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Carla Merino is hiding out in Lost Bay, Alaska, after a one-night stand with the wrong man, living in a camper and waitressing to stay afloat. She'd taken a memento from the evening (a habit of hers), a photograph from the man's wallet, of a younger version of himself and some very important military men. But she quickly realizes who the men are--including Gordon McKint, gi Carla Merino is hiding out in Lost Bay, Alaska, after a one-night stand with the wrong man, living in a camper and waitressing to stay afloat. She'd taken a memento from the evening (a habit of hers), a photograph from the man's wallet, of a younger version of himself and some very important military men. But she quickly realizes who the men are--including Gordon McKint, giant in the military contracting industry, who just happens to be running for president. She knows that the photo is valuable, and having taken it makes her a target by men who are known for their ruthlessness. When she finds out she's been tracked to Lost Bay, she leaves for another hideout by boat, unprepared and unaware of the dangerous weather headed her way. Cosmo D'Angelo is a man grieving his daughter, living with the sins of his past, who's in search of a certain woman (and a good meal) in the Alaskan backwater. In the era of political secrets and deep fake technology, he was foolish to let that photograph out of his sight, no matter how satisfying his evening with Carla had been. McKint--and his dangerous men--are after that photo, and he needs to get to it first. Scott Crockett is a stand-up guy, nursing a broken heart, out dipnetting alone. But when he finds a floating bag of tortilla chips, an overturned boat, and a nearly-drowned woman in the rough water, his life will get infinitely more complicated--and dangerous.


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Carla Merino is hiding out in Lost Bay, Alaska, after a one-night stand with the wrong man, living in a camper and waitressing to stay afloat. She'd taken a memento from the evening (a habit of hers), a photograph from the man's wallet, of a younger version of himself and some very important military men. But she quickly realizes who the men are--including Gordon McKint, gi Carla Merino is hiding out in Lost Bay, Alaska, after a one-night stand with the wrong man, living in a camper and waitressing to stay afloat. She'd taken a memento from the evening (a habit of hers), a photograph from the man's wallet, of a younger version of himself and some very important military men. But she quickly realizes who the men are--including Gordon McKint, giant in the military contracting industry, who just happens to be running for president. She knows that the photo is valuable, and having taken it makes her a target by men who are known for their ruthlessness. When she finds out she's been tracked to Lost Bay, she leaves for another hideout by boat, unprepared and unaware of the dangerous weather headed her way. Cosmo D'Angelo is a man grieving his daughter, living with the sins of his past, who's in search of a certain woman (and a good meal) in the Alaskan backwater. In the era of political secrets and deep fake technology, he was foolish to let that photograph out of his sight, no matter how satisfying his evening with Carla had been. McKint--and his dangerous men--are after that photo, and he needs to get to it first. Scott Crockett is a stand-up guy, nursing a broken heart, out dipnetting alone. But when he finds a floating bag of tortilla chips, an overturned boat, and a nearly-drowned woman in the rough water, his life will get infinitely more complicated--and dangerous.

30 review for The Hunger of Crows

  1. 5 out of 5

    KaY

    Nope, I can't help myself. When I saw a new thriller, The Hunger of Crows is set in ALASKA,...that was it, I must request! Thank you Dreamscape Media and Netgalley for an audio copy for review. Good girl, bad girl Carla Merino is a waitress in Arizona and has a bad habit of taking souvenirs from men she sleeps with. An old photograph of Cosmo D'Angelo, her one-night stand seems harmless. What she didn't realize is this is a photograph of military men taken with shady people in South America. One Nope, I can't help myself. When I saw a new thriller, The Hunger of Crows is set in ALASKA,...that was it, I must request! Thank you Dreamscape Media and Netgalley for an audio copy for review. Good girl, bad girl Carla Merino is a waitress in Arizona and has a bad habit of taking souvenirs from men she sleeps with. An old photograph of Cosmo D'Angelo, her one-night stand seems harmless. What she didn't realize is this is a photograph of military men taken with shady people in South America. One man in particular, Gordon McKintis is a defense contractor who is running for president and does not want this photograph to be exposed. The momento brings her tremendous bad juju and sets Carla racing to Alaska. The Hunger of Crows is a great thriller with a believable plot and well-rounded supporting characters who end up aiding Carla from the men searching for her. I've read quite a few mysteries set in Alaska but always come across something new and in this novel it's fishing! This is my first novel by Richard Chiappone and also my first audiobook by David Bendena. Thumbs up for both! Now available. (A bougainvillea bush a size of a tree...)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Pat

