Review: The Red Hunter

May 17, 2017 book review, Lisa Unger, thriller 2

  • Written by:  Lisa Unger
  • Published by:  Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, April 25, 2017
  • Length: 368 pages
  • Source: Advance Reader Copy from the author in exchange for an honest review


What is the difference between justice and revenge? In this buzzworthy new standalone thriller by New York Timesbestselling author Lisa Unger, two wronged women on very different paths find themselves in the same dark place…

Claudia Bishop’s perfect life fell apart when the aftermath of a brutal assault left her with a crumbling marriage, a newborn daughter, and a constant sense of anxiety about the world around her. Now, looking for a fresh start with a home restoration project and growing blog, Claudia takes on a crumbling old house—one that unbeknownst to her has an ugly history and may hide long buried secrets.

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. (publisher)

My Thoughts:

We are introduced to Claudia and Zoey in very different ways.  We see Claudia as a woman in love, a marriage filled with promise.  The details of her attack are almost too real, and I had such a sense of empathy and concern for her.  Zoey is a bit of a mystery, we learn of her anger and methodical training and steadfast desire for revenge before we really know all about her.

As the details of Zoey’s youth come about, I had the sense of shock that her nightmare was the home that Claudia now lives in, I hadn’t read the summary closely and this revelation was very creepy to me.  The murder of Zoey’s parents and the fact that she was left for dead is an unsolved mystery.  Her father was a NYC police officer, and his half brother Paul, also a former cop, has raised Zoey since his death. So many unanswered questions.  These questions have been burning in Zoey for ten years. There are details of Claudia’s life and divorce and the dissatisfaction that lies within her daughter.  These you must read to believe!

Nothing is ever spookier than a remote home, with a past murder.  I mean I wouldn’t be buying a house where someone was murdered!  Lisa Unger uses her words to paint this picture for us.  I could see the house, the basement filled with old boxes, the barn where the doors were about to fall off, and the mysteries that were everywhere around this property.

The only fault I had in this book was that I suspected some of the critical plot turns and I was sad to have figured most of it out.  This takes away very little of the tense action and built up in The Red Hunter.

If you’re a fan of Lisa Unger you don’t want to miss this one, and if you’ve not read her many books, this a great place to begin.



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