Hunting Annabelle
Sean Suh is done with killing. After serving three years in a psychiatric prison, he’s determined to stay away from temptation. But he can't resist Annabelle--beautiful, confident, incandescent Annabelle--who alone can see past the monster to the man inside. The man he's desperately trying to be.Then Annabelle disappears.Sean is sure she’s been kidnapped—he witnessed her being taken first hand—but the police are convinced that Sean himself is at the centre of this crime. And he must admit, his illness has caused him to “lose time” before. What if there’s more to what happened than he’s able to remember?Though haunted by the fear that it might be better for Annabelle if he never finds her, Sean can’t bring himself to let go of her without a fight. To save her, he’ll have to do more than confront his own demons… He'll have to let them loose.

Hunting Annabelle Details

TitleHunting Annabelle
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 25th, 2018
PublisherMIRA Books
ISBN-139781488095405
Rating
GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction, Mystery Thriller, Suspense, Crime, Adult, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Contemporary, Health

Hunting Annabelle Review

  • (Bern) Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Unexpected Stars for Hunting Annabelle It's no secret I enjoy reading about psychotic killers and aggressive, unremorseful sociopaths. Thrillers are my jam! Hunting Annabelle had all of that, along with a damaged MC that you can't help but feel some sympathy for. Yikes, did I just admit I found a sociopath endearing? Yes, I did! I was intrigued by the premise of the book. Sean Suh is a killer. He is fighting demons daily, trying not to kill again. Then he meets Annabelle. He falls hard - t 3.5 Unexpected Stars for Hunting Annabelle It's no secret I enjoy reading about psychotic killers and aggressive, unremorseful sociopaths. Thrillers are my jam! Hunting Annabelle had all of that, along with a damaged MC that you can't help but feel some sympathy for. Yikes, did I just admit I found a sociopath endearing? Yes, I did! I was intrigued by the premise of the book. Sean Suh is a killer. He is fighting demons daily, trying not to kill again. Then he meets Annabelle. He falls hard - there is something about her that draws him in completely. Then Annabelle is kidnapped right before his eyes. No one believes she is in danger. It's up to him to save her. At first, Sean's quest was interesting. As he uncovers more about Annabelle's past, we see that there is a lot more lurking under her shiny exterior and things aren't always what they seem. Things seemed to drag a bit though towards the middle. I wasn't surprised by the reveal as I felt things were neatly leading in that direction. It was a bit outlandish but then again - it's fiction. I can roll with it & I did for the most part. The implausible scenario surrounding the reveal actually helped make it a little more interesting. Things had become a little stale during Sean's quest to find Annabelle. Still, the ending really pulled the book together for me. It was different and unexpected and I wholeheartedly approve! I can actually see another book coming from this duo and I'd definitely be curious to see what they get into. Thank you Wendy Heard, Harlequin-Mira and Netgalley for the opportunity to review an arc of this thriller.
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  • Marialyce
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 terrifying starsSean is quite a troubled young man, recently released from a mental institution after being convicted of a grisly murder. Sean is mentally ill, raised by what seems to be an uncaring brilliant neurosurgeon mother, he tries to escape the hallucinations, the psychotropic drugs the delusions, and the overwhelming urge to kill. He sees auras indicative of his schizophrenia, and then one day in a park he frequents he meets Annabelle and there is an instant connection. Could this b 3.5 terrifying starsSean is quite a troubled young man, recently released from a mental institution after being convicted of a grisly murder. Sean is mentally ill, raised by what seems to be an uncaring brilliant neurosurgeon mother, he tries to escape the hallucinations, the psychotropic drugs the delusions, and the overwhelming urge to kill. He sees auras indicative of his schizophrenia, and then one day in a park he frequents he meets Annabelle and there is an instant connection. Could this be love for Sean? Can he believe he is somewhat normal?  What about Annabelle, a young brilliant woman from a troubled past working her way through medical school. How can she be attracted to a man such as Sean? Then the awful happens and Annabelle is kidnapped in sight of Sean. He runs to save her but is too late. What now, now that he is involved in this with a history such as his, how will this end? Is Sean ever the least bit reliable or is he a born killer? As Sean works his way in a desperate attempt to find Annabelle secrets and lies emerge sending him on a chase where no one will seem to win.This was quite a tale of a contorted tangled web. The suspense stay at a fevered pace as Ms Heard takes us on a journey with characters who are demented, maniacal and unhinged.  Recommended for those who like to travel with characters who are teetering  on the edge of sanity versus insanity.Thank you to Wendy Heard, Harlequin-Mira, and NetGalley for a copy of this frightening tale. My reviews can be sen here: http://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpress...
