Before the city’s millions can compose, he boards a train into the countryside. Hiding his identity and changing his appearance, the man finds his way to Sulley Ridge, a lawless town in the heart of the harsh Victorian outback.
The following day, a burned man wakes up in a hospital bed. Surging with rage, he speaks a name. Within an hour, the suited man’s face is across every screen in the country. It’s the greatest manhunt Australia has ever seen.
But as he tries to camouflage in Sulley Ridge, he soon realises the town has its own problems. Under the iron fist of a violent leader, the locals are trapped within slow and torturous decay…
As we learn more about the night of the burning tower, the connection between the suited man and the burned man threatens to leave a trail of destruction across the state.
Here is the story of a man on the run from his past, as the line between sanity and evil is danced upon.
This dark story has an incredible start that gripped me immediately. A suited man runs away from a burning tower and is searching a place to hide. From the beginning you search for leads what the connection of the man with the fire is. Suddenly a burned man is telling the police the suited man is the perpetrator and by these words the biggest manhunt in age starts.
The assumed killer of more than a hundred victims finds a shelter place in Sulley Ridge. After a while he finds out this town in the Victorian outback has his own problems. Kids are gone, schools are closed and many people have moved away from a mean gang is the boss now. Siphon and his members torture people, rape women and take the money. When the stranger discover what a terrible life the townspeople have, he is shocked. Charlene, who once was a school teacher, now has to protect her family and everybody is petrified of the evil men.The lawless town is paralysed by fear and it looks like the frantic people just wait who will be the next victim. Some good people just cross the line between good and bad when they are confronted with torture or when their families are threatened. Some townspeople give the murderer the benefit of the doubt. In this town the man can make a difference and let the world know he is not insane. The burned man is hunting at him and one day he not only has to confront the evil from his past, but another enemy is on the line. Can the suited man be a blessing in disguise?
The start of this creepy story was unbelievable and even the writing style is more observing not touching I was gripped in a moment. The author first is playing the story in your head like a film. He is the observer and that’s why I think he uses an unusual way of writing. Later, when the suited man changes in a man with feelings and thoughts, he gives him a name. The characters in this book are well-developed and their weaknesses are more visible than their strengths. I loved the grey area of the key players. The author makes it clear when you’re in danger it isn’t quite simple to stay on the good side or to be brave to fight the evil. The narration starts with a big bang, then slows down a bit and at some point the thrilling effect is back and stays till the end. In this gripping story not everything is what it seems and those are the best books. Even though there was a sluggish part in this story this Australian thriller gets under my skin. I couldn’t wait to read what was going to happen with the suspected man and if the townspeople will have the power to fight the evil.
Author C. J. SUTTON
C.J. Sutton is a writer based in Melbourne, Australia. He holds a Masters in journalism and creative writing and supports the value of study through correspondence. His fictional writing delves into the unpredictability of the human mind and the fears that drive us.
As a professional writer C. J. Sutton has worked within the hustle and bustle of newsrooms, the competitive offices of advertising and the trenches of marketing. But his interest in creating new characters and worlds has seen a move into fiction, which has always pleaded for complete attention. Dortmund Hibernate was his debut novel, released by Crooked Cat Books on July 18. It is available now – mybook.to/dortmundhibernate
His new novel, This Strange Hell, will be released on March 15.
Titel: This Strange Hell | Auteur: C. J. SUTTON | Uitgeverij: Independently Published | Categorie: | Uitvoering: paperback | 290 pagina’s | ISBN13: 9781795250160 | Verkrijgbaar sinds: |Recensent: Fany van Hemelen | Datum recensie: 12-03-2019 | Prijs: €13,49 | Bestellen