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The Lion, the Lamb, the Hunted Paperback – December 6, 2011
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I started reading it and couldn't put it down. I read half of it Friday night and the other half Saturday evening. I read Mr. Kaufman's first book While the Savage Sleeps and really liked it, but I found that I ended up liking the new one even more.
The main character, Patrick, is extremely likeable and you find yourself becoming very invested in his story and his experiences. In addition, the mystery is really well done. It is not so convoluted that you find yourself in disbelief, but not so simple that you can figure it all out by page 20 (or even 200).
I recommend this book to anyone who likes mysteries, good characterization, or any good literature. It's well written, believable, and fun with great characters.
That being said:
I devoured two Andrew Kaufman novels in 4 days. The first was "While The Savage Sleeps", which was good. "The Lion, The Lamb, The Hunted" was better.
This book is far more complex and multilayered than I had expected. You have the basic premise: 'who killed the toddler Nathan 30 years ago?' A reporter (Patrick) aims to find out.
But then Kaufman takes us on a tour of Patrick's troubled childhood, which is every bit as interesting, readable and gut-wrenching as the original storyline. Kaufman moves us back and forth from present day to Patrick's past seamlessly, adding depth to each chapter.
The characters are well developed but not OVER developed. (Kaufman gives his readers some credit) They read easily and are well fleshed out. Patrick is realistic & likable as an adult, and hauntingly touching as a child.
The story of Nathan, the missing child, is enough to keep mystery readers happy. We find sociopaths, mental hospitals, creepy small towns, mysterious cowboys, questionable officials and an array strange behavior...
....but I think I enjoyed the understory of our character's bizarre upbringing just as much.
Kaufman's "The Lion, The Lamb, The Hunted" was suspenseful, disturbing and thoroughly entertaining.
These finds bring Patrick from California to a small Texas town, only to uncover more questions than answers, leading him to a retired sheriff, a mental hospital, a train-wreck of a trailer, a deranged dog, and a local reporter.
Interspersed throughout is Patrick's growing up years with his emotionally and verbally abusive mother and the control she tried to wield over him.
The hunter becomes the hunted and Patrick is in for something far different than he could have anticipated.
Much intrigue. No drivel. You'll not want to put this one down.
It was a pretty fast-paced book that didn't require a lot of thought, so in that sense it was a quick, mostly fun read, but don't expect anything spine-tingling or Earth shattering. A solid, below-average thriller with nothing particularly interesting to commend it. If you want something quick, you can't beat the price.
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I highly recommend the audio book. The narrator was excellent!
This story was so good. I did guess what happened to little Nathan, but that is because I really am a book... Read more
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