Hinton Hollow Death Trip
by Will Carver
It’s my stop on the “Hinton Hollow Death Trip” blog tour! Orenda Books have provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review and a big thank you must go to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for the invite.
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.
“Hinton Hollow Death Trap” is the third in the Detective Pace series by Will Carver. I read the first in the series, “Good Samaritans” back in November 2018 but some how missed the second book before starting on this one. That doesn’t matter too much though, as this story works well as a stand alone read.
Just like “Good Samaritans“, this certainly isn’t a book for the faint-hearted and is quite graphic at times. It’s narrated by Evil itself which I felt was a really inventive angle to take, similar to the unusual narrator of Death in “The Book Thief“.
Hinton Hollow is the home town of DS Pace. It’s a small town with a population of 5,120 (at the beginning of the story at least!). In this book, Evil finds its way into Hinton Hollow and brings with it five days of terror.
What I liked the most about this story was the wide variety of colourful characters and lives that are visited. The story is really creative and some of the ways that Evil presented itself were particularly engaging and unique. It’s quite strange to say, but I enjoyed having something a little unsettling to read!
I’m not really sure how to describe the writing style and the construction of this book, but it wasn’t the standard narrative that I’m used to. The sentences are disjointed and the format is choppy, deliberately so. This kind of writing means that you’re always on the edge, like following a stream of unconscious narrative. I wasn’t the biggest fan of this style and found that for me it made for a bit of a tricky read, but that’s definitely just down to my personal taste and I know that a lot of people are going to love this aspect of the book!
Overall rating: “Hinton Hollow Death Trip” is full of all kinds of evil. Narrated by Evil itself, this isn’t a book for the faint-hearted and is sure to keep you on your toes. I personally didn’t love the style, but the story was really enjoyable and certainly unique! If you’re looking for something dark, give this a try!
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See my other reviews of books by Will Carver here: