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Pub Date Jul 02 2024 | Archive Date Jun 30 2024

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This action-packed standalone sees two brothers saved from a cult as children, now grown up, and drawn into the complicated web of a serial killer. . .

All angels are not goodness and light. In fact . . . they’re some of the most murderous creatures you’ll ever come across

Former detective Nate Freeman just wants to be left alone as he recovers from the case that ended his career two years ago. As a child, he and his brother Will were saved from a religious fanatic compound in the US and brought to the UK. Now, as an adult, Nate has no idea where Will, or any of the other surviving ‘Children of Hamor’ are, until they suddenly start turning up dead – minus some skin . . .

When his old boss DCI Openshaw asks him to assist in finding the serial killer who is hell bent on collecting the symbols so brutally branded onto the children’s backs in the name of Berith – the Fallen Angel – Nate finds himself conflicted. As one of ‘the promised’ Nate is in mortal danger, and as the case builds momentum Will becomes the prime suspect. It’s an intense race against time for Nate to uncover the identity of the ‘angelic’ serial killer and save his own skin in the process!

This action-packed standalone sees two brothers saved from a cult as children, now grown up, and drawn into the complicated web of a serial killer. . .

All angels are not goodness and light. In fact...

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Gruesome Crime Horror/ Thriller Starts With A Bang. Seriously, the start of this book feels like Hilton read Jeff Guinn's Waco, because it truly feels like Hilton took Guinn's hyper realistic descriptions of what actually went down there to scaffold his own fictional version.

Which is actually a *phenomenal* way to begin this particular tale.

The rest of the tale then flashes forward a bit and crosses the "pond", becoming a UK based police/ crime tale featuring some particularly horrific murders that fans of Thomas Harris' Hannibal Lecter trilogy or Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child's Pendergast series will absolutely enjoy. The pacing of the investigation is solid, and the way the various characters meld together is done quite well.

Surprises late are well executed, and by the end you're going to be questioning if this is meant to be a series starter afterall...

Overall truly a great crime story excellently told, and a solid change of pace from Hilton's Gey and Villere thrillers in particular in that while the action is equally intense, the criminals here feel so much more decidedly dark and truly evil. Very much recommended.

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Thank you to NetGalley and Matt Hilton for allowing me to read this Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of Death Pact.

Everybody mark your calendar for July 2nd! Death Pact packs a punch - an amazing storyline filled with plot twists. This could be a movie or a criminal TV show episode. Nate and Will, two brothers rescued in childhood from the cult "Children of the Hammer". Both are placed into the system in the UK. Both grow up to lead very different lives. Or do they? One day a horrendous crime scene unfolds and at the center is a symbol drawn in the victim's blood. This symbol is no Satanic symbol. Quite the opposite. This symbol is angelic and heralds the coming of a new leader for the "Children of the Hammer" - and they want all their members back together, in the flesh, anthropodermic bibliopegy (now I know you're interested)! Deeprooted in heavy biblical undertones and religious beliefs, Death Pact is a classic serial killer cult classic that takes the reader deep into methodology, thought processes, and belief systems from the viewpoint of a survivor.

Will Will and Nate be safe? What is one of them is the rising leader and killer? What if it is brother against brother?

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