White, Kiersten. Hide. New York: Del Rey, 2022.
ISBN-13: 978-0593359235 | $27.00 USD | 256 pages | Thriller/Horror
A high-stakes hide-and-seek competition turns deadly in this dark supernatural thriller from New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White.
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.
I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley and am voluntarily posting a review. All opinions are my own.
I haven’t read a Kiersten White book in a while, but Hide intrigued me. It’s basically the escape-room trope set in an amusement park. There’s a great buildup, with a dark sense of history to the park established in the opening chapter, then built on throughout the book. The tension it builds is fantastic; and while the book is short, it’s just the right length to capture all the thrills and chills, twists and turns, and leave you reasonably satisfied.
My one complaint is that there is a rather large cast of of characters, what with the many participants in the tournament. None are developed enough to be that interesting. However, I suspect this book aims for more of a quick, plot-driven focus, so it’s understandable that the characters exist merely as tools to push that forward. I did appreciate the way the cast as a whole and their circumstances as young people who struggle in terms of employment and finances comments on the issue of the challenges younger generations have making a living today, something White confirms is a theme she thought about in the acknowledgments.
This is an engaging read, and I’d recommend it to anyone looking for an immersive, quick thriller/horror read.
Kiersten White is the New York Times bestselling, Bram Stoker Award-winning, and critically acclaimed author of many books, including The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein, the And I Darken trilogy, the Slayer series, the Camelot trilogy, and her adult debut, Hide. Kiersten lives with her family in San Francisco, where they obsessively care for their deeply ambivalent tortoise, Kimberly.
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