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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
Fate is a Hunter by Susan Wüthrich is a chilling psychological suspense thriller that follows protagonist Lydia Greyling as she throws herself into hunting down her own children. On the outside, Lydia appears to have something of a static life. Her friends are a weekly staple, her neighbors find her to be pleasant enough, and she has a seemingly standard nuclear family consisting of her husband Doug and their two children, Lucy and James. Behind closed doors, Doug is an abusive alcoholic, and Lydia has battled the lifelong affliction of depression. To the shock and horror of all, Lydia returns from a friendly lunch to find her husband and children gone. When she stabilizes to the best she can mentally, she is taken on a cross-continental journey to find her kids; the discoveries along the way begin to reveal that the life she had and the man she married were built on a house of cards.
Susan Wüthrich enchants with a story that weaves itself between past and present in Fate is a Hunter, with the threading of Lydia Greyling's life frequently tangled in a hopeless series of knots. Her depression shifts and the abuse she's suffered are as much an enemy to herself as her husband Doug. Except Doug isn't real. Lydia has spent a decade married to a man who is an enigma, making her search for the children in Doug's native South Africa even more difficult. Lydia is a fully-fleshed and authentic character, well developed and frail. Her humanity and flaws are convincingly crafted by Wüthrich, and the slow-burning pace of the storyline gives a reader the opportunity to experience Lydia's anguish in a country that almost becomes a character itself. This is an excellent read and I believe it will be well received by those who enjoy the likes of Minka Kent, Kendra Elliot, and Betty Mahmoody.