I’m a little bit broken after reading this masterpiece from Will Carver, dare you follow me into the abyss?
Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:
Five days in the history of a small rural town, visited and infected by darkness, are recounted by Evil itself. A stunning high-concept thriller from the author of Good Samaritans.
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’ve tried to write this review so many times and I just keep hitting delete. Nothing I write seems to convey what I want to say, nothing I write can ever prepare you for picking up a Will Carver book and stepping inside that most dark and twisted mind. Proceed if you dare…dare not to proceed and you are probably missing out on one of the best reads of your life.
This is the 3rd in the DS Pace series and while it is a series featuring this detective you definitely don’t need to read them in order as the detecting isn’t really the main focus of his writing and if you have read any of Will Carver’s books then you will know this already!
From the outset, that opening, that narrative, that dark and chilling uniqueness that is his style, you know you are going to be in for a full blown session, prepare yourself for something quite out of this world.
Will Carver’s writing knocks me for six every single time. That little worm he plants in your brain, the one that wriggles and pokes about even when you are not reading the words. Why? You will find yourself asking, WTF you will exclaim throughout, you might end up with vertigo as your head is on a constant spin. But I can tell you this, read it and you are most definitely an addict after just one hit.
Evil and manipulation are the themes of this book and the narrative will leave you questioning every action you take and more importantly those you don’t, do you contribute to bad things by being the passive bystander who does nothing? Can you be manipulated into doing evil? Do you need to have evil inside you to begin with? Are we all born with the capacity to be evil? How much responsibility do we actually take for ourselves, how honest are we with ourselves? So many questions spinning around in my head.
He nails current issues with a brutal finesse, from social media, obsession with celebrity and the virtue signalling hashtag culture we live in.
Will Carver has a unique style of writing, I have visions of him manically hammering out the words on his keyboard, the thoughts spewing out his head and onto the paper. Yet he makes them work, like really work. He brings them together to provide something quite bizarre but meaningful, disturbing yet thought provoking and profound. I don’t know quite how he does it but boy I’d love to spend a week inside his head!
Move over heroin, move over cocaine, come and meet the new literary drug of choice, the literary fix you’ll be craving after just one hit.
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About the author:
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.