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The Past Came Hunting [Kindle Edition]

Donnell Bell
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Fifteen years ago a young Colorado Springs police officer arrested a teen runaway accused of aiding a convenience store robbery and attempted murder. She was innocent, but still served prison time briefly. Her testimony sent the real thief to jail for much longer. Now she’s a young widow raising a son, and the man she put in prison is free and seeking revenge. She moves to a home in a new neighborhood—then learns that her next-door neighbor is the by-the-book officer who arrested her. Now he’s a Colorado Springs P.D. Lieutenant. Like it or not, he may be the only one who can protect her and her son from the past he helped create. Donnell Ann Bell is the recipient of numerous awards for her fiction writing and the co-owner of Crimescenewriters, a Yahoo group for mystery/suspense writers, which is 2,000 members strong. Donnell was raised in New Mexico’s Land of Enchantment and today calls Colorado home.

Product Details

  • File Size: 693 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1611940486
  • Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (September 19, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005NE53WS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,024 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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96 of 98 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bell's Debut a Solid Winner September 20, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I was fortunate to receive an advanced reading copy in return for an impartial review. That said, Donnell Ann Bell's fully-drawn characters and tense conflicts made me appreciate this action-packed suspense. There's enough facts and police procedure to please CSI-type fans, but it's the characters that drive this story, not the plot. Melanie has spent her whole adult life trying to make amends for one ill-judged mistake of her youth. Joe, a career cop, knows that an attraction to the widow next door is completely off-limits because of her prior conviction. Despite that, these two people have nowhere else to turn when Melanie's past comes hunting her. This isn't a simple romance--it's two people trying to rewrite their personal history and discovering a bond despite their differences. It was hard to believe this was Bell's first book, and I can't wait to see future titles from her.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tightly plotted woman in jeopardy story. September 19, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I was lucky enough to get an advanced reading copy of THE PAST CAME HUNTING. I started reading on a Sunday morning and didn't stop until I'd finished it. Obviously, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Ms. Bell has delivered a tightly plotted, woman-in-jeopardy story, with a thread of romance. It's also well written, with interestng, multi-layered characters. It was a great way to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon. I highly recommend it.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read.... September 24, 2011
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Past Came Hunting. Never wanting to put the book (Kindle) down, as I hoped Joe and Melanie would beat the odds of their pasts and get together. The Past Came Hunting is a prime example that not everyone or everything is as it seems.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable... March 25, 2012
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... but not perfect. I probably won't get any "helpful" votes for my comments, because I really just want to reiterate my agreement with the other 3 star ratings, as they summed up my own thoughts better than I could. I'd actually give it 3.5 stars but since I agree with the 3 star comments, I went with that, too.

Having had some disappointing experiences with free and reduced price Amazon Kindle books, I had come to expect the worst rather than the best, so this book has restored my faith in the reduced cost offerings. There were a few minor editing issues but definitely not of the quantity to detract from the reading experience. That is something important to me as a reader though, so I do notice and take it into account. That said, the author has definitely shown skill in this craft, and I'm so happy to find a new author in this format who knows how to actually write! As for the book's setting, I have spent some time in Colorado, so I'm always happy when a book takes me back there.

This book was worth more than the $1.99 price I paid, for sure, and I'll be anxious to see what Mrs. Bell comes up for us next!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Page-Turner! September 25, 2011
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THE PAST CAME HUNTING was the best debut book I've read in quite a while. I'm a die-hard suspense reader all the way and I tend to find myself in a reading rut with the authors I love, which is why I'm always excited to find great books by new authors - they expand my reading horizons. For sure, Ms. Bell's book went to the top of my recommendation list, and she has taken her place with my favorite authors. Great characters, gripping story, awesome pace. Can't wait to read her next book!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Past Came Hunting September 20, 2011
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The Past Came Hunting grabbed me from the opening page, I couldn't put it down. A fantastic debut for Donnell Ann Bell!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok. Could be stronger. March 12, 2012
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This was a good story, with a nice plot. The writing was smooth, and although I did notice several missing pieces of punctuation (mostly lost quotation marks around dialogue)it was an enjoyable read.