    Carla Merino is an almost 39 year old woman bartending for a living and picking up one night stands for kicks. One night she meets Carlos D’Angelo who seems suave and well-to-do and he cooks her a yummy meal and they have a good time but she has some uneasy feelings about him. So when he is in the shower she looks through his bedside drawers and grabs her usual ‘memento’ - in this case a photo of him and some other men taken around 20 years ago - and legs it out of there. It is not until later th Carla Merino is an almost 39 year old woman bartending for a living and picking up one night stands for kicks. One night she meets Carlos D’Angelo who seems suave and well-to-do and he cooks her a yummy meal and they have a good time but she has some uneasy feelings about him. So when he is in the shower she looks through his bedside drawers and grabs her usual ‘memento’ - in this case a photo of him and some other men taken around 20 years ago - and legs it out of there. It is not until later that she looks at the photo closely and realises it’s a ticking time bomb. Along with D’Angelo the photo shows Gordon McKint in what is probably a meeting with a Colombian drug lord. This is only relevant as McKint is now a billionaire and running for President. McKint is former CIA and made his money in civilian security services. He owns the massive security company Sidewinder, for which D’Angelo works. Carla’s journalist friend urges her to flee “right now” and later make arrangements to get the photo to her. This will derail the bid for the presidency as it will show that McKint lied to Congress. Carla runs all the way to Alaska and finds herself enjoying the life there and making new friends. But she always keeps looking over her shoulder, convinced that D’Angelo will come after her eventually to get the photo back. As you can imagine he does and this sets off a series of dramatic events that bring danger to Carla and everyone she knows and trusts. I went into this book thinking it would be a thriller but it was romantic suspense so I was not the right audience. Despite that the book did get better as it went along only to be let down again by the ending. I also thought that Carla, who was likeable enough, made some really dumb decisions and kept having to be rescued. Her Alaskan love interest was Scott Crockett who appeared to be smitten with Carla in some form of Insta-love which I’m not a fan of. Scott was a bumbling good guy who didn’t always make the right choices either. All in all I think if you like romantic suspense you will enjoy the book a bit more. I thought it was ok but not great. The whole thing with the photo was clumsy and unrealistic and the ending of the book, well without giving anything away, I’ll just say I wasn’t a fan. Thanks to Netgalley and Crooked Lane Books for the much appreciated arc which I reviewed voluntarily and honestly.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Farshana ❤️rainnbooks❤️

    Richard Chiappone’s debut novel The Hunger Of Crows is a fast-paced action thriller with short snappy chapters that keep the reader on tenterhooks. Carla’s harmless habit of picking up a memento from the guys she spends the night with has suddenly landed her in a heap of trouble. One night with handsome hunk Cosmo D’Angelo has her running scared for her life. The photograph she stole from his drawer has the potential for national upheaval and the brutal reality of the situation forces her to run Richard Chiappone’s debut novel The Hunger Of Crows is a fast-paced action thriller with short snappy chapters that keep the reader on tenterhooks. Carla’s harmless habit of picking up a memento from the guys she spends the night with has suddenly landed her in a heap of trouble. One night with handsome hunk Cosmo D’Angelo has her running scared for her life. The photograph she stole from his drawer has the potential for national upheaval and the brutal reality of the situation forces her to run and hide in the remotest corner of the world in Alaska. As the story progresses thru Scott, Carla, and Cosmo, the action shifts from Phoenix in Arizona to Homer in Alaska with an edge-of-the-seat action. There are of course quite a number of books with a commoner getting their hands on something so valuable that the entire country is after them. But the author has surprisingly kept the adrenaline rush to a tolerable level and giving a greyish shade to Cosmos and laying out the personal reason for him has him gaining the reader’s sympathy. The unlikely hero Scott is a lovely character with the kind of naivety and sweetness that for a time, I wondered if Carla would chew him alive. In fact, the female characters including Clara and her friend Shire are positively more worldly-wise than Scott so much that his lack of confidence around Clara definitely comes across. The ending was totally unexpected, it was something like when one expects a spectacular firework display, all that they are given is a damp squib. But again, as an attempt to deviate from the norm, it is definitely an appreciable effort and I admire the author for that. But with an action thriller, I am so used to those heart-thumping ends, the climax of Hunger of Crows felt low-key especially with that first 85% offering such breathless excitement. A 3.5 stars breathe-easy thriller ☂️☂️☂️ 💧 Many thanks to Net Galley, Crooked Lane Books, and the author for a chance to read and review this book. All opinions are expressed voluntarily. This review is published in my blog https://rainnbooks.com/, Goodreads, Amazon India, Medium.com, Facebook, and Twitter.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    Wow! What started as a one night stand between a waitress with a desire to be wanted and a man coming home from a job looking for a distraction from the realness of his life, turns into a cat and mouse game all over a picture that would make some very powerful men look very bad! While working in her Arizona waitressing job Carla strikes up a conversation with a customer leading to a one-night stand with Cosmo. While still at Cosmo's house Carla takes a memento (a habit of hers to remember the me Wow! What started as a one night stand between a waitress with a desire to be wanted and a man coming home from a job looking for a distraction from the realness of his life, turns into a cat and mouse game all over a picture that would make some very powerful men look very bad! While working in her Arizona waitressing job Carla strikes up a conversation with a customer leading to a one-night stand with Cosmo. While still at Cosmo's house Carla takes a memento (a habit of hers to remember the men she sleeps with) only to find out later that the picture is worth more than 1000 words. The picture puts the man who is running for president along with Cosmo in a very hard spot meeting with individuals of very important military men from other countries. This alone sets Carla on the run where she finally kind of settles down in Lost Bay, Alaska. Carla wants to release the photo to the media to bring into light the presidential candidate's actions while Cosmo is on the hunt for Carla to get the photo back! While all this is going on Carla has a boating accident where Scott comes to her aid and he is determined to help Carla on the way to getting this photo to the media. What happens with Cosmo is in the same town as Carla and Scott? Read this book to find out what happens! This is a fast-paced thriller with a splash of romance and friendship! While also giving a glimpse of light on what happens when you work with the powerful and mighty! I was provided the audiobook to review by Dreamscape Media and Netgalley! The audiobook was great, the narrator did not have a monotone voice that has the tendency of putting you to sleep. The narrator kept me interested and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who loves slow-burning thrillers with a splash of romance!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Darlene

