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The challenge: spend a week hiding in an abandoned amusement park and don't get caught. The prize: enough money to change everything. Even though everyone is desperate to win--to seize their dream futures or escape their haunting pasts--Mack feels sure that she can beat her competitors. All she has to do is hide, and she's an expert at that. It's the reason she's alive, and h The challenge: spend a week hiding in an abandoned amusement park and don't get caught. The prize: enough money to change everything. Even though everyone is desperate to win--to seize their dream futures or escape their haunting pasts--Mack feels sure that she can beat her competitors. All she has to do is hide, and she's an expert at that. It's the reason she's alive, and her family isn't. But as the people around her begin disappearing one by one, Mack realizes this competition is more sinister than even she imagined, and that together might be the only way to survive. Fourteen competitors. Seven days. Everywhere to hide, but nowhere to run. Come out, come out, wherever you are. A high-stakes hide-and-seek competition turns deadly in this dark supernatural thriller from New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White.


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The challenge: spend a week hiding in an abandoned amusement park and don't get caught. The prize: enough money to change everything. Even though everyone is desperate to win--to seize their dream futures or escape their haunting pasts--Mack feels sure that she can beat her competitors. All she has to do is hide, and she's an expert at that. It's the reason she's alive, and h The challenge: spend a week hiding in an abandoned amusement park and don't get caught. The prize: enough money to change everything. Even though everyone is desperate to win--to seize their dream futures or escape their haunting pasts--Mack feels sure that she can beat her competitors. All she has to do is hide, and she's an expert at that. It's the reason she's alive, and her family isn't. But as the people around her begin disappearing one by one, Mack realizes this competition is more sinister than even she imagined, and that together might be the only way to survive. Fourteen competitors. Seven days. Everywhere to hide, but nowhere to run. Come out, come out, wherever you are. A high-stakes hide-and-seek competition turns deadly in this dark supernatural thriller from New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White.

30 review for Hide

  1. 5 out of 5

    karen

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! and the finished copy has a MAP! ******************************** this book knew just how to get my attention: ✓ deadly high stakes competition set in an abandoned amusement park. ✓ innocent childhood game given a horror movie coating, sinisterizing the phrase "come out, come out, wherever you are..." ✓ large group of strangers dwindling down à la And Then There Were None. ✓ characters isolated from the real world, with all of its pesky rules and social niceties. ✓ survival of the scr NOW AVAILABLE!!! and the finished copy has a MAP! ******************************** this book knew just how to get my attention: ✓ deadly high stakes competition set in an abandoned amusement park. ✓ innocent childhood game given a horror movie coating, sinisterizing the phrase "come out, come out, wherever you are..." ✓ large group of strangers dwindling down à la And Then There Were None. ✓ characters isolated from the real world, with all of its pesky rules and social niceties. ✓ survival of the scrappiest. i was expecting a Battle Royale kind of story, and it wasn't until i had the ARC in my hot little hands that i learned this was a rework of the minotaur/labyrinth myth, an unexpected supernatural angle which forced me to recalibrate—and if i'm being honest—lower my expectations. in a second unwelcome surprise, the ARC's "dear reader" letter (am i the only one who reads these?) proclaims the story to be: an of-the-moment, scarily precise diagnosis of class and privilege and generational wealth. huh? i thought i was getting a mindless splatter-romp through an amusement park like FantasticLand, where—if there was any attempt at a social message it was buried beneath a heap of body parts. let us leave unexamined what it says about me that i use competitive murder books as escapist entertainment. suffice it to say, i ride the subway into the city every day, which gives me a front-row seat to the decline of civilization along with some simmering fantasies about thinning out the human herd. however, despite my apprehension about its supernatural foes and societal woes, i was completely won over. the social commentary wasn't too heavy-handed and was well-integrated into the architecture of the story, and the beastie proved just as good as a human adversary at satisfying my bloodthirsty little readersoul. it helped that—precision be damned—i just pictured the red bull from The Last Unicorn. PLOTSTUFF: fourteen competitors enter a weeklong hide-and-seek tournament with a $50,000 prize. some of the players are modern-world visionaries looking to harness the publicity of the competition to kickstart their brand and some are disadvantaged people who could really use that fifty thou in prize money to, you know, live. and all they have to do to win is scatter and stay hidden from dawn to dusk within the crumbling, overgrown amusement park until one person remains. if you're found, you're done. you. are. done. 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. bwah ha haaaaaa... don't worry about keeping track of all fourteen characters, because the bodies start dropping so quickly that the first batch of cannon-fodder contestants don't even get fleshed out beyond the broad strokes of their personalities before they're gone. the group whittles down quickly until only a handful remain, and thankfully these characters are well-developed with fully defined personalities and backstories designed to ignite the reader's sympathies—flawed but likable underdogs with hard-earned survival skills put to good use. it's less graphically brutal than i'd anticipated, but more psychologically brutal, an emotionally effective survival story of class divide and the entitled elite driven by the same "some people are disposable" philosophy as The Most Dangerous Game and Good Rich People, but with more monsters at the story's center. and also a minotaur. ******************************* it is HERE!!!! HOLD MY CALLS!! ******************************* 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. ******************************* I COULD NOT BE MORE EXCITED ABOUT THIS BOOK. come to my blog!

