RITUALISTIC HUMAN SACRIFICE by CV Hunt (Grindhouse Press)
CV Hunt is officially my new favorite author, and RITUALISTIC HUMAN SACRIFICE is like a goddamn gift from the darkest gods below. It is the work of a brilliant writer who understands the inner workings of the human mind better than most. There are moments in this book that are so uncomfortable that I physically felt them – and that scene was of a medical procedure, not one of the super fucked up parts. This book is so fucking good that it makes me want to scream. It’s also totally fucked and absolutely fucking perfect.
For Nick Graves and his wife, Eve, the passion, love, and hope in their marriage has long since passed. Resentment abounds and Nick is ready to move on, to let go and admit defeat. His plans disintegrate around him when Eve reveals that she is pregnant, something they had agreed they didn’t want. Not wanting to been seen as someone who would abandon his wife and unborn child, Nick plots some serious fucking revenge. She made a major life decision without his input, so why couldn’t he do the same? After finding the perfect house in the country, Nick and Eve move to a community of terrible secrets, architecture that doesn’t make sense, statues built with faeces, and mystery that will unfurl into their unhappy lives.
There is so much anger and resentment built into the Nick character, and it screams from a place of truth, of experience. If you’ve been in a bad relationship that just simmers with hate, you’ll know the feeling that this book produces. I don’t want to dig too far in, as to avoid spoiling anything for you, but trust me that you will want to read this book. It’s nasty, fucked, cruel, and speaks to a truth that many of us have felt in our lives. Everything in this book is totally where it should be, and the story is able to carry itself through some pretty rough territory without running off the rails. If I get a chance to meet CV Hunt, I’m buying her a beer and thanking her for being able to write a scene that actually made me cringe. Buy this fucking book. Buy it now and read it as soon as you get it. (Sam Richard)