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The Lion, the Lamb, the Hunted (Patrick Bannister #1)

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  6,157 Ratings  ·  521 Reviews
But a minute was all it took to turn Jean Kingsley's world upside down—a minute she'd regret for the rest of her life.

Because when she returned, she found an open bedroom window and her three-year-old son, Nathan, gone. The boy would never be seen again.

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Kindle Edition, 293 pages
Published April 23rd 2013 by Thomas & Mercer (first published January 1st 2011)
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Aug 09, 2015 Brenda rated it really liked it
This is Kaufman's second book, and I think it is much better than the first, but there's still room for improvement.

A short way in, I thought I knew the secret. The further I read, I thought, "Whaaat?!" Read a little further, thought, "This is too far out there." Then, "What is going on here? Are these people real or figments?" What this tells me is that I didn't trust the main character, Patrick, enough to believe the narrative. This is probably intentional on the author's part; I just checked
Review to come when I pull myself together. :)

Another winner from Andrew E. Kaufman! The Lion, the Lamb, the Hunted is the best written psychological thriller I've ever read. It's full of twists and turns and has a wonderful ending that will cause your jaw to drop!
I dare you to read this and not fall in love with Patrick Bannister. I've never connected with a character like I did with him and I still tear up and want to hug him whenever I think about his story. A lot of books have made me cry,
Apr 17, 2015 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-loved
When i started reading this i thought what was going on here then i found i had to get back to this quick smart after doing my house duties then all of a sudden WHAM BAM THANK YOU Andrew Kaufman for writing a solid plot which did my head in i was captured by the very first word written with a twist & turn i didn't see coming at the end.

Why i hadn't read Mr Kaufman before is beyond me i loved loved everything about this book there wasn't a flaw in any character & i liked his writing style
Misty Baker
Mar 02, 2012 Misty Baker rated it it was amazing
A girl can only take so much angst, so realizing (2 days ago) that I have read WAY to many YA books lately, (and I’m starting to have horrendous HS flashbacks) I decided to jump back into an old favorite of mine…Psychological thrillers.

Back in December I left y’all hanging, (with what I’m now proclaiming to be a ridiculously tiny excerpt,) of Andrew’s Kaufman’s newest book “The Lion, The Lamb, The Hunted.” And since I too, was left hungry for more, I decided it was high time that I get to it.

I a
Feb 03, 2017 Linda rated it really liked it
Solid plot, great characterization, psychological suspense. First book I've read by Andrew E. Kaufman and I look forward to more.
Feb 06, 2013 Monnie rated it it was amazing
At the time I downloaded this Kindle book at Amazon, 251 readers had awarded it a 5-star rating. I also read that author Andrew E. Kaufman's debut forensic paranormal novel, While the Savage Sleeps, was ranked No. 1 on two of Amazon's best-sellers lists. So, I wasn't overly concerned about wasting my time (I already knew I wasn't wasting money; it was free when I snagged it and it's only $3.99 as I write this).

Now that I've finished, I'm happy to say I've added another vote for the 5-star list.
May 04, 2016 Lisa rated it liked it
Shelves: audio
I read this via audio and have never known such an enthusiatic and full-on narrator - excellent!
So yes, this is a damaged man solving a mystery that involes his own mother who was horrid!
I liked the story and the characters - I think I would read more in this series - especially if this narrator is involved! Absolutely loved his accent and delivery.
Would I have liked it as much had I read the book? Not sure quite honestly, all I can say that is that it was enjoyable but not ground-breaking.
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Why did I not read this sooner!!!?? WOW what a very suspenseful ride this was! It was action packed from the first chapter! I loved every minute of reading this book. I do have to admit that I did catch on the some of the ending while reading the book, however there was a twist that I was not expecting! The only complaint that I have is that it was so good I felt the action that happened at the end could have lasted longer! I was disappointed that the build-up throughout the whole book, should h ...more
Dec 28, 2011 delane rated it it was amazing
I had the amazing thrill of not only reading Andrew's first book, "While the Savage Sleeps", but to also get the the chance to talk to him often through GR. I thought "Savage..." was damned near perfect and since I've enjoyed getting to chat with Drew....I looked forward to this new book...but let me just say WOW!!!
This isn't just a good book folks....IT ROCKS!!!
Drew has a way of making you feel the pain he so deviously puts his character characters through. And the shocking end! As a rule I'm p
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
Feb 12, 2012 Christina (Ensconced in Lit) rated it really liked it
I received this book from Librarything in exchange for an honest review.

