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The Red Hunter: A Novel Hardcover – April 25, 2017
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Praise for The Red Hunter:
“THE RED HUNTER succeeds as a suspense novel on every level. It has a meticulously-woven plot, multi-layered characters, and the irony most desired by storytellers: Where the reader can’t wait to see how it ends, but then is remorseful when it does.” —Sandra Brown, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Lisa Unger is a go to author for compelling characters that draw me in to their world and hold me there in suspense to the last page.” —Tami Hoag, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“One of the best crime novels I’ve read in years. THE RED HUNTER is bold and gritty but with real heart. Unger writes as only the best do, with passion and authenticity.” —Ace Atkins, New York Times bestselling author of Robert B. Parker’s Slow Burn and The Innocents
“Unger plots an intricate story with plenty of action and a brisk pace…absorbing…All twisty and turny and the things this genre should be.” —Kirkus Reviews
"Heart-stopping thriller...Unger's theme of empowerment concerning identity and self-determination will resonate with many." —Publishers Weekly
"Unger’s knack for blending encroaching danger with complex relationship themes is as sharp as ever here, as she creates characters facing the tangle of betrayals and mistakes that have shaped their identities." —Booklist
"Unger brings her trademark of intense suspense, believable characters and sharp plotting to THE RED HUNTER...a frightening and gripping tale." —Sun-Sentinel
“Gripping new psychological thriller...Unger is a master of constructing tense plots that are driven by insight into her characters’ minds...Whether you're rooting for revenge or justice, The Red Hunter is a satisfying ride.” —Tampa Bay Times
“Unger is definitely in my Top Ten of writers I watch the shelves for.” —Raleigh News & Observer
”At the core of this story is how two different women deal with tragedy—These women, thrown together by fate and a house, don’t really come to know one another, but do come much closer to knowing themselves in a journey well worth the read.” —Mystery Scene Magazine
Previous Praise for Lisa Unger:
“Deeply plotted and complex and carries an undeniable momentum. Lisa Unger’s enthralling cast of characters pulled me right in and locked me down tight. This is one book that will have you racing to the last page, only to have you wishing the ride wasn’t over.” —Michael Connelly
“I read Black Out in one hungry gulp and spent the rest of the night trying to calm my jangled nerves. This is a stunning, mind-bending shocker with moments of sheer terror — one of the best thrillers I’ve read this year!”
— Tess Gerritsen
“Suspenseful, sensitive, sexy, subtle … The best nail-biter I have read for ages. Highly recommended.”
— Lee Child
About the Author
Lisa Unger is an award-winning New York Times and internationally bestselling author. Her novels have sold more than two million copies and have been translated into twenty-six languages. She lives in Florida. Visit LisaUnger.com.
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"What is the difference between justice and revenge?" - Lisa Unger
Two horrific crimes leave two women broken yet surviving on their own terms. Without each other knowing, an old farmhouse serves as their common tie. It's a house of horrors to one woman and a beacon of hope for the other.
Years after Claudia's brutal rape, she still struggles to forgive her attacker and move on with her life. Through therapy, self-defense classes and the support of her family (including her estranged husband), she strives for peace and is taking charge of her life once again. She and her teen aged daughter, Raven, have moved into an old farmhouse Claudia inherited when her father died. Her goals for renovating the neglected house are empowering and positive... she has even started a blog!
Zoey, on the other hand, has taken a page right out of Lisbeth Salander's play book (she even wears a hoodie). She sees revenge as her only path to salvation. Zoey will not rest until she has served her own brand of justice to the monsters responsible for the murder of her parents as well as her own torture in that old farmhouse all those years ago.She is the Red Hunter.
But during Zoey's search for revenge and truth, she unwittingly sets off a chain reaction of evil acts. All leading back to the farmhouse where Cluadia and Raven are trying to start their new lives.
While this story is unique, there are a few nods to some intense classic and contemporary novels including: Capote's In Cold Blood, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, and even Steinbeck's East of Eden.
This is a fast-paced novel with many twists and turns. Lisa Unger uses several writing styles to tell the story, including flashbacks and first person narrative, which is my personal favorite. The descriptions of sights, sounds, smells, and pain put us in the middle of the drama with our favorite (and least favorite) characters. There is never a dull moment... Fasten your seat belt for this one!
For Zoey Drake the defining moment of her childhood was the horrific home invasion 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 very same house. As Zoey seeks justice, and Claudia seeks peace, both will confront the monsters at the door that are the most frightening of all.
My Thoughts: The intertwined lives of Claudia and Zoey were fascinating, and kept me reading as they told their alternating tales. Zoey, living in the East Village, tells hers with a first person narrative, so we find something more immediate about her story. About the violence that ripped her world apart one night, in Lost Valley, and the ongoing threats that keep her on her toes, learning how to defend herself.
A different kind of violence tore Claudia’s life apart, also in the East Village, but moving into her father’s old abandoned house in a town called Lost Valley, with her teenage daughter, is her way of starting over. To renovate the old house, to blog about her adventures, and to find her strength. Not knowing the history of the house allowed Claudia to feel optimistic.
Who were the bad guys that murdered Zoey’s parents? How are they now connected to the apparently normal lives that each woman is trying to live? How is each woman dealing with her rage? What will finally trigger another bout of violence, and bring some answers that have plagued them for years?
As The Red Hunter: A Novel weaves back and forth between the past and the present, we learn more about all the characters, and how the present threat has ended up right back where it started, in an old house in Lost Valley. As Claudia stands before the home that could have been a new beginning, she has a realization: “How had she gotten here? How many accidents and mistakes and choices had she made? How many of them had been wrong or right, good or bad? Maybe that’s all life was, this impossibly complicated helix of choice and accident, things you could control and couldn’t. And when the day was done, the only measure of success was how happy you were, how much you loved and were loved.”
Each woman finds something in the answers that will allow her to move forward. A 5 star read.
Zoey Drake's life-altering moment was the murder of her father and mother in her childhood home. Zoey didn't go unscathed though, as she was tortured before being rescued. Rather than giving in to her pain, she's spent the last decade training in martial arts, preparing herself for the moment when she confronts those who destroyed her life. The author has crafted two incredibly unique and well-fleshed out characters in these two women. There are dozens of layers to this book and to the author's credit she ties up the ending with a pretty red bow with no strings hanging. You have your answers to all your questions. I found this book to be intense and it was hard to put it down. I won't go into the story more than the above as I do believe that most mystery lovers will love it as much as I did. A 5 star from me.
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This is a very good story about two families affected by violence and greed.Read more