  2. 4 out of 5

    jessica

    oof. this is a big miss for me. for so many reasons. i dont want this to turn into a massive rant, so i will try to keep my disappointments brief.- the direction the plot eventually goes in doesnt fit the tone the novel begins with - too many characters causing shallow backstories - the constant and abrupt third person POV shifts disrupt the narrative - the world-building and atmosphere is pretty weak - suuuuch slow pacingbut i will say this - the opening prologue is a perfect first chapter. absolute oof. this is a big miss for me. for so many reasons. i dont want this to turn into a massive rant, so i will try to keep my disappointments brief.- the direction the plot eventually goes in doesnt fit the tone the novel begins with - too many characters causing shallow backstories - the constant and abrupt third person POV shifts disrupt the narrative - the world-building and atmosphere is pretty weak - suuuuch slow pacingbut i will say this - the opening prologue is a perfect first chapter. absolute perfection. so its really too bad the rest of the book falls so short of it. all in all, not for me. maybe hard core horror fans might enjoy this, but i was not impressed. thanks for the ARC, random house/del rey books. ↠ 2 stars

  3. 5 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    One of my all-time favorite tropes is a competition, so when I heard the synopsis for Kiersten White's Adult Debut, Hide, I instantly added it to my TBR. In this story we follow fourteen contestants competing in a Hide-and-Seek contest at an abandoned amusement park. Seemingly selected at random from some sort of need-based selection process, the fourteen individuals are complete strangers and come from locations scattered throughout the United States. From the very start the contest is shrouded in One of my all-time favorite tropes is a competition, so when I heard the synopsis for Kiersten White's Adult Debut, Hide, I instantly added it to my TBR. In this story we follow fourteen contestants competing in a Hide-and-Seek contest at an abandoned amusement park. Seemingly selected at random from some sort of need-based selection process, the fourteen individuals are complete strangers and come from locations scattered throughout the United States. From the very start the contest is shrouded in mystery. The only things they really know are that it is hosted by a sporting goods company and the prize is $50,000. We follow multiple different perspectives as the contest begins and a Hunger Games-type vibe falls over the narrative. With two contestants getting caught and out of the game each day, the tension increasingly mounts. Additionally, it's not clear at all who, or what, the Seekers are. The main individual we follow is a young woman named Mack, who has a very violent, traumatic past. As she sees it, her biggest gift is her ability to hide. She's been doing it her whole life. The things Mack observes as she hides chill her to the bone. This game may be more dangerous than anyone initially anticipated. It's taken me a long time to come to grips with how I feel about this book. I liked some aspects and I really disliked some aspects. Therefore, it made sense to give this a 3-star rating; just slice it right down the middle. I'm disappointed, but I'm not mad. The writing was a little wonky for me from the very start, but I was intrigued to see where it was going regardless. There were so many perspectives and characters. Additionally, it jumped around a lot, it was hard to engage with any of the characters or what they were feeling. Mack, who was the person whose perspective you read from the most, didn't do it for me. I hated being in her head. Also, there was a plot device used to help explain the background of the contest which generally I like, but here, the execution of it, I just felt like it was too convenient. I didn't enjoy it. Further, I promise this is it for complaints, the horror aspects were kept too obscure. I wanted more. I liked the build and tension initially. The not knowing was sort of like when you first started watching Lost and you knew something was in the jungle, but you could never tell what it is. I liked that, but eventually as you discover the truth behind the park, it could have gone deeper into those elements. Overall, this is a good book and I know a lot of Readers will love it. I was expecting a bit more, but even though this was a slight miss for me, I will continue to pick up anything White writes. Thank you to the publisher, Del Rey Books, for providing me with a copy to read and review. I appreciate the opportunity!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Escape room troupe located at the terrifying amusement park meets with Hungry Games- Maze Runner vibes : an action packed Hide and Seek game with adrenaline blast and smartly executed mystery. I loved the idea and as a loyal fan of the author, I was so intrigued to read her contemporary horror adult debut! The pacing was good. The opening about a family’s drama who lost their five years old daughter at the amusement park in 1974 resulted with park’s closing was also picking your interest from th Escape room troupe located at the terrifying amusement park meets with Hungry Games- Maze Runner vibes : an action packed Hide and Seek game with adrenaline blast and smartly executed mystery. I loved the idea and as a loyal fan of the author, I was so intrigued to read her contemporary horror adult debut! The pacing was good. The opening about a family’s drama who lost their five years old daughter at the amusement park in 1974 resulted with park’s closing was also picking your interest from the beginning. Then we’re introduced to Mack with mysterious back story, living in the shelters, acting like a wallflower, without anything to lose, finding herself to attend a very special hide and seek game! The Olly Olly Oxen Free Hide and Seek Tournament rules are specific: 14 competitors, seven days. It’s basically children’s game. The award is: 50K! Seven of the contenders are aspiring and favorite: A social media fitness model, a graffiti artist, a YouTube prank show hostess, an app developer/ house sitter, a jewelry designer/ dog walker, a zealous CrossFit Instructor, an actress with severe food allergies And there seven more contenders including Mack who are described as stalled but they are also wild cards who no one expected to eliminate their rivalries. A writer with severe people allergies ( nope, that’s me: I’m screenwriting who is allergic to only idiot people!!!!) , a boy equal parts banished and lost (he’s called LeGrand who picked my interest from the beginning), the kindest gas station attendant in Pocatello, Idaho ( I wish I eat or drink whatever he’s having: Brandon is such a dreamy character, too good to be born), a veteran ( buzzed Ava, who is gonna be sidekick of Mack), a solar panel salesman, an eternal intern! You may guess something so sinister waiting for those guys at the amusement park. You’re absolutely right! Without giving much away: I can absolutely say this was wild, jaw dropping, intense ride! My only concern is there are too many characters and some of them are truly annoying and easy to forget. I wish there were less competitors. It was easy to care for Mack and Ava because of their tragic backgrounds which make them sharpen their survival skills. The surprising horror element was thrown into this equation adroitly. It fits with the entire execution. Overall: with less characters, this would be so much fun but it was still great try and I enjoyed it till the end. I hope Kiersten White writes more adult horror novels. She absolutely killed it! Special thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group,Ballantine for sharing this digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest opinions.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Holly B

