The Red Hunter: Lisa Unger
Two lives are about to intersect in the center of the X and when they do they will never be the same. One has decided to move to a rural area, renovate a house and hoped to make a fresh start with her teenage daughter after reliving day after day the brutal torture, rape and attack by an assailant that was never caught. Many people go through traumatic experiences but when you meet Claudia Bishop and Zoey Drake you will learn the difference between giving up, giving in and taking action when the two women who were beaten, left for dead decide in their own ways to fight back. Watch and learn what happens whey both realize that their lives are not their own and will only go from dark to light when they find the answers to the questions that have haunted them for so long. What happens when a young mother is brutally beaten when her marriage is over, falling apart, a newborn child, a girl and the fear that the whole world around her is dangerous? Filled with nightmares, anxiety and panic attacks at times Claudia decided to move her daughter and family to a rural area, restore this old home, created a blog explaining about her restorations and her new life and hired someone to help her create the balance and new look in her home. But, what secrets lie beneath the walls, the attic, the roof or even the floor that no one told her about? What will happen when she learns that Zoey Drake lives in the same constant fear, having lived in this house as a child and watched her parents slaughtered, murdered during a home invasion where the killers thought they were hiding money stolen from a drug kingpin. Her father was a cop and these killers thought the money was somewhere hidden in this house but where? Anger, rage, trained in martial arts making her a force to be reckoned with, Zoey is about to take on the challenge of her life to fight the demons that haunt her every waking hour. Claudia living in the farmhouse is the link as she tries to forget the brutal rape and forgive the man who attacked her and move on with her life but how can you? Raven his her teenage daughter who has a kind and soft side and a dark side. Living in the farmhouse does not please Raven, school is not something she enjoys and Claudia inherited the farmhouse from her late father. Hoping to help others and teach women that need something positive in their lives she begins this blog and keeps it up on a daily basis letting everyone know about her hopes and her project
Zoey is quite dark and wears a hoodie and dresses like she is on the prowl. The only way she will be satiated will be to get revenge on the three men and the elusive fourth that killed her parents but why? Her type of justice will hard, fast and brutal and with the help of her Uncle Paul, her father’s stepbrother, Mike her martial arts trainer and a PI named Seth, she hopes to get justice and deal with the killers for the deaths of her parents. The anger rages within her and she wants revenge as the title states you will learn that Zoey is The Red Hunter. Watching her parents die, learning some hidden truths, seeking out her Uncle Paul, Mike and now the PI that was on the case just who is hiding something about the money and why did Paul say they are coming for it?
Claudia is now concerned that someone might come after her and Raven and even after Raven sneaks out, does not go to her father, finds her way with her best friend Troy to the club where she thinks her half-brother is, she realizes that there is much more there to what Raven wants to know and that is who does she really belong too? Raven and Troy decide to take apart the basement to see if they find the million dollars that Claudia now knows was stolen and with the hope that Officer Dilbert will have a nightly and frequent patrol outside of her farmhouse little does she know that one of the killers is her new handyman Josh Beckham. With his killer and felon brother Rhett out of prison, hoping to steal back what he hopes is the money, beating up Zoey when she goes to her second job taking care of some special cats and the man’s apartment, little does she realize that the man who stole the key she had in her pocket is the man who killed her parents. Even the name of the town Lost Valley says something as these people seem to have to find their way in a world that they are missing the light and only sees the darkness.
The author flashes back many times to let us get to know both Heather and Chad Drake who were Zoey’s parents and enlightens readers to the fact that Chad was in serious debt, overdrawn on his credit cards, depleted his daughter’s college fund and when Heather called him on it things took on a downward turn. Voices are heard in the background as we learn just who stole the money from Whitney Malone, who got a cut and who the bad guys were and who claimed to be the good ones. Cops that were on the take, men sent to get the rest from Chad, investigations gone south, Zoey killing Didion in cold for his part in the heist. Rhett Beckham and his brother Josh were two of the other guys along with Didion who were in on the murder and torture but when Raven and Troy decide to hunt down in the basement to find what everyone seemed to think was there you won’t believe what they find. The issues of gambling, credit card debt, lies, loan sharks, revenge, murder, rationalizing doing the wrong thing, betrayals, deceits and downright rage all come to light in this novel. Seeing her father and Didion’s ghosts, hearing her father’s voice as Zoey faces off with the two men in her life she thought she could trust and one that would haunt her forever. Mike taught her defense. Paul was like a second father to her even though he got too close to her mother. Rhett Beckham came face to face with Zoey and learned that she would never backed down but did she kill him or did someone else? What about Josh and his part in it? What about Raven and Troy in the basement and the smoke that would envelope and destroyed her house? What about Boz the police officer that could not let it go and wanted closure but warned Zoey to move on with her life even though he knew what she is capable of? Bank deposits appearing in her account thousands a month and then huge withdrawals are made but where did the many go? Was it really in the basement of the Bishop house and when found if found whom does it belong to: anyone that finds it or the drug dealer who wants it back? Author Lisa Unger creates a twisted tale of greed, power, lies, salvation, retribution, revenge and loyalties that are misplaced and trusts that are broken. When Zoey faces the truth and her demons what will the final outcome be? When Raven learns the results of the DNA test will the outcome matter? Seth Murphy is supposed to be their friend and P.I. but when Zoey comes face to face with the truth about him what will her reaction be to the betrayal of her old boyfriend. An ending that will leave you wondering what is next for Zoey and will she temper and lose the one thing that sets her apart from others: THE RED HUNTER!
A novel that allows readers to really look deep inside: What would you do with a million dollars if you found it in buried in your basement? A test of moral values! What happens when those that are supposed to protect you betray your trust? Only author Lisa Unger can create a novel so dynamic, so filled with suspense, and keep you on the edge of your seat and breathless until you learn the harsh realities and the truths that are hidden in the wall of the Bishop house. When two women’s lives intersect at the X in the center you might never know what you will find or what your final outcome will be.
Fran Lewis: just reviews/MJ magazine