    Burnt-out social worker turned waitress, Carla Merino, goes on the run after she takes a momento from a one-night-stand and later finds out it is an incriminating photo of a current presidential candidate that could put her in danger. I really wanted to like this book. It had all the elements I usually love - lots of action, fast-paced plot, strong female protagonist - but it just didn't quite hit for me. It was a fairly enjoyable read and I never thought of putting it down, but Carla just wasn' Burnt-out social worker turned waitress, Carla Merino, goes on the run after she takes a momento from a one-night-stand and later finds out it is an incriminating photo of a current presidential candidate that could put her in danger. I really wanted to like this book. It had all the elements I usually love - lots of action, fast-paced plot, strong female protagonist - but it just didn't quite hit for me. It was a fairly enjoyable read and I never thought of putting it down, but Carla just wasn't convincing to me. She's an aging waitress hooking up with strange men and no real direction. She, somewhat innocently, takes the photo from the nightstand of a customer she hooked up with in her bar. She doesn't know the significance until looking at it later, makes a couple of calls, and suddenly knows how to go on the lamb, off-grid, using fake names and working for cash, and manages to evade a paramilitary group with near-limitless resources for two months. Then, suddenly, she makes a series of stupid mistakes and has to be rescued by strong, hunky men repeatedly. I didn't see any consistency in Carla and, since she was the main character, that was a big negative for the book. Overall, this wasn't a bad story, but the protagonist needs some more work.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Geha

    The Hunger of Crows by Richard Chiappone Five Star Read – Highly Recommend. Alaska is a place I have always wanted to visit, and maybe one day I will. Karmon was my first introduction as a college roommate who came from Sitka and a few years later Maggie from Aleknagik told me more after she left to take up nursing and world travel. I still would love to see it though I am not sure I would be up to the dark nights of winter, long days of summer, and the severe winter weather. Anyway…this book too The Hunger of Crows by Richard Chiappone Five Star Read – Highly Recommend. Alaska is a place I have always wanted to visit, and maybe one day I will. Karmon was my first introduction as a college roommate who came from Sitka and a few years later Maggie from Aleknagik told me more after she left to take up nursing and world travel. I still would love to see it though I am not sure I would be up to the dark nights of winter, long days of summer, and the severe winter weather. Anyway…this book took me back to dreaming about Alaska and perhaps one day I will actually get there though I hope it will be a much easier visit than some in this book had! What I liked: * The story and the way it was written – well done * Scott Crockett: divorced, carpenter, fisherman, survivor, protector, good man * Shire Kiminsky: bartender, waitress, fishing boat owner, great mother to five-year-old twin daughters, good person * The setting: Alaska, a place I hope to visit someday * That the story was set in summer and not in winter * Quirky aging hippie-like surfer wannabe George Volker owner of Orca Grill * Carla Merino: divorced, educated waitress, disillusioned, seeks affirmation in interesting ways, memento thief, a product of her past choices, wondered about her life and how it might have been and may end up in the future. * Cosmo D Angelo: military veteran, divorced, father of Jennifer, works for large security firm, capable, lethal, chef caliber cook, conflicted, intriguing, a bit of a bad boy that might have more beneath the surface…maybe? * The tie-in to politics, politicians, and political issues that are current and contentious * The Ravens…brilliant birds and perhaps smarter than the people in this story * That the story felt believable and that I was along for the ride * Being able to see this as a movie * Lying in bed last night trying to figure out who I would cast in each role instead of counting sheep * Thinking and wondering about the future of the characters in this book * Reading a new-to-me author that I would gladly read again What I didn’t like: * Exactly who and what I was meant not to like: * Gordon McKint’s aspirations and his plots and plans and willingness to do anything to achieve them * Knowing that much experienced by the characters is no doubt all too real Did I enjoy this book? Yes Would I read more by this author? Definitely Thank you to NetGalley and the author for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars

  7. 4 out of 5

    Angela Y (yangelareads)

