Hinton Hollow Death Trip (Detective Sergeant Pace #3) by Will Carver
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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 am Evil. And I have come to destroy your town.
This is my first Will Carver book and what can I say…the man has a unique way of storytelling. It’s shocking, thrilling, and incredibly mindboggling.
Hinton Hill Death Trip is told by an unusual narrator with a message that if all humans were good, Evil wouldn’t have a job. Evil presents itself in all forms in the quiet and quaint town of Hinton Hill. Jealousy, guilt, despair, fear, and gluttony, to name a few, are running rampant with the residents. And a killer is wreaking havoc. Detective Sergeant Pace comes home to Hinton Hill to get away from the city and death, but within six days the population decreases by seven people. Evil is following him. Pace feels cursed. Pace feels guilty. Pace feels Evil.
Carver breaks the rules when it comes to crime thrillers. He inserts brilliant bits of wisdom where you least expect them while describing a horrific death in the next breath. It’s hard to explain this book without giving things away.
What I learned by reading this book is that it is probably best you read the first two books in the series before you pick this one up. I felt lost in some parts and needed more background on D.S. Pace.
This is a dark and chilling tale that has to be experienced. However, it has many triggers so it is not for the faint-hearted. I highly recommend this one-of-a-kind, thought-provoking book that will stay with you for a long-time. You will never be the same.
Thank you to Mr. Carver for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.
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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.
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