Review of “The Past Came Hunting” By Donnell Ann Bell

The Past Came Hunting is now at #14 spot on Kindle Store within the Thriller category and Donnell Ann Bell has not disappointed the mystery fans with this entertaining work of suspense. Recipient of numerous awards for her fiction writing and the co-owner of Crimescenewriters, a Yahoo group for mystery/suspense writers, Donnell was raised in New Mexico’s Land of Enchantment and today calls Colorado home.

A Brief Summary:

Fifteen years ago a young Colorado Springs police officer arrested a teen runaway named Melanie accused of aiding a convenience store robbery and attempted murder. She was innocent, but still served prison time briefly. Her testimony sent the real thief to jail for much longer. Now she’s a young widow raising a son, and the man she put in prison is free and seeking revenge. She moves to a home in a new neighborhood—then learns that her next-door neighbor is the by-the-book officer who arrested her. Now he’s a Colorado Springs P.D. Lieutenant. Like it or not, he may be the only one who can protect her and her son from the past he helped create.

Our Take:

Bell tells an absorbing tale of romance filled with suspense in The Past Came Hunting which brings two very different characters together: Melanie Norris who, as a widow, is trying to put her past behind and Lt. Joe Crandall , a single dad, the dedicated police officer who arrested her in the first place.

Although the story is not new and we all have seen similar plot both in the written form and on the screen, the author has done a good job to keep the readers interested. She has done so through strong focus on character development. Characters are the elements which are moving the story forward. Family issues in which single moms/dads are dealing with are painted in a realistic way and the police procedural aspects of the story seem to be sufficiently researched even though they are not the main elements of the story.

As the story moves forward, the suspense portion builds gradually and Bell doesn’t rush the story: Overall this is a page turner and I especially recommend it to the fans of romantic thrillers.

Our Rating: 3.5