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The monsters in Mac's life have always been of the human variety, so when she enters a hide and seek competition she never could have imagined the enemy she'd have to face. But she's not alone... I LOVED the shifting narrative perspectives. It keeps you grasping for answers even when you're intimately nestled in a character's pov right before the worst happens. But not only is the sense of dread there, so is the need to find answers. It jostles you around in a way that keeps it exciting and in dire need of more.

— Jacey

White’s adult debut (she has most notably written YA Fantasy) is a massively enjoyable work of horror. We start with a group of seemingly unrelated people who are assembled for a “reality show” tryout, or pilot. They will play hide and seek in an abandoned amusement park where they will be sought, and two eliminated each day. The premise is fun enough, but as the story progresses, we and the characters begin to suspect something terribly, terribly wrong is going on. And we are oh so right. The big bad is a marvelous concept, the characters are well developed, and the themes explored are very well done. This is a winner of a horror novel. 

— Kevin L

I am not usually a big reader of this genre, but I loved this book. Although it is a reimagined, more modern version of the Minotaur, I found it exciting and engaging. I had to keep listening because I could not leave the characters precariously ignored in an abandoned amusement park. It hung with me until the very end and, yes, I am still creeped out by it.

— Rebecca G

Wow! I couldn't put this book down for the life of me! Mack, with nothing to her name except a dark, violent past, has elected to participate in a Hide-and-Seek Tournament in hopes she will receive the grand prize of $50,000. All you have to do is hide all day in this run down amusement park for seven days without being found. Something has been bothering her since the beginning, though, and there's something strange about the woman running it and the park itself. Is this a legit tournament? Or is there something bigger at play here? Kiersten White does an amazing job switching between narrators at lightening speed, showing readers many complex characters and a frightening plot that made me sleep with the lights on.

— Kalli K.

June 2022 Indie Next List

The Hunger Games meets Something Wicked This Way Comes meets Occupy Wall Street. A scathing allegory of the senselessly dangerous world we live in that will consume you, leave you in a daze and constantly checking over your shoulder.”
— Charlotte Martin, Mystery to Me, Madison, WI


NATIONAL BESTSELLER • A high-stakes hide-and-seek competition turns deadly in this “marvelously creepy thrill ride of a book that keeps twisting until the very end” (Karen M. McManus, author of One of Us Is Lying

“The suspenseful plot combines elements of Thomas Tryon’s classic Harvest Home, Netflix’s Squid Game, and the social commentary of Jordan Peele’s film oeuvre and mixes these with a revelatory pacing reminiscent of Spielberg’s Jaws.”—Booklist

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 a dream future or escape a haunting past—Mack is sure 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 that this competition is even more sinister than 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.

About the Author

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, and the Camelot Rising trilogy. Hide is her adult debut. White lives with her family in San Diego, where they obsessively care for their deeply ambivalent tortoise, Kimberly.

Praise For…

“There is nothing creepier than an abandoned amusement park, especially when Kiersten White is writing about it. This book held me captive; I couldn’t put it down.”—Samantha Downing, internationally bestselling author of For Your Own Good

Hide is a claustrophobic thriller choked with weeds, rust, and rot. The game here is not what it seems. The hunt is swift and merciless, and the fear is primal and bestial. Don’t pick up this book unless you have time to read it all in one anxious sitting.”—Stephanie Perkins, New York Times bestselling author of There’s Someone Inside Your House

“Haunting, startling, unrelenting, and unexpectedly heartbreaking, Hide draws you inexorably in among the thorns and rust, where the monsters are both intimately familiar and horrifyingly unfathomable.”—Delilah S. Dawson, New York Times bestselling author of The Violence

“Equal parts hell-ride thriller and American fable, Kiersten White’s Hide runs you through a sinister child’s game set in a nightmare amusement park, and it does so with gleeful, fiendish delight. I hung on to this book with bloodless knuckles, and I adored every spine-chilling second.”—Chuck Wendig, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Accidents

“White pulls no punches in this brilliantly executed thrill ride. Every twist and turn horrified and delighted me in equal measure.”—Erin A. Craig, New York Times bestselling author of House of Salt and Sorrows

“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 Vengeance

“A marvelously creepy thrill ride of a book that keeps twisting until the very end.”—Karen M. McManus, #1 New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying

“The suspenseful plot combines elements of Thomas Tryon’s classic Harvest Home, Netflix’s Squid Game, and the social commentary of Jordan Peele’s film oeuvre and mixes these with a revelatory pacing reminiscent of Spielberg’s Jaws.”Booklist

“An enthralling, high-energy thriller grounded in supernatural horror . . . White skillfully balances the terrifying solo experiences of individual characters, the tense group dynamics, and the park’s backstory to create a constantly shifting narrative backed by a growing sense of dread. With this exhilarating outing, White proves she has a finger on the pulse of millennial horror.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Product Details
ISBN: 9780593359259
ISBN-10: 0593359259
Publisher: Del Rey
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2023
Pages: 272
Language: English