The Hunter by Jennifer Herrera

Published: January 10, 2023

G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Pages: 352

Genre: Suspense Thrillers

KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received a copy of this book for free, and I leave my review voluntarily.

Jennifer Herrera is a former philosophy grad student turned literary agent who is fascinated by the stories we tell ourselves to live and the lies we cling to that sabotage our chances at a good life. She has lived in six states and five countries (so far) and now resides in Philadelphia with her husband, daughter, and cat.

After reckless behavior costs NYPD detective Leigh O’Donnell her job and her marriage, she returns with her four-year-old daughter to her beautiful hometown of Copper Falls, Ohio. Leigh had stayed away for more than a decade—even though her brother and a trio of loving uncles still call it home—because, while the town may seem idyllic, something rotten lies at its core. Three men in town have drowned in what Leigh suspects to be a triple homicide. She hopes that by finding out who killed them, she just might get her life back on course.

Headstrong and intuitive, Leigh isn’t afraid to face a killer, but she has to do more than that to discover the truth about what happened to those men. She must unravel a web of secrets going back generations, and, in doing so, plumb the darkness within herself.

“We all lie to ourselves when it suits us.”

Leigh is trying to figure out what to do, what to do about her job, her marriage, and her life, when a phone call from her brother gives her a possible chance for distraction. When she finds herself back in her hometown, investigating a mysterious series of deaths, she wasn’t expecting the truth to have been in front of her face the whole time, but it was.

This was a different kind of thriller. I enjoyed the storyline and found the way things unfolded interesting. I enjoyed the character development and seeing Leigh discover what she had to do.

The setting was both cozy and creepy, which I think was the point. It was interesting how things fell into place; suddenly, the realization of what Leigh needed to do was just there. There was a sort of ethereal element to this story, and it worked well.

This could be a series with this town and all the characters we meet. I wouldn’t mind reading about Ronan and his journey in being himself.

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