Hello! Today I’m pleased to welcome you to JuliaPalooza for my stop on the Blog Tour for Hinton Hollow Death Trip by Will Carver, which is available now (links below).
About 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.
Jesus. Where to start?
“Try to keep up”
Once again Will Carver demonstrates his unique, innovative style of storytelling in Hinton Hollow Death Trip: literal Evil as our narrator; a savage, biting view of our malfunctioning society; mordant sentences that land like blows to the stomach.
The book immediately draws you in with its challenging opening. It raises questions, is self-referential (you have to have read Good Samaritans and Nothing Important Happened Today first), it is bang up to date with brutal, real life references to tragedy and societal contradictions.
“It’s not quite as simple as finding someone and making them evil. That is not how it works. I can’t just pick a person and turn them into a killer or a fraudster or have them create Facebook”
Few targets escape Will Carver’s acerbic eye. I felt attacked as he held up a mirror to all the private, personal things we do and think and believe, wincing at some of the harsh, uncomfortable truths. There were a few times when I felt it was repetitious and overlong and that I was being beaten around the head by someone else’s judgement for ever having had a takeaway without exercising, posted something trivial on social media or grimaced at abattoirs whilst being a meat eater!
That said, I wouldn’t have missed this book for the world. It is excellent but it is also one of the darkest books I’ve ever read. It is not for everyone. But if you’re the tiniest bit intrigued by the concept or you’re looking for a a complex, challenging and original read and you like your plots dark and your humour darker then treat yourself to the whole Detective Sergeant Pace series.
Huge thanks as always to Karen Sullivan at Orenda Books for my copy of Hinton Hollow Death Trip and to Random Things Tours for my spot on the tour.
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.
About the Blog Tour
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