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The Hunter

By Tana French

A Captivating Novel Full of Mystery and Intrigue




Cal Hooper, a retired police officer from Chicago, moved to a small village in west Ireland to build furniture and enjoy a peaceful life. Cal unexpectedly developed a romantic relationship with a local woman named Lena and became a mentor to a troubled and angry teenager named Trey. Trey's family has been struggling since her brother's death and her father’s abandonment.

However, things take a turn when Trey's father, Johnny, suddenly returns to the village with an English millionaire friend seeking his family's roots in Ireland. Johnny and his friend believe there is gold in the village hills and everyone can profit from it. This news shakes up the entire town, and many are caught up in the excitement of the possibility of riches.  But not Cal; he can spot a fraud mile away.


THE HUNTER is a captivating novel that is full of mystery and intrigue. Tana French’s writing and plotting are seamless. The story is creative, poignant, and masterful.

The characters, especially Trey and Cal, are unique and interesting. The actions of village residents, along with its beautiful verdant landscape, come to life on the pages. Despite the abundance of characters, it is easy to keep track of everyone.

The book's theme revolves around revenge and the lengths we go to for our loved ones. The message of the book is profound and thought-provoking. You should read it!

Thanks to Netgalley for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher    Penguin Viking Group

Published   March 5, 2024

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