Saturday, June 23, 2018

*Review* You Can't Hide by Dan Poblocki

Genre: Middle Grade/Horror
Published: December 27, 2016
Pages: 224

Shadow House will find you . . .

Poppy, Marcus, Dash, Dylan, and Azumi are all trapped within Shadow House, a sinister estate where past and present intertwine. As they fight to find a way out, the kids think the ghosts of the house are the greatest danger they face. Little do the kids know it's the secrets they're each hiding that will prove even more lethal.

They're going to have to come face to face with their fears if they stand any hope of escaping the house alive. Is there anyone or anything in the house they can trust? Or is all hope disappearing, too . . .

Enter Shadow House . . . if you dare.

So last summer I got the audiobook of the first book in this series for free from Audiofile Sync's summer reading program for teens, and loved it for what it was. I mean, it was no Stephen King horror, but it's targeted towards middle grade readers and I wouldn't have an issue letting my 7 and 9 year-old's listen to or read it. When I saw this book on sale on audible (I think it was a 2 for 1 credit sale), I just had to get it, because I needed to see how the story would continue, and since I listened to the first book, I would prefer to listen to the rest of them as well. 

This book is chock full of action and mystery. The kids spend the story mostly split up in smaller groups (because their parents probably never let them watch horror movies before! And the house is a jerk and separated them), and they're trying to find a way to get out of the house (the house that is a jerk and won't let them out mind you). Some new ghosts show up, but they're not all bad. Some even help the kids to learn a little bit about the history of the house and it's creepy owner. It becomes quite clear to me that the kids need to get out of the house alive or they will be stuck there forever, probably. 

And I don't want to say too much else for fear of spoiling the story for you, but if you enjoyed The Gathering, you will probably like this book as well. Overall I give it 4.143 stars. - Katie 

Dan was born in Providence, Rhode Island, and lived in Woonsocket and Lincoln before moving to Basking Ridge, New Jersey when he was eleven years old. Dan now lurks in Brooklyn, NY.

Growing up in small towns shaped Dan's imagination. He was always curious what was out in the dark of the woods or just over the horizon. Often, if he and his friends didn’t have an answer, they would make one up. 

He still does.

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  1. Middle grade or not... I really don't like scary books. Suspenseful, yes. Scary books give me nightmares, haha. I have a very vivid imagination which transfers over into my subconscious. I read There's Someone Inside Your House (I think that's the title), and had bad dreams for a week. The book itself was good and I enjoyed it, but my brain takes things a little too far, lol.

    L @ Do You Dog-ear?

    1. You may want to skip this one then...It could definitely inspire nightmares in someone who is prone to them.

      Thanks for stopping by. - Katie