The Hunt by Jacqueline Terrill is a gripping piece of fiction. This action-packed story follows Rachel from the moment her life starts rapidly falling apart. Her husband has changed and seems to have many secrets. After a brief fight, Rachel and her husband Seth part ways. While Rachel believes the separation would be brief, Seth has other plans. In a sequence of unfortunate events, Rachel’s life is turned upside down. She is constantly in danger and is forced to toughen up and stand up for herself. This experience reconnects her with an estranged friend.
This is a fast-paced roller coaster of a story. There is little room for you to start losing focus since there is constantly something going down. It’s a true page-turner. However, as much as this is a positive, it is also a negative. All the ups and downs seemed forced sometimes. For example, it seemed unbelievable for this woman to have four car accidents in a span of a few days (even though there was foul play).
At first, I wasn’t sure I would be finishing this book. I was iffy until I passed the twenty percent mark. It wasn’t boring or badly written. I just couldn’t get into the story and bond with the characters immediately.
I think the characters were created quite well. I would’ve liked to see more depth to them, and since the plot was so focused on Rachel, I would have liked to learn more about her. She seemed focused only on Seth and her misfortune. I understand this might have been a way of showing that due to the way she lived the past thirty years, she didn’t have much happening in her life besides Seth.
Speaking of characters and their relationships. I found it a bit weird how Rachel’s daughter was rarely present. She was used almost as a plot device. She was very undeveloped. On the other hand, I liked the way Rachel’s relationship with Cole developed. It wasn’t forced at all and it was quite enjoyable to read about.
The plot-twist was expected but done well. I would have like to have s bit more than a slight glimpse into the whole conspiracy situation since we did have multiple points of view situation. In the end, everything had a bit of a fairytale happy ever after which was, in my opinion, a bit cheap. I believe a more elaborate ending would have leveled up the whole book. This seemed simply too easy to be realistic.
I must speak of one more thing that rubbed me the wrong way about this book. I didn’t like the whole guns-are-your-friend thing thrown in there. I disliked that a lot!
To conclude, I think this novel isn’t getting enough attention! I would recommend it if you are searching for an easy and gripping domestic thriller.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.