Review: Hunting Annabelle by Wendy Heard

Title: Hunting Annabelle

Author: Wendy Heard

Pages: 336 Pages

Publisher: Harlequin

The Blurb

“Her scream echoes in my memory. I know what happened. Whether anyone believes me or not, I know.”

Sean Suh is done with killing. After serving three years in a psychiatric prison, he’s determined to stay away from temptation. But he can’t resist Annabelle—beautiful, confident, incandescent Annabelle—who alone can see past the monster to the man inside. The man he’s desperately trying to be.

Then Annabelle disappears.

Sean is sure she’s been kidnapped—he witnessed her being taken firsthand—but the police are convinced that Sean himself is at the center of this crime. And he must admit, his illness has caused him to “lose time” before. What if there’s more to what happened than he’s able to remember?

Though haunted by the fear that it might be better for Annabelle if he never finds her, Sean can’t bring himself to let go of her without a fight. To save her, he’ll have to do more than confront his own demons… He’ll have to let them loose.

A chilling, deeply suspenseful page-turner set in the 1980s, Hunting Annabelle is a stunning debut that will leave you breathless to the very end.

The Review

I do like a good psychological thriller. Mainly this is because I am so bad at solving them I am always totally surprised. I did struggle with Hunting Annabelle though. I enjoyed the story. I thought the set-up was well executed and I loved that we had an unreliable narrator in Sean. Wendy Heard did an excellent job of convincing me that I couldn’t trust him but I should.

However, for me, the ending was a little unbelievable. I loved the whole Heathers-esque relationship between Sean and Annabelle. They were both a little self destructive and I loved how Heard fleshed out the character of Sean’s mum who you felt sorry for and angry at in equal measure but I just didn’t like the ending.

Hunting Annabelle by Wendy Heard is available now.

For more information regarding Wendy Heard (@wendydheard) please visit www.wendyheard.com/books.

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