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The Maddening (Also released as Playmates) Mass Market Paperback – 31 Dec 1998

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Publishing Corporation,U.S.; Reissue edition (31 Dec. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425098982
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425098981
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,469,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By babyday on 7 Oct. 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
'You are a woman with a 5 yr old daughter travelling to meet your husband.You expect to save a little time on a rural shortcut through the backwoods...but you dont expect the car to break down in a rainstorm.You dont expect the family that lives in the nearby farmhouse to be so 'odd'.Nor do you expect to become their 'playmates' in a violent whirlpool of unrelenting terror...playmates..its just a game & you lose...!'

I enjoyed this book,the storyline is great & there is plenty of suspense but i feel that it could have been much better as there are just too many unnecessary parts that do tend to ramble.For me it would have been better without dragging stories about each characters past! I also noticed a few errors regarding detail & thought the ending could have been much shorter! Still i cant wait to see what the film adaption is like!
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Beware of Short Cuts 9 Nov. 2006
By Danny Matthews - Published on
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This book was very good. A woman and her daughter set off on a road trip and have problems with their car. when the man at the gas station tells them about a short cut that will help them make up some time the nightmare begins.

they have been kidnapped and locked up in this house of maddness.

the husband goes looking for his wife and daughter and it will keep you reading to find out how it all will end. If you are looking for a good thriller this is it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Indeed, this novel is a very suspensful thriller. This is my third Andrew Neiderman book (I've read PIN and BRAINCHILD), and once again, the author delivers. Fast-paced, nicely crafted, with a plot that keeps you glued to the very last page, THE MADDENING (aka PLAYMATES) is definitely worth your while ! I, too, will check out the movie adaptation.--M. Boucher
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Can't wait to read it again. 8 Sept. 2008
By dawnyfox - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
This book was the scariest book I have read in a long time. I found it difficult to find in used book stores. Got a great deal on it through It is borrowed to a friend but I can't wait to read it again.
Great! 27 Jan. 2003
By Michael Hughbank - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
To me, this book had a slow part around the first quarter of the book. I have read two of his other books, Amnesia and The solomon Organization. Both seemed to have a small slow part. But his books are so great, you speed through the slow part so fast it's hard to notice. And it only last a couple pages at most, every other page has something so exciting you'll rip some pages cause you can't turn it fast enough. I love the way he writes. And the suspense is just like watching a movie. I can't help but read and read and read and read. I'm not much of a reading, but he got me hooked.
Thrilling!!! 7 May 1999
By CD - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I picked this novel up at a used bookstore, and it was in the print under it's original title, "Playmates." I haven't finished it yet, but so far, it is horrifying. The horrors that go on at the farmhouse truly are "maddening." When I finish reading this book, I am sure I will still think that it is amazing. So far, it is a suspense filled psycho-thriller. I definitely recommend it. You are pulled into the story almost immediately, and the characters have true substance and can be cared for. I have to see the movie!!
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