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Book Review: The Hunted

The Hunted by Gabriel Bergmoser

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This must be one of the most entertaining book I have read in a while. I couldn’t give it 5 stars since in my opinion The Hunted hasn’t really offered any novel concept in an outstanding manner.

I feel that this book is akin to a literary version of “From Dusk Till Dawn”. The plot is simplistic – a group of unrelated people meet under random circumstances and bond through a night that became unexpectedly violent and bloody. As the body count grows, the survivors develop in unexpected ways. Frank, a man with a unhappy past hides from society by living a solitary life in the middle of nowhere. His granddaughter Allie, an unremarkable privileged white girl is unceremoniously deposited into his care for two weeks. Together, they encounter Maggie, a young lady with tumultuous upbringing as she is escaping from a group of killers. Bergmoser offers sufficient insight to the history of all characters which in turn explains their behaviours under severe duress.

The biggest attraction for me is the way Bergmoser showcases fear. Each character gets the opportunity to express their points of view, even a minor one like Greg – the middle age white man trapped in an unhappy marriage and dead-end job. These points of views show us their internalised thoughts which translate to their fight or flight actions, be it courageous or cowardly.

It is noted that this book is currently being developed to a film. I do hope that the transition is down well as it has all the hallmarks of a gripping movie.

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