The Hunted, Rachel Blackledge – A Review.

Aloha fellow bookworms! I am here today to share with you a review of The Hunted by Rachel Blackledge, published in 2020. You can read the synopsis here on Goodreads.

Overall rating – 3 out of 5 stars.

I’ve rated The Hunted 3 stars because there were aspects of the book that I thought were truly brilliant, well thought out and well written. But, there were other parts that I thought were really poor and would have rated 2 stars.

The writing style, whilst I found difficult to get into at first, really lent itself to the story. It’s all first person POV, and shown through the eyes of Eugenia, who is a brilliant storyteller, she was very in tune with her surroundings, so we didn’t miss anything.

Through the first few chapters as we were introduced to the story and our characters and their history there was this sense of foreboding that was building up, word by word. Sadly, it seemed to reach a natural peak and things all got a little bit out of hand from there, which is where I would rated parts much lower.

It felt like we’d done a complete 180 to the way the story was going and the way the blurb made the story sound. Which was really disappointing as the blurb is what hooked me onto this book in the first place.

The characters were one of the key redeeming points of this story though, they were cleverly crafted to build the story up and they all brought something different.

Virginia was not the character I thought she would turn out to be, there was some real growth there. And I completely guessed Ben wrong, I couldn’t have been further from the truth with him! (It’s testament to the author that she planted this clever seed of doubt about everyone in this book so when their true colours were revealed, some were a shock).

There were points of this book that I devoured page after page desperate to find out what was happening and what would happen next, and there were others that I skim read the page and shook my head at because it seemed so ridiculous to the picture that the author painted previously.

The ending was the real let down for me, I felt like what could have built up to SOOOOO much just kind of crashed and burned and left me feeling a bit empty and drained.

Overall I thought The Hunting was inconsistent, hence my 3 star rating.

Let me know if you’ve read this one and what you thought!

Until next time, Em xxx

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