Harry and his younger brother Daniel come from what appears to be the perfect family. They attend a great school, their parents love each other, and they have a wonderful new uncle who is a fireman. However, the family's world falls apart after Harry and Daniel take a school trip to an amusement park; the bus stops at a rest stop on the way home and Daniel is left behind and presumably abducted.
This book runs the gamut of emotions, from the humor that can only come from a nine-year-old boy to the horror and desperation of trying to find a missing child. Similar in subject matter to Jacqueline Mitchard's "The Deep End of the Ocean", this one was a good read from a new author.
Very difficult to read, nearly impossible to follow the characters' conversations. This is one of the worst written books that I have ever read.
I did not enjoy this book at all. Very had to follow. I finished it only because I am stubborn, not because it was good.
I did finish this book and it was wonderful. Both funny and gutwrenchingly sad. I agree it was a little hard to follow b/c it was written as stream-of-consciousness from a 9-year-old's perspective, but it is possible...just think like a 9-yr-old whose little brother has just been abducted and who thinks it is his fault.
From the flyleaf:
The grown-ups held an inquiry into how a child came to disappear, but they didn't name names like they do when children let grown-ups down. They talked about a catalogue of errors as if mistakes were something that turned up in the mail and got paid for later. I had my own ideas....
Meet Harry Pickles, age nine and a bit. Harry is the fastest boy runner in the world (according to Harry), firstborn son of Mo and Pa, the best-looking parents in their Notting Hill elementary school parking lot. He's leader of the gang, the gang being Harry and his pals Peter and Piggy. He's a popular guy, Harry's life is good. At least that's the way it was before the school outing ...
Hide & Seek is a wonderful debut novel, emotionally taut, suspenseful, and compassionate storytelling that will make you laugh and then stop you in your tracks. Already compared to The Deep End of the Ocean and The Lovely Bones, Hide & Seek tells the fresh and gripping story of a family whose world is rocked by loss.
Meet Harry Pickles, age nine and a bit. He's a popular guy and life is good. All that changes when he attends a school outing. Very easy read. Grab tissues
Could not read this......
I really enjoyed this book! The premise - dealing with the mysterious disappearance and loss of a child - is not perhaps the most original, but this book's execution, telling the story from the eyes of the child's nine-year-old brother, certainly gave this book a unique feel. Though sad, the book still had moments of humour. A child narrator, when done right (as this one was) makes for a wonderful book. It was very British, with several turns of phrase that may leave an American reader a bit lost at times. However, this was very strong for a debut novel and I will definitely keep an eye out for any other books by this author!
I enjoyed this book. It was written from a 9 year olds perspective about the disappearance of his 5 year old brother. It was heartwarming and heartbreaking all at the same time. An interesting perspective from which to tell a story. Helps us see how sometimes things look differently to children.