    3.5 STARS Modern twist on a legend in Greek mythology (not telling though). Throw in a bit of Hunger Games and ready, set, go! "Come out, come out, wherever you are......" 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". The descriptions of the hostess, Linda, cracked me up. She gives out all the "rules" that must be followed. She wears bri 3.5 STARS Modern twist on a legend in Greek mythology (not telling though). Throw in a bit of Hunger Games and ready, set, go! "Come out, come out, wherever you are......" 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". The descriptions of the hostess, Linda, cracked me up. She gives out all the "rules" that must be followed. She wears bright colored pantsuits and her hair exists in "defiance of gravity". This one was full of tension, without making me terrified. You know things are going to go wrong and the author keeps you in the dark until the end when the motivations are revealed. There are quite a few characters to keep up with and two characters named Ava! Why?! Overall, a fast suspenseful read. The plot has a complicated backstory to it, so that was a lot to take in and there are a couple of plot holes. It lost me a bit in the end. Still, I always wanted to pick up and find out what was happening. And the winner is............. Thanks to NG and Random House for my early copy. OUT May 24, 2022

  6. 5 out of 5

    Maiden Misty's Musings

    olly olly oxen free **3.5 Stars** The game is simple. Spend a week in an abandoned amusement park playing the ultimate game of hide and go seek without being caught. The prize is enough money to change your life. Fourteen contestants are locked behind massive gates with one goal in mind....make it to sundown. Mack has been hiding her whole life. She knows she can win. However, the game is rigged. There is no winner in this game. Only screams from the hunted as the hunter finds them two by two. olly olly oxen free **3.5 Stars** The game is simple. Spend a week in an abandoned amusement park playing the ultimate game of hide and go seek without being caught. The prize is enough money to change your life. Fourteen contestants are locked behind massive gates with one goal in mind....make it to sundown. Mack has been hiding her whole life. She knows she can win. However, the game is rigged. There is no winner in this game. Only screams from the hunted as the hunter finds them two by two. There was no need for romance in this book. I mean, they are being picked off one by one. Not exactly the atmosphere for budding love. I wish horror writers would stop this nonsense. It is not believable.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    "If it's a game, win," Ava says, her voice fierce. "And it it's not, survive." Come out, come out, whereever you are! Who doesn't like Hide and Seek? Who hasn't played it? Who will be the winner? The fourteen contestants all want to win. There is a lot of money on the table, and they all are motivated to play, to win, and to change their lives. How hard can it be? Hide during the day and come back to camp at night. Seven days. That is not a long time. You must be better than the others at h "If it's a game, win," Ava says, her voice fierce. "And it it's not, survive." Come out, come out, whereever you are! Who doesn't like Hide and Seek? Who hasn't played it? Who will be the winner? The fourteen contestants all want to win. There is a lot of money on the table, and they all are motivated to play, to win, and to change their lives. How hard can it be? Hide during the day and come back to camp at night. Seven days. That is not a long time. You must be better than the others at hiding and maybe, just maybe, you could be the winner! This was a fun one for me. I thoroughly enjoyed it. This read like a horror film for me, and parts reminded me Predator (I chuckled when a piece of equipment is called the Predator), The Cabin in the Woods, and dare I say it The Hunger Games, From the beginning, when Linda made her appearance, I knew things were going to get real. Two contestants would be eliminated each day. Will the odds be in their favor? I think not! Hide has suspense, tension and dread all rolled up in a neat little package. I enjoyed not quite knowing what was going on after their first night. We don't know a lot about the characters, but one is singled out and we know more about her. Slowly we get to learn more about some others which added to the tension and dread in the book. This one grabbed my attention from the beginning. I was fully invested in knowing what was going on. Readers learn what is happening and yet, it only added to my enjoyment. With the descriptions, I could easily visualize what was happening in the book. I can see this being made into a movie. I love a good horror book. I love being scared by them. This book has an underlying dread which really helped amp up the anxiety and tension for me. Who is ready for a game of hide and seek? #Hide #NetGalley Thank you to Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine, Del Rey and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own. Read more of my reviews at www.openbookposts.com

