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PHBC – Hide and Seek by Jane McFann


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Do you remember the Point Horror Book Series from the 90’s?  The Point Horror Series was a series of young adult point horror books and was launched in 1991 by Scholastic always with the Point Horror banner on the spine and on the top of every point horror book.  There were a number of authors that wrote these books for Scholastic: R L Stine, Diane Hoh, Caroline B Cooney, Sinclair Smith to name but a few.

Are the Point Horror books we loved as a teenager still our favourites on the re-read?  Are you new to Point Horror?  Has our opinion changed?  Are they still as good?  Do they stand up to modern day YA Horror?  Or are they a whole load of cray cray?

Lets find out…

#pointhorrorbookclub

 Join in the discussion with this months title!

Hide and Seek by Jane McFann

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 There is a link to a poll at the bottom of this post to vote for your next #pointhorrorbookclub read! The next book will be announced on 17th April 2016

For links to #pointhorrorbookclub posts old and new, Point Horror guest posts and interviews with Point Horror authors please click here


** Please note that as this is a discussion there will be spoilers**


The Tagline

It isn’t a game any more.  It never was……

Okay ….so…What’s It All About?

Well!  This is what happens when we ALL complain that parents are conveniently absent from Point Horror Books!

We literally could not escape them in this book!

Or at least our main character Lissa couldn’t!

But Why?  What happens?

We begin the story at the end!

Woah!  At the end?

Yes that’s right!

Poor Lissa is hiding at the bottom of a tree trunk covered in leaves with her beloved pet bird called Bird.  Someone is after her!  They want her dead!

Dead?!  Sounds like a normal Point Horror to me!

Well, this was no ordinary Point Horror.

As Lissa is sitting at the bottom of the tree waiting to die we get glimpses into her memory and her past.  Her childhood growing up.  Lissa has learnt how to be so quiet.  To be invisible.

And there is a reason for this….her Father!

The Girl

Lissa the quiet little mouse.  With her elf like hair that used to be long, her love for mint choc chip ice cream and the want for her Father to be proud of her made me route for her all the way!

I liked Lissa.

I don’t think it’s fair to call her a good Point Horror girl as this was not a normal Point Horror.  It was far different and she was far different.  I really felt for her.  I really felt her pain, torment and how scared she was on every page.

I felt her glow on the page when Josh was around or when her only true friend Bird was clutched to her chest or nibbling at her fingers.  I cheered for joy when she finally left that house and her Father and I was happy for her in the end.

The Love Interest

Josh!

*swoons so hard*

Okay I admit it …. I am a little in love with Josh!  He made my heart all fluttery!

With his goofy grin, blonde floppy hair and basically just his presence on the page made me smile so so much.   When he get’s Lissa the flowers, bakes her cake, wants to get to know Lissa more and help her and then saving her at the end!

Be still my beating heart!

Was this just me?!

That scene where he calls Lissa perfect!

*stares with heart eyes*

As Princess Lissa said….

“Josh, you have been the only beacon of light in the darkness that has become my life”

*pines for Josh*

He can enter my realm, lower my drawbridge, fight of the dragons and grab me from my tower any day! 😉

The Parents

Yep they get a whole heading to themselves!

So shall we start….

*shudders*

The brooding artist with his dark black eyes, thick curly grey hair and always wearing the same jeans and shirt!  Lissa’s Father.  Who basically controls Lissa’s Mother who is so scared of him she constantly makes excuses for his vile, abusive behaviour.

Throughout the course of the book not only does he ignore his daughter and belittle her, he cuts off her long brown pigtailed hair, pushes her down the stairs making Lissa break her leg (he did it you know he did!) and pins Lissa up a tree by her throat threatening to kill her!

I am actually so terrified of her Father!  His presence every time he was on the page made me rage and I wanted Lissa to get the hell out of there!

Lissa’s Mother did frustrate me a little, but only because I was screaming for her to take Lissa as far away as possible.  Even down to the story of how they met…the tell tale signs were all there for us as a reader to see.  When she finally took Lissa away from her Father I cheered in joy although the end we had read at the beginning was obviously going to crop up at some point, but I then became angry with her all over again when every day she would drive four hours to go back to look after Lissa’s Father….you know just to make sure he was okay!

