by Allison Brennan

February 2006
ISBN: 0-345-48024-4
Reviewer Graphic Button Ivy Books
Mass Market Paperback

Some twelve years ago a sadistic killer dubbed by the press as The Butcher abducted Miranda Moore and her friend Sharon. After a week of torture the madman releases his prey as he is ready for the hunt. He tells them to run for their lives never intending for them to actually escape. Naked and bruised and beaten the two run for their lives but only one escapes while the other is shot in the back.

Miranda Moore is the one who escaped and she is determined to find the sadistic killer who almost took her life whatever it takes. FBI agent Quincy “Quinn” Peterson is sent to help solve the case. Quinn soon finds himself becoming personally involved with Miranda and finds himself falling in love with her. Miranda thought her path to finding this killer was through the FBI academy, but when her lover Quinn recommends against her graduation due to emotional issues, she feels betrayed and breaks off their relationship. She then becomes involved in the local search and rescue operation in her Montana hometown.

Twelve years have passed and The Butcher is still at large and still up to his sadistic ways. When the latest college co-ed is found dead Quinn once again finds himself called in to work the case. Miranda is on the scene as well. Can these two find a common ground and work together to capture this killer once and for all?

Allison Brennan’s second novel The Hunt is even more compelling than her first. Ms Brennan has a gift for romantic suspense and manages to capture her readers from her first paragraph and takes them on a ride they will never forget. The reader is drawn into Miranda and Quinn’s story and feels all the emotion and heartbreak they feel as the pages are turned. Ms. Brennan creates a creepy villain that will keep the reader guessing until the very end. I can’t wait for the third chapter in this thrilling series.

Reviewed in March 2006 by Barbara.

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