The Red Hunter by Lisa Unger

The Red Hunter
By Lisa Unger
Publisher: Touchstone
ISBN13: 9781501101670
Pages: 359
Genre: Thriller/Mystery


What is the difference between justice and revenge?

Claudia Bishop’s perfect life fell apart when the aftermath of a brutal assault left her with a crumbling marriage, a newborn daughter, and a constant sense of anxiety about the world around her. Now, looking for a fresh start with a home restoration project and growing blog, Claudia takes on a crumbling old house–one that unbeknownst to her has an ugly history and may hide long buried secrets.

For Zoey Drake the defining moment of her childhood was the horrific murder of her parents. Years later, she has embraced the rage that fuels her. Training in the martial arts has made her strong and ready to face the demons from the past–and within.

Strangers to each other, and walking very different paths in the wake of trauma, these two women are on a collision course–because Zoey’s past nightmare and Claudia’s dreams for her future take place in the same house. As Zoey seeks justice, and Claudia seeks peace, both will confront the terrifying monsters at the door.

(New) Thoughts

The Red Hunter is a tale of two female strangers whose paths have unknowingly been woven together by their own dark pasts. Claudia is a single mother working diligently to build a new life of happiness through the process of renovating an old house with her daughter. She longs to leave the brutal attack that flipped her life upside in the past and heal. Zoey is a fierce young woman who aims to confront the murder of her parents and her tragic history head on. Fate will weave a tangled web that eventually bring them and their demons together in a head on impact that will forever change their lives.

My initial reaction to The Red Hunter was to pick it up and devour it! I found myself instantly drawn to Unger’s fluid narration and writing style. Fortunately, I forced myself to settle into a slower pace and absorb this one over the span of a few days because this is a story that I feel is most rewarding when allowed to unfold slowly.

Character development was steady, offering substantial growth and establishing a solid connection with the reader. It was easy to identify with Claudia and Zoey. While each has chosen an entirely different course of action in life, there were constant factors in place that assured every decision and difference remained relatable and viable. Unger supplies a solid back story for our main protagonists while leaving the waters just muddied enough to fuel the mystery. They are credible and familiar, yet there is so much more to know.

Plot progression is well paced. The story starts out feeling a bit unhurried when compared to some thrillers, but I found this to be well warranted. The initially slower introduction allows the reader adequate time to familiarize themselves with not one but two protagonists.  Things soon pick up however, and a rapidly developing plotline draws the reader in as two separate lives begin to fall inline through the use of cleverly alternating timelines and point of views that come together seamlessly.

Lisa Unger’s writing is direct and smooth. She effectively creates an atmospheric experience that is as engaging as it is convincing while avoiding unnecessary and frivolous details. She sets a stage ripe with the air of mystery and no shortage of the unexpected. As a latecomer, I found The Red Hunter to be a terrific introduction to Lisa Unger’s writing.

Untitled designEnjoyed with a cup of red rooibos tea with a hint of almond and vanilla.


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21 thoughts on “The Red Hunter by Lisa Unger

  1. Who is smiling with satisfaction after reading this review?!?? I am! I’m soooo happy you enjoyed Red Hunter 🤗 Unger is a auto-buy author for me and it’s because of her awesome characters & well paced plot progression that I can’t stay away. Also, all of her settings have a life force of their own, I can always count on her for a atmospheric read 🙌🏼 Wonderful review Danielle 😃

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    1. Her pacing is stellar! It really carries the story so well. She is probably going to be an auto buy for myself from now on 😉 I am sorry I am just now responding and have not even texted. I had a flare up after we got back and then a minor fall so the week has been chaotic at best!


  2. Never heard of the author but certainly give it a go after your revieew ! 😀 I must be honest I dont know why I read “The Red Hunter is a tale of two female bloggers whose paths have unknowingly been woven together by their own dark pasts” LOOL I WAAS LIKE A BOOK TALKING ABOUT BLOGGERS? How cool would that be though!

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    1. Trang this was my first encounter with Unger’s work and most definitely not going to be my last. She sets an incredible pace and it sort of just reads itself. I am excited to see what her other books are like. This one was gifted to me by Gretchen at ChicNerdReads. She is a fan 🙂


  3. It definitely sounds like you binge read quite a bit of this book! There’s nothing wrong with that. Sometimes it can be really challenging to slow down when reading. Good on you! Do you feel like the slower introduction and pacing helped you read this book more slowly? If not, what inspired that change in your reading pace?

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