Published by Black Rose Writing on January 19th 2017
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Another John Hunt book that I have devoured in one day. As with his other book “The Tracker” I sat down and did not get up until I turned the final page.
Be warned – this book is not for the faint at heart. It’s a gruesome, horrifying, bloody, dark and terrorizing story and yet I could not put the book down (nor did I want to!).
The book begins with Olivia’s father dropping her off to college. She is excited to start this next period of her life. It’s only an hour from home, but still she will be on her own and looks forward to being independent. Before she even gets to be on her college campus for an entire day, she is grabbed off the street by two men. One man wears the mask of a gorilla, the other man wears the mask of a jackal. No one observes her being taken and Olivia truly disappears without a trace.
She is kept in a room – a pink room – a room for a doll, but she is not treated like a doll. This is where the brutality begins. Again, this is not an easy book to read. There will be triggers for some and others will just not like reading the subject matter. This book contains, rape, mutilation, torture, etc.
Olivia’s father does not cope with his daughter’s disappearance well – who would? He becomes an alcoholic and lives in misery. But then one day he receives a phone call that he never thought he would receive, can things go back to normal? Will their family ever be the same again? How does one move on? Can you move on? Olivia is home, but she is not the same young woman she was when she left, how could she be? Will she ever feel safe again? Will she ever be safe again?
This book sucked me in and I could not stop reading it. As I said it is gruesome, but I am thankful that torture/rape/dismemberment(s)s did not go into too much detail – but still…. Disturbing with a capital “D.” I was on the edge of my seat waiting to learn the identity of the Jackal. I thought I had it figured out, but I was wrong, but I wasn’t too far off the mark either. I enjoyed the different points of view of the characters and who couldn’t love Brutus (Olivia’s dog).
I found this book to be well-written and beautifully paced. True, the middle does slow down but I enjoyed that. The first third of the book was intense, the middle needed to be slower as Olivia is adjusting to being home. The last third of the book picks up again and that you will have to read for yourself. I found this book to be a suspenseful, heart-pounding page turner which did not disappoint. This the second John Hunt book I have read, and I know it will not be my last.
Thank you to Black Rose Writing who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.