Engrossing tale of karma

Hunters in the Dark: A Novel - Lawrence Osborne

This is quite an engrossing tale which takes place in the exotic world of Cambodia. A young English teacher, bored with his complacent life, decides to disappear.  During his first night in Cambodia, he tries his hand at a gambling casino.  What happens there sets off a series of events in which greed, karma and superstition play a huge part.


This author has crafted a gripping, suspenseful plot. I’ve recently been very disappointed in how inept publishers’ blurbs have become.   Far too often, their comparisons of one author to another is completely unfathomable.  When I saw this book compared to works of Patricia Highsmith, Daphne du Maurier and Alfred Hitchcock, I feared that I would again be disappointed.  But I do think the comparison to Highsmith and Hitchcock are right on target, although I’m not sure I see the connection to du Maurier.  This author knows how to structure a very neat plot and how to create a haunting, chilling atmosphere.  I cared for this naïve young Englishman and wanted to shake him many times as he innocently walks from one danger into the next.  I noticed that some reviewers are saying that the book starts out too slowly, but I think the author did a great job of slowly building up the tempo of the work.  If it does start out slowly for you, stick with it and I think you’ll appreciate as the story progresses just how fine a plot this author has produced.  I’ll be looking into more work by Mr. Osborne.


Very entertaining literary thriller.


This book was given to me by the publisher through Blogging for Books.




This book was given to me by the publisher through Blogging for Books.