- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 378,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Delivered way before expected so thank you I've not read the book yet but looks very interesting can't wait to get stuck into it :)Published 3 months ago by Wendy
Was ok nothing too scary wasn't sure if it was a children's bookPublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
I thought this was written well and i found myself wanting to get to the end of the book to see what happened. Read morePublished 22 months ago by ME
I wasn't impressed with this book. I started well, the creepy noise in the middle of the night, the discovery of a childs diary, all the makings of a classic ghost story. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Robbie Higgins
Not as I expected, teenage read not classed as a horror the authors books are very similarPublished on 12 Aug. 2014 by belinda
Really good but scary really enjoyed it recommend it to teens.everyone would enjoy it adults or younger people well done cliff mcnish it is SO good!!Published on 1 Feb. 2014 by Whitbourn
This book sends shivers down your spine, makes your heart beat as loud as a drum and plays with your mind. This book is a really good read. it will be dog-eared and not put down. Read morePublished on 2 April 2013 by maimai
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