Hide and Seek

Hide and Seek

by James Patterson


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Maggie Bradford is one of the most beloved singer/songwriters anywhere. She's also the devoted mother of two children. She seems to have it all. And so, how could she have murdered not just one, but two of her husbands? With unrelenting suspense, James Patterson answers that question.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780007224876
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/28/2006

About the Author

James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 300 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.


Palm Beach, Florida

Date of Birth:

March 22, 1947

Place of Birth:

Newburgh, New York


B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971

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Hide & Seek

Chapter One

Early winter, 1984

More snow. Another Christmas season. Almost a year after Phillip's death-or as some would have it, his murder.

I sat back in the yellow cab as it bounced and plowed through the slush-filled New York streets. I was trying to put my mind in a calm place, but it wouldn't be still for me. I had promised myself I wouldn't be afraid-but I was very afraid.

Outside the streaked, wet taxi window, even the Salvation Army Santa Clauses looked miserable. Nobody sane or sensible was out walking today; those who were would not take their hands from their pockets to make a donation. The traffic cops looked like abandoned snowmen. The pigeons had disappeared from every windowsill and rooftop.

I glanced at my own reflection in the cab's window. Very long, blond hair, mostly with a mind of its own, but my best physical attribute, I thought. Freckles that no amount of makeup would ever cover. Nose a little out of proportion. Brown eyes that had, I knew, regained at least some of their half-forgotten sparkle. A small mouth, thickish lips-made, as Phillip joked in the happy days, for fellatio.

The thought of him made me shudder. The idea sex still makes me afraid, and much worse.

It had been a year since the terrible shooting at Point. My recovery was slow, both physically and mentally, and it wasn't complete. My leg still hurt, and brain didn't function with the clarity I'd once taken pride in. I found myself frightened by small noises. I saw threats in nighttime streets when none existed. Previously in pretty good control of my feelings, I had lost that control. I would cry for no reason, grow angry a neighbor's kindness, be suspicious of friends and afraid of strangers. There were times when I hated myself!

There had been an investigation, of course, but no trial. If Jennie hadn't been so badly beaten, if it had been only me with bloodied hair and a damaged leg might have been sent to prison that first time. But the fact that my three-year-old was injured too made our claim of self-defense more convincing.

No prosecutor wanted to take on the case, and the military academy was only too happy to have it hushed up.

Officers, it was a well-known fact, did not attack their wives and daughters. Wives and daughters really didn't exist at the Point. We were decorative.

So I took flight, and traveled to New York City, where I rented a two-bedroom apartment. It was a second-floor walkup in a dreary brownstone on West Seventy-fifth Street I located a day school for Jennie. Our lives began to move at a slower pace.

But I hadn't found what I wanted most: an end to the pain, a beginning to a new life.

I was twenty-five years old. I wore the letter M. I had taken someone's life, even if it had been in self-defense.

No guts, no glory, I urged myself on. I was definitely moving on sheer guts that day. I was chasing a dream I'd held on to and cherished for more than a dozen years.

Perhaps today that new life would start. But was I doing the right thing? Was I ready for this? Or was I about to make a horribly embarrassing mistake?

I tightly held a briefcase in my lap, filled with songs I had written during the past year. Songs-the music and the words-were my way of exposing my pain and expressing my hopes for the future.

Actually, I'd been writing songs since I was ten or eleven. Mostly in my head, but sometimes on paper. The songs were the one thing that everybody seemed to like about me, the one thing I did well.

Were they any good? I thought maybe they were, but Jennie and a squirrel named Smooch were the only ones who had heard them, and, eager for praise as I was, I knew enough not to trust the opinion of a four-year-old, or a squirrel.

Soon, though, there would be another listener. I was on my way to audition the songs for Barry Kahn, the Barry Kahn, the singer-composer who had electrified America a decade ago and now was one of the most important record producers in the world.

Barry Kahn wanted to hear my songs.

Or so he said.


