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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers Ltd; First World Publication edition (31 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0727884220
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727884220
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 14.5 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 441,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Ramsay's insights into tortured psyches makes for compelling, if often painful, reading." Publishers Weekly "A dark, terrifying, soul-shattering trail to the brutal, horrifying truth. An outstanding thriller that's tense and shocking." Booklist Starred Review "Ramsay piles on the physical horrors and the psychological torments" Kirkus Reviews

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Caro Ramsay was born and brought up in Glasgow, and now lives in a village on the west coast of Scotland. She is an osteopath, acupuncturist and former marathon runner, who devotes much of her time to the complementary treatment of injured wildlife at a local rescue centre. She is the author of four previous Anderson & Costello thrillers.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Hannan on 7 Aug. 2014
Format: Hardcover
Caro Ramsay has a new publisher and a new star character. Elvie McCulloch is probably one of the oddest but most beguiling characters in detective fiction. When she gets involved for the hunt for her missing sister, the twists come thick and fast and right from the start. I'm usually quite good a guessing what's going on but Caro Ramsay kept me wrong-footed all the time. The double twist at the end completely threw me. Shes done something very bold - taken a more objective view of her series characters Anderson & Costello by allowing them to be seen from the perspective of McCulloch. Although the book begins in familiar Glasgow territory it soon shifts to the dangerous bleakness of Argyll. Albeit the previous books have not avoided dealing with the personal issues, this one goes deeper, with a touching analysis of sisterhood. The writing, as ever, is of a high quality but in showing a police investigation from the perspective of the victims Ramsay reinvents herself.
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I've read a few of Caro Ramsey's novels in the past and one (of the many) aspects of her writing that appeals to me is that she always creates at least one (and often more) character with an unusual and interesting aspect to them. In the Night Hunter Elvie, a high functioning autistic medical student with an underlying medical condition that presents in her physical appearance is the main character.

Ramsay, I think, captures Elvie's foibles- her inability to

recognise nuance, which makes her relationship with her sister, Sophie so much stronger.
When Sophie disappears whilst jogging, Elvie defers her final year of studies to take a job as caretaker for self made millionaire Alex Parnell's wife and son in Ardno in Argyll. Meanwhile Elvie's family are falling apart with her brother undergoing mental health issues and her mother jumping into the bottle leaving her step dad to

hold everything together. Her sister's disappearance is linked to others occurring over recent years and when two of the kidnapped girl's bodies are discovered in the desolate ex Scottish water board area along the desolate and dangerous Rest
and Be Thankful road between Glasgow and Argyll Elvie joins forces with an ex detective which throws up many links between Elvie's current job, her family life and her sister.
The Night Hunter ticked all the right boxes for me: a little humour, huge enigmas, unusual and captivating characters, a well thought through plot a scary predator in the form of the Russian Ovcharka dog and a nice wee tour of Glasgow and the Argyll & Bute scenic areas. A definite recommendation for those that like Tartan Noir.
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By Anne TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Dec. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Despite what it says in the description of this novel this book is not actually about the police officers who solve the crime – they are peripheral to the main characters who are Elvira, a young woman who is working as a nanny for a rich family, and an ex-police officer Billy Hopkins who assists her in investigating the disappearance of her sister and other local women. Elvira is an unusual woman – we learn from the beginning that she is disfigured in some way and she also appears to have autistic or isolationist tendencies. She is approached by Billy who is linking the disappearance of her sister Sophie with several other young women in the area.

As the story develops Elvira becomes tangentially involved in the stories of all the missing women as well as that of her employer and his friends. With the help of Billy they seem to be able to investigate things which the police cannot, or will not, touch but because of Billy’s links in the police force they also have an inside line on the official investigation.

Another element of the story is Elvira’s distraught family who appear to be completely dysfunctional. Elvira and her sister Sophie have had a very close relationship and images from the Christina Rossetti poem “The Goblin Market” are used to explain their past and also the expectations which she has had about their future. Even if you haven’t read the poem it probably helps at least to have looked it up on Wikipedia to understand the allusions.

Although I could appreciate how well plotted this book was and how well-developed the characterisation is I did find it almost relentlessly grim. The description of the landscape is bleak and all the characters appear, at least from Elvira’s point of view, to be unpleasant.
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Missing girl story set in the picturesque hills above Loch Lomond and that's about as nice as it gets. Elvira McCulloch has taken a year out of her medical degree due to her sister Sophie having gone missing. Determined to find her, she teams up with a scruffy retired detective Billy Hopkirk. What a team they make, Billy the scruffy slob and Elvira the proverbial minger. It all kicks off when "Elvie" heads off up to the hills to her job as a nanny for a local wealthy business man and a naked body appears from nowhere. The author builds the tension throughout but minimises the clues you need to unravel the mystery. As it the tension reaches the point where you need to know or you will stop reading, it goes up a few gears and an ultra exciting ending is revealed. One of the best stories this year and would have got 5 stars had the author not used the first person style. For Anderson and Costello fans they are hardly in the book to merit a mention.
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