During a communion service at a village church, the teenage son of a vicar brutally attacks his father with an axe. The horrified congregation watch the son esape and during a frantic police search rumours arise that the boy was involved in devil worship. Professor Matt Hunter, an atheist ex-minister and expert on religion, is brought in to advise, yet he quickly suspects the church attack may have a far more complex cause.
Meanwhile, a ten-year-old boy called Ever grows up in a small Christian cult. The group believe they are the only true humans left and that the world is filled with demons called Hollows, but they’re working on a bizarre ritual that will bring peace and paradise to the world. Soon, the worlds of Matt and Ever will collide in one awful, terrifying night where Matt is thrown into the frightening and murderous world of religious mania.
Severed is the third novel in the Matt Hunter series and I’m honestly not sure how he does it but this author just manages to play on your darker fears, so I rarely have a GOOD night’s sleep after one of these. Severed was no exception, it was completely brilliant, creepy as all heck and a huge page turner.
Matt Hunter is fast becoming a favourite. What he does is not like what other people do and each story brings a different thought provoking slant on belief and belief systems. This time there’s a group of people who think they are the only humans left – the rest of us don’t you know, are demons. Sometimes I do wonder if they’ve got a point….
As well as being an absolutely rocking ride, Severed takes a look at how we influence our children, how upbringing can inform viewpoint, it’s a fascinating edge to an already highly addictive read.
As ever I loved it. Dark and delicious with plenty of edge of the seat moments, twisty as you like and beautifully written and plotted.
Roll on more Matt Hunter.
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