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THE HUNTING WIVES by May Cobb is a book that has been taking over my mind lately! It was one of my most anticipated releases of the year, as it combined elements of a mystery/thriller with a group of middle-aged rich women who shoot for fun. Those two things are rarely combined in one book, so I was very intrigued by the initial synopsis, and especially after hearing the very early buzz for the book. When I was contacted by Penguin Random House to read the book early and review it as part of the blog tour, I couldn’t say anything but YES!
The Hunting Wives share more than target practice, martinis, and bad behavior in this novel of obsession, seduction, and murder.
Sophie O’Neill left behind an envy-inspiring career and the stressful, competitive life of big-city Chicago to settle down with her husband and young son in a small Texas town. It seems like the perfect life with a beautiful home in an idyllic rural community. But Sophie soon realizes that life is now too quiet, and she’s feeling bored and restless.
Then she meets Margot Banks, an alluring socialite who is part of an elite clique secretly known as the Hunting Wives. Sophie finds herself completely drawn to Margot and swept into her mysterious world of late-night target practice and dangerous partying. As Sophie’s curiosity gives way to full-blown obsession, she slips farther away from the safety of her family and deeper into this nest of vipers.
When the body of a teenage girl is discovered in the woods where the Hunting Wives meet, Sophie finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation and her life spiraling out of control. (Synopsis from Goodreads.com)
WOW. This book is the definition of a delicious thriller. I read it in just about 24 hours, because I truly couldn’t get enough of it!
The characters in this novel are all very interesting, and are much more complex than they initially seem. Each characters has been through some kind of drama or trauma in their lives, or is about to find themselves in a real problem after the novel takes off. Sophie, the main protagonist, was my favourite character in this story. Out of all the other women, she seems to most real and genuine. The other women give off some very strange vibes once the reader is introduced to all of them, and because the reader is reading from Sophie’s perspective, it is very easy to root for her success in the story. That being said, a malicious girl group is something I always enjoy reading about in novels, and this one was no exception! They were all so interesting to read about, and I could honestly read a book about each of their individual lives!
The writing style of this book was quite good. I really enjoyed the pacing of the novel, and how quickly the speed picks up by the end of the book. However, at the beginning of the novel, there were some flashbacks and flash forwards that happen very quickly, which at times, was hard to keep up with. Because I read this book as an eARC, I had to keep going back to the beginning chapters to check the dates of the events that the story opens up with.
The story itself had me hooked until the very last page! As I previously stated, the story really picks up in the second half, as the murder is introduced in the second half of the novel (however, the story technically also opens up with the murder, so that isn’t a spoiler). Part of me wishes that we got more time to uncover the mystery of the murder, but then again, I understand that a lot of character building needed to happen in the first half for the reader to remain invested in the overall story.
The biggest flaw I had with this book is its predictability. I love to be shocked when reading a mystery/thriller novel, but unfortunately, I had correctly predicted the majority of the ending by the three-quarter mark. That being said, being able to properly predict the ending of any story technically means that the author properly laid out the clues and throughly explained the story to the reader.
Overall, I really enjoyed this novel, and gave it 4/5 stars! I recommend it to anyone who is in the mood for a sexy mystery/thriller story! Thanks again to Penguin Random House for providing me with an eARC and inviting me to participate in the blog tour! If this book sounds interesting to you, be sure to pick up a copy at your local bookstore or library!
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