The Red Hunter by Lisa Unger
eBook review copy; 368 pages
The Red Hunter by Lisa Unger is a very highly recommended
thriller that begs the question "What is the difference between justice
and revenge?" Two women have been through two violent events and
unexpectedly have something in common.
Bishop was violently attacked and raped in her own apartment. Her
daughter Raven was born 9 months later and, eventually, her marriage
fell apart. Claudia loves Raven, and her ex-husband, Ayers, considers
Raven his daughter, but they don't know if her conception was a result
of the rape or not. Claudia has been honest about the violent attack,
her anxiety, and her strides toward healing on her blog. Claudia and
Raven take a huge step when they move out to a house in the country that
she inherited. Her father owned it as an investment and rented it out
for years. Claudia is going to blog about their restoration of the old
farmhouse as part of her healing and creating a new life for herself
through the rape and divorce.
Zoey Drake survived a horrific home invasion that left both of her
parents dead. She was supposed to be a victim too, she and her mother
were both tortured by the killers, but she miraculously survived. A
decade after the attack, Zoey is a strong, tough woman who has been
training in the martial arts for years, fueled by the inner rage she
feels. She is looking for revenge. She is the watcher, the Red Hunter,
and it's time for the men who murdered her parents and tried to kill her
to pay for the pain they caused.
Neither Claudia nor Zoey know each other, but the house ties them
together. It is where Zoey's parents were murdered. It is also the fuel
for rumors flying that there is a million dollars hide somewhere in the
house and that is why Zoey's parents were murdered. Zoey has found one
of the men, now an old man, and she has eliminated him. Now she is
searching for the others. When
handyman Josh Beckham is hired by Claudia to assist in some repairs, it
sets into motion a collision between the past and present that will
bring both women back to the house.
The two narratives of this complex thriller/mystery are intricate and
complex. Unger keeps the plot and the action fast-paced through both
storylines until they converge with an explosion of action. The reveals
of additional information are also perfectly planned. All the characters
in this novel are complex and their stories are equally intriguing. The
question of how to handle a violent attack should resonate with many.
Like Claudia, do you try to overcome the anxiety and more on to create a
positive life while facing full-on what happened to you? Or do you take
Zoey's tactical plan and train for years until you know you can defend
yourself and extract revenge on those who hurt you and those you loved?
There are other interesting plot points to this complicated novel too.
Would you want to know if you are your parent's biological child or the
result of a rape? How do you handle a violent traumatic event in your
life? What is your responsibility to a sibling? Lisa Unger has written a
tense page-turner here that should engross most readers.
My review copy was courtesy of Touchstone.