The Hunted by Gabriel Bergmoser. (2020).
**4.5 out of 5 stars**
Frank is a service station owner on a little-used highway who just wants a quiet life. His granddaughter has just come to stay to fix her attitude but they don’t talk a lot. When a badly injured young woman arrives at the service station with several cars in pursuit, Frank and a few unsuspecting customers are thrust into a sudden life-or-death standoff. But who are this group of people who will yup to any lengths for revenge? And what do they want? Other than no survivors…?
Woooowwwwww. This is one excellent piece of writing! It won’t be for everyone because of the detailed violence and crude language. BUT. If you don’t mind that, then definitely pick this one up. I can’t believe I almost returned this to the library without reading because I had too many books at home – it would have been such a shame to have missed this one! It’s an intense, fast and action-packed read; it has a ‘Wolf Creek’ or ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ feel to it which I wasn’t really expecting at all to be honest, but worked so well. The story alternates between the current stand-off, and then the events involving Maggie that led to the stand-off. The suspense and tension makes for one compelling storyline. I look forward to the sequel featuring Maggie, she is one hell of a bad-ass woman.
Highly recommend this novel to those that can appreciate a dark thriller/horror type of story.