Book Review of Where Death is a Hunter

Where Death is a Hunter book cover

On my tablet, Where Death is a Hunter by Chris Stookey.

Woohoo time for a book review and this one is particularly special because the book isn’t even out yet! I know right how cool is that that I got to read it before it officially releases? This review is an honest one in exchange for getting a free copy of the book from the author, who found me through The IndieView. The book is Where Death is a Hunter by Christopher Stookey.

Ahem, first let’s start with the title. Capture your attention? It did mine. Then I read the author’s bio. By the way, do you ever do that right off the bat before you read a book? Sometimes I do. I read that he is a doctor in real life. Given that the book is a medical thriller that’s extra cool. I thought that I might get some realistic details about medical life going on; I did – and then some!

What struck me as unusual within the first chapter was who the “I” character was. Yes, as expected, it is a medical professional (an anesthesiologist). But here’s what sets it apart: The “I” character is a female. Wait, the author is a guy… wait, wow. So that set it apart from the first page for me.

The main character is Hanna, who appears to have a good life as an anesthesiologist at Deaconess Hospital in San Francisco… until one of her patients dies while under her care, that is. When she is told that the unexpected death is because of her error, there’s something that seem off about it all to Hanna. Then it becomes clear that she is being framed… Wait, is it a murder of the patient?

A compelling read? Yes.

I did find, however, that sometimes the author went into too much explanation where it wasn’t necessary. He would explain, for example, why a procedure is done in a hospital; I would rather have had that explanation unveiled in dialogue or through a character’s actions rather than being told straight to me. In other words, show don’t tell.

On a more positive note, I liked this book overall! Where Death is a Hunter has great flow and good connections between the characters. I also enjoyed trying to solve the mystery of who “done it”! Who was the murderer? As the book progressed, I felt my heartbeat quicken as I wanted to see if the murder got solved before more people got hurt. I won’t say more as I don’t want to give away too much! I rate this book as 4 out of 5 stars.

Where Death is a Hunter by Christopher Stookey will be available in May 2015.

**UPDATE: Where Death is a Hunter is now available at Amazon, as well as at Silver Leaf Books.

Happy reading… but watch out for a murderer!

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©2015 Christy Birmingham

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63 thoughts on “Book Review of Where Death is a Hunter

  1. Billybuc

    I always enjoy a book review written by someone I trust…thus, I enjoyed this book review. 🙂

    Happy Weekend my friend. Enjoy the warm temps and sunshine while it lasts.

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Thanks, Ray. I liked the element of not knowing who had done it until the end – the element of surprise! I am going to write an update when the book officially publishes so readers know where to pick it up. Have a great weekend!

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  2. Aquileana

    It seems like a captivating book and the plot is very convincing and solid…
    As to the title it stands out … It reminded me of Carson Mc Cullers´ well known book “The Heart is a lonely hunter”. Great review, Chris!. All the very best to you. Aquileana 😀

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      That’s a great connection you made to that other title. I thought the inclusion of the word ‘hunter’ was a neat one – it caught my attention. Then I started to read and THAT really caught my attention. It’s cool that it is written by a doctor too as it’s set largely within a hospital. HUGS and thanks for the nice words and comment, Aqui!! 🙂

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  3. Debbie

    Nice review, Christy. I generally enjoy medical thrillers, and you’ve piqued my interest with this one (especially since you didn’t give away too much of the plot!). “Show, don’t tell” is a BIG caveat for writers. It’s just one of the reasons books are rejected. And I don’t find it odd that the author is male, yet his heroine is female (not if he’s done his job right anyway!)

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Hi Debbie, I think I found it odd about the female character because I had expectations that the male author would write about a male character – it’s not right but I totally pre-judged, yup, I admit it! Thanks for taking time here and great analysis too 🙂

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  4. vivachange77

    Good review. I enjoy mysteries. Your comment about too many details that could be unveiled in conversation struck me. That is exactly what I thought of a book I read recently. And the author is one of note. I think all this blog writing and reading is sharpening my eye for “literature”.

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  6. Mahesh Nair

    I agree that the title of the book is catchy, in it there’s unusualness. Where death is a hunter, not something that happens. All of us can interpret the title differently which is a big win for the author, to begin with. I like your review 🙂

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  7. Ste J

    It sounds fascinating and makes a change from a country house peopled with butlers and majors and what not. I may check this out when it is released as a counter balance to Diagnosis Murder.

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