Review: The Beautiful Dead by Kim Hunt

Posted February 3, 2020 by sinfully in Crime, Crime Thriller, Mystery, Review, Suspense / 0 Comments

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: The Beautiful Dead by Kim HuntThe Beautiful Dead by Kim Hunt
Published by Bloodhound Books on Feb 3, 2020
Genres: Crime Thriller
Format: ARC
Source: Bloodhound Books


In a small rural community north-west of Sydney, park ranger, Cal Nyx, finds a badly decomposed body in the bush. When the remains are identified as someone she once knew, the police treat her as a suspect. Cal, a tough and canny woman, needs to find the killer and convince the police of her innocence.

When it turns out the victim was wanted in relation to a previous murder, the case takes a complicated turn. And with family issues bubbling away in the background, Cal starts to feel the heat.

To make matters worse, Cal has a difficult history, and when the police start probing into her private life, she finds herself in a race against the clock to solve the crime.

But the murderer has Cal in their sights, and she has a choice to make…

Catch a killer or do right by her family?

If you like feisty women, you are going to love Cal Nyx.

Cal Nyx is a park ranger doing surveys and checking moth traps in the bush when she comes across a decomposed body. When the body is identified, Cal realizes she knows the victim and is determined to do her own investigation. With the police looking at her as a suspect, Cal realizes she is running out of time to find the real killer before she is implicated in the murder. But, someone does not want Cal to get to close. Will she find herself as the next victim?

This is the first book I have read by Kim Hunt and being she is an Australian author it was a little hard reading the different phrasings as it’s not the norm for me being American. It is an easy to follow story though once you get used to it. About one-third of the way in, I really started to enjoy the story. I will say though, Kim Hunt is very detailed in her writing and she really paints a scene clearly in your mind and makes you feel like you are really there.

Cal is definitely a different kind of heroine for me and while I don’t read many books with a heroine who is LGBTQ, I still enjoyed her character. She is definitely quite different than the norm and her lifestyle was pretty prominent in the book as well as in the storyline with other characters. Her backstory was also interesting and I can see why the police were looking at her as a suspect.

The story is pretty evenly paced and while there is a lot going on it is really easy to follow and it really builds up in intensity the closer you get to the truth. The story is well written, bold and absorbing. If you are looking for a different kind of story I would definitely give this one a try.

About Kim Hunt

Kim was born in Aotearoa (New Zealand) and lived in Australia for 24 years. She wrote her first novel manuscript while completing a BA Communications at UTS (Sydney). She wrote her next manuscript, The Watermark while finishing a Master of Letters at Sydney University and is currently working on a third novel. She has been published in anthologies and literary journals including Overland and Southerly. She’s lived within walls, without walls, under corro and in a van. Previous work as band roadie, tiler, gardener, caretaker and in womens’ refuge inform her writing. She’s currently living and writing in Aotearoa.

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