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review 2016-02-27 00:53
Engrossing tale of karma
Hunters in the Dark: A Novel - Lawrence Osborne

This is quite an engrossing tale which takes place in the exotic world of Cambodia. A young English teacher, bored with his complacent life, decides to disappear.  During his first night in Cambodia, he tries his hand at a gambling casino.  What happens there sets off a series of events in which greed, karma and superstition play a huge part.

 

This author has crafted a gripping, suspenseful plot. I’ve recently been very disappointed in how inept publishers’ blurbs have become.   Far too often, their comparisons of one author to another is completely unfathomable.  When I saw this book compared to works of Patricia Highsmith, Daphne du Maurier and Alfred Hitchcock, I feared that I would again be disappointed.  But I do think the comparison to Highsmith and Hitchcock are right on target, although I’m not sure I see the connection to du Maurier.  This author knows how to structure a very neat plot and how to create a haunting, chilling atmosphere.  I cared for this naïve young Englishman and wanted to shake him many times as he innocently walks from one danger into the next.  I noticed that some reviewers are saying that the book starts out too slowly, but I think the author did a great job of slowly building up the tempo of the work.  If it does start out slowly for you, stick with it and I think you’ll appreciate as the story progresses just how fine a plot this author has produced.  I’ll be looking into more work by Mr. Osborne.

 

Very entertaining literary thriller.

 

This book was given to me by the publisher through Blogging for Books.

 

 

 

This book was given to me by the publisher through Blogging for Books.

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review 2016-01-12 18:42
Hunters in the Dark: A Novel - Lawrence Osborne

#HuntersintheDark  Available 1/12/16  4Stars!!  @RandomHouse @lawrenceosborne

For this to only be 320 pages, it was a VERY long book. The majority of it was spent talking about the food, the sites, the traditions and the people. For those of you who are into that type of thing, the author took a lot of time to tell about it. He did a great job and made you feel like you were there. I really learned a lot. I even got to use the word "baht" on Words with Friends last night. HA!

The true action of the story, however, could have been told in about ten pages. There were certainly several twists with the outcome being pretty ironic. But, then you would miss all the other stuff.

If your looking to learn about another country, it's food, people, traditions, etc. with a little mystery thrown in, this is the book for you. However, if your looking for action and adventure on every page, you will certainly be bored and need to look further.

Thanks to Crown/Random House for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2015-12-24 00:00
Hunters in the Dark: A Novel
Hunters in the Dark: A Novel - Lawrence Osborne Robert is the calm, innocent center of this story as more sinister and beautiful elements swirl around him. Often I want a book to rest on great characters, and this one doesn't, but I loved it anyway. Instead, it rested on creating a world both real and unbelievable, with good and bad emulsified by rich language. Just a good lay-back-and-read-it book.

I got a free copy of this from First to Read.
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review 2015-12-06 20:01
Hunters in the Dark: A Novel - Lawrence Osborne

The prose borders on the surreal at times, with its trance-like sluggishness that seduces with its elegant descriptions of earth and ennui:

Here the trees sticking out of the surface were white as bone and draped with creepers. Driftwood floated idly past them, a few household items, broken birds' nests and strands of dark yellow flowers like garlands tossed from an abandoned wedding feast. …the dead fish lying on their sides in the sun, the crowns of interlaced branches. …On the banks lay upturned little boats, knee-high shrines and men fishing with poles at the edge of pale and impenetrable mangroves.

 

 

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quote 2015-12-06 19:32
Karma swirled around all things, lending them destinies over which mere desire had no control. It made one’s little calculations irrelevant.
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