Publisher: Avon (Harper Collins) | Publication date: 16th July 2015 | Edition: Kindle (Review copy, via Netgalley)
Spectacularly intense. That’s the only way to describe Chris’s day in The Hunt.
And that day started pretty well for this ordinary architect fellow when he set off on his early morning run, only to return to find things have escalated rather quickly in his absence.
His family are missing, with no clue to their whereabouts…cue the appearance of a strange brute in his kitchen, who advises Chris to sit tight and await a phone call.
Following said call, bring on a frantic quest where he may save or lose his family, and possibly himself, while a higher power orchestrates a dangerous game with civilian’s lives as the prize.
It turns out that ‘The Trail’, as they are known, hunt game. But they like a challenge, preferring their prize to walk and talk – they like to track people, and bizarrely they’ve found a market for it. To ensure their chosen ‘game’ plays ball and gives them their money’s worth, they secure their loved ones in a remote location until the game is over, one way or another.
Chris is alone and confused. He’s been told in no uncertain terms not to contact the police. All he can do is follow the instructions of a stranger he met only moments ago and try to run for his life.
Luckily, unexpected assistance presents itself with the arrival of Rose. Her knowledge shouldn’t be underestimated, as she knows exactly what he’s going through having experienced it herself with disastrous consequences. She offers her invaluable aid to the shell-shocked father of two by putting into practice her unexpected skills she’s honed over time. But as the day progresses it seems that Rose holds her very own agenda of contempt for ‘The Trail’ and may throw a spanner in the works for all of them. Rose is a gutsy gal, I liked her. Although her backstory does stretch the imagination to the limit it’s quite forgivable. This is thrilling fiction after all, so anything goes!
Expect plenty of action, thrills and chases over rugged Welsh terrain, the isolation of which is depicted quite brilliantly. With the appearance of a helicopter and various weaponry, the heat is well and truly cranked up with this one!
Without a doubt, at the heart of The Hunt lies seriously extreme suspense. The end result ensures pure escapism pulses throughout the book, for both the main character and the reader alike. There’s no denying that it’s highly entertaining and I’d have no hesitation recommending it to anyone who loves a pacey killer of a read.
(My sincere thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing a copy of this book for review, it’s much appreciated.)
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The cruellest game. The highest stakes. Only she can bring his family back alive …
Rose is the one that got away. She was the prey in a human trophy hunt organised by an elite secret organisation for super-rich clients seeking a unique thrill. She paid a terrible price. Every moment since she has been planning her revenge … And now her day has come.
Chris returns from his morning run to find his wife and children missing and a stranger in his kitchen.
He’s told to run.
If he’s caught and killed, his family go free. If he escapes, they die.
Rose is the only one who can help him, but Rose only has her sights on one conclusion. For her, Chris is bait. But The Trail have not forgotten the woman who tried to outwit them.
The Trail want Rose. The hunters want Chris’s corpse. Rose wants revenge, and Chris just wants his family back.
The hunt is on …