  8. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    1,2,3,4..... "So now she's seen it. She knows what's out there. It doesn't make anymore sense than it did before, but at least she can move from horror - the fear of the unknown - to terror - the fear of the known. Terror is almost a comfort at this point, a familiar friend." Come, come out wherever you are..... Fourteen people are selected to take part in a hide and seek competition in an abandoned amusement park. For seven days they can't be found. The payout: $50,000.00. All that were chosen 1,2,3,4..... "So now she's seen it. She knows what's out there. It doesn't make anymore sense than it did before, but at least she can move from horror - the fear of the unknown - to terror - the fear of the known. Terror is almost a comfort at this point, a familiar friend." Come, come out wherever you are..... Fourteen people are selected to take part in a hide and seek competition in an abandoned amusement park. For seven days they can't be found. The payout: $50,000.00. All that were chosen are in desperate need of this money but there can be only one winner. How well can you hide if you need to survive? This was a wild little book that's being compared to Fantasticland and Hunger Games. I've not read Hunger Games but, for me, this is no Fantasticland. It just can't compare with Fantasticland's brutality. If I had to compare this to another book I would say it reminded me a bit of Reprieve by James Han Mattson due to the social commentary and the fact that while both are marketed as horror novels they aren't actually overtly frightening. They seem to be making you think more about the characters than the actual jump scares. Personally, I don't mind it. I don't need to be splashed with guts and gore to gain enjoyment from a horror novel. I'm not so much into creature features anymore but this was exceptionally well written and I cared enough about some of the characters that I enjoyed the ride from beginning to end. If this sounds appealing then I strongly suggest giving it a try because you could do a whole lot worse in this genre. 4 stars! Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine for my complimentary copy.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    4.5 Stars There wasn’t much to the book but I loved it!! Thank you and goodnight! 😏😉 Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾 Hidden spoiler for me to come back to.. (view spoiler)[Creature these crazy people summoned or whatever to eat peeps every seven years so they could have great lives. Jerks (hide spoiler)] Would like the physical copy["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]> 4.5 Stars There wasn’t much to the book but I loved it!! Thank you and goodnight! 😏😉 Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾 Hidden spoiler for me to come back to.. (view spoiler)[Creature these crazy people summoned or whatever to eat peeps every seven years so they could have great lives. Jerks (hide spoiler)] Would like the physical copy

  10. 5 out of 5

    Melissa (Extremely Behind)

    I had been eagerly awaiting this book, and unfortunately for me, it was not the book I was expecting. This novel will have widespread appeal, but it employs a genre/trope that I don't like and so I was disappointed once I got midway through and figured out what was going on. Spoilers (but not major ones) below: (view spoiler)[ I was expecting a straightforward mystery/adventure/thriller. What I got was half thriller, half paranormal supernatural gobbledygook. To start out with, there are WAY too m I had been eagerly awaiting this book, and unfortunately for me, it was not the book I was expecting. This novel will have widespread appeal, but it employs a genre/trope that I don't like and so I was disappointed once I got midway through and figured out what was going on. Spoilers (but not major ones) below: (view spoiler)[ I was expecting a straightforward mystery/adventure/thriller. What I got was half thriller, half paranormal supernatural gobbledygook. To start out with, there are WAY too many characters (fourteen!) to keep straight. They are first and often identified by their "identities"-ie "intern" "writer" etc. Then we get names and identities sometimes used interchangeably. When I got to the middle of the book, I wished I would have kept a chart from the beginning, but in the end many of the characters were totally throwaway so it didn't really matter. Secondly, when we find out why they are really there...ugh, I just rolled my eyes and plowed through to the end to see if things would be redeemed, but unfortunately they really weren't. 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. Also, in the author's note she mentions something about this being a treatise about race/class/whatever. Nah, it doesn't even come close to going there. (hide spoiler)] Overall, many people may enjoy this book, it just was not for me due to subject matter that I don't care to read. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    Finally, a book that held my attention from beginning to end! While I understand the complaints regarding the large, sometimes confusing cast, the supernatural twist, and the heavy handed social message, I really enjoyed these aspects and it's probably why the story worked so well for me. This type of horror was just the right balance of spooky, gory, and thought provoking, all three things I love in a creepy novel. My only complaint is the abrupt ending to the novel; I wish we had received just Finally, a book that held my attention from beginning to end! While I understand the complaints regarding the large, sometimes confusing cast, the supernatural twist, and the heavy handed social message, I really enjoyed these aspects and it's probably why the story worked so well for me. This type of horror was just the right balance of spooky, gory, and thought provoking, all three things I love in a creepy novel. My only complaint is the abrupt ending to the novel; I wish we had received just a bit more "riding off into the sunset" context to wrap up what all we learned and saw along the way. Otherwise, if you're a fan of quick reads that give you chills and thrills, don't sleep on Hide! *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Fran

