Synopsis

A suited man runs from a burning tower in Melbourne as bodies rain down upon him.

Before the city’s millions can compose, he boards a train into the countryside. Hiding his identity and changing his appearance, the man finds his way to Sulley Ridge, a lawless town in the heart of the harsh Victorian outback.

The following day, a burned man wakes up in a hospital bed. Surging with rage, he speaks a name. Within an hour, the suited man’s face is across every screen in the country. It’s the greatest manhunt Australia has ever seen.

But as he tries to camouflage in Sulley Ridge, he soon realises the town has its own problems. Under the iron fist of a violent leader, the locals are trapped within slow and torturous decay…

As we learn more about the night of the burning tower, the connection between the suited man and the burned man threatens to leave a trail of destruction across the state.

Here is the story of a man on the run from his past, as the line between sanity and evil is danced upon.

Here is the tale of This Strange Hell.

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My review

A book that opens with the image of the world as a billiards table has got to be worth reading since it’s pretty obvious that this author is imaginative and has a unique take on life.

This Strange Hell, a complex, twisted and dystopian tale, certainly doesn’t disappoint. Action is fast and furious, quite often shocking, and the story snakes its way swiftly along, sweeping a varied cast of troubled characters who tend t behave impetuously and violently along with it. It all makes for a challenging but absorbing read.

You get a great sense of place in the novel, both the suffocating city (especially when it’s burning) and the decidedly unnerving outback town of Sulley Ridge. There’s menace everywhere and desperation is all-pervasive, swamping, but some tendrils of goodness and loyalty, of wanting something better do manage to push their way out. Even in despair there’s hope, albeit only a tiny flicker.

An excellent read that may take you out of your comfort zone but you’ll be richly rewarded for doing so.

About the author

C.J. Sutton is a writer based in Melbourne, Australia. He holds a Masters in journalism and creative writing and supports the value of study through correspondence. His fictional writing delves into the unpredictability of the human mind and the fears that drive us.

As a professional writer C. J. Sutton has worked within the hustle and bustle of newsrooms, the competitive offices of advertising and the trenches of marketing. But his interest in creating new characters and worlds has seen a move into fiction, which has always pleaded for complete attention. Dortmund Hibernate was his debut novel, released by Crooked Cat Books on July 18. It is available now – mybook.to/dortmundhibernate

His new novel, This Strange Hell, will be released on March 15.

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