BOOK REVIEW: The Hunt by T.J. Lebbon

INFORMATION

25495036.jpgTitle:  The Hunt
Series:  –
Author:  T. J. Lebbon
Publisher:  Avon
Published:  July 2015
Language:  English
Format:  Paperback
Pages:  400
ISBN: 9780008122904

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GOODREADS SYNOPSIS

Genre: Thriller, Action, Crime, Adult.
Average Goodreads rating: 3.76

Escape and they’ll kill your family.

The cruellest game. The highest stakes. Only she can bring his family back alive …

Rose is the one that got away. She was the prey in a human trophy hunt organised by an elite secret organisation for super-rich clients seeking a unique thrill. She paid a terrible price. Every moment since she has been planning her revenge … And now her day has come.

Chris returns from his morning run to find his wife and children missing and a stranger in his kitchen.

He’s told to run.

If he’s caught and killed, his family go free. If he escapes, they die.

Rose is the only one who can help him, but Rose only has her sights on one conclusion. For her, Chris is bait. But The Trail have not forgotten the woman who tried to outwit them.

The Trail want Rose. The hunters want Chris’s corpse. Rose wants revenge, and Chris just wants his family back.

The hunt is on …

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MY REVIEW

My Rating and General Opinion

3.5*

And interesting and thrilling theme to write about. It was a good adventure, a really fast paced story and the world depicted here is a twisted and a could-easily-be-real world that scares me.

The Writing

The writing was ok but it certainly had a little too much description about the surroundings and every single step our protagonists took during the mountain chase. That’s why Chris’s chapters turned out to be boring at times because we only got to see the inner ramblings of a sportsman.

The Story

The story started right up in full action mode. Instead of getting a proper introduction of our main characters at the beginning of the story, we got them during the book, but I still felt there where things missing and other things that should have been exploited better.

The first taste we get from this is an inner rambling about a 40 year old named Chris, while he is taking a run in the morning. When he finishes his run (he is very proud of because he surpasses his previously established record) and gets home, he discovers his family is missing and finds an unknown man in his kitchen. Explanations are not given only that this man has his family and that he will receive more news in an hour.
[Thank god as a reader I had previously read the synopsis because otherwise I would have been left with a blank face]
The story picks up right after that, after a confused Chris we get to meet an apparent-crazy woman called Rose, who says is trying to help him but who looks dubious and let’s not forget she just killed some people… Right after that the chase thought a mountainous landscape starts and then the catch of the story is explained. It turns out rich people really do not know what to do with all of their money and time so they spend a load of it in human hunts, with the help of an organization, because that is so normal. The Trail is the organization that gets these hunts going and the way they do that is by randomly (or so it appears, it isn’t really explained) selecting a candidate with family, kidnapping its family and then letting him go in a controlled environment where they put on their “players”. That’s the whole plot of the story. We see Chris running for his life and we slowly get to meet Rose and start knowing of her background, which is the real interesting story here.
The story runs smoothly but slow at times, and it isn’t until they finally leave the mountains that everything gets wrapped up and the action part gets even stronger. There are some twists and turns but nothing that surprising happens. And then that ending, it was closed to soon and too properly without much explanation.

This could have been expanded greatly and it could have been the start of a series because there was much more to dig into: the whole organization with its repercussions, Rose and Holt’s relationship and the future of them all. But with that sudden ending were everything was closed so neatly and easily the possibilities were shattered at once. I just don ‘t think that ending was handled properly and overall was expecting more from this story.

The Characters

There are two main characters Chris and Rose but we also get to meet some disturbing and interesting characters.
Chris, what appears to be our main protagonist turns out to be a likeable character but not much more. I ended up feeling for him and being sad for him of course but his character didn’t left a bigger impression than that of a sportsman who could use another hobby apart from the triathlon.
Rose, is one of the most interesting characters around here. She’s got layer upon layer and although she is disturbed, I still feel a lot of sympathy for her and find her actions quite understandable.
Holt, the most intriguing character that appear out of nowhere (yeah, right) and that kept his mask on, which turned out to be part of his new being, at all times. We got glimpses of his but I was left wanting to know even more.
Then we’ve got The Trail, or better said, that despicable Grin/Vey/Grin and the rest of the corporation. Well if I was sad about something more is the lack of information about this whole entity we got during the novel. Grin was depicted as the devil himself and I must say I dind’t see nothing but that, but otherwise we didn’t get to know much of anything more.
And finally we get Chris’s family, especially the eldest daughter Gemma. She wouldn’t conform with the reality of their situation and her vivid imagination and brains were the spark of that lugubrious situation. I was rooting for her all the way ever since the beginning. She turned out to be really mature and such a promising character, unlike the rest of her family which was highly forgettable. And that last interaction between Gemma and Rose… I saw the connection there between these two females and saw the possibilities, if Gemma never gets to be herself, she could find a mentor in Rose easily.

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It was an ok read and although the theme was really interesting still the final result ended up lacking a bit in every department.

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