    It was an abandoned Amusement Park, closed after a five year old girl vanished within, her patent leather shoe caught on the branches of a topiary. "Slowly what didn't crumble rusted and what didn't rust leaned. All the walkways were lined with impassable shrubbery, undergrowth turned into overgrowth, wild plant life was riddled with thorns." In an undisclosed location, Linda the game hostess, welcomed fourteen contestants to a seven day competition, the Olly Olly Oxen Free Hide-and-Seek Tourname It was an abandoned Amusement Park, closed after a five year old girl vanished within, her patent leather shoe caught on the branches of a topiary. "Slowly what didn't crumble rusted and what didn't rust leaned. All the walkways were lined with impassable shrubbery, undergrowth turned into overgrowth, wild plant life was riddled with thorns." In an undisclosed location, Linda the game hostess, welcomed fourteen contestants to a seven day competition, the Olly Olly Oxen Free Hide-and-Seek Tournament with the chance to win $50,000. The contestants chosen were unemployed or underemployed and in their twenties. Mack was a shelter resident who hid daily from the other shelter occupants. Her backpack, left unattended on the bed, was stolen. Since she now only owned the clothes on her back, entering the contest seemed like a good idea. A false sense of security was created by Linda, the hostess, when she sprang for an elaborate breakfast at the Star Diner where the fourteen contestants were feted and given contest documents to sign. On to the spa, to be pampered. Off to the Amusement Park. Entering through the wrought iron gate, they then proceeded to the base camp pavilion, a cement floor under a corrugated roof...neat cots...food and water provided...no cell phone signal. The Rules -30 minute hiding window given at the start of each day -the game is active from dawn to dusk -no allowance for medical, bathroom emergencies or food runs -a beacon will shine in the sky at dusk calling the contestants back to camp -2 contestants will be eliminated each day 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... "Hide" by Kiersten White is horror at its best. Off to a slow start, I could not imagine the grip the novel would have on my emotions. The tension and building suspense, the twists and turns and many pitfalls truly challenged and terrified the well developed cast of characters. Who would be victorious? What a chilling, unsettling, page turner filled with dark secrets, sacrifice and camaraderie! Highly recommended. Thank you Random House Publishing Group/ Ballantine/Del Rey and Net Galley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kelsi

    Oh look-A FIVE STAR HORROR BOOK! 14 competitors in the hide and seek tournament, 7 days to not be found, AND AN ABANDONED AMUSEMENT PARK (can a setting get better than this? I think not). This was like if Hunger Games and Maze Runner had a demented (but still fun) baby. I want to say more, but I can’t without fear of spoilers so basically just go read it ok?

