*I received a free copy of this book via Voracious Readers Only and with thanks to the author. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*
Blurb: His obsession is her addiction.
After a steamy night with the billionaire founder of her rehab institute, city slicker Clover Vos expects a gourmet breakfast in bed.
Instead, she finds herself abandoned in an overgrown forest, an unwilling participant in a twisted game.
All she has to do is follow the rules. If she wins, she’ll be free.
But Clover’s never been one to bow to authority, even with her life at stake.
Red Riding Hood meets Alice in Wonderland in this darkly twisted psychological thriller by Amazon bestselling author Logan Fox.
There is an author note to this book, as follows: This work of fiction is intended for mature audiences only. All sexually active characters portrayed in this e-book are eighteen years of age or older. Please do not buy/read this e-book if strong sexual situations, multiple partners, violence, drugs, domestic discipline, and explicit language offend you.
To the above I would also add a trigger warning for non-consensual sexual activity.
So you have been warned – this is strong stuff!
Clover is a heroin addict. Or was. Even she doesn’t seem clear which it is. Luckily (for who?) Hunter is obsessed with finding a guaranteed 100% cure for addiction. Well…definitely obsessed anyway… with something, or someone. Clover really needs to start running!
We get the story from both main character points of view. Clover’s sections are full of both strong and sexual language, and blaze with an honest – almost innocent – outrage at the cruelty of the world, her life, the things she ‘has’ to do. She is blunt, direct, manipulative, damaged, desperate and down but not out.
Hunter, on the other hand, narrates his side like a scientist recording a psychological experiment, initially. It doesn’t take long for the cracks to show and the reader to realise that he too is broken. He covers well, but there is darkness and desperation running deep in him and only barely contained. Clover is the match to his fuse, and there is a danger that the resulting emotional conflagration will burn the two of them to dust. Add in some sexual chemistry and inhibition-lowering drugs and… pretty hot stuff.
I have already warned about this right at the start, but it bears repeating that this is a dark and visceral story, and the sex reflects this with violence, control and reluctance all playing parts. There were hints of softer emotions, but this is the first book in a series and so the gentle emotions remained fairly well hidden for most of the plot.
I don’t want to reveal any more of the plot than is already in the blurb, as I was fascinated by how my perspective on the characters changed as the story developed. The author may have taken her inspiration from Red Riding Hood and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in terms of atmosphere and settings, but the characters take on a life of their own, and it becomes increasingly unclear just who the Big Bad Wolf is, and who the little lost naïf!
Recommended to those who like psychological suspense and dark erotica, and are not afraid of obscenities (or the dark).
Leaves slap into my face because I’m looking back like a right fucking idiot instead of looking ahead.
It’s still chasing me.
Can I really outrun the dark? It’s the middle of the day – it should have been a fucking piece of cake – but in this forest, day just makes the shadows seem darker.
– Logan Fox, The Hunter’s Game
The Hunter’s Game is available on Amazon right now!