Title: The Hunter
Author: John Lescroart
Release Date: January 3, 2012
Rating: 4 out of 5
Wyatt Hunt is a private investigator living and working in San Francisco. He was adopted as a young child and has never given much thought to his birth parents. That is, until he receives an anonymous text message asking how his mother died. Wyatt begins digging into his past, discovering the identity of his birth parents, and even more shockingly that his mother was murdered. Wyatt becomes obsessed with this decades-old case and is determined to discover who killed his mother.
The Hunter is a novel with a fascinating premise. One simple text message sets Wyatt on an explosive course of events. Once the question of his mother’s death was raised, Wyatt could do nothing but keep digging until his questions were answered. Time and again, this book raises the question of the value of information. Would Wyatt have been better off not knowing about his mother’s death, of living on, oblivious, but unburdened by this heavy discovery? It’s a good question that readers will have on their minds from beginning to end.
The story of The Hunter is fast-paced. Lescroart barely gives the reader time to recover from one shocking revelation before slamming them with another. While it’s exciting for the reader, it’s very difficult on Wyatt. He begins to deteriorate as the stress and shock wear him down. It’s painful to witness his slow breakdown, yet so very realistic. A person can’t handle this much new and difficult information with no time to cope, and it catches up with Wyatt quickly.
This is actually the third book in the Wyatt Hunt series, which I believe is a spin-off from another series, so suffice it to say that Wyatt has been around for some time. I was surprised, therefore, when I learned it was part of a series because it worked so well as a standalone. It helps that Wyatt is a simple character – not in a bad way, but very much in a “what you see is what you get” manner. He makes for a great main character for this series, and I’m curious about the previous novels in the series.
If you’re looking for a fun read that’s easy to escape into, The Hunter is a great choice. It’s engaging and will keep you on your toes from beginning to end. It’s a great read for when your brain is tired and you just need something exciting to sink into. I’m looking forward to seeing where Lescroart take Wyatt next.