  14. 4 out of 5

    Luvtoread

    Fourteen young and very lucky contestants are selected to vie for the ultimate prize of fifty thousand dollars. All they have to do is play the game of "Hide and Seek" for seven full days at an old one-time famous, now abandoned and decrepit amusement park and the last person "not found" will obviously be the big winner. What an exciting and fun opportunity for all the players chosen to participate in this game where several contestants are hoping to jumpstart their social media careers and othe Fourteen young and very lucky contestants are selected to vie for the ultimate prize of fifty thousand dollars. All they have to do is play the game of "Hide and Seek" for seven full days at an old one-time famous, now abandoned and decrepit amusement park and the last person "not found" will obviously be the big winner. What an exciting and fun opportunity for all the players chosen to participate in this game where several contestants are hoping to jumpstart their social media careers and others just want to win the big money. Winning is the name of the game for everyone. There will be rules to follow and they will hide from sunrise to sunset although they will not be told who the seeker will be and by the time they find out who or what is doing the seeking it will be too late to quit the game and they will wish they never heard of the game of "Hide and Seek" because it is now GAME OVER! This was a very creepy and disturbing horror story taking place in a spooky old, broken down and desolate amusement park located far from any nearby towns or help if needed. I found all the characters wonderfully developed whether they were likeable or despicable. The dark storytelling and writing was great as it had myself feeling many emotions throughout the book. This was a horror story blended with the supernatural yet it touched upon many current social issues that all of society is dealing with today as in violence, domestic abuse, murder, racism, physical appearance, bigotry, PTSD, economic class etc which were wonderful assets brought into a horror story. The reader may think as they're reading that there will be a predictable outcome but they couldn't be more wrong. Kirsten White has written an entertaining and terrific book that encompasses all sorts of dark, nightmarish settings and I highly recommend it to all avid horror readers. I want to thank The publisher "Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine" and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this ARC and any thoughts or opinions expressed are unbiased and mine alone! I have given this book of nightmares a rating of 4 DARK AND HORRIFYING 🌟🌟🌟🌟!! Title: Hide Author: Kirsten White Publisher: Ballantine Publishing Group - Ballantine Publication Date: May 24, 2022

  15. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    Kiersten White is an author that has made a name for herself in the young adult fantasy world but Hide is her first attempt at an adult novel. Hide is a thrilling paranormal horror story. Mack is more than just down on her luck and will admit to being a little bit desperate when she receives the offer to take part in a weird game of hide and seek. Transported to the middle of nowhere Mack finds herself among fourteen competitors arriving. Taken into a shelter they are given the rules, from dawn un Kiersten White is an author that has made a name for herself in the young adult fantasy world but Hide is her first attempt at an adult novel. Hide is a thrilling paranormal horror story. Mack is more than just down on her luck and will admit to being a little bit desperate when she receives the offer to take part in a weird game of hide and seek. Transported to the middle of nowhere Mack finds herself among fourteen competitors arriving. Taken into a shelter they are given the rules, from dawn until dusk the game is on, hide or be eliminated if found. They are told that two of them will be eliminated each day and after that return to the base until the next day when the hunt begins again. To win simply survive the seven days without being found. Being an adult has not stopped me from reading many of Kiersten White’s young adult novels and completely enjoying them so I was excited to give this first adult novel a go when I saw it. I was not surprised at all to find myself enjoying this one with the pages flying by as the tension grew. Loved the old abandoned park as a setting and the idea behind all that was going on in the park past and present. This one was thoroughly creepy and compelling and makes me want another adult attempt from the author. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/

  16. 5 out of 5

    Dennis

    I'm still a bit confused on what I actually read. To say Kiersten White's upcoming horror novel Hide is at the top of my anticipated TBR list is an understatement. I've been wanting to read this book F O R E V E R. The story has Hunger Games and Fantasticland vibes, but this book is so much more. When Mack finds out that there's a challenge at an amusement park that involves hide and seek, with a prize money for the winner that could change her life, she knows it's the opportunity of a lifet I'm still a bit confused on what I actually read. To say Kiersten White's upcoming horror novel Hide is at the top of my anticipated TBR list is an understatement. I've been wanting to read this book F O R E V E R. The story has Hunger Games and Fantasticland vibes, but this book is so much more. When Mack finds out that there's a challenge at an amusement park that involves hide and seek, with a prize money for the winner that could change her life, she knows it's the opportunity of a lifetime. Mack can stop spending her time in shelters and finally be able to live the life she's always dreamed to have. With fourteen contestants, the competition is tough and they all want to win. As the competition starts to slowly disappear each day, Mack realizes that this competition isn't what she signed up for—it's much more menacing than she ever expected. Go into this book with little background because the book is short and you don't want to ruin the narrative. At 250-something pages, this book holds a lot together in a short amount of time. At times, the book kind of deviates from the main plot and I still got young adult vibes from this author's adult fiction debut, but I really enjoyed what I read. It's a speculative supernatural horror, so if you enjoyed The Cabin at the End of the World, this book is up your alley! While not perfect, Hide is definitely one of my favorite horror stories that I've read in awhile. I can't wait to read whatever Kiersten White has up her sleeves next.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Brandon Baker

    Not my favorite, but not horrible either! I think my biggest issue was all the POV’s. I’m never good with multiple perspectives, though, so it might not bother you like it did me. Other than that, I thought I just thought it was kind of boring. It picks up in the last like 100 pages or so, but even then I just didn’t think this was an exciting read. The cover and the map inside are really cool though!!

