- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Orbit (1 Oct. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1841494372
- ISBN-13: 978-1841494371
- Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 2.8 x 13.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 443,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Body Count: They Wanted Justice But They'll Settle for Revenge Paperback – 1 Oct 2009
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'[Hutson] seems to have developed something of a winning formula as far as page turners go.' - SFX 'This book will shock you. And so it should ... Not for the squeamish but this is powerful stuff.' - Dreamwatch
Another gut-wrenching horrific thriller from master of the dark, Shaun Hutson.See all Product description
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It is the story of a bunch of detectives and their search for the maker of what could be snuff movies. It seems someone is having people hunted and killed for 'entertainment' but the officers have nothing to go on - until the DI leading the case becomes the target.
The book reads like something similar to the Saw movies or a pretty gruesome video game. Some of the scenes were slightly disturbing but horror isn't meant to be nice. At times it was slightly predictable but that doesn't stop it being an enjoyable, pedal to the metal read.
Maybe not for the faint hearted but if you've got the stomach for it you're in for a good time
The shortness of their chapters keeps the interest flowing and the story flowed effortlessly through the book. Descriptive detail as always from Shaun Hutson and always enjoy this author.
We are introduced to Detective Inspector Joe Chapman, who's typically flawed with an unhappy marriage, an affair with a work colleague under his belt and a runaway daughter who can't deal with her dysfunctional family. All he needs to complete the stereotype is to be an alcoholic, but fortunately Hutson refrains from the conventional. However, I think that because of these flaws the character is actually quite likeable and believable.
The plot is a good one (which I wont go into as it will give too much away). It is a slow burner but it eventually kicks into high gear when Chapman becomes the hunted rather than the hunter.
This is a very violent book with a significant amount of bad language. Some of it made me wince, and the rape scene was pretty horrific, but it embedded itself well in the story and didn't feel out of place, although it did make for uncomfortable reading. However, it's suppposed to make you feel like that; it is Shaun Hutson after all.
This is a phychological horror which is full of brutality and bloodshed. It is well executed and I would definitely read more from this author. However, I would only recommend it to like minded people who enjoy horror and can deal with, or are used to, reading books of this nature.
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