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The Hunter Inside [Kindle Edition]

David McGowan
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Book Description

You can lock your windows and your doors, but you cannot lock your mind from The Hunter Inside.

Paul Wayans and Bill Arnold have something in common. They are being stalked by a vicious killer.

Sandy Myers, rushing from home with her 7 year-old twins in tow, grabs a letter from the mailbox. It is addressed to Sandy Carson. Her maiden name. Contained within the plain manila envelope is a photograph. A photograph of a corpse.

The past has caught up with them, and now their lives are in jeopardy. A monster more fearsome than any the world has ever seen is hunting them, bringing with it echoes from the past and threatening the future of civilization.

Should they run, or should they stand and fight?

FBI Special Agent Sam O’Neill will fight desperately to solve a case he could not solve ten years before. Then, he had no clues as to the identity of the vicious killer. This time, things are different.

But can he find them before it’s too late? And if he does not, will ANYONE survive?

The Hunter Inside is a psychological thriller with a twist. It is a page-turning roller-coaster of a novel that you won’t be able to put down until all of its secrets, twists and turns have been revealed. Packed full of gruesome murders, fear and suspense, it harbors a monster so fearsome it will give you nightmares.

Shimasou is here – and no-one is safe.

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  • File Size: 607 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082KLJO6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,601 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars One to watch June 19, 2012
By TrueJDK
Format:Kindle Edition
Brief synopsis: Paul Wayans, Bill Arnold, and Sandy Carson are being tormented by a creature which thrives on their fear. Sam O'Neill is the detective trying to solve a spate of grisly murders, linked to a series from 10 years past. The four find themselves thrown together, as they fight to save their own lives, and the future of the world.

McGowan has acheived an absolute rarity in this age. He has created a new monster, the Shimasou. With a nice little mythology behind it, a credible raison d'etre, posing a viable immediate and major threat, and with a perfectly balanced counterpart, the Shimasou is a nice new addition to the monster's pantheon.

He's also introduced three pleasant leads in Carson, Wayans, and Arnold. For a monster-type story, they are well written and defined, each unique and easy to identify with.

However, there are a number of issues with the story itself, which unfortunately detract from McGowan's intent. I could very easily see this as developing into a good-great Dean R Koontz-type tale. Sadly, there are too many problems taking away from this. From the unbelievable character of O'Neill (who was crying out to be written as a Morgan Freeman in Se7en-type), through to the structure of chapters, inconsistences, switches in perspective, jarring phrases ("...such was..." deserves to be stricken from the book totally), poor dialogue, and every single action, thought, emotion, etc, being told rather than shown.

With a degree of polish, this could be a far better book. McGowan, in terms of the story he tells, has balls. He has created a great monster, some great characters, and is not afraid to give an emotional kick here or there. He also gives (depending on your point of view) a great ending. I liked it, anyway.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars tense and exciting May 17, 2012
By Ignite
Format:Kindle Edition
This book crosses the genres in a really good way. It's part thriller, part mystery, definitely deeply into the supernatural and it does them all well. Three people are being stalked and threatened with death. The killer had previously killed members of their families and they find themselves targeted in the same way. It's very tense and an exciting read. I got into the book quickly and enjoyed reading it.

I found the writing good and engaging, the dialogue well observed and believable. The only down side for me was that I could see why one person was the target of this killer but I couldn't see the connection with the other two families. It seemed a bit arbitrary and I would have liked to see them connected in some way to the 'import from China' (trying not to give away plot!) The writing was well crafted, effective and the ending was exciting and bitter-sweet. A very good read!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Has Great Potential but does not fulfill August 28, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The premise behind the book is a great one and has the potential to be a great story. However the novel does not live up to its potential. There are lots of contradictions in setting and tone as well as POV. First the characters are supposedly in USA but yet they use kilometers to measure their speed when driving and use distinctly British phrases. Then the attitude of the law enforcement to just beat up a witness in a crime without a lawyer present makes the story become too unbelievable for me. Also it is written like reading a grocery list. "..walked across the room. It took six steps. Sat down at the table. The table wobbled. The left leg was slightly two inches shorter.." The entire book is written in this tone which makes it very hard to get through. I wanted to like the story and if it had a bit of polishing to it, then it has the potential to be a great story, but in its current state, it falls way short for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rollercoaster! August 27, 2012
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This book took off right from the git go and never let up till the final page. The characters for the most part were believeable. I will definitely read more of this author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars HORRIFICALLY THRILLING June 28, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I was provided a free copy of this book so I could provide a review, and I am really glad I came to read this amazing psychological thriller.