I have a backlog of books that I have to read and review and really was just trying to skim the first few pages of several books to see what I was in for. I started this novel and after about two pages, I was hooked. It is dark, many times frightening, crisply written and fast paced. I enjoyed getting to know the narrator, the other reporter that he meets, and the unveiling of his past at the same time as the mystery was unf
Terry Crawford Palardy
Feb 15, 2012 Terry Crawford Palardy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all readers aged 13 and up
There are horror stories filled with blood and gore, fantastical creatures and dismal endings, but inevitable "risen from the dead" sequels. And then there are mysteries with an element of horrific behavior best left to the reader's imagination. This is the sort of psychological mystery that Andrew Kaufman offers in The Lion The Lamb The Hunted.

Subtle in the telling of emotional abuse, the nuances of which are difficult to describe and more difficult to rationalize, Kaufman skillfully builds a q
Dec 06, 2011 Vicki rated it it was amazing
As another reviewer said, I really wasn't sure what Mr. Kaufman would come up with as an act capable of following While the Savage Sleeps. But he did. Boy, did he EVER!!! What an awesome thriller!! I've been waiting for its release for the last 2 months and it was worth every minute of the wait. The characters are so believable, the plot sucks you in from the first page and then holds you there, continually increasing both the pressure and the pace until the riveting end.

Five stars isn't enough
Linda Pendleton
Dec 16, 2011 Linda Pendleton rated it it was amazing
I loved Andrew E. Kaufman’s book! An excellent, suspenseful story that I found difficult to put down! It is Andrew’s second novel, and he has another best-seller for sure with this one. I loved the first-person narrative and it worked so well with his protagonist reporter, Patrick Bannister. Andrew’s characterizations, dialogue, suspense, and intrigue will keep you turning the pages of his book to see where he takes you next. An enjoyable, great read. Andrew will again hit the best-seller lists ...more
Apr 15, 2015 Patty rated it it was amazing
I read this in two sittings. It moves along very quickly and kept me entertained throughout the entire book. It is a mystery about what happened to a boy that was kidnapped years ago whose body was never found. However, a man was executed for kidnapping and murdering the child. It is also about the man looking into the mystery of this missing child, and his life of hardship with having a mother who not only never gave a damn but emotionally and physically mistreated him. In many ways it is a sad ...more
Jo Anne B
Mar 24, 2012 Jo Anne B rated it liked it

"Love me. How come you can't." She let out an exasperated sigh, "Because Patrick....quite simply, you can be rather unlovable. " 

"But what if I get caught?" "Don't be ridiculous. You won't get caught. Nobody even notices you. It is like you're invisible."

It is no wonder Patrick didn't shed a tear at his mother's funeral. When he returns to his childhood home he says "it seemed as if nothing here was meant to survive. Odd though how distance doesn't always separate us from the bad memories and as
Apr 29, 2012 Mel rated it really liked it
Shelves: borrowed
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Cassandra Heaton
May 18, 2012 Cassandra Heaton rated it really liked it
This was my first mystery/suspense novel, and I have to say, it was very enjoyable. Ok, so it was a little predictable, I figured out the "surprise ending" in the beginning, but it was entertaining enough for me to read through the whole book just to see if I was right. I think the characters are what made the difference for me. I found the main character to be a very well developed, likeable and realistic character. The fact that he has obsessive-compulsive disorder, for example, made him feel ...more
Oct 13, 2012 Grammar*Kitten rated it really liked it
Now this, THIS is a thriller.

The Lion, the Lamb, the Hunted (TLTLTH) is a very well written novel with tension and suspense positively oozing from it's pages (well, my copy didn't have pages, I read it on Kindle, but you know what I mean). The characters are great, the plot is gripping and the twists were excellently executed.

The story is told in a 'kind of' dual time style, with chapters seeming to alternate between present happenings and the protagonist's musings and recollections of his abu
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Jan 01, 2012 The Haunted Reading Room 2017 - Year of Lovecraft rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Thriller, Mystery, Suspense, Writing Students
Recommended to The Haunted Reading Room by: Andrew E. Kaufman
Andrew E. Kaufman is a relatively new author whose novels I've recently had the pleasure of discovering. I've read both of the two he's published, and I can emphatically say, this is a special author with a slant and perspective I've not encountered in many decades of constant and voracious reading. Well-written, intensely convoluted, and riveting, Mr. Kaufman's novels are not to be missed-or you will miss a special treat. These are exceptional books which, once read, will not be forgotten for a ...more
Jun 19, 2012 Natasha rated it it was ok
Meh. I found it predictable and the background story was not all that interesting to me, so it was a bit of a drag to get through it. Clearly it's very popular, so I am just not the intended audience. I think if you like Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code and find Dan to be an exceptional writer, you'll like this writer as well. It's just not my cup of tea. I prefer Stephen King, Edith Wharton, Robert Jordan, and Christopher Moore.
Darcia Helle
Sometimes an author's first book is such perfection, you wonder if he/she is capable of creating another book that even comes close. Andrew Kaufman had no such problem with his second book. This novel of psychological suspense is a masterpiece.

