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One of Hutson's best and most involved novels to date.
on 23 March 2006
Shaun Hutson’s recent novel “Necessary Evil” is a complete return to form for the ‘Godfather Of Gore’. Obviously highly influenced by the recent events of terrorist attacks, Hutson delivers a powerful and compelling novel. From the very beginning, the reader is thrown into the fast-paced action with copious blood spillage on every page.
The tale moves around the main character Matt Franklin, who’s career is that of a professional criminal. Hutson uses this to create a somewhat cliqued character who resembles a less lawful Sean Doyle (Renegades, White Ghost, Knife Edge, Hybrid). With action and plot twists pumped into each page, it’s very difficult to put the book down once you start reading it.
Being a Hutson fan for many, many years now, I can safely say that this is one of his best novels to date. He has kept the energy and passion to shock and repulse his readers, creating this crossover between a thriller and a horror novel.
Running for a total of 468 pages, “Necessary Evil” is one of the longest novels he has written so far. Still, he manages to keep the tension mounting from early on in the story until the final dramatic conclusion. The novel does include a big flaw at the end involving compressed CO2 which Hutson believes is apparently flammable! However, this does not in anyway detract from the story, but will give the reader a bit of a chuckle.
Well worth picking up, especially if you’ve enjoyed previous Hutson novels.