March 28, 2020

#BookReview: The Old Religion (Tom Killgannon #1) by Martyn Waites

Synopsis: The Cornish village of St. Petroc is the sort of place where people come to hide. Tom Killgannon is one such person. An ex-undercover cop, Tom is in the Witness Protection Program hiding from some very violent people, and St. Petroc's offers him a chance to live a safe and quiet life.

Until he meets Lila. Lila is a seventeen-year-old runaway. When she breaks into Tom's house, she takes more than just his money. His wallet holds everything about his new identity. He also knows that Lila is in danger from the travelers' commune she has been living at. Something sinister has been going on there, and Lila knows more than she realizes. But to find her, he risks not only giving away his location to the gangs he's in hiding from but also becoming a target for whoever is hunting Lila.


Rating: ★★★
My Review: The twists in this one I didn't see coming at all. This story about who to trust and what to do was pretty good.  I do have to say that it was well paced and the characters were very compelling. However, the story itself was just a little off.  It felt like it was missing something.  I think that if this is a topic you think that you would enjoy to check it out. 

"Waites brings all his storytelling talent and experience to this chilling tale, with results so spectacular I might never go to Cornwall again." --Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"A chilling slice of country noir. Great stuff." --Mick Herron, author of London Rules

"Delivers plenty of adventure, darkness, action, and suspense. Alongside the Brexit cynicism it's also got about two crow skulls' worth of sinister...The storytelling is strong throughout, and as the two unstoppable forces of Tom Killgannon and Morrigan are drawn onto a collision course there's no way you'll be able to put The Old Religion down until all is resolved." --Crime Fiction Lover

"A guaranteed thrill ride...Keeps you guessing until the end." --Sarah Pinborough, New York Times bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes

"A raw, deftly plotted thriller with a dark heart and a real emotional punch." --Simon Kernick, author of The Hanged Man

"It was only a matter of time before the first post-Brexit crime novel appeared, and readers should be grateful that it's in the capable hands of Martyn Waites...Waites's taste for English gothic is in the mix here, as are some masterful plot revelations." -- Financial Times (London)

"Authentically spooky, thrillingly atmospheric, and unnervingly relevant. It reads like The Wicker Man for the Brexit era." --Chris Brookmyre, author of Dead Girl Walking

"A strong plot, a formidable air of menace, and the avoidance of hillbilly horror clich√© add up to a superbly executed cautionary tale about the malevolent force of parochialism." --The Guardian (London)

"The tangled cast seeks refuge in a dark and menacing place in Waites's gripping, gothic-tinged series debut." --Kirkus Reviews

"Waites is known for dark thrillers, a reputation he lives up to here. The brooding Killgannon will strike a chord with fans of Kate Atkinson's Jackson Brodie." --Booklist

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