The Hunter’s Quarry is the latest novel from the pen of Mark West, following on from Don’t Go Back in February 2022 and Only Watching You in March 2022.

This one has a slight shift in tone to the previous books – in that the entire story takes place over the course of a single night – but you’ll be pleased to hear it still contains the same high quality of writing present in the others.

Single mum Rachel is caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse when she unwittingly picks up a package intended for someone else. A team of shadowy individuals will stop at nothing to recover the package, ruthless in their execution and relentless in their pursuit. Thrown together with Jack, a friendly face who is only in the area to attend a course, the two find themselves in a life or death situation as they fight to evade capture and make sense of what is happening. This one plays out like a cross between Alfred Hitchcock and Guy Ritchie, with our mistaken identity protagonists desperate to stay one step ahead of the ruthless villains.

It’s appropriate to mention film directors in this context because West’s prose has always had a cinematic quality to it, but here he ups the ante considerably. You can easily picture it on the screen. There is a blistering pace and a series of well defined set-pieces that keep the story fresh and exciting. But it’s the immediacy of the plot that propels the narrative. It almost feels like the action takes place in real-time, and this makes it feel quite literally a book that you won’t want to put down.

Rachel and Jack are engaging and likeable, and the dialogue crackles (something the author excels at). There are a couple of neat twists and the short chapters accentuate the breathtaking pace, all of which add up to a fantastic read. Perfect for a beach holiday, although I would heartily recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good fast-paced stand alone thriller. Mark West is going from strength to strength and carving out a great reputation and I, for one, can’t wait to see where he goes. This is one ride you won’t want to miss.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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