Off the Grid by John Hunt.
Category: Crime thriller/Psychological thriller/horror.
Pages: 253 Pages.
Rating: 5/5 Stars.
Release Date: Already Out!
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and Black Rose Writing in exchange for an honest review. As always, my review is no way effected by the fact that I got this book for free, all opinions are 100% my own.
When Graham’s family are killed in a mass shooting at a Mall and he is left alone with horrible, life changing injuries; he has had enough. He decides that he is going to live a life alone, in the woods where the world’s atrocities can’t touch him. When a little girl goes missing in town, Graham is the number one suspect and he finds himself being dragged into a world that he never wanted to be part of again.
This book didn’t grab me at first. The first couple of chapters had me thinking why did I pick this up? Not because it was bad but because I couldn’t understand why such a short book wouldn’t be straight into the action. But I didn’t need to worry, soon after the action hit and I was hooked.
This book is DARK! I was expecting a crime thriller with a bit of horror mixed in, which is exactly what this is but I wasn’t expecting the horror that was thrown at me. This book chilled me to the core, I was uncomfortable, I was on edge, I had a bloody nightmare about this book. I’m not one for trigger warnings but bare in mind this book has some graphic sexual assault and violent scenes that had me squirming.
I’d love to comment here on how well written this book is. I rarely read books that I have to put down because I can’t cope and this book did it. It felt horribly real. There are also some fantastic turns in this book that id be very surprised if you’d guess before you get there. I didn’t see them coming and now I’ll never not see them. Absolutely chilling.
As a detective novel, it’s not the best I’ve ever read but it has a fantastic pace; I loved the characters and the setting. I would have liked a bit more development but as a 250 page book, it didn’t feel like I was missing out on too much.
I’m hesitant to compare authors to Stephen King, John Hunt is very much his own author with a distinctive story telling ability, but after reading Mr Mercedes by Stephen King recently I got the same kinda vibe, a crime novel with a bit of magical realism in there.
There’s not much more to say, I adored this book. I’m in awe of what John Hunt has done here and I highly recommend you go out there and buy this book because you’re not gonna be disappointed!