Another great Hunter stand-alone thriller
I would not have thought I would be that interested in a book that focuses so much on kayaking and whitewater sports but Hunter does her research so well that I felt like I needed a crash helmet and personal flotation device on during some of the scenes in this book – they were that vivid. If you like kayaking at all, you are going to LOVE this book.
I thought Hunter did a great job not only with the descriptive portions of the book but I felt she rounded out each character and gave each one in the book a very vivid face and voice. I really liked Nell, the female protaganist. I liked Paw Paw, her bootlegging grandfather, and JJ, her precocious 6 year old son, too. And I liked that the romance in the book was hinted at but not consummated. I believe it can be a romantic novel without sex scenes on every other page. The chase can be a good portion of the fun.
I have read Gwen Hunter for years, even when it was difficult getting her books in the U.S. and I had to order them from the U.K. Her Delande series scared American publishers, I think. It is disturbing – even in this day and age. It deals with difficult subjects – child abuse and incest. And even now I don’t think the series is widely available. Her next series about Dr. Rhea Lynch also has some disturbing characters and aspects. But ALL of her books – and I’ve read most of them – are well researched and exceptionally well written. I have just ordered the four that I realize that I haven’t read to date including the two she wrote with her husband under the name of Gary Hunter. I will let you know what I think of them once I finish them.