Page Count 288
Publication date August 2020/ Publisher Faber
Frank owns a service station on a little-used highway. His granddaughter, Allie, is sent to stay with him for the summer, but they don’t talk a lot.
Simon is a dreamer and an idealist, in thrall to the romance of the open road and desperately in search of something.
Maggie is the woman who will bring them together, someone whose own personal journey will visit unimaginable terror on them all. . .
This was my first read of Gabriel Bergmoser and it absolutely blew me away!
I was drawn in by the cover on Netgalley and thrilled to be granted the ARC from Faber.
I liken The Hunted to Wolf Creek and Wrong Turn. (Side note- sexual abuse is not featured in this book)
It’s a previously travelled story- a city boy decides to adventure into the outback and picks up a young pretty hitchhiker at a bar. From that moment on you won’t even imagine the horror they’re headed for!
I often say there’s no monster scarier than a human, well The Hunted proves exactly that. Bergmoser shows us the worst humanity has to offer. When left to their own devices the people have turned feral, laws and conscience no longer apply. Simon and Maggie are about to discover life beyond the boundaries.
I loved the setting; the isolated roadhouse and shack, the forgotten village and the dusty lesser used roads of the outback brought a terrifying sense of helplessness.
The story behind the two opposing groups of characters was well fleshed out without detracting from the constantly high octane plot and the character development of Frank and Allie was a joy to read. Told from the POV of those who are ‘hunted’ this novel is a must for horror fans.
I slammed through this book in one evening, The Hunted gripped me right up to the last page.