Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Review: Hunting Annabelle

Author: Wendy Heard
Started reading: December 29th 2018
Finished the book: January 3rd 2019
Pages: 336
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Published: December 25th 2018
Source: Netgalley
Goodreads score: 3.87
My score:
Sean Suh is done with killing. After serving three years in a psychiatric prison, he’s determined to stay away from temptation. But he can't resist Annabelle--beautiful, confident, incandescent Annabelle--who alone can see past the monster to the man inside. The man he's desperately trying to be.

Then Annabelle disappears.

Sean is sure she’s been kidnapped—he witnessed her being taken first hand—but the police are convinced that Sean himself is at the centre of this crime. And he must admit, his illness has caused him to “lose time” before. What if there’s more to what happened than he’s able to remember?

My thoughts
This book is a great book for lovers of Gone Girl, it truly reminded me of that book. I liked the POV in this book, which is Sean Suh's POV, a killer that is now free from a psychiatric prison. You get bits and pieces of information while you keep reading, and that's what makes this book so strong.

  • What is real?: It's so cool that you question everything and everyone. Especially since Sean was in a psychiatric prison for 3 years and he is doubting himself so much. His surroundings are doubting him and I was doubting the surroundings AND Sean and everything. It was so cool to not know what was real and what was not and it's satisfactory to figure out what happened.
  • Little bits of information: Like I said in my opening; the little bits of information you get is what makes this book so addicting. You know from the blurb that Sean is a killer, but what exactly happened is a question mark for a big part of the book. It's a great way to write a book; feed the reader a little bit of the wanted information every time.
  • Final part: SO FULL OF TENSION! It was action paced and I had no idea how everything would play out. I read the final 25% without moving and I just had to finish the book. The ending is seriously (pardon my French) fucked up and I was like WTH?! I remember having that same feeling in Gone Girl. If you liked that one, you will like this one.
  • Believability: I had my doubts about some parts of the book as of how believable it would be. I know that it maybe had to do something with the big plot, but some parts still felt a bit unbelievable.That being said, lets go to the next bullet point, that one has everything to do with this first bullet point.
  • Plot twist: The big plot twist is one that you can guess. I had 8 different plots in mind (you seriously don't know), because some parts of the book weren't that believable or felt like it had to do something with the plot. So if you're a real Sherlock, you can figure it out.
What a way to write a debut. This author is one I will definitely read another book from. I've never read a book with the POV from a killer, so that's points for uniqueness. I liked the ending, it was SO messed up. I just need books like that once in a while.

Other opinions on this book
"A fabulously twisted book to read any time you're in the mood for something clever and creepy."
- Karen McManus NYT bestselling author

"This dark, gritty thriller keeps the pages turning, making this a solid pick for readers who enjoy a trip through an unstable mind."
- Library Journal

Memorable quotes from this book
"For one poignant moment, my mom and I lock eyes, and I realize how much I look like her, how much I love her and how much I have always longed for her to truly see me."

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