Something is coming. Evil is coming. Hinton Hollow Death Trip by Will Carver @Will_Carver @OrendaBooks #Orentober #EvilIsComing #HintonHollowDeathTrip


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.

Today is finally the day I get to share my review of Will Carver’s newest bookish embodiment of evil, Hinton Hollow Death Trip that was published by Orenda Books in e-book on the 12th of June, then paperback on the 8th of August. I wasn’t late to this book train, I actually read it on e-book release day – yes in one day, and I couldn’t have spent by Friday evening any better if i’m honest! You can grab your own physical copy here, or if you’re more of an electronic version reader, you can purchase directly from the Orenda Books e-store here.

If you’ve already read Will’s previous novels in the Detective Sergeant Pace series, then you will know that Will can create a storyline that twists crime fiction with a dark peek into the deepest nature of humans – whether it’s addiction, becoming a slave to technology or following the pack instead of stepping out of societal lines. Good Samaritans was my first Orenda Books read and the one that got me hooked on the Pace series, although you could read all three books individual as stand alones, I really advise back to back reading all three with a lie down and shower in between!

So, you’re wondering why you should grab a copy of Hinton Hollow Death Trip? My answer is because it’s disturbingly genius masterpiece, it’s set in the small town of Hinton Hollow, a town where a mother has sent her child away with no apparent reason apart from she knows that something is coming; Evil is coming. Let me just rewind a tad, Hinton Hollow is the setting of this novel. It is situated between London and Oxford, I loved this because Will has injected this believable yet fictional community between two places that everyone knows. When I attended Orenda Roadshow this year, Will said (along the lines) that he does this so the reader can feel a more authentic tie to the story, the allusion of that then makes the storyline possibly more plausible to an extent. I haven’t noticed it before but now I completely get it!

The narrative is told from Evil’s point of view, he’s there lurking in the shadows, walking by your side and he tells the story without sugar-coating the actions of the depraved characters that you’ll meet during your trip to Hinton Hollow. The Evil who walks us through his stay at this small tight knit town both explains human actions, as well as his justifications of involvement – that make so much sense, it’s pretty terrifying. Using examples of the morally corrupt, and even the inclusion of bystander behaviour, Will has injected a hard-hitting and philosophical side of good and evil into the storyline – the examples tug you psychologically further into Evil’s mind process which is both an eye-opening and unsettling place to be.

Hinton Hollow Death Trip is not a story for the faint hearted, it’s a psychologically twisted tale that gets right under the skin of human nature and the evil that lurks there. I really enjoy the way that Will takes an element found within society and contorts it into a deliciously disjointed novel that works perfectly well, together with the short bite-sized chapters, the weaved lives of ‘normal’ characters that have a hidden depth bubbling below the surface makes for a book that redefines the terms of what a psychological thriller is. Hinton Hollow Death Trip is a deeply thought out, sharp novel with elements that will grip you and keep you turning the pages. For me I felt that it touched upon the elements of the seven deadly sins at times as well as the superiority the human species feels against the millions of the Earth’s other species. It’s just jam packed full of brilliance.

Obviously, I can’t not mention our protagonist DS Pace can I. We last saw him in Nothing Important Happened Today (yes, a must ‘add to your TBR pile read’) and since then he’s become haunted and consumed by his own darkness, Pace has become somewhat tainted but has arrived back home to Hinton Hollow to lead an investigation into a series of ghastly events. He, as always, adds a whole new dimension to Will’s books – driving us back into the tense arena of a crime fiction novel while also giving us a peak into his personal life. Every single element of Hinton Hollow Death Trip has created a pitch black storyline, thrown into a light deprived cave that has been cemented over! A deliciously dark, disjointed and tensely daring read that’s completely flawless. It got all my stars.

Will is known for writing original, out of the box, off the wall novels and Hinton Hollow Death Trip has just raised the expectation bar so much higher, yet I have no doubt that Will shall exceed that in the future.

There you have it, my rambling musings concerning Hinton Hollow Death Trip. This book is probably one of those books that fall into the ‘difficult to review’ category because there are so many layers, meanings and points of the book that really hit the thought nerve that it feels they can’t all be adequately admired without possibility of spoilers. That being said, I hope that I got the point across that you really should read this book and you’ve gone immediately to grab yourself a copy.

Have you read Hinton Hollow Death Trip? Share your thoughts, Orenda book shelfies and reviews on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #Orentober we would love to see!

Until tomorrow,
Happy reading!

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