The Hunt

Brilliance Audio. Jul. 2023. 10:09 hrs. ISBN 9798400105081. $42.99. SUSPENSE
The Annual Hunt for the Golden Egg in Presley, AR, has been the hunting ground for the town’s serial killer for 17 years. Many of the devoted “Eggheads” consider the yearly deaths mere accidents, but for Nell Holcomb, the hunt is a yearly reminder of her brother Garrett’s death, as he is presumed to have been the Hunter’s first kill. Nell has been caring for Garrett’s son Elijah since then, and she is desperate to keep him safe while avoiding the annual tradition. Ford’s (Real Bad Things) latest is an absorbing yet jumbled fictional true crime based on a yearly event in the author’s hometown. Donna Postel and Bahni Turpin skillfully narrate this Southern suspense, sustaining the tension as listeners are supplied with clues and atmospheric details. Social media posts, radio transcripts, news reports, and even a Google doc detailing information about the Hunter’s victims are performed with varying tones and cadences, adding interest to this occasionally meandering tale.
VERDICT An absorbing, suspense-filled novel for true crime and podcast fans. Share with fans of S.A. Cosby, Eli Cranor, and Megan Abbott.
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