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Hide and Seek 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 73 reviews.
Carmen McIntyre More than 1 year ago
I love James Patterson's books. I have read dozens and liked all very much. This book was different. It was okay, but it just seemed to skip over a lot of stuff. The murder investigation and trial were a farce. In real life it would never get as far as it did. The plot twist/murderer was very good and surprising and it kept me reading. The end was silly.
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BigTexasAJ More than 1 year ago
I am really at a loss of words with how I feel about this book. When I first got my Nook, I read all of the Women's Murder Club books & LOVED them! After those, I started reading other series and authors... so I don't know if it's because I've had a chance to read other authors and liked their books & writing more, if because this was an older book, his style of writing was slightly different, or if this just wasn't that great of a book. I mean, the story line was ok, but almost all of the book is giving background information and the really good stuff doesn't happen until the very end... and even that's not THAT good!! I spent the whole book thinking to myself "Really?? This is a J. Patterson book??" Towards the end, I was just ready to get it over with and on top of that, the ending was terrible. I am very disappointed as I know he has really great writing! Overall, I wouldn't recommend this book....
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm back and just finished this great book!!! This is such a good book. Its got the best surprise ending I've ever read in a good book, something you'd never expect to happen. I LOVE this book !!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I started this book around 2:oo this afternoon and its only 8:30 in the evening and I'm half done and I love this book !!! I'll come back and do another comment when I'm done. Good Book
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wasn't a big reader, but the moment I opened this book I couldn't put it down. I'm hooked on Patterson books now! The plot was always taking different turns, but was easy to follow. Always keeps you guessing and on the edge. The ending was the absolute best part of the book! This is a DEFINATE must read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I agree with the others who said that this novel is fascinating right from the very start. I have read two of his other novels, Black Friday and The Thomas Berryman Number , and found them to be very boring. This is such a departure . His story telling fleshes out the character of Maggie so well and bounces back and forth between her story and that of her second husband. It kept me wanting to catch up to see what would happen next and when their two lives would collide. Very good reading material. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great one from James Patterson! He always thinks up such amazing plots with great twists. Haven’t had a book by him yet that wasn’t a total page turner and this one is no different.
mahallett on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
story was actually quite good. too much sex. unbelievable that will wasn't having sex with the daughter. the rest quite good
skinglist on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Journal entry 2 by SKingList from New York, New York USA on Friday, September 16, 2005Throughout the book I couldn't help thinking it seemed familiar and I do think I have read this before but it was a good (re)read.I didn't think it was as good as some other Patterson's though, maybe we need more than one book to know a character.
debavp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was such a tame book. Even by Patterson standards. Much more like a Harlequin Romance than a mystery. Definitely disappointing.
kavyen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story of ¿Hide & Seek¿ was not bad but it was not great either. The book will definitely keep you reading. It is a page turner, quick and entertaining (thank God, for that!)I did not like Maggie Bradford as I did not connect with her. As I kept reading I kept telling myself ¿Oh, she is the bad one. I know that¿ and then enters Will. He did not have an iota of goodness in him, so any chance of liking him was already washed away. Although there were a few characters who were interesting none of them stayed long enough or made an impression.¿Hide & Seek¿ was yet another James Patterson book I picked up in haste. He continues to remain my favorite author but he has churned out some ¿not-so-good¿ books and unfortunately this is one of them. A 3 on 5 and the story would have been a hit if only it had better characters.
punxsygal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Short, choppy 3-4 page chapters. No likeable characters. Gave up after 140 pages.
Djupstrom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not as good ad the Alex Cross books, but worth the read.
ausie7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Story is very good but there isn't much suspense until the end. Everything comes together in the last couple of chapters. High reccommend as a beach read. Very good plot and character development. Wasn't always a page turner. At times, I wanted to skip over paragraphs.
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Sorry. I guess I'm just not a James Patterson fan. Because some of his books have been made into well-known movies, and because he is a prolific writer with an obviously strong following, I thought I should enjoy his books as well. I was wrong. The main characters are all either extremely goody-goody or psychotic. I couldn't relate. I read a second book of his just to see if this one was a fluke, but that seems to be the case with his other book as well. His formula seems to work for him, though, so I would say judge for yourself.
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Lynn Holland More than 1 year ago
As always, Patterson delivers a mindblowing twist that you never see coming I enjoyed every page
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