    I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Copy provided by Dreamscape Media. Carla's hiding out Lost Bay, Alaska, after a one-night stand with the wrong man, living in a camper and waitressing to stay afloat. She'd taken a memento from the evening,a photograph from the man's (D'Angelo's) wallet, of a younger version of himself and some very important military men. But Carla quickly realizes who the men are who happens to be running for president. She knows that the I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Copy provided by Dreamscape Media. Carla's hiding out Lost Bay, Alaska, after a one-night stand with the wrong man, living in a camper and waitressing to stay afloat. She'd taken a memento from the evening,a photograph from the man's (D'Angelo's) wallet, of a younger version of himself and some very important military men. But Carla quickly realizes who the men are who happens to be running for president. She knows that the photo is valuable, and having taken it makes her a target by men who are known for their ruthlessness. When she finds out she's been tracked to Lost Bay, she leaves for another hideout by boat, unprepared and unaware of the dangerous weather headed her way. While I enjoyed the book, it was missing something for me. It had all the elements I usually l - like in a thriller - action, fast-paced plot, strong female protagonist - but it just didn't quite hit for me. It was a fairly enjoyable read and I never thought of putting it down, but Carla just wasn't convincing to me. I felt the protagonist needed more work, and I just never connected with any of the characters. Also, the ending was just unsatisfying.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ilona

    How a one-night stand stolen memento makes you end up in Alaska … page turner – seriously, once started could not put it down! Meet Carla Mernio, social worker turned waitress, Cosmo D’Angelo “problem solver” for Sidewinder, and Gordon McKnit (who is running for president), Scott Crokett the less likely person to get involved into any messes, but local Alaskan hero… and an old picture. Thank you to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for letting me read this early!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Marion Over

    I love stories about the ocean and stories about fishing. Most of this story takes place in Alaska and that was an instant attraction for me. David Bendena is a brilliant narrator, his voice is smooth, deep and perfect for this story. Everything is fast paced and dramatic in this audiobook. The characters are well developed and realistically flawed. In the end it was very hard to figure out who's really the worst "bad guy". This is a good dramatic thriller. I enjoyed it completely. I received thi I love stories about the ocean and stories about fishing. Most of this story takes place in Alaska and that was an instant attraction for me. David Bendena is a brilliant narrator, his voice is smooth, deep and perfect for this story. Everything is fast paced and dramatic in this audiobook. The characters are well developed and realistically flawed. In the end it was very hard to figure out who's really the worst "bad guy". This is a good dramatic thriller. I enjoyed it completely. I received this audiobook ARC from Dreamscape and NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Diana Brown

    Thank you Netgalley and Crooked Lanes Book for the chance to read The hunger of crows by Richard Chiappone. I was drawn to this book by the description, cover and the comparison to another author. While I enjoyed the story, I did have issues with the way the book was written, as I could not connect with the characters and did not like the abrupt ending which was just unsatisfying. 21/2 stars rounded up to 3.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and the author, for an ARC of this book, in exchange for an honest review. "The Hunger of Crows" by Richard Chiappone had a strong plot, interesting characters, suspense & even some romance. I really liked it up until the ending, the ending didn’t complete the book for me & I was upset about it. Other than that, I recommend it & I look forward to more by this author. Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and the author, for an ARC of this book, in exchange for an honest review. "The Hunger of Crows" by Richard Chiappone had a strong plot, interesting characters, suspense & even some romance. I really liked it up until the ending, the ending didn’t complete the book for me & I was upset about it. Other than that, I recommend it & I look forward to more by this author.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jocelynn

    Highly Enjoyable book! Thank you to Netgalley and Dreamscape Media for an early audio book! This story was really well written and well-paced. I couldn't stop listening! The story is entertaining and engaging. The characters feel realistic, like you could really get to know them or may even already know someone like them in your life. You're able to understand the characters and how they would feel or their reactions to the things happening. From the beginning, the author creates a great sense of Highly Enjoyable book! Thank you to Netgalley and Dreamscape Media for an early audio book! This story was really well written and well-paced. I couldn't stop listening! The story is entertaining and engaging. The characters feel realistic, like you could really get to know them or may even already know someone like them in your life. You're able to understand the characters and how they would feel or their reactions to the things happening. From the beginning, the author creates a great sense of mystery and suspense in the way characters view other characters or situations. The story takes off right away with small events and kicks up from there, keeping you guessing at what is going to happen. The only things that were a little odd were how some of the more 'intimate' scenes were written/described. Kind of just odd but not offputting or anything. The narration is the other thing. For most of the perspectives and voices for dialogue, the narrator does really well, but when he reads certain female characters, it doesn't sound great, lol. He also gave one character a kind of twang but wasn't consistent with it while reading that character so it made for some confusing parts for a little while. Otherwise, the narrator did a great job. He was very articulate and clear in his reading. There were no weird noises in the background or anything and aside from the small things listed above, had a good range of differences between all the characters. Overall, this was a really entertaining listen and I will definitely be looking forward to more from this author!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

