Top positive review
Punchy in style, and highly satisfactory.
on 14 December 2014
I skim sycophantic reviews of films, plays and books - then this: Hunter is a genre-bending novel - initially caused problems. But then there are no immutable rules in fiction.
I read this book in two sittings of a few hours each - yes, it's a decent length novel. Compelling. Couldn't put it down. So why four stars and not five?
In the first third of the book, sometimes it was difficult to establish point of view. I read one chapter three times and couldn't get it, so moved on. Several times, numerous paragraphs were taken up with vivid descriptions of buildings, contents, mode and style of dress etc., which contributed little to the story. Such descriptions were telling the reader, rather than subtle hints leaving the rest to the reader's imagination. Love interests weren't over-done, and were beautifully written. This was the initial difficulty before it clicked that this was really two genres in one.
Overall, as a debut novel, this was enthralling, gripping, fast-moving, punchy in style, and highly satisfactory. Characters were roundly developed. Will certainly buy the next.