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  • Felicia
    January 1, 1970
    Hunting Annabelle features Sean, a twenty-something young man battling the personal demons surrounding his profound mental illness, when a girl he just met is kidnapped before his eyes...or was she? What follows is his pursuit to find out what happened to Annabelle while simultaneously being investigated by the police as the prime suspect in her disappearance. I enjoyed the first third of this book, however, the novelty of the plot was quickly ruined for me. I became bored with Sean's endeavor t Hunting Annabelle features Sean, a twenty-something young man battling the personal demons surrounding his profound mental illness, when a girl he just met is kidnapped before his eyes...or was she? What follows is his pursuit to find out what happened to Annabelle while simultaneously being investigated by the police as the prime suspect in her disappearance. I enjoyed the first third of this book, however, the novelty of the plot was quickly ruined for me. I became bored with Sean's endeavor to uncover the truth but still engaged enough to want to find out what actually happened to Annabelle. Without giving anything away I can only say that I found the revelation to be so implausible that it borderlined on absurd. Too hokey for my liking although I did enjoy the conclusion of the story. It's kinda refreshing when the bad guy wins. I was provided an ARC of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Monica
    January 1, 1970
    Amazing!! This was a four star book for me from the very beginning....Then the ending just blew me away! Such a fresh take on the psychological thriller I love. Truly original. I highly recommend this book to all mystery/thriller lovers. You will not be disappointed!! Special thanks to NetGalley for the free copy in exchange for my honest review.
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  • J.T.
    January 1, 1970
    Dynamic, compelling, and totally twisted, HUNTING ANNABELLE blew me away. I’m still reeling. What a mind Wendy Heard has. What a debut!
  • j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]
    January 1, 1970
    FIVE STARSSean Suh. His name doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, but that doesn’t matter. It works. Sean Suh is the main character, otherwise known as the UNRELIABLE NARRATOR, in debut author Wendy Heard’s novel, Hunting Annabelle. Is he a serial killer? Is he insane? Or just a one-time killer? You won’t know until the very end…(tease tease)!You will know that he is an odd duck. I guarantee he will command your full attention from page one. Delectably untrustworthy, yet incredibly sympathetic…w FIVE STARSSean Suh. His name doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, but that doesn’t matter. It works. Sean Suh is the main character, otherwise known as the UNRELIABLE NARRATOR, in debut author Wendy Heard’s novel, Hunting Annabelle. Is he a serial killer? Is he insane? Or just a one-time killer? You won’t know until the very end…(tease tease)!You will know that he is an odd duck. I guarantee he will command your full attention from page one. Delectably untrustworthy, yet incredibly sympathetic…what is this madness???? Sean is an admitted killer, but just try and resist his charm and vulnerable personality! He’s fresh out of an institution for the criminally insane. A Korean-American, living in a very white, good ole boy type- Austin, TX, in the 1980’s. Sean’s mother is an overbearing neurosurgeon that constantly disapproves of Sean, mainly his choice of goth style clothing—strangely enough. You can’t help but feel Sean’s pain and confusion through the many psychotropic meds his own mom dispenses to him every day. Is Sean really a schizophrenic? Or is it just the drugs making him feel crazy? Ahhhh, these things I pondered for pages!Sean is a gifted artist and completely friendless until he meets college student, Annabelle, at the amusement park where he spends his days secretly drawing the patrons he watches. Annabelle’s glowing copper aura (yes, Sean, has the fascinating ability to hallucinate color into life) is the most beautiful sight Sean has ever seen. When Annabelle is suddenly kidnapped during, coincidentally, her first date with Sean, he is thrust into the relentless pursuit to find and save her. A good portion of the story is spent on Sean investigating Annabelle’s family and friends, trying desperately to figure out who would want to hurt her. Sean quickly catches the attention of law enforcement and of course, appears to be the most likely suspect.The ending is crazy, but it had to be, otherwise the story wouldn’t work. So just go with it! I love this quirky novel and it was like sticky paper in my ears-I couldn’t put it down! The audio version is terrific! HUNTING ANNABELLE has been compared frequently to YOU by Caroline Kepnes, but I like it so much better than that one--mainly because of the finely drawn personality of Sean Suh. It is a closer cousin to the wonderful The Good Son by You-jeong Jeong.Happy reading! If you love twisty serial killer stories, without too much graphic stuff and a little humor, try this one soon! I loved it!