    This is my first experience with Chiappone's writing and I must admit that I wanted to listen to this audiobook entirely because of the catchy title! I love crows - all corvids, really. And though there's only a minimal bird presence in the book, I really enjoyed the fact that there was a crow presence at all! In Phoenix, Arizona, Carla waits tables after being burned out as a social worker. She enjoys having relationships without strings and when a handsome stranger arrives after a long night, This is my first experience with Chiappone's writing and I must admit that I wanted to listen to this audiobook entirely because of the catchy title! I love crows - all corvids, really. And though there's only a minimal bird presence in the book, I really enjoyed the fact that there was a crow presence at all! In Phoenix, Arizona, Carla waits tables after being burned out as a social worker. She enjoys having relationships without strings and when a handsome stranger arrives after a long night, she happily goes home with him. But a bad habit of hers leads her to take something that doesn't belong to her - something that a powerful man will stop at nothing to get back... She flies with her life and not much else, all the way to Homer, Alaska. Chiappone provides multiple perspectives in this thriller set mostly against the natural beauty of Alaska. The plot driving the story has a few holes, making the first half not quite as tense as it could have been. The final section also just begs for an epilogue - sometime more satisfying for all of the trouble brought about by one photograph... While the male characters, flaws and all have a bit more depth, I didn't find Carla to be as convincing of a character... I have found that some male authors struggle with writing a female perspective... or maybe it's just because Carla isn't very likable that she spoiled this one a bit for me. The way she behaves in the very end is really frustrating and seems at odds with all the events leading up to this. But, the story did keep my interest from start to finish and I really thought the performer did a good job. He has a pleasant voice and didn't do anything awful with the female dialogue the way less talented performers do. It's an entertaining listen overall.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lyndi

    Carla Merino is a waitress with a string of one night stands and a bad habit of keeping a memento to remember them by. But after her night with Cosmo D'Angelo, she takes an old photograph of him from his dresser. No harm right? The problem is the men in the picture with him, one of them Gordon McKint, a military contractor who also happens to be running for president. After she realizes the evidence she holds, she is immediately in fear for her life and on the run. She settles in Alaska, starts Carla Merino is a waitress with a string of one night stands and a bad habit of keeping a memento to remember them by. But after her night with Cosmo D'Angelo, she takes an old photograph of him from his dresser. No harm right? The problem is the men in the picture with him, one of them Gordon McKint, a military contractor who also happens to be running for president. After she realizes the evidence she holds, she is immediately in fear for her life and on the run. She settles in Alaska, starts a fling with her boss, and after breaking up, she needs some time away on her friends island cabin. Her boat capsizes in a storm and she is rescued by local carpenter and fisherman Scott Crockett, Will the bad men that are after her believe that she's dead, drowned during the storm? Can her nightmare finally be over? I saw this was a thriller set in Alaska and immediately wanted to read it. The setting was beautiful, the plot was tense enough to keep my attention, and the characters were relatable. Carla was a strong main character and I could sympathize with her struggle to decide between doing the right thing or giving herself security and a better life. I received an advance reader copy of this book through NetGalley. The views and opinions expressed in this review are completely my own and given voluntarily.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Dr. Barb

    Carla is a waitress in a restaurant that mostly serves law enforcement. When D’Angelo comes in late one night she is drawn to him and goes home with him. She often takes a memento from those she sleeps with and chooses an old photograph of him with some military men. One of them, Gordon Mckint, is big into military contracting and is running for president. Carla and others believe he is behind many illegal operations and after taking the picture, she fears for her life. She decides to head out o Carla is a waitress in a restaurant that mostly serves law enforcement. When D’Angelo comes in late one night she is drawn to him and goes home with him. She often takes a memento from those she sleeps with and chooses an old photograph of him with some military men. One of them, Gordon Mckint, is big into military contracting and is running for president. Carla and others believe he is behind many illegal operations and after taking the picture, she fears for her life. She decides to head out of town and hide. ’Angelo works with McKint and wishes he could remove himself from the group. However, Mckint saved his life when they were both in the CIA. D’Angelo’s daughter gave him the picture and wanted him to do the right thing and expose McKint before he can become president. When Carla takes off for Alaska, D’Angelo must find her before Mckint and his goons do. This book has wonderful characters and the author has a way with words that want you to keep reading. D’Angelo may have done things years ago that he is not proud of but now he wants to make things right. He is a mercenary but also has a kind, gentle side that he shows to Carla. Carla takes a skiff to a friend’s cabin on a night that ends up stormy and she goes overboard. She believes if people believe she is dead, all her problems would be solved. D’Angelo goes to Alaska and refuses to leave without the picture. Great characters, an adventure and a mystery to solve.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Claudia

