Saturday, 22 March 2014
Review: The Hunted by Cavan Scott
Publisher: Badger Learning
Released: January, 2014
Summary from author site:
Sally Greaves should have gone straight home. If she had, she wouldn’t be on the run with the mysterious Tyler and his young friend, Ben. She would be with her family. She would be safe. But Sally is anything but safe. She’s being stalked by a terrifying gang. Why do they want to hurt her? Can she escape? Will she even survive the night?
The Hunted is a cracking book: short, fast, shocking and exciting! There's a fantastic twist in it that I didn't see coming, but one that I very much approve of. I can't say anything else without giving it away, so let's just say it went in a direction I wasn't expecting!
Sally is walking home when she bumps into Tyler and his friend Ben. Tyler tells her they're being followed by men who want to kill him, and Sally believes him as she witnesses this for herself. On the run, Sally and Tyler are fighting for their survival, but something doesn't add up. Is Tyler who he says he is? And what do the three men want with him? All will be revealed...
Like Cavan Scott's previous Badger Learning book, Mama Barkfingers, there's an air of the unknown in The Hunted. It's subtle and keeps you guessing, leaving the reader wanting much, much more. I finished this book with many questions that I doubt will ever get answered, so I'll have to come up with my own history of events. Whenever I read a short story (fifty-two pages in this case), I never expect to get so involved, and when I do it surprised me every time. I mean, how can there be that much character and plot development in such a short space of time? I don't know how authors do it, but they do and they do it well.
These books have now made me want a full-length YA novel from Cavan Scott; I think he'd do a good job and I for one would definitely read it. He's got a knack when it comes to writing for teens, whether it be about people running from a mystery threat or horrid witches who live in old oak trees. The more twisted and horrifying, the better!