*rages*

But in all honesty I think Jane McFann portrayed the situation of an abusive Father, a Mother torn and scared to leave and a girl completely lost and scared so so hauntingly well.

The scene where Lissa’s Mother and Father are dancing away in the kitchen really felt like a happy moment.  Just a snapshot of a moment.  Jane McFann really tugged on the old heart strings!

On a little side note kudos for this Point Horror to actually print the word “gay” in it’s text but how did we all feel about it’s context?  Basically Lissa’s grandfather accusing his son (Lissa’s Father) of being gay because he drew pictures?  This made me rage I have to admit!

The Gang

Bird.  Yes I’m classing Bird as part of the gang here!  He was Lissa’s only true friend.  A green, gray-cheeked parrot with a blue shading to green head.  Only four inches long and weighing in ounces he was also feisty and intelligent and bonded with Lissa completely.  He had his own character even with little dialogue other than a swark every now and again.  My heart actually dropped with Lissa’s Father grabbed him tightly and threw him on the floor!

Abby…. the girl who didn’t stop talking with her red hair and her endless need to cram as much dialogue in as possible.  She was only a brief character, but one unforgettable one!

Fashion Faux Pas

I was either too wrapped up in Josh or there were no noticeable fashion disasters in this Point Horror.  Or did I just miss them?!

Dialogue Disasters

I have to say I didn’t find many….but here’s a couple that made me giggle!

“You may not say no!”

Lissa you can always say no!

“Lissa loved to swing”

I always knew that this was going to be a different type of Point Horror.  At one point I wondered what I was getting myself in to! 🙂

“Hi I’m Abby.  I can hit you in the face and make you cry”

Oh I LOVED Abby!

“He said that my still life of pears looked like roadkill on the expressway”

Lissa’s Mother certainly knew how to pick em!

Body Count

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But in this case I’m glad it was zero as it would have been tragic!

No scrap that I wish it was 1…..I will let you guess who!

Is it scary?

No not really….however it was more psychological in my opinion.  The scenes with Lissa’s Father made me so tense and the scene in the woods at the end!  I actually thought Point Horror peeps were actually going to let the author kill her main character off!

Did the best friend do it?

No!  Lissa kept herself to herself and didn’t make friends.  It wasn’t that kind of Point Horror (I know I keep saying this).

The reality was it was far worse…her Father!

Some Mild Peril?

Any scene involving her Father basically put Lissa in severe peril and was just horrific to read!  I was so scared for her!

Is it any good?

I actually really really liked this one.  This was not your typical Point Horror.  In fact I would be so surprised if this was actually written for the Point Horror series.  It felt like a standalone story that someone found and slotted into the Point Horror world with Point Horror graphic on the cover.

I think with this in mind, if you don’t think of this as an actual Point Horror book brand it was actually really really good.  But if you like your Point Horror with Point Horror egg cracking and all then I think you may be left disappointed.

I do ponder if this originally had a different ending though.  I was left just a tiny bit disappointed by the end.  Did they change it to make it a Point Horror ending maybe?

I do think that this is one book I would actually recommend people to read if they were looking for a harrowing tale of childhood, abuse and a mild thriller that makes your heart beat a little.

Final Thought

Will this divide the Point Horror Book Club!?

Cover Wars

Which do you prefer?

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Over to you!

As well as your thoughts on the book I’ve added some fun questions to ponder!

  • Do we think that Hide & Seek was intended for the Point Horror brand?
  • Be honest what would you have liked to have happened to Lissa’s Father?
  • Would you have preferred a different ending?  If so what?
  • Is Chelle crazy for falling for Josh?
  • There is a mention about Josh’s Aura in the book …. what Aura would you have around you?
  • What happened to Abby?

See you at #pointhorrorbookclub on 13th May 2016 !

You can vote for your next #PointHorrorBookClub read here!

Voting closes on the 17th April 2016!

And the winner was….

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The next read will be announced on the #pointhorrorbookclub page here and on twitter using the hashtag #pointhorrorbookclub on the 17th April 2016!

For links to #pointhorrorbookclub posts old and new, Point Horror guest posts and interviews with Point Horror authors please click here

Thanks for joining in….

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