Book Review : Hide and Seek by Amy Bird

November 20, 2014 Book review 2 ★★★

I kind of have mixed feels on this book; I liked it well enough.  I wouldn’t start telling everyone it’s a must read but if you are a fan of domestic thrillers, then I think you’ll find it’s an engaging read.

Book Review : Hide and Seek by Amy BirdHide and Seek by Amy Bird
Published by Carina on 2nd October 2014
Genres: Psychological, Suspense, Thrillers
Pages: 261
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

Nobody’s life is ever perfect. Families tell lies. People keep secrets. But the life which Will and Ellie Spears have built together is as perfect as it’s possible to be.

Until one day something is let slip. A discovery is made. And all of a sudden Ellie and Will’s life falls down, as acceptance gives way to an obsessive search for answers. Families tell lies. People keep secrets. But sometimes the truth is much more dangerous.

First Line of Hide and Seek by Amy Bird:

“You know those days when everything is so right, so perfect, that you think something must go wrong.”

My Thoughts on Hide and Seek by Amy Bird:

First thing you have to know is that every character is AWFUL.  They are ones you love to hate and they don’t have many redeeming characteristics at all.  That’s fine by me!  I’m good with horrible characters as they fascinate me with their manipulative ways.

The story is told from dual point of view by Will and Ellie.  I started off liking Will apart from thinking he was a bit weak and too easily influenced by Ellie but that quickly evaporated.  They are pretty horrible and deserve each other.  They reminded me in ways of the couple from Gone Girl, they aren’t the same, they just made me feel the same towards them (ie –  I despise them!).

The pace of the novel was good.  I was intrigued and couldn’t wait to see what would happen next.  I did think parts of it were a bit unbelievable however and I found it hard to swallow.  Like for example Will broke into his parents house while they were upstairs asleep as he wanted to hunt for evidence about some fishy goings on.  Will had a good enough relationship with his parents and the break in was a bit hard for me to get my head around.

I don’t get why he didn’t either demand an explanation or find some other way around it.  Who breaks into their parents’ house?!  As I was reading, it niggled me but then I accepted it and moved on.  It is explained a bit, I just didn’t buy it.  Also there is a fake funeral staged, again I just couldn’t see any sane person thinking up and following through on this.  But by the end of the book, I didn’t think any of the characters were very sane anyway!

There is a heavy focus on music in the plot (in particular the piano) and I found this really added to the atmosphere of the book.   It felt like the craziness swirled up around me like a gradual crescendo and it really added to the intensity

Overall a gripping read but the melodramatic actions at time stopped me from really believing in it.


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: three-stars


Who should read Hide and Seek by Amy Bird?

If you love to hate your main characters and are a fan of domestic type psychological thrillers, then this is one to add to your to-read list.

Thanks to NetGalley and Carina UK for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.


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2 Responses to “Book Review : Hide and Seek by Amy Bird”

    • trish

      Yes if you don’t like unlikeable characters then I’d give this one a miss. I did find what I saw as plot holes a bit puzzling but maybe they wouldn’t bother other people as much.

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