I received a copy of UNHOLY HUNGER by Heather James from Kregel. It is the first book in the Lure of the Serpent series. The cover is breathtaking – a little girl plays on a path near a swing set while the shadow of a man falls along behind her. I couldn’t wait to sink my gaze into the novel.
The story follows Evelyn Barrett. Her little girl told a stranger in the park that she had “lellow” hair. That was his trigger and he would ask little girls until they told him the right answer. The stranger killed Evelyn’s Corinne and since then all she could think about was revenge. She used to be an attorney, but instead spends her time finding the killer.
I couldn’t stop reading from the first page to the last. The sentences can be as simple as “Great until she fell asleep on a park bench and let someone take my child” and hook you. The story is very real. You feel as if you know these characters, and will them, you suffer their pain. Heather James really takes you inside of Evelyn’s mind until you seethe with anger too. I recommend UNHOLY HUNGER to anyone seeking a fast-paced read that will keep you awake long into the night. Be prepared to sniffle at the end.