Red Hood – The Hunt: Urban Fairytales, Book 1
Author: Erik Schubach
Narrator: Hollie Jackson
Produced by the author
Audiobook release date: 2016
Length: 5 hours, 13 minutes
Seattle is under siege! An unusually large and focused group of werewolves are howling at the walled city of Seattle under the full moon. Detective Daria McQueen is one of many SPD officers assigned to keep the “Clean Bloods” (people uninfected by the lupine curse) safe from werewolves every night of the full moon. She is driven year after year by the need to find her missing sister and avenge the murders of her parents by an alpha werewolf. Maireni Damaschin, aka Red Hood, drops into Daria’s life under a full moon. The two women both harbor dark secrets and a thirst for justice. As the two women track a mysterious green-eyed werewolf, their sexual chemistry sizzles and their attraction for each other grows. Will they discover the lair of the beast or will humanity fall to the werewolf’s curse?
Hollie Jackson delivers a solid performance as both Daria McQueen and Maireni Damaschin. The novel is told through Daria’s eyes for most of the novel. When the adventure takes a twist 3/4 of the way through, the novel shifts back and forth between Daria’s and Maireni’s perspectives. Hollie builds suspense and anticipation of what will happen next as the women battle impossible odds, with her intuited pacing (at times quick and at others languid) and emphasis.
The brisk, yet reflective, tone and pacing of Daria’s sections reflects the matter-of-fact, take no shit kind of woman that she is. As Maireni, she uses a passable Romanian-accented English that enhances the air of mystery surrounding the character’s background. It’s worth remembering that many years and miles have influenced Maireni’s diction. Hollie also draws out Red Hood’s flirty nature, which makes for a lot of fun in the scenes between Red and the Detective.
Many of the characters seem to be slight variations of each other. The main difference between Hollie’s characterizations is whether the people are from the Pacific Northwest, Romania, or London, and gender of the characters. This is not necessarily a huge draw back, as there are only a few instances in which I had trouble telling who was who.
Overall, I definitely recommend this listening experience, especially to people who enjoy modern-day retellings of fairy tales, fantastical creatures, and spicy, suspenseful adventures!