    I really enjoyed this audiobook. Carla is an interesting character. She gave up a career as a social worker and now works as a waitress. She has a habit of taking a memento from the homes of men with whom she has a one night stand. This time she mooched the wrong thing from the wrong guy. The photo incriminates a mobster character with major political aspirations. Once Carla realizes what she has, she knows she is in danger and must go into hiding. She takes off for a small town in Alaska where s I really enjoyed this audiobook. Carla is an interesting character. She gave up a career as a social worker and now works as a waitress. She has a habit of taking a memento from the homes of men with whom she has a one night stand. This time she mooched the wrong thing from the wrong guy. The photo incriminates a mobster character with major political aspirations. Once Carla realizes what she has, she knows she is in danger and must go into hiding. She takes off for a small town in Alaska where she meets an interesting cast of characters. All of the characters in this story are well developed; the mystery/thriller is exciting and engrossing. The author brings the Alaskan setting to life without extraneous detail. The dialogue is well written, believable and funny, in some places. The ending was completely satisfying. Even though the story included a romantic element, it was not cliche or distracting. I have not read this author before, but I would definitely read his novels/audiobooks again. If he decided to write a second book about Carla, I would read it. The story is complete without a second installment, but Carla is the type of character whose journey I would enjoy following. Recommended for fans of mysteries, thrillers, and those who are fascinated by Alaska. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for an ARC of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    V

    What an interesting new book and author! I selecteded this for the Alaskan setting, the intriguing title, and the mysterious synopsis. I had not read this author before and was not disappointed. The main character, Carla, lives in AZ, works as a waitress, has an ordinary life, except she has relationship issues and makes poor life choices. This lands her in life-threatning situations. The result of a one night stand will put her on the run from Az to Utah to Alaska. D’Angelo, an operative in the P What an interesting new book and author! I selecteded this for the Alaskan setting, the intriguing title, and the mysterious synopsis. I had not read this author before and was not disappointed. The main character, Carla, lives in AZ, works as a waitress, has an ordinary life, except she has relationship issues and makes poor life choices. This lands her in life-threatning situations. The result of a one night stand will put her on the run from Az to Utah to Alaska. D’Angelo, an operative in the Phoenix office of Sidewinder Security, drops into the bar where Carla works. Carla and D'Angelo's one night stand becomes a cat and mouse game with deadly ramifications. D'Angelo's boss is Gordon McKint, a military contractor, billionaire, who's running for president. He's a ruthless, evil man. The plot is thick with intrigue and dizzying action. I found myself cheering for Carla because of and despite her flaws. It was easy to picture the scenic Alaskan area with the authors vivid descriptions of the water, the boats & fisherman, the local bars & restaraunts, the salmon, even the tourists. It was a very satisfying and thrilling adventure to read. There is a strong plot, interesting characters, suspense and even some romance. I highly recommend and I look forward to more by this author. Thanks so much to Netgalley, Richard Chiappone, and Crooked Lane Books for the advance digital copy. These thoughts and opinions are mine alone given voluntarily.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    This is my first Richard Chiappone novel. I picked it up because I saw it was a suspense novel set in Alaska. The flyleaf describes the story as a woman running from her past who must outwit the deadly assassins on her tail. Carla Merino is a 30 something waitress who has one night stands with patrons who come to whatever bar she works in. One night, something happens that sets off a chain of events making her flee for her life. That’s how she gets to Alaska. This novel is suspenseful, and Carla This is my first Richard Chiappone novel. I picked it up because I saw it was a suspense novel set in Alaska. The flyleaf describes the story as a woman running from her past who must outwit the deadly assassins on her tail. Carla Merino is a 30 something waitress who has one night stands with patrons who come to whatever bar she works in. One night, something happens that sets off a chain of events making her flee for her life. That’s how she gets to Alaska. This novel is suspenseful, and Carla’s flirtations help move the plot. The story is also a look at how the political climate can be changed by something the general public may never know about. While I enjoyed this storyline , Chiappone’s description of some situations that made me think about current and past political events and speculation about who might have been involved. Some things are better left unknown to the general public. This is why I enjoy reading. Books, even fiction, trigger ideas and cause me to think. Finally, I agree with author Christine Caron’s blurb that says “perfect blend of character, suspense, and evocative atmosphere.”

  19. 5 out of 5

    Pennie Morgan

    WOW, this one had me waiting to find out what happens next. What started as a one-night stand turned into a race for life. Carla was working as a waitress in Arizona when she strikes up a conversation with a customer who just so happens to have returned from an assignment and just needs some down time. When they hook up that night and he is in the bathroom, Carla finds a photo and takes it, not knowing she will then be on the run for her life. When she finds out the photo is of the man running f WOW, this one had me waiting to find out what happens next. What started as a one-night stand turned into a race for life. Carla was working as a waitress in Arizona when she strikes up a conversation with a customer who just so happens to have returned from an assignment and just needs some down time. When they hook up that night and he is in the bathroom, Carla finds a photo and takes it, not knowing she will then be on the run for her life. When she finds out the photo is of the man running for president and it could be the end of his candidacy she knows she has to run and fast. She packs up her van and runs to Alaska, as far as she can go. This is where Cosmo d'Angelo hunts her down. It is his photo she took. Here, along with several townspeople she is helped but who is hunting her, really? Is it Cosmo or is it Gordon, the man running for president? There were so many twists and turns it kept the story going. **Received this ARC for review in audio from the publisher via NetGalley**

