This warning feels appropriate.
Third time round and the novelty has worn off, it is not funny anymore.
If I tell you that this is a brilliant book, that Carver is a beautifully insightful writer, and then talk you through some of the scenes it contains, you will think there is something wrong with me.
Hinton Hollow Death Trip is exactly that. A small town with a population of 5,120, at least at the start, visited by Evil.
As it turns out Evil is not really the problem here though, it is everyone else. Evil just wants to be cut some slack.
How do we cope with a small town falling apart at the seams? Why don’t we simply heed that warning right at the very start and find something else to do?
The answer lies somewhere in the heart of Will Carver’s writing, because he is trying to help us. I think.
As the facades are stripped away from the people of Hinton Hollow we are left with some unnerving truths, about them and about ourselves. It helps to have some self-awareness when you read Will Carver’s books.
Ultimately, I think that is what Will writes about, truth. He is trying to help us see the truth hidden behind the distortions that we call society.
We all have weaknesses and wounds and we are all being nudged to transfer our pain onto someone or something else.
If we recognise the nudges for what they are, however, we can transform that pain before it gets out of hand.
In Hinton Hollow it gets out of hand.
Ignore the warning at the beginning of this book, but heed the warnings inside it.
Be good and let Evil put his feet up.
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.