“You’re not a mother. You don’t mother me. You just manage me.” ~Hunting Annabelle
Hunting Annabelle by Wendy Heard: 3/5 Stars
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.
Sean is sure she’s been kidnapped—he witnessed her being taken first hand—but the police are convinced that Sean himself is at the center of this crime. And he must admit, his illness has caused him to “lose time” before. What if there’s more to what happened than he’s able to remember?
Though haunted by the fear that it might be better for Annabelle if he never finds her, Sean can’t bring himself to let go of her without a fight. To save her, he’ll have to do more than confront his own demons… He’ll have to let them loose.
Okay, before I get into the review I’m just gonna talk haha. I’m so tired, my room is cold haha, and I ate too much and now I feel like throwing up. I just thought y’all should know how I am. Oh well, I’m still thankful though! Now onto the review!
So, I got a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I received this through NetGalley as well. 🙂 I know this review is long overdue and I’m so sorry I’m so behind on all my NetGalley reviews but that’s life. Let’s talk about this book now. Oh, this is a spoiler-free review!
First I wanna say that this book is so different from the other thrillers I’ve read. I really liked how different this book was and just how strange the characters were as well. I’ve never read something like this and it really did help me stay interested. It’s what got me interested and kept me interested.
I know my rating seems really low because I did really enjoy this book and I don’t actually have a lot of “negative” things to say about it. However, this just wasn’t a five star read for me and I think the ending is something that bothered me a lot.
The ending just confused me a lot if I’m honest. It also kind of made me dislike Sean. Like before Sean was kind of weird which was also intriguing. It left the reader wondering and wanting to learn more about Sean, but the end just left me confused. However, I will say that the author didn’t do a bad job leading up to the end or anything. She did a very good job setting Sean up for the ending to work out….if that makes sense? I just didn’t really like the ending…but I guess that’s kind of my own fault.
“You just like saying that because it makes me look weak, and you want to control me. That makes you weak, not me.”
There were a few things I didn’t understand about the ending but it wasn’t a bad ending…I just wish maybe a little more was explained or maybe it was done a little differently. It wasn’t bad though by any means! It was a very interesting way to end the book.
My biggest thing that made me not like the book is that it makes Texans look kinda bad and as a proud Texan I didn’t like that. I may just be biased but yeah I felt like some of the things were to make Texans seem like hicks, seem rude, racists’, etc. and that’s not how Texans are…however I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt because of the time period she set the book in. I just don’t like hearing negative things about Texas…which if you know anything about Texans…we’re a proud bunch! ❤ ❤ Haha I know y’all think it’s a dumb reason to like a book less but oh well.
“The colors I see don’t work like a mood ring, not exactly. Blue isn’t sadness, yellow isn’t happiness, and pink isn’t longing. It’s nowhere near that literal. Rather, colors seem to indicate what people do to the world and how they affect the people around them.”
Now, I really liked how different Sean was from any other characters I’ve encountered in a thriller/contemporary. The author did an awesome job writing about him and describing him, in my opinion. I found Sean to be a very interesting character and I liked that he was kinda weird haha. It kept things interesting. I also found his mom to be really interesting as well and how she thinks. Oh, if you’re about that whole uhhhhhh what’s the word…….diverse! So, I guess some people might consider this book diverse because it has a Korean main character who suffers from mental illness. I don’t really think about that stuff when I’m reading, to be honest.
I know this review isn’t the best and it’s a little all over the place so I do apologize. I liked this book and I would recommend it to anyone that likes a good thriller. The author does a good job with description and she made the story flow really well and it kept my interest. The author did a good job coming up with something pretty original, in my opinion. 🙂 If you like dark books then I would recommend this one as well. 🙂
I hope y’all enjoy this review despite it not being the best haha. Have a great day y’all.