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After the Hole [Paperback]

Guy Burt
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11 Feb 1993
Martyn persuaded five of his school friends to take part in what he called `an experiment with real life' - to stay locked in a windowless cellar in their school for three days, after which time he would release them. But three days passed by, and Martyn did not return.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Black Swan (11 Feb 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552995312
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552995313
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.6 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book! It's brilliant! 24 Jan 1999
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I was introduced to this book by a friend on a group skiing holiday. It's short enough to read in a day and by the end of the holiday everyone had read it. After The Hole became the subject of several dinner discussions. The story is completely intriguing, a real "can't put down" read. I don't want to say anything more about it because it's better read without knowing to much. It has one of the most surprising and shocking endings of any book I've read. I couldn't recommend it more highly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Little Shocker 8 Jan 2009
I loved this book, too - clean yet descriptive writing, interesting characters, & a great short sharp shocker of an ending. Even if you seen the film I highly recommend you give this a go - you'll think about it for weeks afterwards.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beware - this is the same book as "The Hole" (which is very good) 4 Nov 2010
By BobNL - Published on
Based upon what I have seen at this site, and some others, "After the Hole" is the same book as The Hole

Do a Google Search on "After the Hole" and you'll see that it is the same book as "The Hole"

I just wanted people to be aware of this and not buy both thinking that "After the Hole" is a sequel to "The Hole."

I found "The Hole" to be well written and the story quite good. It is a remarkable first novel for an eighteen year old author. Given that it is only 152 or 153 pages long (don't have it with me right now) it is easy to read in one "sitting" and it definitely falls within the "couldn't put it down" category.

It does take a while to get used to the format - flashbacks interspersed with "present" material but once you do, it works well.

I found "After The Hole" while searching to see if Burt had written a sequel - don't want to spoil the story but you will very likely also want to find a sequel once you read to the last page of the book. You'll find yourself with questions when you finish the book - not that it is poorly written, thus causing questions - the author deliberately leaves you with questions.

A movie, The Hole, was made in 2001, directed by Nick Hamm, and I am going to watch it as soon as I can get a copy. It is available from several sources, including Netflix.

Don't be confused by another movie with the same name which was made in 2010 and directed by Joe Dante - it is in no way related to this book.

From reviews of the movie, I suspect that some of the loose ends in the book are tied up in the movie.

First read the book and then see the movie.

Again, "After the Hole" is the same book as "The Hole" - it simply has a different name and cover.

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