Thursday, October 24, 2013

Hunted by Elizabeth Heiter

HuntedFBI rising star, criminal profiler Evelyn Baine, knows how to think like a serial killer. But she's never chased anyone like the Bakersville Burier, who hunts young women and displays them, half-buried, deep in the woods. As the body count climbs, Evelyn's relentless pursuit of the killer puts her career - and her life - at risk. And the evil lurking in the Burier's mind may be more than even she can unravel. 

Terror is closer than she thinks.

The Bakersville Burier knows he's got an FBI profiler on his trail. He knows who she is and where to find her. And he's biding his time, because he's planned a special punishment for Evelyn. She may have tracked other killers, but he vows to make this her last chase. This time it's her turn to be hunted!

This thriller had some predictable moments that were not quite balanced out by even the most quick-paced scenes.

What I felt while reading is a lack of understanding as to why it was published. It brought no real challenge to the thriller field; it dealt with serial killers in dull, predictable ways; in short, I brought nothing new to the genre, at all. Yes, some of the scenes were written with a good sense of pacing, but it wasn’t enough to make this an actual thriller.

The protagonist is the usual kind: someone who is damaged, bordering on antisocial, and someone who is actually quite bland when it comes down to it. She did not have enough personality, I felt, to carry the whole book. The novel does jump viewpoints in strange ways and at strange moments. The viewpoints are not evenly written and we don’t get a real feel for any of the other characters, except for the protagonist, since we don’t get to see things from their perspective too much. The pages written from the serial killer’s POV felt like they could have been easily cut out.

All in all, this was a bland addition to an overpopulated genre, so I recommend you pick up another one.

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