• Hidden Pictures

  • A Novel
  • By: Jason Rekulak
  • Narrated by: Suzy Jackson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (1,221 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

“I loved it."Stephen King

From Jason Rekulak, Edgar-nominated author of The Impossible Fortress, comes a wildly inventive spin on the classic horror story in Hidden Pictures, a supernatural thriller about a woman working as a nanny for a young boy with strange and disturbing secrets.

Fresh out of rehab, Mallory Quinn takes a job as a babysitter for Ted and Caroline Maxwell. She is to look after their five-year-old son, Teddy.

Mallory immediately loves it. She has her own living space, goes out for nightly runs, and has the stability she craves. And she sincerely bonds with Teddy, a sweet, shy boy who is never without his sketchbook and pencil. His drawings are the usual fare: trees, rabbits, balloons. But one day, he draws something different: a man in a forest, dragging a woman’s lifeless body.

Then, Teddy’s artwork becomes increasingly sinister, and his stick figures quickly evolve into lifelike sketches well beyond the ability of any five-year-old. Mallory begins to wonder if these are glimpses of a long-unsolved murder, perhaps relayed by a supernatural force.

Knowing just how crazy it all sounds, Mallory nevertheless sets out to decipher the images and save Teddy before it’s too late.

A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books.

©2022 Jason Rekulak (P)2022 Macmillan Audio

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Silly

This book was silly but I definitely didn’t see that ending coming. It wasn’t a total waste of time it’s just that often supernatural books are hard to take seriously. Like this was a fun read but it certainly wasn’t a great read. Also, I hate it when people get AA wrong.

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disappointed

the voice actor does an amazing job. i was all in up until the last 2 hrs (the twist), which left a sour taste in my mouth. like, are we still doing this in 2022?

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Should be identified as a Young Adult novel

This book starts off with an interesting premise but struggles to present the story in a believable manner. I'm not referring to the fantastical element; it's the character development and "real world" part of the story that are lacking. The author doesn't seem to have a grip on human behavior and characters constantly change to fit the narrative. I imagine this book would appeal to young adults who may not readily identify implausibilities and plot holes and may not feel annoyed with cutesy details. I found myself rolling my eyes a lot. Especially near the end. If I had not used (wasted) a credit on it, I wouldn't have finished it. The narration was mostly good.

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WOW!!!

If you enjoy books with a twisted mystery, coupled with supernatural undertones, this is the book for you. Not to mention the narration was absolutely fantastic. You know how sometimes you can download and audiobook and struggle to picture settings, characters, and scenarios in your head? Well this narration totally engrosses you into the book.

The protagonist, Mallory, was likable and relatable. I found myself rooting for her within the first chapter. There were even a few times where I got goosebumps from the creepiness of the story. The story takes classic ghost story themes and twists them into something new. It was lovely.

Give it a listen, you won’t regret it.

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The Minority

I suppose I'm one of the minority on this one. I'm in a book group and they all loved this book. I thought it was boring and not entertaining at all. I think I was hoping it would have a little The Twisted Ones flare or something but it was just lacking all over the place. I do want to say though that I heard there were drawings to go with it and I didn't see those besides what I could find on Google... still didn't change anything for me.

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Fun enough

Enjoyable enough listen. Maybe would have been better as a beach read.

Im just not a fan of the overused greater Philadelphia landmarks and immature writing(Understanding the age of the narrator). The latter actually is almost apologized for toward the end of the book…. Also, the parts of the plot related to Upenn seem like they were from a different book and jammed into this.

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I absolutely loved this book. As a first time listener I truly appreciated the narration of Suzy Jackson.

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Wild Ride!

I thought this concept was so great! Just when you think you have figured it out...you get the rug pulled out from under your feet! Amazing narration and unique story!

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WOW I CANNOT EXPLAIN

DON’T MISS OUT ON THE READ YOUR BRAIN NEEDED TO EXILE BOREDOM…..a perfect composition of realism and hope that will ensnare you…with a psychological twist that will leave you gripping your seat

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Not sure what the hype is about

I read the book in its entirety, but found it rather unbelievable, shallow, and it just did not make any sense. The supernatural is just fluffing up a rather flat story and the characters are not relatable. Writing is ok as the story flows, but there is no momentum and it's just too far fetched.
Would not even recommend it as a commuter book. I have been told that this book is better in print, as the drawings are in the book, not so good for an audiobook.