The Red Hunter by Lisa Unger

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The Red HunterThe Red Hunter by Lisa Unger
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Claudia Bishop had the perfect life and the perfect marriage until one night it was all shattered when an intruder in their home raped Claudia. Now years later Claudia’s marriage has ended and she’s moved to the country to start a renovation project on some land she’d inherited with her daughter. While Claudia’s ex-husband is still in their lives and Claudia’s daughter is now at the age that she’s beginning to question who her real father was knowing she was conceived at the time of the rape.

Zoey Drake is a young woman who has lived her life training for the day she will be able to get revenge on those that were responsible for a terrible tragedy years ago. Zoey had been in hiding one night when men broke into her parents home and stole both of their lives leaving young Zoey alone and desperate to find out the cause and who was to blame. Now, years later Zoey and Claudia’s lives are on a collision course when it’s found that Claudia’s home is the one that Zoey’s tragedy had taken place.

The Red Hunter is a thriller that has a bit of a slow build in the beginning as Lisa Unger sets the stage to introduce readers to a wide variety of characters in her story. The point of view changes as you are dropped into the lives of various people not knowing what and who they are to the story but once the story begins to come together it really becomes an intense page turner giving the reader the “ah-ha” moment and really digging into the mystery that had developed.

Even with the slow start while getting to know the characters I immediately was taken with Claudia’s story with her traumatic past. I would warn readers of the rape involved in case this is something to bother them though but while it is described it wasn’t drawn out. The other characters took a bit longer to learn about but in the end it was all worth the wait bringing everything together for a really interesting story overall.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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