason why I finished the rest of it in just one day. It's such a mysterious yet intriguing novel. It deals with five teenagers stuck in a Hole which at the beginning was suppose to be a a school prank.. but something goes wrong and they are stuck in the Hole. Will anyone come to rescue them? How will they survive
It was an okay book. It was a little hard to follow sometimes and did jump around from present to past and then to an alternate view from another person not involved who was not in The Hole. But it was a story that I could not stop reading. I really wanted to see what happened next and how it all turned out. I liked the ending pretty much and it a super quick read. I started it after lunch today and finished it this evening with lots of breaks to do other stuff. All in all, a good story.
This is an "all in one shot" kind of read. It's short enough that it can be done painlessly and captivating enough that the time will fly. I loved the psychological thriller aspect of this, even though it may seem as though there is very little action. I also taught this book in two 7th grade drama classes and the kids got really into it as well. And it's nothing like the movie, the movie lays all the psych stuff right out in plain view and doesn't require one to think at all.
Oddly enough I came across the movie that is based on this novel first, then was so intrigued that I read the book. The Hole was quick,easy read. I am ALWAYS a "the book was SO much better than the movie" girl, but not so in this case. The idea of the story is very interesting, but one that is told better on the big screen. I think this is because it is a shorter book, so not a lot is removed from the screenplay-- and the movie had an extra twist.

The idea was interesting but I just didn't think it was strongly written. I've read that it was made into a movie, but there was a lot I didn't understand or "see" and had to guess to fill in the blanks as I read. It actually felt like it would have better as a movie. It wasn't until half way through that I figured out which character was narrating, and in the end, I didn't see how the finale was set up at all throughout the book. :(
Omg. What a device. Three stars for what I thought it was (a little over, actually) and a whole extra star for being what it is. In a way, in regard to what it is - not the story, it put me in mind of a much shorter simpler version of Liar. Simple but imaginative and effective. I know this is very vague but its hard to really say anything about the story itself without spoilery risks. It's a quick read. Read it.
This is a short book, kind of a mind-bender, and sort of dark. The epilogue, particularly, through me for a loop and made me want to re-read the story to try and get a better idea of what actually happened. It leaves some things for the reader to try and figure out the story.

Rating: R, for strong language (f-words and scatological references), mild violence and sexuality.
Daniel Lefou
La historia principal pinta prometedora pero nunca se desarrolla en todo su potencial, ni siquiera la mitad de él, pero es interesante como, de alguna manera, al final queda justificado el porqué la historia y la narrativa hayan quedado tan pobres.
También me pareció divertido descubrir reflexionando al final que es un texto acerca de un texto acerca de un texto acerca de un texto.
The only reason I gave this book a 4/5 instead of a 5/5 is because the beginning was a hard to get through. For " A Novel of Psychological Suspense", I found it took a while to get to the suspenseful part. It also jumps around a bit. However, this book turned out to be amazing. Its a quick read but definitely very heavy. Its a deep book. I would recommend it in a heartbeat.
This book was okay. It was a bit confusing and boring in parts. The idea is great, but I think the execution could have been better. I don't really feel like I knew the characters very well, and I think it would have been much better if I had. I saw the movie a few years ago, and from what I remember the movie was much more of a psychological thriller than the book.
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