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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
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.
Despite being part of a series, this novel works perfectly well as a stand alone however, I’m now off to move Good Samaritan and Nothing Important Happened Today way up my TBR.
Please bear with me whilst I try and make some sense of my thoughts on this hugely unique and mind blowing novel.
Any novel that begins with a young boy, put onto a train by himself with a mysterious note around his neck is going to grab the attention of any reader. I mean…so many questions and implications in the first few short chapters.
Everyone has dark thoughts and desires and most people don’t act on them but they often remain hidden away for fear of hurting others or revealing the more undesirable parts of ourselves. The thought of someone using these thoughts and adding a little provocation to shape them into further actions is just terrifying and that’s what chills me the most about this novel. Now imagine that someone in your village/town etc can see inside people’s mind – every thought we ever have and every intention and motive we harbour. Now imagine that these could be manipulated and pushed to become more of a reality. Chilling isn’t it? In Hinton Hollow it’s a reality because evil is in town and he’s up to no good.
The whole setting of the novel creates a small town atmosphere and as each character is scrutinised in such a way that is focused on the dark side of people then the whole ambiance of the novel has a certain feeling of dread and doom about it.
What makes this novel really unique is the narrator as we are told the story by none other than evil itself. I mean, who better to look at the real nature of people?
The whole plot is so intense and full of surprises. It’s a weirdly wonderful and thought provoking novel and I’m still not sure how to completely sum it up. Short chapters that check in on different characters make this a novel you will tear through and not want to put down.
Mind blowingly awesome.
Author Bio – Will Carver
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.