So it’s my turn on the blog tour today for Hinton Hollow Death Trip by Will Carver. Huge thanks to Anne Cater and Karen Sullivan for the tour invite and my review copy of the book.
It’s a small story. A small town with small lives that you would never have heard about if none of this had happened.
Hinton Hollow. Population 5,120.
Little Henry Wallace was eight years old and one hundred miles from home before anyone talked to him. His mother placed him on a train with a label around his neck, asking for him to be kept safe for a week, kept away from Hinton Hollow.
Because something was coming.
Narrated by Evil itself, Hinton Hollow Death Trip recounts five days in the history of this small rural town, when darkness paid a visit and infected its residents. A visit that made them act in unnatural ways. Prodding at their insecurities. Nudging at their secrets and desires. Coaxing out the malevolence suppressed within them. Showing their true selves.
Making them cheat.
Making them steal.
Making them kill.
Detective Sergeant Pace had returned to his childhood home. To escape the things he had done in the city. To go back to something simple. But he was not alone. Evil had a plan.
I’m warning you now that this is a book that will need your full concentration and it’s not one that you’ll be able to read in one sitting either! You will need some time away from it to digest and try to make sense of the world created by Will Carver and that’s mainly because it’s OUR WORLD! And that can be tough to accept. But this book will completely mess with your head as it’s a book narrated by EVIL! Yes, Will Carver has once again delivered a socially relatable, innovative novel that is a shockingly original piece of fiction. You will know what to expect if you’ve read the first two books in the Sergeant Pace series but I found the intensity of this book outweighs its predecessors, making it a chilling and complex study of how Evil arrives in our lives. The characterisation of this malevolent and dark hearted force that follows Pace to his home town was an inspired choice and worked perfectly. But be warned that Evil sees all and there are some scenes within the pages of this book that some may find deeply upsetting. At one point I did wonder if I could go on but I had a break and then went back to it and I’m glad that I did.
Hinton Hollow Death Trip shows Will Carver at his very best (worst?!) and I don’t think I have ever read such an intriguing narrative before. I have visions of the author sitting at his desk, bottle of whisky at his side, with glazed red eyes and unable to stop typing as the narrator takes over the writing of this book! Because Evil has no morals…and takes no prisoners.
Will Carver is the international bestselling author of the January David series. He spent his early years in Germany, but returned to the UK at age eleven, when his sporting career took off. He turned down a professional rugby contract to study theatre and television at King Alfred’s, Winchester, where he set up a successful theatre company. He currently runs his own fitness and nutrition company, and lives in Reading with his two children. Good Samaritans was book of the year in Guardian, Telegraph and Daily Express, and hit number one on the ebook charts.