My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Love and tragedy are not strange bedfellows among the Tufa. Young Kera Rogers disappears while hiking in the woods by Needsville. When her half-eaten remains are discovered, the blame falls upon a herd of wild hogs, a serious threat in this rural community. In response, the county’s best trackers, including game warden Jack Cates and ex-military Tufa Bronwyn Chess are assembled to hunt them down.
Kara’s boyfriend Duncan Gowen mourns her death, until he finds evidence she cheated on him with his best friend, Adam Procure. Seeking revenge, Duncan entices Adam to participate in their own boar hunt. Later, Bronwyn and Jack stumble across a devastated Duncan, who claims a giant boar impaled Adam and dragged him off. As this second death rocks the town, people begin to wonder who is really responsible.
Determined hunters pursue the ravenous horde through the Appalachians as other Tufa seek their own answers. Between literal beasts in the woods and figurative wolves in sheep’s clothing, what truths will arise come spring?
Gather Her Around has the most gruesome scenes in all the books. Just imagine someone getting attacked and eaten by wild hogs and you get the picture. In this case, is it a young girl named Kara who happens to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. It's up to ex-military Bronwyn Chess (read more about her in the first Tufa book) together with game warden Jack Cates to find and hunt the wild hogs down. However, they are not alone in the hunt. Kara's boyfriend Duncan wants to kill the wild hogs too, and he's also enlisting his best friend Adam Procure in it. Adam who has been seeing Kara behind Duncan back. Which Duncan finds out after Kara's death. Duncan will be the last one to see Adam alive...
This book has the usual Tufa mysteries, which Jack Cates will discover some of when he hits it off with Bliss Overbay, a First Daughter of the Tufa and there are some strange things concerning the wild hogs. As with the previous books is the book absolutely wonderful to listen to with its captivating story and I've come to really love the characters.