Bookish Witch

The Hunter’s Trap by Sindhu John

Book blurb:

Three hunters skillfully trap and separate a mother elephant from her baby. It’s up to Penny, Jack, Lucy and Ethan to reunite and free them back into the wild. Will they succeed
with the help of the local hero, Mr. Troy? Or will they fall into a deeper trap themselves?

Follow the journey of the undaunted four as their world explodes into a gripping quest filled with the promise of an unforgettable adventure.

Genre: Fiction/ Teen & Young Adult Adventure

Format: Kindle eBook/Paperback

Pages: 130

Price:

  • Kindle eBook: 0 INR/$0.00
  • Paperback: 225 INR/$10.49

My Ratings: 4/5

This one was such a delightful flashback to childhood books. Sarah, a wildlife reporter, takes a trip with her two daughters and two nephews, to a jungle resort for interviewing Mr. Troy, the owner of the said resort and a lover and protector of wildlife animals. As the gang reach and begin to explore the resort and its surroundings, shocking things begin to get revealed one after the other, putting their lives in grave danger. Will they survive it? Read to find out.

What I liked about the book:
—> It took me back to my childhood favourites, especially the many Enid Blyton books I practically gorged on.
—> The build-up and narrative leading up to the climax.
—> The little handmade sketches/illustrations depicting the important scenes in the story. (Fun fact: these have done by the author’s own children)
—> All the child characters, who are so smart and have quick thinking abilities.
—> There are subtle hints about who might be the culprit, right from the beginning.
—> Sheds light on the cruelty to animals in the pretense of wildlife tourism and other such things.
—> The scenes with the mother and baby elephant are extremely well written, making us feel the pain they’re going through.
—> The friendly rivalry and animosity between the older and younger kids. And despite that, the genuine care and deep bonding between all four of them.

What I did not like about the book:
—> As a grown-up the story didn’t appeal to me that much as most of it was fairly predictable, right up to who the culprit would be (that might also be because of having read too many such books already)

Quotable quotes:
—> Sarah said nothing, preferring to avoid getting in the way of the children’s arguments. It was better when they sorted it out themselves.
—> It’s very important for the viewers to understand the truth firsthand.
—> It took over an hour for the mother elephant to finally get out of the pit. She twitched her tail in absolute delight and went straight to her baby. Their trunks entwined in a deep embrace as the baby cried softly into his mother’s body.

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