The Red Hunter By Lisa Unger
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Suspense, Fiction
Pages: 359 pages
Published: April 25th 2017
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Plot: Claudia Bishop’s perfect life fell apart when the aftermath of a brutal assault left her with a crumbling marriage, a newborn daughter, and a constant sense of anxiety about the world around her. Now, looking for a fresh start with a home restoration project and growing blog, Claudia takes on a crumbling old house–one that unbeknownst to her has an ugly history and may hide long buried secrets.
For Zoey Drake the defining moment of her childhood was the horrific murder of her parents. Years later, she has embraced the rage that fuels her. Training in the martial arts has made her strong and ready to face the demons from the past–and within.
Strangers to each other, and walking very different paths in the wake of trauma, these two women are on a collision course–because Zoey’s past nightmare and Claudia’s dreams for her future take place in the same house. As Zoey seeks justice, and Claudia seeks peace, both will confront the terrifying monsters at the door.
My Review: The moment that I saw Lisa Unger’s new book on Netgalley I knew I had to take a chance with requesting it. I had been getting accepted for a lot of mystery/thrillers so I was hoping I would be able to get this one. You know what? I did end up getting lucky and I got accepted. So far I have only read two other books by Lisa. I read In The Blood which I loved and also gave five stars to. I also read Crazy Love You which I was indifferent about. I am so happy I got accepted for this because I loved every second of it.
I have to say I really enjoyed this book. I do have to admit I was a little confused at the beginning. I didn’t realize the story would be told from different character story points. For a couple of chapters I thought they were talking about one character and then I realized they were talking about another one but that ended up getting fixed the more into the story I got. I kinda forgot about being confused because I ended up getting so into the story. This was a book I did not want to put down.
Another thing I really enjoyed were the main characters. I enjoyed reading about both of these characters. It was such a shame that they both had horrible things happen to them in their past. I did like how they both mattered to each other’s story. They end up being brought together and I really enjoyed that. The author found the perfect way to connect the two even though they are completely different people. Plus I couldn’t help but get excited when I heard Claudia ends up having her own blog which she talks about her life and Zoey is such a strong female character.
Another thing I really enjoyed is how each chapter was about a different character. Most of the chapters would switch back and forth between Claudia and Zoey but you got other characters in there as well. These chapters would tell you about things that were happening in the present and things that happened in the past. It all tied in very nicely together. There was never a time I was confused about if it was past or present. As the story is being told you can figure that out. I’ve said this in past reviews that I always enjoy seeing everyone’s side of the story. I believe it keeps the story fresh and makes is very interesting. I felt it worked well for this story.
There was one thing I wish I could have seen at the end of the story but I don’t want to spoil anything for people who wish to read the book. I do have to say I enjoyed the ending. I thought it was such a lovely way to end such a sad story.
I hope you guys end up picking up a copy of this book especially if you like mystery/thrillers. You will not be disappointed. I now have a strong desire to pick up Lisa Unger’s book Ink and Bone. I’ve been hearing such praise about this book. It will be moving up on my TBR list.
*Thank you so much Netgalley for giving me a free copy of this book for my honest opinion.*
Have you guys read any books by Lisa Unger? If so did you end up enjoying it? Who is your go to thriller/mystery author?