• Hunted

  • By: Darcy Coates
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (1,349 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

She went off the trail for only a moment....

Twenty-two-year-old Eileen goes missing while hiking in the remote Ashlough Forest. Five days later, her camera is discovered washed downriver, containing bizarre photos taken after her disappearance.

Chris wants to believe Eileen is still alive. When the police search is abandoned, he and four of his friends create their own search party to scour the mountain range. As they stray farther from the hiking trails and the unsettling discoveries mount, they begin to believe they’re not alone in the forest...and that Eileen’s disappearance wasn’t an accident.

By that point, it’s too late to escape.

©2018 Darcy Coates (P)2018 Darcy Coates

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I never leave reviews but....

I've listened to a few of this author's books before and I thought they were pretty good. A little predictable but good. This book however, I loved it. So much that I'm writing my first review ever.

I suppose it's a bit of a slow burn, but it held my interest throughout the entire book. There were a few parts that made me shudder and cringe but not to the point where I had to stop the book.

It's hard to say what I love about this book exactly because I think everything worked really well together. It's suspenseful and the mystery goes up until the last few chapters. I listened to it in two days. Also I'm bad at writing reviews so I hope this helps?

I thought the narrator was great as well. I thought she did a nice job giving each character a distinct voice.

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Slow build is too slow.

I’ve gotten a few books by this author, and while she’s not a bad author she is a very old fashioned horror author. By this I mean she has a lot of build up.. but not a lot of payoff. That’s this books biggest problem. Is a lot of “omg I saw the monster I better run! Now I’m hiding! Oh no it found me! I better run!” over and over and over with no real payoff. I’m little over 3 hours in and I’m still waiting for something to hook me.

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  • K
  • 01-01-19

Couldn't finish it

1. Supposedly takes place in America. Terminology is all wrong. I felt I was reading a story about what a foreigner would think America was like.
2. The characters were shallow. No depth and could not find them to be relatable at all. Their reasoning behind actions were not clear and I was left guessing as to motivations for actions and words spoken.

These were my main problems with the book. I think a rewrite and adding some depth to characters would make a good story, more entertaining. Though I couldn't see past these flaws, the story was interesting.

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Awesome listen!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. There is just enough spooky and suspense to keep you interested. Everything is not as it seems...
Ms. Coates books just keep getting better and better. And Angela Dawe is an excellent narrator.

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Where does this story even take place?

I started listening and the mystery of where the heck the story was supposed to be taking place was more puzzling than the improbable story. Every reference to the setting is either locations that are seemingly completely made up or completely nonspecific (“the country” or “the state”). 15 chapters in and not a mention of where in the world we are. Characters speak as if their from the UK or Australia (referring to their “mobile” rather than cellphone or “holiday” rather than vacation. But the author also has them say things that suggest it’s possibly in the USA or Canada. If a story focuses on a dangerous wilderness, geography matters. It’s the kind of thing that might be forgivable in a B-movie screenplay where the visuals create setting, but in a novel, not specifying where the story takes place is amateurish. It’s something I’d expect from student work, not a published author. Most of the characters are just sketches and the one who isn’t is just flat out unlikable, so the story being written as if the author lacks access to a GLOBE is too distracting.

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Intense and suspenseful thriller;!

Really good story; won't say too much, but my expectations of this book were definitely met. A scary & suspenseful thrill-ride of a story!

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Slow and bad science

It took forever for things to get going and I found two of the main characters we are suppose to identify with extremely unpleasant.

Minor spoiler here for science

At one point a character gets a really deep gash in their neck and an artery has been hit. They are deep in the woods and about to bleed out but a highschooler manages to use the emergency med kit to get into the wound and clamp the artery closed. And it works. Putting aside the extreme unlikelihood of a kid knowing how to do this and the kit happening to have an artery clamp, cutting off the blood flow to one side of the brain like that in reality would cause a stroke. In the book the character is fine like this for days.

