Book Review: Hide by Kiersten White

Hide by 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.

This book was a crazy, fast paced, heart thumping read. As we meet Mack she is homeless and desperate and see’s no option other than to accept an invitation to take part in a mysterious and secretive Hide and Seek contest – despite her past history and the impact on her of joining.

The cast were brilliantly put together – the group of people taking part had that real ‘big brother’ feel of people who would not normally choose to spend time together but who nevertheless find themselves splitting into factions even though they are all ultimately in competition.

The descriptions of the old theme park were so evocative, you really got a feel for the creepy nature of the park that was falling apart and slowly  being re-claimed by nature.

Its evident to the reader quite quickly that the competition seems to have an underlying motive that the contestants are blissfully unaware of. As the story continues what this hidden element is becomes slowly revealed.

It’s difficult to say a lot else about this one without giving a lot away. This book was a real page turner, and definitely on the dark side of fiction!

Hide is available now.