This thriller with supernatural and horror twists by David McGowan has been quite a discovery. It has been a very interesting read. The different characters lead the reader into separate journeys, in which we can see their thoughts and their development. The plot is very original and it is quite surprising. When I started reading the book, I didn't expect what was going to start happening quite soon.

When police discovers that a man has been brutally murdered, Special Agent Sam O'Neill cannot imagine that he is going to be involved in a very complicated case, in which he will have to deal with a mysterious stalker, who seems to be terrorizing, menacing, and haunting three other possible victims. Even when that is bad enough, he will soon discover that this stalker can be a bigger danger to what everybody could have expected. This stalker has bigger plans that only a few know. The reader follow this man's journey, as well as the victims', to try to find and solve this case, preventing the murder of more people.

It is really well-written, because you can almost feel, touch, smell, what the characters are feeling, touching, smelling. By the use of a very evocative language, the reader gets involved in the story. You just have to read and read. You cannot put the book down. The characters evolve along the story, and you go with them in that symbolic process of changing, in the process of learning about what is threatening them.

Highly recommended. A great read for every occasion. However, I gave it 4 stars because there are some parts of the novel that I found repetitive. Notwithstanding, apart from that, it is a 5-star novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional Thriller
When you start to read this book, you think a serial killer is on the loose. Think again, much more than that is about to happen. It is an emotional journey for all concerned. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars I regret the time I spent reading this.
I can not believe this book has any positive reviews at all. This book is awful. This author clearly has no idea how the real world functions. Read more
Published 22 months ago by JW
2.0 out of 5 stars Really???
I can't believe I read this just to be so badly disappointed in the ending. What a terrible thing to do to your readers.
Published 23 months ago by Melissab67
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hunter Inside
Loved it couldn't put it down ! I hated reading before I went to bed only because I wanted to see what would happen next!
Published on September 22, 2012 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars good then got weird
I was all ready for a good psychological thriller but it went a little science fiction on me. I think that could've been reigned in or went a completely different way.
Published on September 21, 2012 by Amylicious
2.0 out of 5 stars Not too sharp
Author must be a Brit - why is plot set in NJ ? I find detail unrealistic - cops may be brutal- but not where it shows. Read more
Published on September 21, 2012 by Evapman
1.0 out of 5 stars Predictable and Very Poorly Written
Was very disappointed in this book! The British author makes a fatal mistake: setting the story in a country (US) without sufficient familiarity with the culture, language, mores... Read more
Published on September 7, 2012 by Meridian MS
2.0 out of 5 stars Original story, but writing needs work.
Like other reviewers, I found parts of this book very distracting. For instance, the story is set in the US, but distance is referred to in kilometers, living rooms are called... Read more
Published on September 7, 2012 by Sara
1.0 out of 5 stars The Hunter Inside
This book is a total waste of time. None of the characters have any reality to them. It is obviously written by an English author trying to write American English and is... Read more
Published on September 6, 2012 by Jack Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Very exciting!
I was curious about that book when I started to read. Would it be good? Would it be wasted time & money?
NO! :)
I didn't regret to buy & read that novel. Read more
Published on July 30, 2012 by SimoneS85
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More About the Author

David McGowan is from Liverpool in the United Kingdom.

He is a huge Stephen King fan. Other authors he can't get enough of include Dean Koontz, Peter Straub, and Michael Connelly. Then there's the classics: Ray Bradbury, H.G. Wells. He likes modern science fiction, like The Martian by Andy Weir. Books that make you think and don't just follow the age-old stereotypes and end up with the same conclusions.

He is always looking for recommendations, and can be contacted through twitter @dmcgowanauthor. Please, don't be shy! You can also become a friend or a follower on Goodreads, or check out for updates.

His 5 favorite novels are:

1. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
2. The Green Mile by Stephen King
3. Desperation by Stephen King
4. 11.22.63 by Stephen King
5. Dreamcatcher by Stephen King

A huge Stephen King fan indeed! But why Catch 22? David studied English Language & Literature at The University of Liverpool, and it was Catch 22 that most resonated with him. He is a big fan of strong characterization in works of fiction, and strives to make his own characters into real people, not just words on a page.

His works to date include:

The Hunter Inside - a psychological suspense thriller mixed with horror and a monster so original it will induce nightmares in readers.

From The Sky - a three-part series including ARRIVAL, JOURNEY and NEVADA - an epic tale of aliens invading northern California.

In the works is the AI series. Sign up to the mailing list at for news and previews of new releases and some great offers!

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