The Old Religion by Martyn Waites


How far would you go to save everything you have?

Firstly many thanks to the Publisher for a copy of the book

I must admit to being a fan of Martyn Waites previous novels, so was eager to read this.

The Old Religion does not disappoint has all the elements and ticks all the boxes for a compelling, thrilling read

Beginning with the disappearance of a boy, what follows is sinister and chilling horroresque crime novel of the highest order.

Tom Killgannon is in the witness protection scheme and has moved to the seemingly quiet sleepy Cornish village of St Petroc, everything about his life is kept in his wallet, fate brings him to meet 17 year old Lila a runaway from a nearby commune of travellers, unfortunately for Tom she disappears with his wallet.

How far will Tom  go to get his life back,well you will have to read the book to find out

Clever structured plotting, with the right amount of pacing and drama, a well rounded cast of characters, all with depth most with a secrets, There is a great sense of place and although fictional St Petroc is deep in the old ways

The tension soon ratchets up as the locals go back to the old times to try to save their village from economic ruin.

Rich in paganism, rituals and customs, dark and mysterious The Old Religion is a terrifically entertaining read..

Be warned this one of  those engaging addictive reads that once started you won’t want to stop.

Like a classic Hammer film it has the dark quiet rural setting, full on chilling suspense with a few close your eyes moments.

This has smash hit written all over it


Martyn Waites is the author the wonderful Stephen Larkin and Joe Donovan series and one half of Tania Carver

Published by: Bonnier Zaffre

Categories 2018 Reviews

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