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Hide & Seek [Mass Market Paperback]

James Patterson
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Book Description

Dec 1 1996
It was the trial that electrified the world. Not only because of the defendant, Maggie Bradford, the woman whose songs captivated the world's heart. Not only because of the victim, Will Shepard, the world's most glamorous athlete. But also because everyone said Maggie had murdered not just one husband, but two. And because in Maggie's world - the world she feared and despised but could not escape, the world of the powerful, the rich, and the ruthless - both death and life could never be what they seemed. From James Patterson, bestselling author of KISS THE GIRLS and ALONG CAME A SPIDER, comes his most brilliantly realized thriller, a story that will shatter your expectations...and hold every last one of your nerves in thrall, with each twist of the plot and every turn of the page.

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From Publishers Weekly

If Thomas Harris's psycho-thrillers are the creme de la creme of the genre, then Patterson's (Kiss the Girls; Along Came a Spider) are the skimmed milk?fluid, but low in substance. In his new novel, the author again lays down a narrative line so gripping?an effect achieved partly through a plethora of one-sentence paragraphs, a la Sidney Sheldon?that the reader may not notice, or care, that characterization and originality have fallen by the wayside. Patterson tells his story through two points of view: there's the the first-person voice of Maggie Bradford, who kills her abusive husband in the novel's flashback prologue and has now become a world-famous singer-songwriter ("I love your music, Maggie," Barbra Streisand tells her); and there's a third-person narration that is often filtered through the eyes of Will Shepherd, the celebrated soccer star who romances Maggie after her interim lover, an older tycoon, dies of a heart attack. The devastatingly handsome Will likes to hurt women ("there was a distinctly good part in him, but also a bad part"), however, and sometimes even to kill them. Will seems to want Maggie to save him from himself. Using his beauty and charm on her and her children, he wins her hand in marriage. That union sets up a major-league deja vu, two murder trials that aren't quite riveting and a final Big Twist that will only surprise those fresh to the thriller genre. Still, Will's descent into cartoonishness, and various loose threads, will probably not bother readers swept along by this lightweight pop fiction.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Beautiful Maggie Bradford seems to have it all: a successful career as a singer/songwriter, fame, money, and two precious children. However, she killed her first husband in self-defense and now she's in jail awaiting trial for the murder of her second husband, Will Shepherd, a charming, psychotic professional soccer player. At first, Maggie's marriage seems fine, but soon Will begins to act irrationally. The increasing tension comes to a head when Maggie comes to believe that Will has been sexually abusing her daughter; the resulting confrontation ends in Will's death and Maggie's arrest. Climaxing in Maggie's celebrity trial, this page-turner delivers a solid punch, complete with a surprise ending. Patterson (Kiss the Girls, Little, Brown, 1995) offers a vivid, emotionally revealing tale. Recommended for public libraries.
-?Stacie Browne Chandler, Whitman P.L., Mass.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Patterson strikes again! Jan. 29 2004
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Maggie Bradford is a rich, beautiful, charismatic, famous songwriter and singer. She is a loving mother of two, and is accused of killing not one, but two of her husbands.
Yes. You read that right.
Maggie Bradford, adored by her fans, killed her first husband in self-defense, and, in 'Hide and Seek', is being accused of killing soccer-star Will Shepherd.
After reading 'Roses Are Red' and 'Violets Are Blue', I have to admit that I thought that James Patterson could surprise me no more. The Alex Cross mysteries have twists and suspense that only Patterson could think up, and only Patterson could surprise his readers once more with 'Hide and Seek'. I especially love how Patterson writes as Maggie Bradford in first person. The tone is carefree, and he carries Maggie's voice throughout the whole book beautifully. Maggie's voice seems to be talking to readers, the audience. Will Shepherd, however, is written about in a detached version of first person, with less emotions, feelings, and thoughts mentioned. The book, however, is still filled with emotion and romance. Ending with the trial (with an incredible twist), 'Hide and Seek' is another one of Patterson's eminent books--the kind of book that you start reading and just can't put down, the kind of book you get paper cuts from by being in a hurry to turn to the next page, the kind of book that NO ONE should miss out on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Change from the Alex Cross Series Jan. 7 2004
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'Hide and Seek' is a different type of novel than what most of Patterson's readers will be accustomed to. For instance, many readers, like myself, have read the entire Alex Cross series. In that series, the action follows a brilliant psychologist-detective. Those books are suspenseful, and usually contain a big twist.
'Hide and Seek,' on the other hand, follows the life of Maggie Bradford. The prologue introduces the reader to Maggie as she hides from her husband, who she is forced to kill in self-defense and in defense of her daughter.
From there, Maggie rises to stardom as a singer-songwriter and loses a life partner to a heart attack and another husband, an internationally famous soccer star, to a murder. The question is, who killed Will Shepherd, the soccer star?
