When the author Conrad Jones was asked to help the police with the investigation into a double murder by identifying occult symbols, which had been carved into the victims, he is plunged into a nightmare and forced to go on the run. Hunted by the law as a murderer and by a powerful cult that he exposed, he has to stay one step ahead to survive. A terrifying truth, more frightening than fiction.
Review from Amazon Vine Voice; From the very first chapter there’s a real old school feeling about this novel. Think of the great horror writers of latter part of the last century (Masterton, Saul, Herbert) and Jones’ style would feel at home. From the first few pages there a great sense of wrongness, which later allows Jones to grow the menace so sought after by the better writers in the genre.
There’s an odd shift of perspective that somewhat breaks the fourth wall and this may upset the suspension of disbelief for some readers. It’s a unique plot mechanic though and although it wasn’t entirely necessary it didn’t disrupt the actual story.
After the initial and shocking chapter, the story settles down and slowly unfolds as secrets spill. There is potential to create a larger story, yet Jones keeps it tightly focused and grounded because of it. It also keeps its cards very close to its chest in regards to exactly which genre it falls in to, so read with an open mind and enjoy the misdirection.
A great read which thrills, captivates and shocks in equal measure.
Jones stamps his mark firmly as a horror writer with this novel, His thrillers are gritty enough but this one is a gripping and graphic tale made all the more disturbing because it is based on the truth; Guardian