Hunt the Dawn by Abbie Roads
Series: Fatal Dreams #2
Also in this series: Race the Darkness, Never Let Me Fall
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on December 6th 2016
Genres: Paranormal, Suspense
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Out of darkness and danger...
You can’t hide your secrets from Lathan Montgomery—he can read your darkest memories. And while his special abilities are invaluable in the FBI’s hunt for a serial killer, he has no way to avoid the pain that brings him. Until he is drawn to courageous, down-on-her-luck Evanee Brown and finds himself able to offer her something he’s never offered another human being: himself.
Dawns a unique and powerful love
Nightmares are nothing new to Evanee Brown. But once she meets Lathan, they plummet into the realm of the macabre. Murder victims are reaching from beyond the grave to give Evanee evidence that could help Lathan bring a terrifying killer to justice. Together, they could forge an indomitable partnership to thwart violence, abuse, and death—if they survive the forces that seek to tear them apart.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Was I eager to get my hands on this next installment of the Fatal Dreams series? I sure was.
Was I worried how much more disturbing Hunt the Dawn would turn out to be? Heck yes. And it was, very much so. It was also just as good and engaging and I couldn’t put it down until I was on the last page.
Because of a genetic anomaly in his olfactory center, Lathan can’t touch or be near anyone or the things they’ve touched without getting bombarded by their deepest most twisted memories. After many years, he finally managed to control this and uses it to help the FBI solve cold cases. Now, he believes he’s on the trail of a serial killer no one else knows exists and he’s set on proving the psycho’s presence.
It could be said Evanee has had a pretty horrible childhood and her early adulthood is not turning out too much better. Until Lathan happens to pass by her on a deserted road just as she is being attacked by her stepbrother.
In that instant, Evanee and Lathan connect and soon, to both their astonishment, become inseparable. For once Evanee feels safe, something that has not happened since before she was 5 years old. Lathan’s ability doesn’t seem to work on Evanee making her the first person he can be around and touch without being overcome by visions.
Now all they want is to be left alone to explore their blossoming relationship. Unfortunately, they not only have to worry about Evanee’s abusive family, now a serial killer who thought himself untraceable is set on learning their secrets. Evanee’s nightmares, usually bad, suddenly become much more real as she begins to bring back physical evidence of crimes recently committed so things take a turn for the macabre. Or macabrer.
While Race the Darkness dealt with delusional religious crazy psychos, Hunt the Dawn has your run of the mill crazy sociopath who kills without compunction. There’s also a lot more gore in this one especially when Evanee’s dreams are filled with mutilated victims that talk to her. There is a lot of blood and creepy details, so if you’re weak-stomached you need to keep that in mind. Additionally, a possible trigger for some is the fact that the story touches sexual abuse of children. While there’s no explicit scene, there is more than one instance where it takes place, and Evanee is physically harmed more than once.
Both Evanee and Lathan had very difficult pasts, but the fortitude they show, and the fact that they themselves are not crazy psychos says a lot about them. I really loved them as a couple, from the very beginning they took care of and protected each other. I found Lathan’s approach to their relationship adorable, and yes, I realize I’m saying I found something adorable amidst blood, gore and the general disturbingness of the story. That’s why I’m crazy in awe of Ms. Roads and her writing skills.
Hunt the Dawn is a fantastic thriller that’ll keep you on edge from start to finish. It’s an incredible testament to human fortitude and a sweet love story between two broken people with the ability to heal and complete each other.
Do I dare ask for more from this author? Absolutely… I just need to prepare myself.
Rating: 4 “disturbing and gorily fantastic” Stars
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