🎧 The Hunter’s Daughter by Nicola Solvinic @NSolvinic @SamanthaDesz @AceRocBooks @PRHAudio @BerkleyPub #LoveAudiobooks

Posted May 14, 2024 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 18 Comments

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🎧 The Hunter’s Daughter by Nicola Solvinic  @NSolvinic @SamanthaDesz @AceRocBooks @PRHAudio @BerkleyPub #LoveAudiobooksThe Hunter's Daughter by Nicola Solvinic
Narrator: Samantha Desz
Published by Ace, Penguin Audio on May 14, 2024
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 384
Length: 11 hours, 21 minutes
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
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Anna Koray escaped her father’s darkness long ago. When she was a girl, her childhood memories were sealed away from her conscious mind by a controversial hypnosis treatment. She’s now a decorated sheriff’s lieutenant serving a rural county, conducting an ordinary life far from her father’s shadow.

When Anna kills a man in the line of duty, her suppressed memories return. She dreams of her beloved father, his hands red with blood, surrounded by flower-decked corpses he had sacrificed to the god of the forest.

To Anna’s horror, a serial killer emerges who is copying her father – and who knows who she really is. Is her father still alive, or is this the work of another? Will the killer expose her, destroying everything she has built for herself? Does she want him to?

I really enjoyed listening to this police procedural but much more.  Anna is a police detective of fairly high rank.   When murders which resemble her father’s crimes of 20 years ago, she starts remembering that time.  We follow her point of view with the present of wanting to figure out the crime, and the past memory flashbacks from what happened when he was at home with his family.

Anna loved the woods and learning about the plants and wildlife.  She spent quite a bit of time with her dad in the forests near their home.  Then he went away to prison. She and her mother were protected for a bit partly to help shield them from the media. Anna (then Elena) was in a mental hospital briefly to help with her trauma but more because her mother was horrible, and gave her up for adoption.  She then had a wonderful life with loving foster parents.

Now Anna is afraid of her past being discovered.  She is working on the history of the “Forest Strangler” to find out who was close enough to carry out the current crimes with the held back aspects.  It’s twisty with many possibilities.  There’s the reporter who is a fan boy of the crimes.  There’s Anna herself who is losing time as her memories resurface.  There’s her boyfriend Nick who has some strange disappearances and a big new SUV.  There are other possibilities too. And there is her stalker who says he knows who she is.

Anna works the case and learns much about her father and his death.  She learns a lot about her history and what became of her mother.  Anna does many things which are not allowed in the police, because she is too close to the case. She does a few things outside the law to get more information.  I worry for her and about her.  I was glad to have a strong resolution to the case.


I have listened to this narrator previously.  I enjoyed her performance and she became Anna for me.  Most of the book is Anna’s stream of thoughts with a bit of her dialogue with others.  I listened at my usual 1.5x speed.

Listen to a clip: HERE


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Posted May 14, 2024 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 18 Comments

18 responses to “🎧 The Hunter’s Daughter by Nicola Solvinic

  1. I don’t read a lot of thrillers, but the repressed memory trope seems like a popular one. I think I’d have nightmares reading this!

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