Hunting the Devil
When Dr. Jessica Hemings volunteers for a medical mission in Rwanda, she becomes entrapped in the maelstrom of Rwandan politics and the enmity between Hutus and Tutsis. Her Tutsi features plunge her into the Rwandan Genocide. Dr. Cyprien Gatera, Jess’s superior and a Hutu radical, commandeers her clinic, slaughters her patients and her adopted sons, then forces her to treat his wounded. She escapes and survives three weeks in hiding before finding refuge at Benaco refugee camp in Tanzania.There, Jess vows revenge. She searches for Gatera with the help of Michel Fournier, a French lawyer-turned-war-correspondent, and Dr. Tom Powell, her long-time lover. When an unknown informant passes information to Jess about her nemesis, she returns to Rwanda, despite warnings from the Belgian Secret Service that Gatera plans to assassinate her. In their final showdown, Jess must decide if revenge is best served cold—or not at all.

Hunting the Devil Details

TitleHunting the Devil
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 15th, 2019
PublisherWaldorf
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction

Hunting the Devil Review

  • Melissa Franckowiak
    January 1, 1970
    This looks seriously awesome!
  • Camille Maio
    January 1, 1970
    Hunting the Devil is an excellent example of what I love most about reading. Through the lives of fictional characters, we can explore real world events. This book is at once riveting, soul-searching, and heart-aching. Schafer made me feel like I had a front row view of the atrocities in Rwanda, yet smoothed it by placing it from the viewpoint of a woman who loved the people so dearly. It sparked an interest in a subject I knew little about, and compelled me to find out more. Always the hallmark Hunting the Devil is an excellent example of what I love most about reading. Through the lives of fictional characters, we can explore real world events. This book is at once riveting, soul-searching, and heart-aching. Schafer made me feel like I had a front row view of the atrocities in Rwanda, yet smoothed it by placing it from the viewpoint of a woman who loved the people so dearly. It sparked an interest in a subject I knew little about, and compelled me to find out more. Always the hallmark of excellent writing. I look forward to reading more from her!
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  • Dianne Freeman
    January 1, 1970
    Someone told me Hunting the Devil was a tour-de-force and while I agree, I think that summary needs a few more words.Gut-wrenching. Jessica Hemings, a young doctor travels to Rwanda to serve as an obstetrician in a remote area and finds herself caught up in a genocide. She witnesses and suffers horrifying atrocities but survives. She leaves behind everything when she escapes and finally makes her way to a refugee camp in Tanzania. What follows is a years long quest for justice. Honest. Schafer p Someone told me Hunting the Devil was a tour-de-force and while I agree, I think that summary needs a few more words.Gut-wrenching. Jessica Hemings, a young doctor travels to Rwanda to serve as an obstetrician in a remote area and finds herself caught up in a genocide. She witnesses and suffers horrifying atrocities but survives. She leaves behind everything when she escapes and finally makes her way to a refugee camp in Tanzania. What follows is a years long quest for justice. Honest. Schafer pulls no punches. What Jess, the main character experiences and witnesses is not suggested, but laid out on the page and the reader can’t turn away. I wasn’t just reading a story, I became a witness to the atrocities and the aftermath. Suffering from PTSD, the only thing that keeps Jess hanging on is finding a war criminal and bringing him to justice and at times it seems she’s hanging on by a very thin thread. Powerful. This is a story of a woman who claws her way back from the worst kind of adversity with no explanations and no apologies. Written with such immediacy, Schafer pulled me in and kept me enthralled to the very end.
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  • Zara Raheem
    January 1, 1970
    Intense and gut-wrenchingly honest, I am so blown away by this incredible story that Suanne Schafer has written. Although I was familiar with the Rwandan genocide of 1994, this book places us right in the center of that conflict and gives us a disturbingly intimate look at the unspeakable atrocities that took place during this time. The novel follows one woman’s journey as she suffers and witnesses the most heinous crimes against humanity, yet finds the courage to seek justice for herself and fo Intense and gut-wrenchingly honest, I am so blown away by this incredible story that Suanne Schafer has written. Although I was familiar with the Rwandan genocide of 1994, this book places us right in the center of that conflict and gives us a disturbingly intimate look at the unspeakable atrocities that took place during this time. The novel follows one woman’s journey as she suffers and witnesses the most heinous crimes against humanity, yet finds the courage to seek justice for herself and for others. Given that nearly a million Rwandans were brutally murdered within a span of 3 months, the subject matter no doubt makes this an emotionally difficult book to read at times. However, Suanne’s unflinching depiction of the terrors faced by both the Tutsi and Hutu victims is palpable and gripping and forces us to take note of the consequences that occur when we, in the West, choose to turn a blind eye to the suffering of those in forgotten regions of the world. Powerful and deeply moving. I cannot recommend this book enough.
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  • Gail Hart
    January 1, 1970
    Dr. Jessica Hemings is already struggling with her racial identity when on a medical mission to Rwanda, her Tutsi-like appearance makes her a target for Hutus bent on ethnic genocide. Suanne Schafer is unflinching in her portrayal of the absolute evil of some of the participants in the Rwandan conflict. She speaks of unspeakable things with obvious knowledge and without sugar coating.
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  • M.A. Guglielmo
    January 1, 1970
    A dark and riveting novel, Hunting the Devil tells the story of a young American physician who travels on a medical mission to Rwanda and is caught up in the horrors of the Rwandan genocide. There is an unblinking exposure of the tremendous evils committed against innocent men, women, and children. The main character needs to summon all of her inner strength to hunt down a war criminal. The book is wonderfully written and gives life to a critical time in history.
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  • Kristine2770
    January 1, 1970
    Hunting the Devil grips the heart and mind from the first page to the last. Jess Hemings is a biracial American physician who narrowly escapes with her life in war-torn 1990s Rwanda. As Jess seeks to avenge the deaths of her children, she overcomes obstacle after obstacle while navigating to survive the fear, violence, deprivation of the era. Closing in on justice, Jess come to terms with losses and love in a most unexpected way. Schafer’s extraordinary storytelling skills make the reader empath Hunting the Devil grips the heart and mind from the first page to the last. Jess Hemings is a biracial American physician who narrowly escapes with her life in war-torn 1990s Rwanda. As Jess seeks to avenge the deaths of her children, she overcomes obstacle after obstacle while navigating to survive the fear, violence, deprivation of the era. Closing in on justice, Jess come to terms with losses and love in a most unexpected way. Schafer’s extraordinary storytelling skills make the reader empathize with the characters. Helping readers understand dark days of terror in Rwanda make this a politically important work of fiction.
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  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    A heroine like no other- I relived the events and tragedy of Rwanda and the indomitable spirit of a young woman determined against all odds to bring justice to the horror. Excellent book.
  • Suanne
    January 1, 1970
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