Hunted (Darcy Coates, 2018)

Is anyone afraid of getting lost in the woods?

I am.

How about if the stakes are raised? Like... Your friend is lost in those woods, possibly hurt, and you must go in to try to find them?

Definitely.

That's the premise of Darcy Coates's novel Hunted. Having no faith in the police, four friends go into the woods where one of their crew has disappeared on a solo hiking expedition. In doing so, the group discovers that someone, or something, is following them. This creature sees them. This creature has set traps. This creature is causing the group to become more lost the further into the woods they go.

What would you do?

This book conveys the type of story that niggles at our innate fears. The fear of the dark. The fear of the unknown. The fear of the "other". These fears are ingrained in us from birth as survival mechanisms. This is precisely what makes this story so compelling.

I have always had a fascination with how fear plays on our psyches and what roles those fears play in our survival. Darcy Coates taps into those fears while we are sitting comfortably in our homes or in a coffee shop. The most frightening part of the story is that these incidents happen all the time. The story provokes the reader into considering what we might do in the same situation. The decisions are not comfortable, nor are they safe. However, a path needs to be chosen either way, and a person's survival depends on that choice.

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I love this book. The story grabs you and doesn't let go. The pacing is spot on, and the various subplots converge into a maddening crescendo. This book is definitely worth the time as makes you ask yourself...

What would you do?

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