I couldn't believe what had happened to Jeff the main character, but as I kept turning pages, the story unfolded.. living in NYC I often wonder about the homeless, where the sleep and how they live day to day. This book paints a very vivid picture of his life could be for all of the homeless people living in the subway.. I enjoyed this book very much and was happy that the ending wrapped everything up to tie up any loose ends.. I recommend this book for anything looking for something behind the psychological Thriller craze.. loved it!
Having read and somewhat enjoyed John Saul's past highly formulistic novels, I admit that The Manhattan Hunt Club seemed a book that did not initially hold any appeal for me. Saul's frequent forays into suspenseful and horrific tales of children and adolescents have long since lost any allure. I bought the book from habit more than interest. For half a year, MHC collected dust before I finally found it was the only book remaining that I had yet to explore. Though Saul sticks with a formula, he no longer is a one trick pony. He has boldly gone where he has not been before. Others have crafted similar plots, but Saul manages a few quaint and occasionally nifty surprises. As was typical with many Hitchcock suspense films, Saul takes a totally innocent person and places him at the wrong place and time. For Jeff Converse, his nightmare begins when he attempts to help a woman who has been raped and beaten severely. The victim fingers Jeff as her attacker and his nightmare begins with a prison sentence. The situation goes from macabre to steadily worse, much like Cary Grant's character in North by Northwest. The plot can be predictable at times, but there are indeed quite a few deft turns symbolic of the Manhattan underground that is the central setting for most of MHC. The characters themselves range from unique to one-dimensional, but Saul manages to breathe life into the vast majority. Quite simply, The Manhattan Hunt Club is one of Saul's best efforts in quite a few years. Hopefully, he will be able to maintain this newfound level of intensity and creativity in future efforts. In the meanwhile, MHC is worth the read for those who like their suspense sprinkled with clever surprises.
This book was highly recommended to me by a good friend as a book you could not put down because it was so exciting. It was a good read, but not really all that exciting. It was somewhat predictable, but it did have a couple of amazing plot twists that I did not see coming! So I did enjoy it--it's just that I was expecting more. I am not anxious to read more by this author. John Saul has written a lot of books, so there are a lot of people who do enjoy his work. Judge for yourself.