  20. 4 out of 5

    Reeca Elliott

    Carla is on the run! She has had a one night stand and she stole a picture. She really didn’t know this act would change her life but it did. The photo could take down a dangerous presidential candidate. Now, this one act has her life in extreme danger! As most of you know…give me a book set in Alaska and I am hooked. This book nails the scenery and the weird people. This story is also very intense in places. The characters are flawed and that just makes this story more appealing. I enjoyed Carla’ Carla is on the run! She has had a one night stand and she stole a picture. She really didn’t know this act would change her life but it did. The photo could take down a dangerous presidential candidate. Now, this one act has her life in extreme danger! As most of you know…give me a book set in Alaska and I am hooked. This book nails the scenery and the weird people. This story is also very intense in places. The characters are flawed and that just makes this story more appealing. I enjoyed Carla’s unique situation. Plus she flounders…you will have to read this to find out! The narrator did a good job keeping all the voices unique and the intensity on point! Need just a good, intense read with a fabulous setting! This is it! I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Isabelle Boutin

    An entertaining read for thriller-romance amateurs. I was definately not the right audience for this book. The main character Carla was not likeable and was lacking substance. I found the book a little bit on the misoginist end of the spectrum with its main character making bad decisions and having to be rescued by men. Without spoiling anything, I thought the last quarter of the book was unbelievable and I already forgot the ending the day after I finished it. I listened to the audiobook and di An entertaining read for thriller-romance amateurs. I was definately not the right audience for this book. The main character Carla was not likeable and was lacking substance. I found the book a little bit on the misoginist end of the spectrum with its main character making bad decisions and having to be rescued by men. Without spoiling anything, I thought the last quarter of the book was unbelievable and I already forgot the ending the day after I finished it. I listened to the audiobook and didn't really appreciate the narrator. His acting was pretty good but his expression and tone were - again - exagerated, putting emphasis where it didn't need too. I have to say that maybe it has to do with the fact that it was a male author and male narrator telling the story of a female protagonist. Maybe that's where it when wrong for me. Thanks a lot to Netgalley for the ARC

  22. 5 out of 5

    Julie Gerbino-Horowski

    3.5 stars. I really liked this up until the end. The ending didn’t complete the book for me and I was super bummed about it. The book follows Carla and the events after she takes a memento from her one night stand. The memento taking was a habit of hers. This time though, she takes the wrong one and it gets her in some serious trouble. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. I was just expecting a better ending. This is just my opinion and yours could be very different, so I would still give 3.5 stars. I really liked this up until the end. The ending didn’t complete the book for me and I was super bummed about it. The book follows Carla and the events after she takes a memento from her one night stand. The memento taking was a habit of hers. This time though, she takes the wrong one and it gets her in some serious trouble. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. I was just expecting a better ending. This is just my opinion and yours could be very different, so I would still give it a shot if you are on the fence. I, personally, will definitely read another book from this author. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for letting me read this in exchange for an honest review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Julie Gerbino-Horowski

    3.5 stars. I really liked this up until the end. The ending didn’t complete the book for me and I was super bummed about it. The book follows Carla and the events after she takes a memento from her one night stand. The memento taking was a habit of hers. This time though, she takes the wrong one and it gets her in some serious trouble. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. I was just expecting a better ending. This is just my opinion and yours could be very different, so I would still give 3.5 stars. I really liked this up until the end. The ending didn’t complete the book for me and I was super bummed about it. The book follows Carla and the events after she takes a memento from her one night stand. The memento taking was a habit of hers. This time though, she takes the wrong one and it gets her in some serious trouble. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. I was just expecting a better ending. This is just my opinion and yours could be very different, so I would still give it a shot if you are on the fence. I, personally, will definitely read another book from this author. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for letting me read this in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Heaven

    I really really liked this… until the end. The title and cover of the book are very attractive, and I adored the setting. The premise of this book was very interesting and it got off to a great start. While I wasn’t a fan of the main character, the supporting characters were very interesting and had traits that made me feel more connected to them than the main character. The complexities of the plot, however, are what really kept me interested - I just had to know what happened next. The ending I really really liked this… until the end. The title and cover of the book are very attractive, and I adored the setting. The premise of this book was very interesting and it got off to a great start. While I wasn’t a fan of the main character, the supporting characters were very interesting and had traits that made me feel more connected to them than the main character. The complexities of the plot, however, are what really kept me interested - I just had to know what happened next. The ending was extremely unsatisfying. We received some closure with the main character but so much else - the more important and interesting aspects of the book - were left unaddressed. Thank you to NetGalley and Dreamscape Media for allowing me to access this audiobook!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Star Gater

    Different twist than I've encountered, and I liked it. There were several characters, none of which I liked. However, the story was so intriguing, I wanted to see how it ended. The ending was satisfying, and mostly believable. I don't restate the synopsis or give spoilers. There was profanity. I will look for more work by this author. At no point was I bored. The narrator was okay. Thank you NetGalley, Dreamscape Media, and Richard Chiappone for accepting my request to read and review. #NetGall Different twist than I've encountered, and I liked it. There were several characters, none of which I liked. However, the story was so intriguing, I wanted to see how it ended. The ending was satisfying, and mostly believable. I don't restate the synopsis or give spoilers. There was profanity. I will look for more work by this author. At no point was I bored. The narrator was okay. Thank you NetGalley, Dreamscape Media, and Richard Chiappone for accepting my request to read and review. #NetGalley #DreamscapeMedia #RichardChiappone #TheHungerOfCrows #Audiobook #NarratorDavidBendena

