By Renee Donne
Publisher: Anaiah Press
Publication Date: November 4th, 2014
Moving across the country isn’t Hunter’s ideal start to her Junior year of high school. She has no friends to hang out with, no beaches to lounge on, and she’s living just a few miles from the secluded hiking trail where her father died when she was a baby.
Living in Wyoming isn’t all bad, though, thanks to Logan, the handsome veterinary assistant at the animal clinic where she lands an after school job. And he seems just as interested in her as she is in him.
As Hunter begins to settle into her new home, she learns more about the circumstances surrounding her father’s tragic death, and it may not have been the accident everyone believes. Something dangerous lurks in the woods, and Hunter might be the next victim.
Hunter introduces us to Hunter, a girl who tragically lost her father under what become increasingly suspicious circumstances, and her new life in small town Wyoming. The plot was fun with mystery and a little romance thrown in to keep the plot going. However, I felt that the plot was predictable. Once some characters were introduced, I knew their purpose in the plot. Creepy characters remained creepy and mysterious ones offered convoluted but accurate advice.
The main problem I had with the plot was that the climax of the book was not built up to. The Big Bad claimed that Hunter was in the situation she was in because she kept snooping around. However, I never felt that she did much snooping or would have connected the dots if the the Big Bad had never kidnapped her. She didn’t even make any connections then, she had to be told by another person what the Big Bad thought she knew. Also, what parent doesn’t find it odd that their kid just up and disappears without mentioning anything? And how come it took them five days to figure out where she was and who took her in a small town which was population one for creepy people?
Besides the lack of snooping, which I found disappointing, the plot also contained a decent love interest and no love triangle. Praise Jesus. I liked Logan, he was kind and thoughtful and adorably awkward. He wasn’t the conceited bad boy type which seems rather popular and he worked as a vet assistant, so he loved animals. He and Hunter were cute together, although he was a little odd in the beginning and even though I knew that he and Hunter would end up together, I thought it took them a little too long to actually get together.
Hunter was a quick, fun read and if there was anything that I felt the book did really well it was the separation of religion versus fanaticism. The main character and her family, and many people in the town, were practicing Christians and there was a distinct line drawn between the people who respectfully followed the religion and those who abused it for their own power. I also appreciated how mentions of religion were added in, not in a superior way but in ways that showed it was simply part of everyday life. As someone who is not particularly religious, it did not make me feel awkward as a reader. So go forth and enjoy for a light romance and mystery.
Renee Donne is a native Floridian with a penchant for writing books with a western theme. In her head, she’s a world traveler and an amateur chef. In real life, she’s a hometown girl with an affinity for fine wine and good friends. Her favorite place to write is sitting on her veranda, overlooking the beach.
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