  18. 4 out of 5

    chantalsbookstuff

    A competition of hide & seek with 14 competitors and 7 days. The prize being enough money to change your life. A dark secret behind these games changes everything. Can Mack outwit, outlast and stay alive? A really good flow with great writing style, fast paced and easy to follow. As the book went on the plot was pretty obvious. Too many characters to really get to know them all. The MC's development was good. I was excited for this storyline but it died a bit in the middle. The cover is nice and A competition of hide & seek with 14 competitors and 7 days. The prize being enough money to change your life. A dark secret behind these games changes everything. Can Mack outwit, outlast and stay alive? A really good flow with great writing style, fast paced and easy to follow. As the book went on the plot was pretty obvious. Too many characters to really get to know them all. The MC's development was good. I was excited for this storyline but it died a bit in the middle. The cover is nice and bright and captures you attention. It took of running and I was really excited for this kind of book. It felt a little rushed and kind off lost a great pace in the middle. I would have liked more "hiding & scaring" topics were you feel your heart pumping a mile a minute. Overall a good book with a great storyline.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)

    2.0 Stars This was an action packed adult horror book that read like YA. The group of young people were all quite uninteresting and the plot was equally predictable. I honestly found this book quite boring. If it was longer, I wouldn't have finished it. 2.0 Stars This was an action packed adult horror book that read like YA. The group of young people were all quite uninteresting and the plot was equally predictable. I honestly found this book quite boring. If it was longer, I wouldn't have finished it.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rachelle

    "People pretend things aren't wrong, even when they can feel the truth, because they're too afraid of what it means to look right at the horror, right at the wrongness, to face the truth in all its terrible glory." This book was exactly the gory, horror fueled ride I was hoping it would be. It has heart and that ending!!! *Chef's Kiss 💋 * "People pretend things aren't wrong, even when they can feel the truth, because they're too afraid of what it means to look right at the horror, right at the wrongness, to face the truth in all its terrible glory." This book was exactly the gory, horror fueled ride I was hoping it would be. It has heart and that ending!!! *Chef's Kiss 💋 *

  21. 5 out of 5

    Erin A. Craig

    White holds no punches in this brilliantly executed play on the Minotaur myth. Every twist and turn horrified and delighted me in equal measure. This book was so damn fun!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Olivia | Liv's Library

    Possibly one of the worst books I’ve ever read? 👀 More in my vlog! https://youtu.be/-FJUEnzOUgs Possibly one of the worst books I’ve ever read? 👀 More in my vlog! https://youtu.be/-FJUEnzOUgs

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mara

    3.5 stars - I'm bummed because I think if I could have changed a couple of things around in this, it could have been a 5 star. The ingredients are all there: isolated thriller; high premise; serial killer backstory; creepy setting; themes on point. But I think this just has too many characters and I wish it had spent more time on the actual hiding/seeking component. That said... this is still really fun! I think it's definitely worth picking up for those wanting a more mystery based version of ho 3.5 stars - I'm bummed because I think if I could have changed a couple of things around in this, it could have been a 5 star. The ingredients are all there: isolated thriller; high premise; serial killer backstory; creepy setting; themes on point. But I think this just has too many characters and I wish it had spent more time on the actual hiding/seeking component. That said... this is still really fun! I think it's definitely worth picking up for those wanting a more mystery based version of horror and it kept me turning the pages. Excited for more adult books from this author- would definitely read more!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jonann loves book talk❤♥️❤

    Hide by Kiersten White is a hair-raising horror set in a cryptic setting that encapsulates your deepest fear and runs away with it. This is a breathless adventure that will pique your interest and raise your blood pressure! Mack is living in a homeless shelter when she is offered the chance to win a $50,000 cash prize. The chosen fourteen contestants must play hide and seek in a huge abandoned amusement park for one week without being found. Every day, two contestants are eliminated until only o Hide by Kiersten White is a hair-raising horror set in a cryptic setting that encapsulates your deepest fear and runs away with it. This is a breathless adventure that will pique your interest and raise your blood pressure! Mack is living in a homeless shelter when she is offered the chance to win a $50,000 cash prize. The chosen fourteen contestants must play hide and seek in a huge abandoned amusement park for one week without being found. Every day, two contestants are eliminated until only one remains. Mack thinks this seems like a straightforward way to earn money. With plenty of hiding places in an empty amusement park how difficult can it be? Mack is confident she will win the game and walk away with the prize until her teammates begin to disappear. As the game progresses, Mack realizes the prize for winning this mysterious hide-and-seek game is her life. Hide is a masterfully crafted horror story with major atmospheric vibes. Is there a spookier place than a huge antique abandoned amusement park with creepy overgrown vines? I shutter just thinking about it. In order to fully enjoy this book, readers need to suspend realism and just flow with the story. It is definitely not a book everyone will like, but horror fans will be entertained by the supernatural elements of it. Hide is a book that readers who enjoy the stimulating element of fear will not soon forget! (4.5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫) Hide by Kiersten White is available on May 24th. Thank you, NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine, for the honor of reading this bone-chilling book. It is thrilling and spooky in the most delightful way!

