Today I am delighted to be hosting the blog tour of Hinton Hollow Death Trap by Will Carver
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.
Available now on ebook and audiobook.
Publishes in paperback on August 13th 2020.
Isn’t the cover beautiful? The flowers are the first thing that grabbed my attention. Bright colourful blooms with an eye catching orange centre. Then you start to see the the darkness, the shadows falling down smothering all in it’s path. This is the evil that is coming to Hinton Hollow, the evil that Will Carver has given voice to and allows to tell this story.
At the end of Nothing Important Happened Today Pace decided to return to is hometown of Hinton Hollow, he needed to take some time away from the city. Time to recover from what happened. Little does he know that he is not escaping, the horror he is trying to leave behind is following him there, a shadow of evil lurking wherever he goes, perhaps even within the detective himself.
On the day he arrives a brutal murder takes place and this small town will never be the same again.
I love how Will manages to make each novel so unique. Pace is such an intriguing character. Damaged for sure, but he is a brilliant Detective. I don’t think we’re meant to like him but I think he is a great example of how close we all are from stepping over from good to bad. It’s a fine line.
The crimes being committed in Hinton Hollow are unthinkable. The people there ordinary and I think this makes the events even more horrific. As a mother it was a story that I found very difficult at times but it gripped me so much that I could not turn away. As I said in my previous review for Nothing Important Happened Today, Will has the ability to capture human nature brilliantly. He shines a bright light on the things that make society what it is today – and not in a good light.
I felt like I knew the people in this small town, they are just regular people and like everyone the shadow of evil is within reach. Will’s narrator was compelling, it made me think of Markus Zusak and his novel, The Book Thief. Of course that is the only similarity, Will lets Evil tell the story here and I find this technique brings a very fresh approach to a crime novel. It highlighted that at the end of the day we are responsible for the actions we take. It’s often not a case of a person being ‘born evil’. It is there just waiting to place a shadow on the mind. It was superb. Will is a brilliant author. He’s very different. His stories are hard-hitting and brutal but I feel that he is showing us a better way to be, a better way to be human. If you haven’t read his previous Detective Pace books then I thoroughly recommend reading Good Samaritans and Nothing Important Happened Today first. Read them back to back if you dare. They may leave you rather unsettled but you certainly won’t forget them in a hurry.
Many thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me to take part in this blog tour and to the lovely team at Orenda Books for an early review copy. YET ANOTHER FANTASTIC READ! Hinton Hollow Death Trap is full of suspense and tension.Will Carver has yet again found the evil within the ordinary and this time he’s given it a voice. Brilliant!’
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.