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If you want to read something truly spooky with a terrifying storyline then look no further than Hide!
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But while they may expect cameras and overarching preplanned competition narratives, none of them are prepared when they start seeing strange things—like blood, torn clothing, and missing jewelry that once belonged to “eliminated” contestants—that hint that something much more sinister is at work in this game than extreme sports. This book will live in your head rent-free. When I wasn’t reading Hide, I was thinking about it—it’s one of those rare books that twists itself into your consciousness. Kiersten White has outdone herself.” —Victoria Lee, author of A Lesson in VengeanceUnsworth was twice married, to Valerie Moor, 1959 with whom he had three daughters (marriage dissolved, 1991), and to Aira Pohjanvaara-Buffa, 1992. In later years made his home in Umbria, Italy. He died in Perugia, at age 81, of lung cancer. Should the contestants hide individually? Form alliances? Something sinister was definitely occurring. Heavy footsteps at a slow deliberate pace...the distant scream of rusted metal... And finally, abandon all use of clichés! Only when an author has conclusively shown they don’t need them can said author pull one out just for fun—and then it has to be done with verve, flair, aplomb, etc. Not because it was the first thing that came to mind.
Hide: The Graphic Novel by Kiersten White | Goodreads
Fourteen competitors, the list is approved, seven days in an abandoned amusement park, cell-free zone, sleeping outside is part of the game, a cash prize, houses of fun and terror. It's a "horror reality show". OMG the ARC for this is on its way to me. i might have to get covid again so i can curl up with it uninterrupted.
The gardens of the state are a fecund wilderness, Eden after the Fall, whose plant and bird life are described in detail by the observant Simon. Simon lives with his dominant sister Audrey whose dead husband had owned the house and estate. Also resident as an unpaid servant is Marion, a young relative of Audrey’s dead husband. The employment of Josh as a gardener sets in play a series of events culminating in disaster. In all honesty, when I got to the end this is more of a supernatural horror book than the adventure I thought I was getting. The only clue is a little bold sentence at the end of the blurb, I should have paid closer attention.
hide-and-seek may not be a team sport, but any Survivor-savvy strategist knows the importance of forming alliances, and some of our merry band will approach this adventure like any other reality-tv scenario—speechifying and working their angles for the hidden cameras, but they will soon discover that the stakes are higher than advertised, the game is rigged, and—far from being a random selection process, the contestants have all been chosen because of the one thing they all have common. It's taken me a long time to come to grips with how I feel about this book. I liked a couple things and I really disliked some things. Unfortunately, the bad override the good. I do think it could have done with a bit more mystery to build the suspense, but it was still overall a very enjoyable read. The art, while nothing to write home about, was also decent. The whole time I was thinking how this would be a great tv show on a platform where they could go gory, because the whole time I was also thinking, "this is House on Haunted Hill in an amusement park with teenagers!" (I initially expected it to turn out more like The Hunger Games, which is kind of starts out as, but it is definitely more House of Haunted Hill (1999)!)
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Is it a perfect book? No. But it's an easy read with a unique concept, interesting characters, a creepy atmosphere, and social commentary sprinkled on top. I kept pausing my work to read a few more chapters because I needed to know how it ended! Foster is returning to work after the tragic death of her partner, Detective Glynnis Thompson. Foster has ratcheted up some earth-shaking life experiences herself. She'll never recover from the needless death of her son, Regie. But duty dictates and personal wounds are left to fester beneath the surface. I enjoyed this book, but found the resolution to the case not satisfying, as it did not feel not earned. The murderer experiences a break with reality at the end, and it felt like a too swift and easy wrap-up to what till then had been a compelling story.