E-book, E-Book (USA), Paperback
|Publication Date||20th July 2017|
Matt Hunter lost his faith a long time ago. Formerly a minister, now a professor of sociology, he’s writing a book that debunks the Christian faith while assisting the police with religiously motivated crimes. On holiday with his family in Oxfordshire, Matt is on edge in a seemingly idyllic village where wooden crosses hang at every turn. The stay becomes more sinister still when a local girl goes missing, followed by further disappearances. Caught up in an investigation that brings memories to the surface that he would prefer to keep buried deep, Matt is on the trail of killer determined to save us all.
What The Critics Said
'I admit to physically craning my head to see what was over the shoulder of a fictional character before they did. But isn’t that the sign of awesome scene setting and plotting? There’s nothing quite like the aftershock of a rogue twig snap to get you turning pages just that little bit faster. Plus there are some downright impressive tongue-in-cheek observations and masses of cracking retorts – Matt Hunter is a character I can’t wait to see again soon!
Purged generously obliges in SO many ways: people are peculiar, their intentions are ambiguous, and suspense is everything. LOVED IT.'
'An engaging debut'
'What a pleasure to read this book is! And extremely hard to put down and why would you want to? ... It contains a gripping mystery, terrifying evil and also goodness. I am so pleased to learn that this is just the first in a new series. The next one will go straight to the top of my reading pile and that’s not something I say about many series. Purged is an absolute corker!'
‘Stole a day of my life and possibly a little of my soul. Definitely my sleep. … The writing is smart, funny, dark as sin (yes I did that) and incredibly immersive. The plotting is pacy yet considered, the characters live and breathe on the page and the story itself is scary good. No I mean actually scary. And good. … It will make you shiver, it will also make you laugh out loud, I’m not sure where the series will go from here but I’m going to be going there with it. … gripping, utterly riveting, doesn’t hold back and just sends you rocketing down into the reading abyss.
… Highly Recommended. If this one doesn’t make my Top Ten of the year come Dec 1st 2017 then I shall be very surprised.'
'Compelling reading...Law manages to conjure up menace from ostensibly benign surroundings. He also spins the tale cleverly so that we are persuaded to look in completely the wrong direction for the culprit, and he keeps us blind-sided until the last few pages of the book.'
‘A book that is nigh impossible to put down and will leave the reader hooked from start to finish … Let’s welcome Matt Hunter to the world of macabre crime fiction. He’s a damaged, complicated and interesting man, and we’re looking forward to spending more time with him.’
‘Like James Herbert at his best … I haven’t been this creeped out by a novel since Let The Right One In and whilst Purged isn’t a standard ‘horror’ it is packed with disturbing themes that will linger in your mind … Purged is the first in a new macabre crime fiction series, dark and intense, creepy and quirky'