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  • Kimberly Belle
    January 1, 1970
    Wendy Heard’s Hunting Annabelle is the best kind of psychological thriller - dark and twisted with a generous side of creepy. I had no idea where this story was going, only that i was rooting for Sean, the tortured hero whose search for Annabelle means releasing his own inner demons. Gritty, intense, and 100% surprising, Hunting Annabelle is one hell of a wild ride.
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  • Lou
    January 1, 1970
    Hunting Annabelle, Wendy Heard's impressive debut novel, is a truly engrossing read. From the moment I picked it up those pages were feverishly turning, faster and faster I flew until it was completely devoured. Despite having not been born until the late 1980s I thoroughly enjoyed the references to the times and thought it added a distinct mystique and intrigue to the story, and I loved how Heard builds her characters until they are complex, multi-layered and incredibly realistic. I found antag Hunting Annabelle, Wendy Heard's impressive debut novel, is a truly engrossing read. From the moment I picked it up those pages were feverishly turning, faster and faster I flew until it was completely devoured. Despite having not been born until the late 1980s I thoroughly enjoyed the references to the times and thought it added a distinct mystique and intrigue to the story, and I loved how Heard builds her characters until they are complex, multi-layered and incredibly realistic. I found antagonist Sean Suh absolutely fascinating, and it's safe to say I was riveted.There is such a wicked sense of foreboding that runs for the duration, and the author evokes a chilling, spine-tingling atmosphere that literally had goosebumps appearing on my arms at certain points. There are many twists and turns and the suspense is slowly ratcheted up over the course of the novel until it culminates in a breathtaking crescendo that shook me to the core. By making the antagonist someone who clearly has psychiatric issues and is one sandwich short of a picnic she adds an extra dose of unpredictability that often comes with the territory when it comes to individuals with mental health problems. Highly recommended and fully deserving of all the stars!Many thanks to MIRA for an ARC.
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  • Selena
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free e-copy of Annabelle by Wendy Heard from NetGalley for my honest opinion.A creepy, chilling psychological thriller that pulls you in in the first few pages. Sean, who is mentally ill, is a man who loses track of times. Sean, recently out of a mental institution, is living with his mother and is still very unstable. While visiting the local them park he meets, a beautiful girl named Annabelle. Annabelle spends the day with Sean, and then asks him to meet her again the next day. W I received a free e-copy of Annabelle by Wendy Heard from NetGalley for my honest opinion.A creepy, chilling psychological thriller that pulls you in in the first few pages. Sean, who is mentally ill, is a man who loses track of times. Sean, recently out of a mental institution, is living with his mother and is still very unstable. While visiting the local them park he meets, a beautiful girl named Annabelle. Annabelle spends the day with Sean, and then asks him to meet her again the next day. When Sean goes to meet Annabelle the next day, he witnesses Annabelle being kidnapped. He reports it to the police. The police suspect that Sean is behind the kidnapping. A gripping read that will have you second guessing everything.
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  • megs_bookrack
    January 1, 1970
    Unfortunately, Hunting Annabelle wasn't the story for me. I did not like this. It started out promising, as the author's writing is actually quite strong, but the story, yeah, just did not do it for me.Around the 50% mark was where it seemed to turn for me and I never got my interest back. Our protagonist, Sean Suh, is a Korean-American in his early 20s who you discover early on has some pretty strong urges to hurt and kill young women. In fact, you learn that he acted on these urges at least on Unfortunately, Hunting Annabelle wasn't the story for me. I did not like this. It started out promising, as the author's writing is actually quite strong, but the story, yeah, just did not do it for me.Around the 50% mark was where it seemed to turn for me and I never got my interest back. Our protagonist, Sean Suh, is a Korean-American in his early 20s who you discover early on has some pretty strong urges to hurt and kill young women. In fact, you learn that he acted on these urges at least once in a severe enough manner to have him sentenced to a psychiatric prison. However, at the point where we meet him, he is living with his overbearing and severe mother in a different state from where he committed his crime(s).As I mentioned, I enjoyed the beginning. It started off strong. It is revealed to you over time the extent of Sean's illness and resulting actions and I enjoyed the way that was slowly unfolded for us. He is very much an unreliable narrator and it is unclear early on how much of his thoughts you can actually believe as the truth.After a certain point however it just got to be too much. Then plot twists occurred where my eyes legit almost rolled out of my head. I just didn't buy what the author was trying to sell. It completely lost me on the story. By the final 20% I just couldn't. I had to push to make it through. However, just because this story wasn't for me, in no way makes this a bad book. The author's writing style is very fluid and easy to read. The suspense and uncertainty at the beginning definitely kept me turning the pages. If you are okay with the plot twists, this could probably be a really strong book for you. It is very violent, very messy, very over-the-top but also explores some interesting topics of identity and mental health. There are readers for every story but unfortunately, this one just didn't work for me. I want to thank the publisher, Harlequin - MIRA, for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review. I always appreciate the opportunity and I would read more books by Wendy Heard in the future.**Please note, the protagonist in this has been diagnosed with schizophrenia but he doesn't self-identify as such and I in no way can comment on how the rep was for that.