There were a few problems for me, though. First, there were a great number of secondary, even stock characters who would appear just in time to give one of the main characters information.


For example, the district attorney's wife appears once in the book, simply to give Joe information that really had no true baring on the story. This was ok, but after a while it seemed as if nearly all the small conflicts the characters faced was resolved this way (ex-wife showing up to cause jealousy for the heroine then the two women meet and the problem resolves itself in a simple paragraph, a recent divorcee caused jealousy for the heroine, the heroine's boss caused jealousy for the hero, as did the basketball coach, and another character, etc.)


Toward the end of the book, it seemed as if the conflicts and situations they faced were repetitive. Most toward the end could have been combined into larger conflicts, or even eliminated all together for better pacing.

All in all, I give this book a solid 3. The plot was great and the characters were very likable. The premise of an ex-con and the cop who arrested her was very intriguing. However, the author needs to work a bit on pacing and strong conflict in her next books.

I'm intrigued to see what she comes out with next, and will definitely buy!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read! December 13, 2011
A wonderfully written who-dun-it coupled with the perfect amount of romantic suspense. The romance is heart-warming and believable. Settle back with a cup of cocoa and a warm fire because you'll want to read from beginning to end in one sitting.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The past came hunting
A well written good book by a good author. Lots of adventure and suspense but with a good ending. I liked this book
Published 11 days ago by helen hamilton
3.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing
Couldn't put this one down. Even when not reading I found myself thinking about Mel. Easy to get caught up in her story and couldn't wait to find out what happens. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Gail Wells
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Read
The authors mother plays bridge with my wife and she asked me if I had read Donnell's latest book. I informed her that I was hooked on Kindle books and would comply when they... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Gordon
1.0 out of 5 stars Hunt for Another Book, Leave This One Alone
This was advertised as a mystery/suspense book. At best it is a poorly written romance. It seems to be written for a middle school age level, but the sex scene in it even doesn't... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Jan
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I read this too long ago to give a review
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars the past came hunting by donnell ann bell
this book keeps you guessing thruout the story. You know sooner think you have solved the mystery when everything changes. I enjoyed it very much
Published 1 month ago by reader fan
4.0 out of 5 stars The Past Came Hunting
The author did well. The story did well. Enjoyed it very very much but it was a bit long winded.
Published 2 months ago by Theodore Hunt
4.0 out of 5 stars good story
Nice character development. Unusual plot, well executed. Logical evolution from the inter and external conflict to a HEA. Will read more by the author
Published 2 months ago by pdxrose
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
Really enjoyed this one! I love how Donnell Bell writes. It was good from beginning to end!
I'm looking for more of her books!
Published 2 months ago by Patricia Brooks
5.0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable
Very exciting book. I loved the family closeness and caring and love for each other. It was hard to put down.
Published 2 months ago by Jo Ann Nardone
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More About the Author

Donnell Ann Bell grew up in the Southwest and today calls Colorado home. Leaving the international thrillers to the world travelers, she concentrates on suspense that might happen in your neck of the woods - writing SUSPENSE TOO CLOSE TO HOME.

In nonfiction, Donnell is a former business newspaper and a parenting magazine editor. In fiction, she is a two-time Golden Heart® finalist for both her 2011 debut novel The Past Came Hunting and her January 2013 release, Deadly Recall. Both have been e-book bestsellers, Deadly Recall reaching #1 on Amazon's top 100 list (Kindle), The Past Came Hunting climbing to #6 on Kindle's top 100. She's also pleased to announce Deadly Recall is a 2014 EPIC finalist in the suspense/thriller category. Betrayed is her third release from Bell Bridge Books.

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