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3.0 out of 5 stars Too many loose ends, 18 Jan. 2008
This review is from: Hell To Pay (Paperback)
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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