Hunters in the Dark
Robert is a 28 year old Englishman, a schoolteacher who is unhappy with his existence at home. He therefore finds himself in Cambodia alone during his holidays. While entertaining the idea of what it would be like to just disappear from his own life, fate helps him along the way when he meets an American man and his local girlfriend.
Eventually, he meets Sophal when he decides to teach English as a way to earn money. But, just when he thinks he could live a new life in a new country events take on a life of their own. Previous characters he has meet along the way are drawn together into a web of lies and danger. Is it fate or karma and how will it effect Robert?
Initially, I thought the first few chapters were slow going and I wasn't particularly keen on the style of writing which seemed flat and a tad boring. But, as I kept going I was rewarded with a tale that became darker and more thrilling. It flowed languorously, like the rivers in the book downwards into an unknown horizon connecting the characters and events in twisting and turning ways that I hadn't anticipated. With the rumbling of thunder and the lashing rain in the background, the weather became a character on its own, making the story humid, dark and foreboding.
Overall, it was an enjoyable and gripping story that left me thinking a lot about human nature. It's perfect for those who like suspense in an exotic location.
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