A dead body.
A locked door.
A puzzling case...
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Book Links: Goodreads
The Hunter is a short, e-book exclusive that does a great job of introducing the series' main character, Robert Hunter. The novella is only around 80 pages long, so this will be a mini-review. Basically, if you're looking for a jolt of adrenaline in the form of a little thriller, then grab this up. Chris Carter is a fantastic crime/thriller writer, and once you have a taste, you'll be ravenous for more.
Synopsis (Not a copy from the book, but I always keep my interpretations close.)
It's Robert Hunter's first day on the job as a detective for the Robbery Homicide Division, and he's thrown what's supposed to be an open-and-shut case.
A simple suicide.
But when Hunter arrives at the scene, his keen eye and deductive mind almost instantly knows something is wrong.
With the front door locked from the inside, and no other way of exiting the flat, Robert has his work cut out for him.
He'll need to convince his dubious colleagues of the murder, or the killer will escape...
Plot - 5/5 Stars
The Hunter isn't a story that's meant to be too arduous. It's short, sharp and simple. The crime and Hunter's deduction of events are clever and give you a little thrill. Carter has written a fun, fast and intrigue-packed novella.
Pace - 5/5 Stars
Will honestly not take you any more than 30 minutes.
Characters - 5/5 Stars
The Hunter mostly strikes me as a nice introduction to Detective Robert Hunter more than anything else. Even though the length of this short doesn't seem like enough to properly convey Carter's protagonist, he does a phenomenal job in subverting that notion. Hunter comes across as a genius. He's confident (but not cocky), competent and captivating. You really just want to dive into his head and see how that brain of his works.
There's also a chapter where we see and get to know Hunter's former partner, Scott Wilson. In those pages, he's portrayed as tough, cutting and no-nonsense.
Writing - 5/5 Stars
Concise, detailed and fast. A glimpse of what's to come.
Overall - 5/5 Stars
The Hunter offers a great experience, giving the reader exactly what it says it will.
Time spent well.
Next Instalment: The Crucifix Killer
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