Maggie isn't like Alex Cross. She has no training in police work and has no detective skills. In fact, she has to rely on the actions of others to solve this case. As is usual in a Patterson novel, a couple of great plot twists stand in the way of figuring out just what happened.
The majority of the novel is told from Maggie's point of view using a first person narrative style. Occassionally, actually frequently, Patterson switches to a third person narrative to tell the story of Will Shepherd. This can be confusing and disorienting at times, but then again, maybe that was the intent. It does help build the suspense.
I recommend this novel because it is a bit of a mystery, but it contains a wonderful narrative of an abused woman that has made a life for herself and overcome all obstacles. No knowledge of any of Patterson's prior work is needed. If you are looking for a good whodunit, you might be frustrated because the real mystery isn't introduced until the final fourth of the book. Its a quick read, and highly enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great novel by Patterson!!! May 9 2003
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There is always a surprise element in most James Paterson books. If an author like Patterson can entertain and add shock value to this genre of murder-mystery/suspenese he will always be the man in my eyes. I feel James Patterson has a formula of at least getting you interested then "BOOM!!!" shocks the heck out of you. This is the second novel I read to where the main character isn't a detective, I always thought that Mr Patterson had to have a detective as a main charcter, I guess, this is the second book that proved me wrong. This is a story about the victim Maggie then was twisted to accused killer Maggie, you were like what!! I wasn't sure what the heck she was. At times, I really thought she was the killer, then I kept changing my mind to that was a the victim the whole time. I feel most people that read Patterson's books and give a bad review simple just doesn't get his writing. I feel that James Patterson isn't writing for the greatness of great literature but for the entertainment of suspense.
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By Amy
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Hide and Seek, by James Patterson, is one of the most spine-tingling novels I have ever read. It mixes love affairs and romance with murder and mystery. The story has great suspense from the first to the very last page. There was never a boring piece, not ever a moment to put the book down.
The story starts with Maggie Bradford and her then two-year-old daughter, Jennie, who are being chased and hiding in their own home. Phillip, Maggie's first husband, is threatening them with a gun and wants them to 'come out and play.' However, Maggie has something else in mind: another one of Phillip's guns. It then skips to Maggie in prison, some dozen years later, after Phillip and Will's murder, and Patrick's death.
Maggie Bradford is a young, single mother who is struggling as a singer/songwriter/pianist. With the charges of Phillip's murder dropped because of self-defense, Maggie is still haunted by Phillip's memory and suspicious and distrustful of other men. Then, along comes Patrick, a widower with a large chain of expensive hotels, and a 20-something son, Peter, who hates his father and Maggie. Patrick and Maggie live a very happy life, respect each other, have a son, Allie, and are engaged. But something terrible happens and Maggie is then faced with more pain, sorrow, and fear. Finally, Maggie meets Will Shepard, a very famous soccer player in England, ("The Blond Arrow") and can get any woman he wants, especially when it's Maggie Bradford.
The story suddenly turns into a backstabbing, heartbreaking, mystery that'll take your breath away. You'll gasp at every turn of the page, and every wild and very unpredictable event. If you want to read a gripping and exhilarating book this year, read Hide and Seek!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I really like this J.P. book, mainly because I had only read the A. Cross books. I thought it was different and extremely SCARY. Non-stop thrill a minuet. Read more
Published on June 26 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars It is good and scary!
Hide and Seek by James Patterson
If you want a fast, suspenseful, thriller of a read, "Hide and Seek" is for you. Read more
Published on June 7 2003 by sskwert
3.0 out of 5 stars It is good and scary!
Hide and Seek by James Patterson
If you want a fast, suspenseful, thriller of a read, "Hide and Seek" is for you. Read more
Published on June 7 2003 by sskwert
1.0 out of 5 stars Just awful
I don't know how this thing got published. I don't think I've ever seen a book as poorly written.
Published on Jan. 20 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars ...
The only GREAT James Patterson novel I have read is ALONG CAME A SPIDER. This book I was hoping would equal ALONG CAME A SPIDER in quality, but it failed miserably. Read more
Published on Jan. 13 2003 by BookGirl82
3.0 out of 5 stars not bad but not the best
I felt like I was reading a Sidney Shelton book. I have to admit it started very Shelton-ish but became Patterson towards the end. The "mystery" was back. Read more
Published on Jan. 10 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Like Another Person Said, Not The Best Patterson.
This book was REALLY draggy until the "Trial and Error" section. That was the part when the book turned into true Patterson work. But overall, it was a wonderful read. Read more
Published on Jan. 1 2003 by bl@ke
5.0 out of 5 stars You won't put it down until you're finished!
Peekaboo! I killed you...or did I? This was the question in James Pattersonï¿s novel, Hide and Seek. Did Maggie Bradford kill her second husband, Will Shepherd? Read more
Published on May 26 2002 by Anne
3.0 out of 5 stars shallow,but entertaining enough
James Patterson seems to have mastered the craft of fairly entertaining,mindless pageturners quite brilliantly. Read more
Published on March 26 2002 by orange
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