Hunters in the Dark by Lawrence Osborne

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Summary: From the novelist the New York Times compares to Paul Bowles, Evelyn Waugh and Ian McEwan, an evocative new work of literary suspense

Adrift in Cambodia and eager to side-step a life of quiet desperation as a small-town teacher, 28-year-old Englishman Robert Grieve decides to go missing. As he crosses the border from Thailand, he tests the threshold of a new future.

And on that first night, a small windfall precipitates a chain of events– involving a bag of “jinxed” money, a suave American, a trunk full of heroin, a hustler taxi driver, and a rich doctor’s daughter– that changes Robert’s life forever.

Hunters in the Dark is a sophisticated game of cat and mouse redolent of the nightmares of Patricia Highsmith, where identities are blurred, greed trumps kindness, and karma is ruthless. Filled with Hitchcockian twists and turns, suffused with the steamy heat and pervasive superstition of the Cambodian jungle, and unafraid to confront difficult questions about the machinations of fate, this is a masterful novel that confirms Lawrence Osborne’s reputation as one of our finest contemporary writers.

My Review: When I read the summary of the book I believe I was anticipating something different, what I got was way better than what I anticipated.

I sided with Robert, he was board in life, he wanted a change he wanted to disappear. I have been through this ironically I went through the same mindset at 28 myself. I didn’t take the leap like Robert but I sure dreamed of it.

What follows this leap was one heck of adventure from gambling the rest of his money for the chance at $2000 would set the thrilling events that take place in this book into motion.

I was excited about this book because it is set in Cambodia not many books are set in Cambodia and it was nice to give insight into this country. I loved the descriptions of the people, the landscapes. I felt like I was in Cambodia.

This book is beautifully written that will make your heart pump nonstop. I have never read this author but I will continue to read him.

 

Disclaimer:  I received a copy of the book in exchange for a review, as always the opinions are my own.

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