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  • Kendall
    January 1, 1970
    Hunting Annabelle... what a fascinating premise. Sean is battling his on demons with his mental illness. He has just been released from a mental institution for his previous horrible crimes and is trying to live a "normal life".Sean meets Annabelle at the park one day and instantly falls for her. They decide to go on a date and Sean swears that he sees someone kindnap Annabelle in a white truck on their first date. What follows is a twisty, dark, and creepy journey trying to find out what happen Hunting Annabelle... what a fascinating premise. Sean is battling his on demons with his mental illness. He has just been released from a mental institution for his previous horrible crimes and is trying to live a "normal life".Sean meets Annabelle at the park one day and instantly falls for her. They decide to go on a date and Sean swears that he sees someone kindnap Annabelle in a white truck on their first date. What follows is a twisty, dark, and creepy journey trying to find out what happened to Annabelle.It became a bit stale for me in this journey to find Annabelle... felt like it went on a tad bit too long. I was curious to see what happened to Annabelle of course. BUT, once the story was finally revealed behind Annabelle's disappearance I think I fell over in my chair with eye rolling. I found it so implausible.. and over the top. Overall, this wasn't a bad mystery but wish the reveal was a lot better. 3 stars for Hunting Annabelle.Huge thank you to Harlequin/Mira for the arc in exchange for my honest thoughts.Publication date: 12/18/18Published to GR: 11/15/18
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  • Dennis
    January 1, 1970
    It's 1986, and Sean Suh is a reclusive, artistic, and troubled young man. He is in outpatient therapy with a licensed psychiatrist multiple times a week, and is monitored by his mother, world renowned Dr. Suh from San Francisco. After Sean was released from the mental institution he was sent to, the family moves to Texas in hopes to escape it all. Sean bumps into Annabelle one day while drawing out in public, and the two hit it off almost instantaneously. Annabelle isn't judging Sean for his app It's 1986, and Sean Suh is a reclusive, artistic, and troubled young man. He is in outpatient therapy with a licensed psychiatrist multiple times a week, and is monitored by his mother, world renowned Dr. Suh from San Francisco. After Sean was released from the mental institution he was sent to, the family moves to Texas in hopes to escape it all. Sean bumps into Annabelle one day while drawing out in public, and the two hit it off almost instantaneously. Annabelle isn't judging Sean for his appearance, his awkwardness, or the demons that he's trying to hide. Sean knows that since he's Korean, white people tend to discredit his appearance, or throw microaggressions at him, but Annabelle isn't like that. Against all recommendations from his mother and his therapist, Sean decides to go on a date with Annabelle. As the date winds down, Sean witnesses Annabelle being kidnapped. Sean blows his cover and reports the kidnapping to the police, but nobody believes him. Sean decides that if he wants Annabelle found safely, he is the best person to investigate. Nobody is better at finding a criminal deviant than a serial killer. Hunting Annabelle isn't perfect, ladies and gents. I battled between 3-4 stars with this novel, because it's such a slow burn for a relatively short tale. I don't mind slow burns if they develop into a more complex and twisted story, but for 75% of this book, I was somewhat bored. Once we get to the last quarter of the book, it picks up immensely! The story completely changes route—in both it's pacing and development. If I had to rate the final 25% of the book, it would've been five stars. That's why I felt that a fair compromise to this story would be four stars. Hunting Annabelle is a light thriller/mystery, at best. It's more investigative/procedural than I expected, which could work for you if you go into it knowingly. I thought the story would've been darker, and I wished it was. One aspect that I really loved reading about in this story was the casual racism thrown Sean's way throughout the story. People made generalizations, comments, and microaggressions due to Sean's Korean heritage. It's refreshing to see that the book isn't white washed. We can see how racism was, and still is, an issue in America today—I hope it opens up people's eyes. If you're interested in reading Hunting Annabelle , go in with an open mind. It's not the craziest story you'll ever read, but it'll definitely be something different. Thank you Goodreads (the giveaways are the best!) and MIRA books for my advanced copy. Hunting Annabelle will be released December 25, 2018!
