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  • Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (Dec 1 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446603716
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446603713
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 3.2 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #478,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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'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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By A Customer on June 27 2003
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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. The main character is sad and yet bold. Pattersons really has an understanding for the softer sided gender. Anyway, I know it was not one of J.P's fave's I had read a interview he gave, yet I would still recommend it, it was suspenseful.
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By sskwert on June 7 2003
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Hide and Seek by James Patterson
If you want a fast, suspenseful, thriller of a read, "Hide and Seek" is for you. The excitement of this story expands as quickly as you can turn the pages. Just when you take a big breath and sigh in relief, Patterson turns the corner and starts building again, heading for the next curve in the road. You wonder if you will ever escape his maze.
After surviving the abusiveness of her first husband, Maggie and her young daughter set out to establish a new life. Maggie is an aspiring songwriter and singer. The hardships and trauma of Maggie's life are revealed through her music, and many people identify with the messages. There is a man, who could never quite shake a childhood experience, who hears her words and does whatever he deems necessary to find a way into her life.
Even though there seem to be some unfinished agendas in regard to a few of the characters in "Hide and Seek", the story prevails as it is.
It is good and scary.
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By sskwert on June 7 2003
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Hide and Seek by James Patterson
If you want a fast, suspenseful, thriller of a read, "Hide and Seek" is for you. The excitement of this story expands as quickly as you can turn the pages. Just when you take a big breath and sigh in relief, Patterson turns the corner and starts building again, heading for the next curve in the road. You wonder if you will ever escape his maze.
After surviving the abusiveness of her first husband, Maggie and her young daughter set out to establish a new life. Maggie is an aspiring songwriter and singer. The hardships and trauma of Maggie's life are revealed through her music, and many people identify with the messages. There is a man, who could never quite shake a childhood experience, who hears her words and does whatever he deems necessary to find a way into her life.
Even though there seem to be some unfinished agendas in regard to a few of the characters in "Hide and Seek", the story prevails as it is.
It is good and scary.
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