Hunting Annabelle by Wendy Heard
Book Review: 2 out of 5 star rating
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 difficult 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.
This book was given to me by the publisher in return for an honest review.