Hunting Annabelle by Wendy Heard
Publisher: Mira Books
Publication Date: December 18, 2018
Book Summary: “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.
Book Review: Wendy Heard’s debut, HUNTING ANNABELLE, is a deliciously deviant novel with heart pumping action that’ll last until the very end. Sean, the protagonist, is an introverted artist with a troubling thirst for murder. Due to his violent past and psychiatric treatment, he made it his business to silent the beast within himself. It worked for a while, until the day Annabelle walked into his life.
Sadly, his happiness is short lived because of Annabelle’s abduction. Now, this is when shit hits the fan and Sean is put on a ride to hell. Firstly, I’m thrilled to see a main character that’s Asian, better yet Korean. It’s not often you come across that in thrillers, so kudos to you Wendy.
I read this novel in two days, that’s how fast paced the storyline is. The suspense killed me! For a second Wendy fools the reader into thinking, “yes, I know who took Annabelle” and then bam, back to square one! The precision of the plot’s layout is so phenomenally written. Each calculated step, built an electrifying climax that shocked the hell out of me. By the end, the twist is unexpected and best of all I took great delight in the sick, twisted outcome.
Overall, I recommend HUNTING ANNABELLE if you’re looking for a quick, thrilling read with uniquely developed characters. I greatly commend Wendy on her addictive writing style and I look forward to reading her future works!
My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5
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About the Author: Wendy Heard was born in San Francisco and has lived most of her life in Los Angeles. When not writing, she can be found hiking the Griffith Park trails, taking the Metro and then questioning this decision, and haunting local bookstores.