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Monday, December 17, 2018

REVIEW: Hunting Annabelle by Wendy Heard @harpercollins @wendydheard

Hunting Annabelle
by Wendy Heard

Thank you to MIRA Books for this review copy - a popping debut that takes you into the mind of Sean, a Korean American whose illness keeps him and everyone around him guessing at all times.

Publisher: MIRA Books
Publish Date: December 18, 2018
304 Pages
Genre: Psychological Thriller

Sean Suh is done with killing. After serving three years in a psychiatric prison, he’s determined to stay away from temptation. But he can't resist Annabelle--beautiful, confident, incandescent Annabelle--who alone can see past the monster to the man inside. The man he's desperately trying to be.

Then Annabelle disappears.

Sean is sure she’s been kidnapped—he witnessed her being taken first hand—but the police are convinced that Sean himself is at the centre of this crime. And he must admit, his illness has caused him to “lose time” before. What if there’s more to what happened then he’s able to remember?

Though haunted by the fear that it might be better for Annabelle if he never finds her, Sean can’t bring himself to let go of her without a fight. To save her, he’ll have to do more than confront his own demons… He'll have to let them loose.

My Review:

I always get a bit excited when I see a Korean-American lead in a book.  Even if he's one of the most unreliable narrators I've come across in a while! No one seems to believe him when he says he saw Annabelle get abducted so it's up to him to find her.  In doing so, he finds himself - or at least a part of him he was extremely confused about.

As a debut, this is a fantastic start to a long career for Heard. I love where her mind went with Suh's story.  While I did feel it jumped the shark a bit at the end, I wish there was just a little bit more given.  From the journey Sean went through, the last parts felt a bit rushed, abrupt and uneven when it came to the rest of the story line.  However, I absolutely love the fact that it was unexpected and different.

Anyone who is a fan of the unreliable narrator, enjoys an off the rails story where you're not entirely sure what's going on, this is a fun ride to be on.  Put on your seat belt.. or don't.. live a little dangerously and go hunting with Sean.


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