Tumbledown – Cari Hunter

Tumbledown2 years after their horrific ordeal on Desolation Point Alex and Sarah have everything they never knew they wanted. A peaceful cabin on their own land in small-town Maine, new directions, new names, and most of all the joy of each other brings peace to their lives. They keep their eyes open, their heads down and are always conscious that there are threats still out there from the Church or Aryan Resistance.

When a Sarah’s good deeds and Alex’s injury on a police raid get them mentioned in the local paper, internet searches and face recognition software are triggered. The resulting confrontation will leave them fighting for their lives and their freedom.

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Tumbledown is the sequel to Cari Hunter’s second novel, Desolation Point. In it Alex and Sarah face a whole new set of challenges, but the underlying story is a continuation of the previous plot. This is a completely different type of action thriller however – and I mean that in a good way. Too many authors find a formula and re-write the same book over and over. All three of Cari Hunter’s books are very different. There are themes, but no repeats.

This time Alex and Sarah are settled, living quietly together and trying to forge a new life in the aftermath of their extreme feat of endurance. They both appreciate how lucky they are to have survived, and what they have now is a love and a lifestyle beyond what they ever expected. Into this quiet idyll comes hatred, cruelty and pain and it is looking for them.

Once again Ms Hunter outdoes herself in the tension and pace of the plot. We literally know from the first 2 pages that the evil is hunting them, but we are held on the edge of our seats for the whole book to see what will unfold, how they will cope, whether they will survive – and at what cost this time. I literally couldn’t put it down.

Cari HunterThe main characters continue to develop and now we meet a new cast of friends and enemies, haters and supporters – both in the local community and as the plot unfolds. The supporting cast is well drawn whether it be cameo roles such as Esther to ongoing cast members like Agent Mike Castillo.

In the middle of all this tension and drama the characters manage to maintain their humanity and their sense of humor. Even at their darkest most painful moments Alex and Sarah are able to think of others, and release the tension with a gentle tease. Their love for one another is the strength that keeps them fighting to survive.

Well written, edited and effortlessly enthralling, Tumbledown is a wonderful read. It will stand alone, but why would you deprive yourself when there are two breathtaking books to read about these lovely women? So if you haven’t yet read Desolation Point you have a huge treat in store for you – go buy them both. (Still not convinced? read my review of Desolation Point here)

(publisher review copy received)

Product info:

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • First published 2014
  • Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (February 16, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IHPPP0K
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