  25. 4 out of 5

    alana ♡

    The premise of this was so good and I was hyped to pick this up but it ended up falling pretty flat for me. I was hoping for something a little bit more creepy and intense compared to what we really got. For such a short book the pacing felt super off. There's so many characters and at the 50% mark there still isn't much going on. Of course, everything is crammed into the last half of the book and the ending is so abrupt that I double checked to make sure my book wasn't missing any pages. The on The premise of this was so good and I was hyped to pick this up but it ended up falling pretty flat for me. I was hoping for something a little bit more creepy and intense compared to what we really got. For such a short book the pacing felt super off. There's so many characters and at the 50% mark there still isn't much going on. Of course, everything is crammed into the last half of the book and the ending is so abrupt that I double checked to make sure my book wasn't missing any pages. The only reason I feel that a 3 star rating is fair is because despite the wonky pacing and rapid shifting of POV's it was able to hold my attention from start to finish...I just didn't necessarily love what went down in between those points.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kelli Wilson

    Ugh. The potential!! There was so much potential here. Ultimately, leaned too far to the YA side. It was still intense. However, as it was described, the reality was far from. Compared to having been written as "Adult" horror fiction. On a much smaller note. While it's not entirely politically opinionated. Only a few instances. Yet they were very intentional points. I'm happy for any and all to have any and all beliefs, positions, opinions, etc. So I'll express mine, which is, I don't like my fi Ugh. The potential!! There was so much potential here. Ultimately, leaned too far to the YA side. It was still intense. However, as it was described, the reality was far from. Compared to having been written as "Adult" horror fiction. On a much smaller note. While it's not entirely politically opinionated. Only a few instances. Yet they were very intentional points. I'm happy for any and all to have any and all beliefs, positions, opinions, etc. So I'll express mine, which is, I don't like my fiction with personal social political spin when it isn't a specific aspect or context to the plot. Which isn't to say I disagree or agree with author. Overall, an insipid YA read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Steven

    Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. You ever read one of those books that plays out like a movie in your head? It's got a good pace. It's got a good premise. It's got a good cast. It's got a good setting. It's got everything needed to fit the mold of a modern day smash at the box office. This book... is that. It has all of those things. And I think it should be a movie. The characters were great - I hated some, I loved some, Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. You ever read one of those books that plays out like a movie in your head? It's got a good pace. It's got a good premise. It's got a good cast. It's got a good setting. It's got everything needed to fit the mold of a modern day smash at the box office. This book... is that. It has all of those things. And I think it should be a movie. The characters were great - I hated some, I loved some, I had some to root for. The premise was awesome - the readers were given hints that not all was as it seemed, but we watched the cast slowly figure it out. The storyline was fantastic - the perfect horror movie setup and build. All in all, the only complaint that I had was that, at the end, I was hoping for just a tad bit more. But that's also not a complaint, because the best books always leave you wanting more (in a good way). Five stars. Highly recommend. Will definitely be picking up more of this author's work in the future.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mallory

    I’ve read some of Kiersten White’s young adult books so I was beyond thriller to hear she had an adult debut coming out. The premise was interesting (who doesn’t love the idea of abandoned amusement parks for an setting??). I found the story to be pretty predictable but it was interesting. I feel like this would have made a better slasher horror movie where the viewer goes in expecting to suspend all disbelief. I don’t know if it was just the ARC formatting but the digital copy I read switched p I’ve read some of Kiersten White’s young adult books so I was beyond thriller to hear she had an adult debut coming out. The premise was interesting (who doesn’t love the idea of abandoned amusement parks for an setting??). I found the story to be pretty predictable but it was interesting. I feel like this would have made a better slasher horror movie where the viewer goes in expecting to suspend all disbelief. I don’t know if it was just the ARC formatting but the digital copy I read switched perspectives frequently and on the same page with no clear break which was a little confusing at times. 14 contestants have been invited to play an epic gave of hide and seek in an abandoned amusement park. Their task is to make it 7 days without being found and the winner will get 50,000. As the week goes on some of the contestants start to get suspicious that something more be going on and the truth is beyond any of their nightmares.

  29. 4 out of 5

    destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    Kiersten White tackling an adult thriller? AND it features one of my favorite settings, an abandoned amusement park??? I am VERY here for this.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    4.5/5stars This book, an artistic scream of rage about school shooting and gun violence against children, was published on May 24, 2022. I can't even explain the shivers I got when I read her authors note, knowing what happened on that day. This book was wonderful - the length was perfect, the message was clear, and the story itself was captivating. Highly recommend, especially if you're an American living in this fucked up mess we call our society. 4.5/5stars This book, an artistic scream of rage about school shooting and gun violence against children, was published on May 24, 2022. I can't even explain the shivers I got when I read her authors note, knowing what happened on that day. This book was wonderful - the length was perfect, the message was clear, and the story itself was captivating. Highly recommend, especially if you're an American living in this fucked up mess we call our society.

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