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gets you right from line 1

great narrator, it's a must "read"

book hooks you in right from the start. I was pleased

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It was scary til it was not

After listening to so many books I they seem to all start out great and end up kinda meh. This was one of them. While it kept me interested until the end I wish that authors would stop trying to set up everything to subvert expectations and just tell us the story we want to hear. Without giving any spoilers, all I can say is that the final "answers" neatly wrapped up is the kind of writing that is too easy. Just go with the initial idea and don't be afraid to run with it. Don't feel the need to surprise the reader with a different outcome. Also the characters where all extremely annoying and acted out of character and or unlikeable. Overall it was an entertaining listen, the ending was meh and not believable. I did love the mysterious forest and its ambience and set up.

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Horrible

Just silly. Unlikeable characters and unrealistic storyline. Made it through about an hour...Can I have my hour back?

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  • Abi
  • 12-12-18

Another great book

I've been waiting for a new book and this did not disappoint. i was gripped by the story and couldn't wait to get back to find out if the monster had claimed another victim. Even the ending threw me a little so if your thinking about getting this title I can recommend it. Now the only problem is waiting till Darcy writes her next book

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  • Sunny
  • 04-28-19

Original and brilliant twist

This was one of those audio books that you buy when looking for nothing in particular and think"Oh that sounds ok,I'll give it a go".Well I did and it turns out it surpassed my expectations,the characters are sympathetic (apart from Todd,he is definitely odd but even then I did feel sorry for him),the plot original and the end had me hooked.Definitely worth a listen.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-03-19

A refreshing read

Completely different from what I expected. Well developed characters, no lazy sterotypes. I love the husky voice of the narrator and I can't wait to read another book from Darcy Coates. ❤

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  • Stephen Mcbrearty
  • 01-14-19

fantastic suspense read

read most of darcy coates books this one is above the rest kept me in suspense all the way through would recommend to anyone who want to be gripped cant wait till the next book

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  • T
  • 04-26-19

Enjoyable

Really enjoyable
Kept me guessing and fabulous ending
Keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Great characters and brilliant storyline.

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  • Alexandria H
  • 02-12-22

Gripping!

At first I struggled to get into this but I'm glad I stuck with it, at first it felt drawn out then it started to pick up the pace and the ending was very satisfying. I usually go for ghost stories but I'm glad I tried this one for a change

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  • Mr. P. Hagerty
  • 07-19-21

woodland bad water town fight for life

narrator was great, did not expect the ending, great book, mainly in the woods, no ghosts, worth a listen certainly, liked it

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-15-19

Edge of your seat story

Amazing. Scary and kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way through. Loved it.

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  • Karen
  • 03-11-19

loved it

Kept me on the edge of my seat 👍 Interesting story and great narrator. I'll definitely be getting more of her books

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  • NotYourAmelie
  • 01-08-19

Welcome to headache land

Overall I liked the story. Often with horrors and thrillers I can guess who the baddie is from early on and at least in this one I was unable to until near the end. The main characters resolution of the issue was also surprising.
Heads up for anyone interested, the book has ablist slurs in, which aren't addressed at all, and the female characters (out side of the main one) are all tropey stereotypes though I can see that the author has tried to broaden their characters somewhat as the story moves along.
All in all 3/5 so not bad.

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  • Ryan Morgan
  • 01-24-19

great narration, average story

Predictable story. Most characters are broad, unlikeable, cringe-inducing caricatures, but the wild mountain descriptions are very good.

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  • Belbeeblebrox
  • 04-18-21

brilliant

it's been a long time since I've been surprised by a book, longer since it's given me the creeps - not wanting to go outside in the dark level creeps. it was brilliantly written, and narrated 🥰

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  • Trevor carroll
  • 05-27-19

Paint by numbers

This story doesn't know where it wants to be set. I found the vernacular confusing. My guess is that it's an Australian author trying to sell to an American market. The plot was thin and difficult to invest in and none of the characters were likable enough for me to care what happened to them.

The reader's performance was satisfactory, but sounded weird saying things like "pub", "uni", "bloody", "sod off", and "kilometer".Also, her male voice sounded silly.

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  • Thomas
  • 04-21-19

Scooby Scooby Doo, Where are you?

This is well written but after a set up which hints at the preternatural the story devolves into an episode of Scooby-Doo. "...and I would have gotten away with it if it weren't for you meddling kids"