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‘The Devil’s Country’ By Harry Hunsicker

In The Wilderness

Need be, Molly decides to kill her children, then herself.

Death is better than what will happen if they are caught.

She clutches the stolen pistol in one hand, her daughter’s arm with the other, and pulls the child toward the meeting place.

Sweat stings her eyes, trickles down the small of her back. Thorns from the mesquite trees claw at her skin and clothes.

The land is mean and unforgiving, like the men coming after her …

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    • Hi Cath,

      I do enjoy a good thriller story, so I don’t tend to get too hung up if it involves children, although it does depend on the level of the trauma involved.

      In this case, Molly is threatening to kill her children then herself rather than be captured by the men, so it all sounds pretty intense to me. I would be worried that having killed my children, I then wouldn’t be able to kill myself, or I might get stopped before I did it. That would be a living death, so I hope that Molly doesn’t actually have to make that decision.

      The full synopsis doesn’t really give too much away, as there are a couple of options as to what is happening in this opening sequence.

      Thanks for stopping by, I have enjoyed catching up with you after so long and aim to keep in touch more regularly 🙂

    • Hi Sandra,

      I’m wanting to know how Molly thinks that capture is going to be a fate worse than death.

      Has she witnessed something that they would want to silence her for, or are they simply sadistic individuals whom she knows, or knows of?

      I also wonder what the ‘meeting place’ is that she refers to – A place where she thinks they will be safe, or are they meeting another party who is going to help them?

      Lots of questions, but as you say, very chilling implications from those first few lines.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, it is always good to check in with you 🙂

  • I didn’t see the vehicle on the road in the cover (it’s clearer in your earlier post) so my first thought was that this was perhaps set in the 19th century west in American Indian country. But I quickly realized my mistake and, reading the blurb from the earlier post, think it sounds very good. It might be the kind of story that really frustrates me – knowing he is innocent, yet everything looks so bad for him!

    I’m on the second (and final) book of the Proxima series. I’ll review it soon, so I won’t share the opener here. 🙂

    • Hi Kelly,

      We are down in Texas for this story, so given the landscape, I can see where you are coming from with the American Indian theory.

      I’m more curious about the car, as there are a couple of scenarios which may fit. Is this the car which contains the men chasing Molly and her children, or the car in which Texas Ranger Arlo Baines is driving to his new life in Piedra Springs?

      Are we assuming that Molly is the person Arlo rescues in his new life, or are she and the children Arlo’s family and those opening lines are playing catchup from his former life? The chapter heading really doesn’t give anything away and there is no prologue!

      Enjoy ‘Ultima’ and I’ll look forward to your review. The series may not be my cup of tea, but I love the cover art for both books.

      Have a good weekend 🙂

    • Hi Lauren,

      I can’t believe how quickly the time is flying by. Weekends seem to come around so quickly. Next week is already half term school holidays and it’s Valentine’s Day on Tuesday .. Crazy!!

      If like me, you enjoy a good thriller, why wouldn’t those opening few lines keep you reading on?

      I am intrigued by the notion of a meeting place. It sounds as though Molly was expecting trouble all the way along, but will she make it in time?

      Thanks for taking the time to catch up with this post. I love receiving and replying to comments 🙂

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