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Hell to Pay [Hardcover]

Shaun Hutson
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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7 Aug 2003
A boy's body is discovered on the shores of Kingsfield reservoir. Like the killer's previous two victims, there's no sign of violence, no fingerprints, nothing but two small puncture marks where the overdose of heroin was injected. Whoever is carrying out the attacks is careful, methodical and clever. Det Insp Alan Fielding is frantic to find the killer before another child is taken ...In a run down house on a nearby estate, Nikki Reed knows only too well what the ominous knock on the front door means - the loan sharks want their money back, and if they don't get it, they're going to get nasty. But Nikki and her husband Jeff can't pay up ...until Nikki's brother John comes up with a dangerous and high-risk scheme that could make all of them rich ...Roma Todd's relationship with record company boss David is rife with deceit and deception, but the one thing that holds them together is their daughter Kirsten. And though Kirsten may seem like any other child, she suffers from an extraordinary illness, one that without her medication can unleash a bizarre and deadly trail of horror ...All desperate people running out of time. When their worlds collide, there'll be hell to pay ...

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  • Hardcover: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group; First Edition edition (7 Aug 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316860778
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316860772
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,874,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This offering from Hutson is a hybrid in both name and nature, and is well worth reading for the cleverness of the plotting and the sheer page-turning compulsion of the climactic section' - GOOD BOOK GUIDE ** 'Hutson cleverly intermingles Ward's unravelling life with the violent corpse-strewn life of the book within its pages. The ending should be predictable, yet somehow it isn't. Exciting stuff from the 'Godfather of Gore' - SFX Magazine

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* A serial child killer. A couple tens of thousands of pounds in debt. And a young girl with a mysterious, terrifying illness... --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Shaun has faultered on this last effort 3 Nov 2003
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I own every book written by Shaun.
Usually the book is never put down and is always an exciting read right to the very end with sweaty palms etc.
For some reason I feel Shaun lost his way a little....the ending is very poor to say the least. I wont tell you the ending for those of you still reading it...all I can say is not up to the usual brilliant exciting read.
What a disappointment, lets hope the next one is better and this is just a lapse
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not up to the usual high standard 18 Aug 2003
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I am a great fan of SH but I was disapointed by this novel,
usually I cant put his books down but this time all I wanted to do was put it down.
So similar to some of his other work easy to work out and what was going to happen next .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable 23 Jan 2013
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I was not a big book reader until I joined a library and picked up a Shaun Hutson novel.Since then I have read almost all of his books.Fantastic
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2.0 out of 5 stars Simple and quick read 6 Jan 2009
By Mr. G. Battle VINE VOICE
Hell to Pay is a quick blast. It has no depth, no likeable characters, stretches plausible coincidence to the maximum and despite all these flaws, somehow produces a bit of a page-turner. Shaun Hutson is a seasoned writer and can add just enough plot elements to ensure you see it through, which in this case is a child with an unusual disease. This element creates a small hook in an otherwise uninspiring novel. It's short, although not sweet and an easy way to kill a few hours.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too many loose ends 18 Jan 2008
I'm still relatively new to Mr. Hutson's books, this being only the 2nd of his I've read. What I'm loving about his novels is the sheer speed at which they can be read - and the breakneck pace of the story.

Reading a novel should not be hard work. It should be entertainment. It should be just as entertaining as watching a movie or playing a computer game. It should intrigue, mystify, amuse and provoke. Shaun Hutson recognises this, and provides superb drama on the printed page.

"Hell To Pay" has actually got some of the most interesting and well-defined characters I've seen in a novel. We have a desperate, stressed-out debt-ridden sap, a hard-nosed cold-hearted hard-man, a husband & wife struggling with a failing marriage, a small group of ruthless debt collectors, and a detective who, refreshingly, takes a back seat for most of the story.

And then we have the mysterious child killer.

I really enjoyed reading this, but I have a gripe. The end of the story has at least two chapters missing. There are three or four loose ends that are simply not tied up. Several things aren't explained, or concluded properly. You'll see what I mean when you read it.

For this cardinal sin of refusing my satisfaction plot-wise, I'm only giving 3 stars. But don't be put off; Hell To Pay is a cracking good read, and great fun.
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This is a poorly written and poorly plotted book. The characters are nasty and you really don't care what happens to them. Mr Hutson has a really annoying habit of making his chapters about 2 pages long; it makes for a very frustrating reading experience! Avoid.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dismal 19 Jan 2004
This is a novel entirely devoid of sympathetic characters. It has as the basis of its minimal plot a little girl with an invented and medically implausible (to say the least!) disease, for which Hutson provides only the sketchiest mumbo-jumbo of a justification. Gratuitous sex scenes are there for titillation and add nothing to the story. The "poetic justice" ending is obvious from halfway through the novel, and the unlovely characters lumber towards the final scene without the reader's empathy or even interest. Hutson has done better than this; don't waste your money.
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