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  • Tracie Martin
    January 1, 1970
    I never thought I'd feel sympathy for someone with a thick current of evil running through their veins. And then I read Wendy Heard's astonishing book. Twists more crooked than tree roots. Coal-dark tension with heart and a hero you just can't stop from wanting to find some happiness, even in the face of unspeakable impulses. Smart, sensual, terrifying: don't miss it!
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  • Erin Clemence
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review. Sean Suh is trying to start his life over. After three years spent in a psychiatric institution for murder, he is hoping that a new city and a new home will bring about the change he so desperately wants. When he meets and quickly falls in love with Annabelle, he feels that he might finally be on the verge of a brand new life. When Annabelle is kidnapped i Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review. Sean Suh is trying to start his life over. After three years spent in a psychiatric institution for murder, he is hoping that a new city and a new home will bring about the change he so desperately wants. When he meets and quickly falls in love with Annabelle, he feels that he might finally be on the verge of a brand new life. When Annabelle is kidnapped in front of Sean’s eyes, he quickly begins to investigate her disappearance. The cops aren’t looking for her and in fact, all eyes turn to Sean when his past comes to light. Sean must not only prove his innocence but must find Annabelle, the only woman who sees the man instead of the monster. “Hunting Annabelle” by Wendy Heard is dark, twisted and dangerously addicting. A novel that hits you right from the start, it quickly becomes one you can’t put down. Sean is likable (even when you hate yourself for liking him), and the story is well-told with a creative plot and well-developed characters. This is one of those novels where you will speculate over and over as to how it will end- and you will be wrong. I was surprised with how unexpected the ending of this novel was. The twist in this novel is one you absolutely won’t see coming. I am still not sure how I feel about the end of this novel. It seemed to change the entire direction of the story, so the expectations I had at the beginning completely changed toward the end. I can honestly say “Hunting Annabelle” is unique while still being deeply disturbing and enjoyable. I am a huge fan of psychological thrillers, and all things psychopath in general. “Hunting Annabelle” definitely checked all of the boxes for me on this one. To know that this novel is the first by Ms. Heard is even more impressive. Although I am still unsure about how I feel about the ending, this novel has to get a five-star rating. Not just for the psychological aspect of the plot, but also the constant, “pull you in” action and unique plot line. Ms. Heard has found her writing zone- and I look forward to so much more.
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  • Giulia
    January 1, 1970
    I am not sure what I just read. I feel disgusted and angry and very manipulated as I finish this book. Are there people in the world that enjoy killing? Of course, serial killers have been documented from years ago to present day. The question is do I really want to read about them and for the first 3/4 of the book I sort of fooled myself that I did but then there is a sudden shift in this story and Sean, our hero (wrong word choice) moves forward in his search for Annabelle and something happen I am not sure what I just read. I feel disgusted and angry and very manipulated as I finish this book. Are there people in the world that enjoy killing? Of course, serial killers have been documented from years ago to present day. The question is do I really want to read about them and for the first 3/4 of the book I sort of fooled myself that I did but then there is a sudden shift in this story and Sean, our hero (wrong word choice) moves forward in his search for Annabelle and something happens that makes me very anxious-a big twist that I did not see coming and did not like. Wendy Heard is an exceptionally good writer, she does her research and she blindsided me a few times while reading. This book displayed exceptional character depth and a strangely believable plot line --although I feel the ending was just a lead up to a second book the writing was so strong I cannot give anything less than a 5 star review to this book (even though I really disliked the ending). Wendy Heard is writer I will be looking to hear from again. Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for a chance to read and review this book.
