The first two books in the Detective Sergeant Pace series, 'Good Samaritans' and 'Nothing Important Happened Today' are two wonderfully written and highly original works of crime fiction. You will read no other books like them. Will Carver is a dangerous writer as he creates the dark and frightening out of the ordinary. 'Hinton Hollow Death Trip' is narrated by Evil. It is such an inventive concept and in Carver's talented hands, this is a novel so dark, so creepy, so shocking, that even Stephen King would be envious not having written it himself!
Evil arrives in Hinton Hollow to create mayhem, but, as Evil himself tells us, are these dark deeds already there within people and he's just giving them a nudge to act them out? In a seemingly innocent town where everybody knows everyone else's name and business, where they all look forward to the wedding of two of its residents, and some even leave their doors unlocked, is malevolence, darkness, and murder already lurking in people's minds? This isn't just a novel for you to read, enjoy, then move onto the next one, it gets under your skin and makes you think. Does pure Evil truly exist?
There are some shocking and powerful scenes in 'Hinton Hollow Death Trip' and while writing about the depravities of humans, Carver could easily have descended into gore and slasher horror, but he's far too an intelligent writer for that. The scene in the woods at the beginning of the book is so beautifully realised that not only will it have you weeping for the characters, but it will send chills down your spine as the raw emotions of the survivors are revealed.
I cannot praise 'Hinton Hollow Death Trip' highly enough. He's a literate creative with a dark mind and the powers to pull off an epic novel of this stature. He's also unpredictable. A series can often be samey as a detective investigates a crime and all is right with the world by the final page. Don't expect that here. Carver is not a writer to be pigeon-holed. All his novels are original, fresh, and exciting. I wouldn't even try to guess where he's going next, but I'll be devouring every single word.