The transition was so gradual that it was hard to say how close night was, up until the moment it swallowed her.
Eileen went hiking on the last day of her solo trip, and her family didn't hear from her again. Her brother Chris, and her friends, refuse to accept what the police tell them and take the search into their own hands. But there is something in the woods, and they soon realise that they are being hunted. This is a standalone novel, so you can jump right in without any problems.
I read Hunted as a part of my second annual Spooktoberfest (where I read nothing but horror novels for the month of October), and I chose it because I love Darcy Coates and I wanted to read something different from my usual horror (ghosts, ghosts, ghosts).
I quite enjoyed this book. The characters were, for the most part, endearing and likable (there was one character I actively hated, though I am certain that this was intentional). In typical horror fashion, Chris, Anna, Flint, and Hailey make some very stupid decisions, but this isn't overly unrealistic, as many people panic and do the wrong thing in survival situations. One of these characters (I won't say who for fear of spoilers) was a lot more than they seemed, and ended up being my favourite by the end of the book. I also was pleasantly surprised by how the ending unfolded. Throughout this novel, the stakes were real, and there were satisfying consequences to the actions of all the characters.
The aspect of this book that was the most impressive was the setting. Darcy Coates is a master of setting. It was very atmospheric. Ashlough Forest was very claustrophobic, despite being an outdoor setting. The isolated, crowded, foreboding feeling of the forest was perfect for amping up the tension, and highlighting the hopelessness of the characters' situation.
I did have some small problems with this book. There were several predictable moments, as is often the case with horror, and I absolutely hated the point of view of one of the characters. However, these issues were so small, and were mostly related to my own personal preferences, that they did not impact much on my satisfaction with the story.
All in all, I enjoyed my time with this book. If you are interested in horror and mystery, then I would recommend Hunted to you happily, especially if you were less experienced with the horror genre, as it may surprise you easier.
- Paperback: 408 pages
- Publisher: Black Owl Books (20 August 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0994630654
- ISBN-13: 978-0994630650
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.6 x 21.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 476 g
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 279,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)