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  • Meghan O'Flynn
    January 1, 1970
    Gritty, intense, and full of multi-dimensional characters that will keep you guessing until the end, Hunting Annabelle is a must-read psychological thriller. Readers of Gillian Flynn and Caroline Kepnes will adore Wendy Heard!
  • Nadia
    January 1, 1970
    Hunting Annabelle is a story of a mentally ill boy Sean looking for a girl he met a few days ago and who was kidnapped in front of his eyes. The problem is that nobody seems to believe Sean's story as he is a schisophrenic and might have just imagined it all. In addition, once the police learn of Sean's violent past they believe it is Sean himself who is behind Annabelle's disappearance. But is he?This was an unusual read for me. What started as an innocent type of story - 'a boy meets a girl' g Hunting Annabelle is a story of a mentally ill boy Sean looking for a girl he met a few days ago and who was kidnapped in front of his eyes. The problem is that nobody seems to believe Sean's story as he is a schisophrenic and might have just imagined it all. In addition, once the police learn of Sean's violent past they believe it is Sean himself who is behind Annabelle's disappearance. But is he?This was an unusual read for me. What started as an innocent type of story - 'a boy meets a girl' gradually turned into a dark and violent tale. The story is told by Sean himself which is quite refreshing as he is the villain here with his unpredictable urges to harm others that are hard for him to control. I have to admit thought that about half way through the book I thought the story was dragging on a bit. However, I can totally forgive the author for that as the ending of the book is absolutely genious! So twisted and unexpected, it sent shrills down my spine!Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Mary Widdicks
    January 1, 1970
    Hunting Annabelle is dark, twisted, and completely addictive. The characters will grab ahold of you and won't let go even after you've turned the last page. You'll both love and hate Sean and he'll leave you questioning everything you thought you knew about your own inner demons. Get this book the moment it comes out and let it consume you!
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  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    January 1, 1970
    Netgalley # 66GR giveaway winA book for all Seasons read-name in the titleMany thanks go to Wendy Heard, MIRA Books, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. Sean hangs out at his local amusement park and creates art in his sketchbook. There he meets Annabelle. He finds her captivating. They make a date to hang out another day, and sat the end of that day she is abducted. Sean spends the rest of the book looking for her because everyone thinks he's crazy. Netgalley # 66GR giveaway winA book for all Seasons read-name in the titleMany thanks go to Wendy Heard, MIRA Books, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. Sean hangs out at his local amusement park and creates art in his sketchbook. There he meets Annabelle. He finds her captivating. They make a date to hang out another day, and sat the end of that day she is abducted. Sean spends the rest of the book looking for her because everyone thinks he's crazy. Oh did I tell you that? Yeah he hasn't been out of a mental institution long. So I realize the story I just spun for you doesn't sound too exciting, and honestly there were many moments when I wasn't too excited either. I was far more interested in the relationship between him and his mother. Don't get me wrong! This book was good, just goofy. Yeah goofy that's what I'd call it.
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  • Eve Recinella (Between The Bookends)
    January 1, 1970
    This book was super entertaining. The writing was great. The characters were interesting. It was well paced. The plot was engaging and full of twists and turns. I would have given it 5-Stars, but I thought the "twist" was a little far-fetched, and what in the heck happened to his (view spoiler)[ Mom?? (hide spoiler)] Other than that this was a great read.
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  • JuJu (Julie)
    January 1, 1970
    WOW...A jaw-dropping and twisted debut thriller! This book is unlike any book I’ve read. The more I read, the harder it was to put down.EXCERPT - “Her scream echoes in my memory. I know what happened. Whether anyone believes me or not, I know.”Sean is a mentally ill young man living with his mother after being released from a psychiatric prison. He spends his days hanging out at a nearby park and sketching, where he meets Annabelle. Then Annabelle disappears.Sean is sure she’s been kidnapped—he WOW...A jaw-dropping and twisted debut thriller! This book is unlike any book I’ve read. The more I read, the harder it was to put down.EXCERPT - “Her scream echoes in my memory. I know what happened. Whether anyone believes me or not, I know.”Sean is a mentally ill young man living with his mother after being released from a psychiatric prison. He spends his days hanging out at a nearby park and sketching, where he meets Annabelle. Then Annabelle disappears.Sean is sure she’s been kidnapped—he witnessed her being taken—but the police are convinced that Sean is at the center of this crime.This ARC was provided by NetGalley and HARLEQUIN - MIRA, in exchange for my honest review. Thank you!#HuntingAnnabelle #NetGalley #Amazon
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  • Hannah Mary McKinnon
    January 1, 1970
    With a protagonist you’ll almost hate to love, and more twists than a foot-long corkscrew, Hunting Annabelle is a compulsive, deliciously addictive psychological thriller that pulls you in from the first page, and doesn’t let go until you’ve reached the shocking end. A must read!
