E-galley Review: Hide by Kiersten White

Posted May 21, 2022 by Lisa Mandina in Review / 10 Comments

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

E-galley Review:  Hide by Kiersten WhiteHide by Kiersten White
Published by Del Rey Books on May 24, 2022
Genres: Adult Horror
Pages: 256
Source: the publisher
Format: E-galley
My Rating: four-stars
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Synopsis:

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.

My Review

I am a big fan of this author, so I was definitely interested in this one as soon as I heard about it. I loved the premise, and can totally see it as a horror movie that I would go experience on the big screen. While it takes place in an abandoned amusement park, really that is not what the place they are has always been, and it really isn’t even the amusement park that is the horror of the story. There is something killing there, older than the park, and probably older than even the land itself.

The way the characters are brought into this contest is interesting and again fits perfectly with the horror movie that this book would be a perfect script/storyline for. A lot of the actual horror might be from what is bringing these people together into this spot, compared to what actually happens to them. The horror and violence of the deaths or disappearances however they may actually be as we read them, is left off page, for the most part. We get a bit of it at the end along with some descriptions. So this would be a more suspenseful type of horror movie, the monster that is supposed to be in the park would need more screen time in a movie in my opinion.

But once the action got going I really enjoyed it a lot. My only issue, I really hate the whole 3rd person omniscience POV in stories. It makes it hard for me to know who we are following at the time, so that made it hard for me to get in the story, and meant at times I also had to double back a few paragraphs because they way I read I missed who exactly we were following at the moment. Other than that, a great horror story! And I really like the way the ending went, even if it didn’t completely tie up all the loose ends and solve the whole thing. In a way, the perfect way a horror movie could leave open for a sequel.

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10 responses to “E-galley Review: Hide by Kiersten White

  1. OOh nice! I cannot wait to read this one as well! I’ve loved a few of White’s previous books, some sadly weren’t my type but this one screams my name! I love a good horror story and this one sounds delightful! I feel more prepared now for the omniscient third person POV. I too don’t like it when you can’t tell who you’re falling when it changes frequently and without warning. I love the old school way of chapter titles with character’s names so you know exactly what’s going on! Lol. Still plan on picking this one up next week…hopefully. Lol.

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    • Lisa Mandina

      I didn’t LOVE the ones about Camelot, tried the first one, but was only so-so on it. And yeah, I’m a little better with that 3rd person POV if you have different chapters, but this one in an e-galley where things aren’t always spaced like the would be in the final copy, as well as the switching between characters within a chapter is a little harder to take. But I could totally see this as a horror movie and I’d definitely go see it!

    • Lisa Mandina

      I know! I actually got through all my reads this month, except one I decided I wouldn’t get to and dropped off the tour, and a couple DNFs.

  2. Danielle Hammelef

    This one actually seems like one I could read with my wimpiness when it comes to horror novels. Thank you for the great review and insight into the POV–I prefer first person to make an immediate connection.

    • Lisa Mandina

      It’s more off the page horror for the most part. There is some kind of gore alluded to though. But yeah, like you I prefer first person to get that immediate connection myself!

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