This story reached into the depths of my emotions, squeezed, and didn't let go. The main character is slightly damaged, fallible and lovable, with an inner strength that keeps him moving forward despite the challenges he faces at each turn. The plot moves
Apr 06, 2012 Ana rated it really liked it
I have never read a book like this before. I didn't know what to make of it at first, but as the book progressed I started to really like the story. The story gives an insight to the kind of abuse Patrick received as a child, and how he got to where he is. At the other hand, every other chapter was about what was happening in the present. I must say that I didn't expect the revelations towards the end of the novel. It had me at the edge of my seat the whole time. I was very surprised when everyt ...more
Jen Walker
Jan 27, 2012 Jen Walker rated it it was amazing
Another great book from Andrew Kauffman. This book really captured my attention and my heart from page one. The story simply unwrapped itself perfectly for me and had me wanting for more right away. The main character Patrick was a true delight to get to know and I really cared about what was happening to him. The horrors that Patrick faced as a child were so realistic and not at all hard to imagine happening.
Although different from his first book, The Lion, the Lamb, the Hunted is a great foll
Dec 05, 2011 Shannon rated it it was amazing
Incredible! I did not want to put this down at all and got annoyed when I had to. The family dynamic of the protagonist, Patrick, pulled me in right away and the mystery of their dynamic kept that pull strong. The characters were crisp and the dialogue believable. The pacing was amazing and I often found myself surprised by how much I had read without realizing it. I waited on pins and needles for this one to come out after reading While the Savage Sleeps. Mr. Kaufman has quickly become one of m ...more
Susan Crowe
Jul 24, 2012 Susan Crowe rated it really liked it
Shelves: have-on-kindle
this was a pretty good book. I had part of it figured out early in the book but was really surprised in the end anyway. very well written. a very easy read. I highly recommend.
May 04, 2015 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loving Mr. Kaufman's works. I first read twisted and now The Lion The Lamb and The Hunted, both times I was shocked by the ending. You may think you have it figured out...but you don't!
Fiona (Titch) Hunt
I've been meaning to read this author for a while and thought today was a good day to read this book.

I like psychological thrillers with a twist and this book was no different. I hated certain characters, wanted to scream at the main character sometimes, but the twist I NEVER saw coming and boy did it change the whole book.

If you LOVE twisty, dark, psychological thrillers. Then you HAVE to read The Lion, The Lamb, The Hunted by this author. It will leave you wanting to read more by him.
Mar 29, 2012 Noeleen rated it really liked it
Andrew E. Kaufman's, The Lion, The Lamb, The Hunted has all the elements required in a good psychological thriller.

This was my April challenge book in the Readers of Kindle Books group. I have wanted to read this book for a while but I always kept putting it to one side and I don't know why! Thanks to Courtney for selecting it as my read for this month, I really liked this one.

When Patrick Bannister's mother passes away he discovers items of evidence amongst her possessions which implicate his
Wanda Hartzenberg
Jul 08, 2012 Wanda Hartzenberg rated it it was amazing
I adored this book’s cover but never got around to reading it. It was a free download on Amazon so I, naturally downloaded it. But left in lying in my free download list on my Kindle, then a few months back I realised that these books are made free for a reason, to attract attention, followers and get reviews, so I revised my review strategy. I now read on free download book and one review book. Treating both as a review book. So the time came and it was TLTLandTH turn. I was so excited. My exci ...more
Mar 25, 2012 Jennie rated it really liked it
Finally, an interesting thriller! You can't help but connect with the protagonist, Patrick. While his history of abuse may be shocking to some readers, it certainly wasn't the worst case of abuse I have encountered (in novels or IRL). It did give him an interesting manifestation of a psychological disorder and frankly made him a very sympathetic main character.

What I most loved about this is that Kaufman didn't try to insert a romance into his thriller. Thank fucking God. I have recently writte
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Andrew E. Kaufman: Author of Psychological Thrillers

Andrew E. Kaufman is a broadcast journalist-turned-author, living in Southern California, along with his Labrador Retrievers who think they own the place.

The Lion, the Lamb, the Hunted was on Amazon's Top 100 for more than one hundred days and went on to become a #1 international bestseller. His first novel, While the Savage Sleeps, made the Top
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