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  • Tammie
    January 1, 1970
    Hunting Annabelle is solid 4 stars for me. A psychological thriller, it’s a dark and unique type of book. Sean spent three years in a psychiatric hospital (released way earlier than he was actually sentenced) for killing his girlfriend. Diagnosed as a schizophrenic, he now spends his days living with his neurosurgeon mother and hanging out at a local amusement park-people watching and sketching them. This amusement park is where he meets Annabelle-a college pre-med student. Sean immediately beco Hunting Annabelle is solid 4 stars for me. A psychological thriller, it’s a dark and unique type of book. Sean spent three years in a psychiatric hospital (released way earlier than he was actually sentenced) for killing his girlfriend. Diagnosed as a schizophrenic, he now spends his days living with his neurosurgeon mother and hanging out at a local amusement park-people watching and sketching them. This amusement park is where he meets Annabelle-a college pre-med student. Sean immediately becomes enamored with her and is distraught when it appears that she is kidnapped leaving the park. Sean becomes hell-bent on finding her and takes up a personal crusade to find her whereabouts. As Sean tries to find Annabelle, he is fought the entire time-as local authorities don’t believe him due to his past and later think he had something to do with it. It doesn’t help that Sean has lost chunks of time and begins to even doubt himself. Things aren’t always as they seem though and the ending was a total surprise. Highly recommend to fans of mysteries and psychological thrillers.
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    Holy hell! What an amazing roller coaster ride! I was hooked from page one and felt horrible for Sean even though he was a murderer. I never thought I could feel any kind of empathy for a murderer before but this book had me rooting for Sean the whole way through. I never knew what was coming next which made me keep on reading in hopes to guess what happened to Annabelle. Freaking amazing! Thank you Netgalley for the awesome read!!!
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  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    January 1, 1970
    I always get a bit excited when I see a Korean-American lead in a book. Even if he's one of the most unreliable narrators I've come across in a while! No one seems to believe him when he says he saw Annabelle get abducted so it's up to him to find her. In doing so, he finds himself - or at least a part of him he was extremely confused about.As a debut, this is a fantastic start to a long career for Heard. I love where her mind went with Suh's story. While I did feel it jumped the shark a bit at I always get a bit excited when I see a Korean-American lead in a book. Even if he's one of the most unreliable narrators I've come across in a while! No one seems to believe him when he says he saw Annabelle get abducted so it's up to him to find her. In doing so, he finds himself - or at least a part of him he was extremely confused about.As a debut, this is a fantastic start to a long career for Heard. I love where her mind went with Suh's story. While I did feel it jumped the shark a bit at the end, I wish there was just a little bit more given. From the journey Sean went through, the last parts felt a bit rushed, abrupt and uneven when it came to the rest of the story line. However, I absolutely love the fact that it was unexpected and different.Anyone who is a fan of the unreliable narrator, enjoys an off the rails story where you're not entirely sure what's going on, this is a fun ride to be on. Put on your seat belt.. or don't.. live a little dangerously and go hunting with Sean.Thank you to MIRA books for this copy!
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  • lovebooks
    January 1, 1970
    Hunting Annabelle is a suspenseful on your toes book. It will keep you guessing. Sean is fresh out of a psychiatric unit living with his mom. Sean starts a friendship with a woman named Annabelle who he believes is kidnap.