  26. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    3.5 rounded down The Hunger of Crows is a run of the mill mystery/suspense story with an ending that makes one wonder if there might be a follow up sometime in the future… It is the setting and the detailed descriptions of Alaska nature and living that set it apart from the others. Chiappone does an eloquent job of detailing living on the water and in the vastness of Alaska, as well as homes, clothing, bar life, and community. This is a good read for those who enjoy books by John Straley and Dana 3.5 rounded down The Hunger of Crows is a run of the mill mystery/suspense story with an ending that makes one wonder if there might be a follow up sometime in the future… It is the setting and the detailed descriptions of Alaska nature and living that set it apart from the others. Chiappone does an eloquent job of detailing living on the water and in the vastness of Alaska, as well as homes, clothing, bar life, and community. This is a good read for those who enjoy books by John Straley and Dana Stabenow. Thank you Libro.Fm and Dreamscape Media for the ALC of this book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kayla

    Man, this book just didn’t do it for me. 2.5 stars rounded up to 3. I love thrillers, but this was slow and then almost too fast-paced at times. I did want to know the ending so I kept pushing, but I also didn’t like the ending 😕 Carla is a washed-up waitress who only allows herself to have one night stands. She likes to steal a small memento from every man she stays with. Unfortunately, she steals the wrong thing from the wrong man and it leads her to a life on the run. Thanks to NetGalley and Dr Man, this book just didn’t do it for me. 2.5 stars rounded up to 3. I love thrillers, but this was slow and then almost too fast-paced at times. I did want to know the ending so I kept pushing, but I also didn’t like the ending 😕 Carla is a washed-up waitress who only allows herself to have one night stands. She likes to steal a small memento from every man she stays with. Unfortunately, she steals the wrong thing from the wrong man and it leads her to a life on the run. Thanks to NetGalley and Dreamscape Media for the ARC.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Jones

    Carla Merino finds herself on the run in Alaska after fleeing California. After one of her many one night stands, she leaves with an incriminating photo of a very dangerous man running for president. Carlos D’Angela is a complicated man working for the politician. He tracks Carla down in Alaska and a page turning thriller ensues. I enjoyed the character development in this book. Many characters with many distinctive personalities. I’m still not sure about the ending, but I did enjoy this fast pa Carla Merino finds herself on the run in Alaska after fleeing California. After one of her many one night stands, she leaves with an incriminating photo of a very dangerous man running for president. Carlos D’Angela is a complicated man working for the politician. He tracks Carla down in Alaska and a page turning thriller ensues. I enjoyed the character development in this book. Many characters with many distinctive personalities. I’m still not sure about the ending, but I did enjoy this fast paced novel.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jenn Marshall

    After a one night stand with the wrong man, Carla Merino is hiding out in Lost Bay, Alaska. She took a photo from him that is valuable and makes her a target. I really enjoyed the story. It is marked as a thriller, but definitely has a suspenseful romance feel to it. It reminds me of Julie Garwood or Nora Roberts. I enjoyed the whole damsel in distress feeling that the book had. While I was not a huge fan of the ending, it was different than books I have seen before.The narrator was easy to unde After a one night stand with the wrong man, Carla Merino is hiding out in Lost Bay, Alaska. She took a photo from him that is valuable and makes her a target. I really enjoyed the story. It is marked as a thriller, but definitely has a suspenseful romance feel to it. It reminds me of Julie Garwood or Nora Roberts. I enjoyed the whole damsel in distress feeling that the book had. While I was not a huge fan of the ending, it was different than books I have seen before.The narrator was easy to understand. I was completely invested and wanted to see what would happen next. 4 stars

  30. 5 out of 5

    Janet Martin

    Adventure can pop up when least expected. Carla is used to taking little souvenirs from her short term lovers, but when she plucks a photograph from Cosmo's night stand, she is on the run for her life. A new one is barely started in Homer, Alaska, when she realizes her safety has been compromised. But Cosmo is only one of the killers on her trail. A terrific thriller, with ethical questions facing several very well drawn characters. The plot, which makes excellent use of the Alaskan setting, is Adventure can pop up when least expected. Carla is used to taking little souvenirs from her short term lovers, but when she plucks a photograph from Cosmo's night stand, she is on the run for her life. A new one is barely started in Homer, Alaska, when she realizes her safety has been compromised. But Cosmo is only one of the killers on her trail. A terrific thriller, with ethical questions facing several very well drawn characters. The plot, which makes excellent use of the Alaskan setting, is filled twists and turns, and doesn't resolve until the last minutes of the book. David Bendena delivers a fine performance.

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