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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Children's Books (5 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780620160
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780620169
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 1.9 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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McNish is one of our most talented thriller writers, with an ability to make your spine crawl and your heart pound with his stylish pared down prose. (Amanda Craig THE TIMES)

A gripping and inventive ghost story for older readers in which the tension builds through apprehension, to dread and finally outright terror. This book will have readers looking over their shoulders for a long time after the last page is finished. (BOOKTRUST)

McNish is a master of sinister horror. This is a spine-chilling ghost story. (THE BOOKSELLER)

The kind of book from which nightmares are born ... McNish has again proved that he is a master of dark storytelling. (THE BOOK ZONE)

Cliff McNish knows how to scare the pants off you! This book is full to the brim with hair raising, spine tingling, ghostly moments that will leave you constantly looking over your shoulder ... This book is dark and atmospheric and will keep you up all night. (SERENDIPITY REVIEWS)

...a classic ghost thriller (THOUGHTS FROM THE HEARTHFIRE)

Cliff McNish has again proved that he is a master of dark storytelling, and I am a little saddened that he is not as widely known as the other current masters of teen horror' (THE BOOK ZONE FOR BOYS)

I just couldn't put it down! .. the best book I've eve read! (BOOKBABBLERS)

...a thrilling and chilling story. (SF CROWS NEST)

A masterly sense of revelation make this a seriously chilling read. (Jake Hope THE BOOKSELLER)

Beautifully written and truly chilling ghost story set in a creepy mansion and featuring lost children, fearsome hunters and echoing nursery rhymes ... I liked the creepiness and the tension, which ratchets up and up until its almost unbearable. (THE BOOKBAG)

Fast-paced, thoroughly gripping with as many twists and turns and dead-ends as the dreadful East Wing itself... read it on a warm summer afternoon when you have plenty of company! (CORNFLOWER BOOKS)

What at first glance appears to be a run-of-the-mill ghost story soon turns into a really creepy scare-fest. The use of a diary to give a back-story to the horrible goings-on is a stroke of genius and notches the fear factor way up high. (FLIPSIDE)

The Hunting Ground is a hair-raising thrill ride that will unnerve even the most hardened of horror fans. You have been warned. (WONDROUS READS)

The action never lets up ... highly enjoyable. (SCHOOL LIBRARIAN)

This book is amazing! (TEEN TITLES)

I can honestly say this was one of the scariest stories I've ever read ... An example of the ghost story genre at its best. (CHICKLISH)

Cliff McNish is a master of the classic ghost story and this may well be his best yet. (READING ZONE)

The parallel narratives are neatly intertwined ... an elegant idea. (SFX)

Chilling and terrifying at the same time. Cliff Mcnish certainly knows what scares people. This is superb fare from one of Britain's best children's authors. (BOOKS MONTHLY)

The more you read, the more the author inflicts a dark and sinister world that will leave you chilled to the bone. (MR RIPLEY'S ENCHANTED BOOKS)

The Hunting Ground had me hooked from the moment I picked it up ... a fantastic plot line. (EXCELLENT READS)

A superb read ... this is a book that gripped me from beginning to end. (ALTERNATIVE MAGAZINE ONLINE)

The Hunting Ground follows all the directions laid down by writers like Edgar Allan Poe and Ambrose Bierce, but McNish makes them all his own. This is a beautifully written and truly disturbing ghost story. Enjoy and shiver. (SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST)

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Can Elliott escape the terrifying ghost of Glebe House or will he be trapped in the mansion, forever hunted by the dead?

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I don't know about this being a childrens' book!! I am a 'mature' adult, and have to say that I found it to be very creepy indeed!! It's a page-turner that had me enthralled right up until the last word! It is extremely well-written, well plotted, and what I call a good, old-fashioned ghost story. I do love a book with twists and turns, and this book has plenty! I read it in a day, as I was unable to put it down once I started it! The tension builds up until it is almost unbearable, and the sense of fore-boding is electric. I am SO impressed with this book, and with the writer's ability to rack up the feeling of dread, that is intense! In a nutshell, 2 brothers and their father move into an empty house as the father has the job of renovating it. The house has a dark history, going back through the centuries, and the boys soon find themselves drawn in. They find a diary from the 1960's, written by a previous resident named Theo, who lived there with his parents, and little sister Eve. As the diary unfolds itself, the house begins to breathe with a dread-filled atmosphere, and the horror slowly reveals its depths. I'm not going to say any more, this is a book that demands to be read. All I will say is that I thoroughly enjoyed it, and whole-heartedly recommend it for anyone who enjoys a scary tale like me!!
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Like skateboarding and stand up comedy writing a ghost story looks deceptively easy until you try it yourself.

Cliff McNish has been writing exceptional stories for young adults ~ a notoriously difficult age group to cater for ~ since the days of The Doomspell, when I first read him through the extraordinary "Silver" series of science fiction stories and on to his recent ghost stories, of which "Breathe" was one of genre's fiction greatest books of that year, in my opinion and the one in which he seemed to get right into the psyche of the ghosts and their haunting.

With this new book "The Hunting Ground" McNish's ghosts appear to be of a very different order, vengeful spirits vampirically pursuing the living, especially children to draw their life and energy as a feeding fest; as nourishment. The ogre, Cullayn, is as frightening a creation as ever was in the annals of ghost fiction; he is a hunter whose only apparent motivation is to kill, after hunting, his prey of helpless children.

This is a disquieting read, an unsettling one, as it is unpredictable. McNish uses an ancient device to seduce the reader; that of the story within the story ~ a fragmented diary of previous lost souls who had had to fight for their lives. It recalls both Wilkie Collins and Poe as well as that master of the cliffhanger, Chares Dickens so he is in excellent company.

I read the book in the sunshine on Brighton beach and yet was often chilled and driven to look over my shoulder. The story is a worthwhile challenge and should satisfy any ghoulish teenager looking for a good story, though probably not to be read at bedtime as your dreams may well be filled with haunted mirrors, paintings that look back at you and the paranoia of being pursued through the labyrinth of the East Wing of Glebe House
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This is a young teenage ghost novel that I think would suit an age range of around 12-14. The book starts off well and delves straight into a creepy scene with no slow build up. Tension is created right from the beginning and I actually found the start of the book quite unnerving. What can be more scary than small Victorian ghost girls that drag their dolls behind them, leaning over you in the middle of the night? Still gives me chills thinking about it...

The end of the book is also quite dramatic with the baddie getting his comeuppance. However, I have only given the book three stars as the middle portion of the book let it down considerably in my opinion. I found that this part of the plot went around in circles and did not progress as quickly as I would have liked. I think that the author was trying to create a slow building tension, but because the start of the book delved straight into the action, the slow part jarred with the rest of the book and actually seemed boring rather than creating atmosphere.

I also would have liked a fuller flushed out back story about Cullayn, as we are introduced to him and have to accept what he is doing without knowing what drove him to hunting. As he is the most interesting character I feel it would have benefited the plot to further explain his motives etc.

The part of the book that did make me want to keep reading was the diary of Theo. I liked the personal relationship this created with the reader, and the diary is what created empathy for the characters.

Overall not the worst ghost book I've read, but not the best either. It sits in the middle of the scale, and I would have rated it higher if I had just read the beginning and the end.
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this is more of a young adult (read: teen) book. It's televisual pacing, scenes and a little obvious description and imagery smacks too much of a horror series in the making. It's a shame as beneath it all there is a modicum spectrum of the good, bad and in-between which does keep you guessing (well, almost) till the end. Ultimately it didn't scare me nor creep me out, though I am sure it will to some.
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