  • Jan
    January 1, 1970
    I really struggled with this one. The ending saved it for me, or this would have been 2 stars.Full review to come
  • Rê
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 “Dexter in the 1980’s” StarsARC via NetGalleyThank you, Harlequin – MiraThis book isn’t coming out until December, but it’s been on my “most anticipated reads for 2018” for a while. I was lucky enough to get to it now and I can tell you, if you’re a fan of Dexter, you’ll probably really enjoy this.Told from the POV of a killer—no spoilers, since this info is on the blurb—Hunting Annabelle is a psychological thriller filled with twisted and interesting characters, tension and even some moment 3.5 “Dexter in the 1980’s” StarsARC via NetGalleyThank you, Harlequin – MiraThis book isn’t coming out until December, but it’s been on my “most anticipated reads for 2018” for a while. I was lucky enough to get to it now and I can tell you, if you’re a fan of Dexter, you’ll probably really enjoy this.Told from the POV of a killer—no spoilers, since this info is on the blurb—Hunting Annabelle is a psychological thriller filled with twisted and interesting characters, tension and even some moments that made me laugh a little (even though I know I shouldn’t).The first chapter is so freaking good. It had a lot of mystery involving Sean (what he was/what he had done) and the chemistry between Sean and Annabelle was undeniable. I was so ready to fall madly in love with them and ignore the fact that Sean was a freaking killer. I’d done that with Dexter, so why not again, right?Well, I did like Sean a lot, but there was a few things that kept this book from reaching first-couple-of-seasons-Dexter level of perfection to me.First, I went into this under the impression that Sean and Annabelle were a thing. Don’t know why. I just read the blurb that way. So I expected a relationship (old or newish, but still something solid). Problem is, Sean and Annabelle spend so little time together before she’s kidnapped that it was really hard for me to connect with them and Sean’s love for her. Insta-love rarely works for me, and despite the awesome chemistry in the first chapter, this one didn’t. And because I couldn’t connect with “their love”, I ended up questioning a lot of Sean’s later thoughts and actions.Second thing that didn’t work for me was the big twist. Not that there was anything wrong with the twist per se. It was a good one if you didn’t see it coming. Unfortunately for me, I guessed it on Chapter 4. I can even tell you the exact paragraph that made it all clear for me, because I highlighted it on my Kindle and added a note. Because of that, when the twist was revealed, it ended up having little impact on me.BUT, big BUT here, the story was still intriguing, so I kept reading. I think what made this book the most interesting was the choice of POV. Being inside Sean’s head was at times confusing (in a good way), entertaining and disturbing. He was going through so much and trying so hard to keep it together, I couldn’t help but root for him. And the times he let go and embraced the darkest parts of him made for some shocking and entertaining scenes. Those were probably the moments I got Dexter-feels the most. I love Dexter-feels.I can’t get into details about the last part of the book (after the reveal) and the ending because of spoilers, but let’s just say those of you who didn’t guess the twist and enjoy messed up characters doing messed up things will enjoy the heck out of some scenes.Overall, Hunting Annabelle was an interesting read from a debut author that shows promise. The fact that it, at times, reminded me of one of my favorite TV shows only made it better.
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  • Lisa-Books Smiles
    January 1, 1970
    4 stars. This is one sick ass book and I really like it. LOL!
  • Marjorie
    January 1, 1970
    Sean Suh doesn’t do much with his days other than sitting in a park and drawing people he sees. He was in a psychiatric prison for three years and is considered rehabilitated but he’s not at sure he has been. He still has thoughts and urges that he shouldn’t have and his meds make him feel terrible. When he meets beautiful Annabelle, he has hopes that he hasn’t felt in years. But when Annabelle is kidnapped right in front of his eyes, the police give Sean a hard time and have difficulty believin Sean Suh doesn’t do much with his days other than sitting in a park and drawing people he sees. He was in a psychiatric prison for three years and is considered rehabilitated but he’s not at sure he has been. He still has thoughts and urges that he shouldn’t have and his meds make him feel terrible. When he meets beautiful Annabelle, he has hopes that he hasn’t felt in years. But when Annabelle is kidnapped right in front of his eyes, the police give Sean a hard time and have difficulty believing anything he says. Sean’s determined to find Annabelle before it’s too late.I initially was pulled into this book. The main character, Sean Suh, reminded me of Norman Bates in The Bates Motel TV series. Both were characters with psychiatric problems with controlling mothers but they were trying so hard to get better and redeem themselves for past deeds. That was enough to keep me reading though I don’t think the book was very well written. I did have sympathy for Sean. Then I hit the last fourth of the book. That’s when the author completely lost me. The book ended up going in the direction I thought it would but I thought it was done in a very silly, cheap and gory way. I don’t want to ruin anything for anyone who wants to give this book a try but the last part of this book just turned me off and ruined anything of substance that I thought I had found in the rest of the book. It may well just be me but this isn’t one I can recommend. It had potential to be much better.Not recommended.This book was given to me by the publisher in return for an honest review.
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