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I’ve always had a passion for reading books of all types, but this one was really hard for me. I feel like the beginning of the book was slow and not thought out all the way and then things heat up towards the end. However, the beginning is so slow that I thought I’d never get to the end. I actually gave up on the book a few times and had to go back and pick it back up to try again. The characters are described and well formed. The story is decent and provides insight, but I feel it still lacked excitement that we search for in a good story during the beginning. Osborne really draws the story out and slowly brings readers in. However, if you can get past the drawn out beginning, you’ll find a story line that explores the possibility we all search for- the temptation of starting over! It explores good luck, back luck, and what fate has to offer. When I reached the end, I was glad I stuck it out and finished the book.
Adrift in Cambodia and eager to side-step a life of quiet desperation as a small-town teacher, 28-year-old Englishman Robert Grieve decides to go missing. As he crosses the border from Thailand, he tests the threshold of a new future.
And on that first night, a small windfall precipitates a chain of events– involving a bag of “jinxed” money, a suave American, a trunk full of heroin, a hustler taxi driver, and a rich doctor’s daughter– that changes Robert’s life forever.
Hunters in the Dark is a sophisticated game of cat and mouse redolent of the nightmares of Patricia Highsmith, where identities are blurred, greed trumps kindness, and karma is ruthless. Filled with Hitchcockian twists and turns, suffused with the steamy heat and pervasive superstition of the Cambodian jungle, and unafraid to confront difficult questions about the machinations of fate, this is a masterful novel that confirms Lawrence Osborne’s reputation as one of our finest contemporary writers.
Lawrence Osborne is the author of one previous novel, Ania Malina, and six books of nonfiction, including the memoir Bangkok Days. His journalism and short stories have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the New Yorker, Newsweek, Forbes, Tin House, Harper’s, Conde Nast Traveler, and many other publications. Osborne has led a nomadic life, residing for years in France, Italy, Morocco, the United States, Mexico, and Thailand. He currently lives in Istanbul.
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