The Witch Hunter by Max Seeck

January 7th, 2021 Kimberly Review 8 Comments

7th Jan
The Witch Hunter by Max Seeck
The Witch Hunter
by Max Seeck
Series: Jessica Niemi #1
Narrator: Cady McClain
Length: 11 hours and 48 minutes
Genres: Noir
Source: Publisher
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Narration: 4.5 cups Speed: 1.3x

A SHOCKING MURDER IN AN AFFLUENT HEISINKI SUBURB HAS TIES TO WITCHCRAFT AND THE OCCULT IN THIS THRILLING US DEBUT FROM FINNISH AUTHOR MAX SEECK.

A best-selling author's wife has been found dead in a gorgeous black evening gown, sitting at the head of an empty dining table. Her most chilling feature - her frozen in a ghastly smile.

At first it seems as though a deranged psychopath is reenacting the gruesome murders from the Witch Hunt trilogy, best sellers written by the victim's husband. But investigator Jessica Niemi soon realizes she's not looking for a single killer but rather for dozens of believers in a sinister form of witchcraft who know her every move and are always one step ahead.

As the bodies start piling up, Jessica knows they won't stop until they get what they want. And when her dark past comes to light, Jessica finds herself battling her own demons while desperately trying to catch a coven of killers before they claim their next victim.

Audiobook CRIME MURDERMYSTERY SUSPENSE

Narrated by Cady McClain, The Witch Hunter by Max Seeck delivered a disturbing murder mystery and introduced us to investigator Jessica Niemi.

It seems a deranged psychopath is reenacting the gruesome murders from a renowned crime author’s bestselling Witch Hunt trilogy, and his wife might be the first victim.

First, I loved the narration, and from the opening scene we were pulled into the tale we see the moments before the first murder. The author’s writing style is smooth and delivered in thrilling 3D, giving the listener all the grisly details and emotions of the characters.

We meet detective Jessica Niemi as she first examines the body and throughout the story, Seeck fleshes her out, sharing details of past events that have forever shaped her into the investigator she is today. The scenes from Venice gave substance to who Jessica is, but sometimes it took me a minute to realize what was happening.

The story that unfolds is atmospheric, wonderfully detailed horror and true crime detective work as Jessica, along with her superior officer Chief Inspector Erne Mickson, worked the case and consulted each other. I felt like I had slipped into an old black and white film and it was addictive.

The concept of a killer mimicking an author’s work isn’t new, but the trilogy and Seeck added a fresh take with twists and brilliant detail that kept me listening.

Cady McClain brought Jessica to life with her narration, giving her voice and additional depth. We could sense tension, fear and frustration as the suspense increased. She added another level of enjoyment to this Nordic Noir.

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About Max Seeck

Max Seeck

Max Seeck (b. 1985) has a background in sales and marketing, and has lately been able to dedicate his time to his lifelong love of writing. His interests include well-conducted research, reading Nordic Noir and listening to movie soundtracks as he writes. Max writes in Finnish which is his native language. The foreign publishing rights have been sold to 38 countries (as of 06/2020). A TV adaptation of his novel The Witch Hunter is also in the works in Hollywood. Max’ fifth novel is released in September 2020. He’s also working on a movie screenplay that is to be produced into a Finnish feature film next year. In addition there are a few other projects that remain a mystery until the nearest future.

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8 Responses to “The Witch Hunter by Max Seeck”

  1. Lover of Romance

    You definitely got to respect seeing an author implement such depth to character development within a mystery/horror read. And its always a plus to have such a fresh feeling to the writing that sets it apart from others.

  2. ShootingStarsMag

    This sounds like a perfect winter read! Glad to hear you enjoyed it. I know the whole “killer copies an author’s work” trope isn’t new but I love it.

    -Lauren