Hell to Pay Paperback
by Shaun Hutson
A boy's body is discovered on the shores of Kingsfield reservoir.
Like the killer's previous two victims, there's no sign of violence, no fingerprints, nothing but two small puncture marks where the overdose of heroin was injected.
Whoever is carrying out the attacks is careful, methodical and clever.
Detective Inspector Alan Fielding is frantic to find the killer before another child is taken...In a run down house on a nearby estate, Nikki Reed knows only too well what the ominous knock on the front door means - the loan sharks want their money back, and if they don't get it, they're going to get nasty.
But Nikki can't pay up - until her brother John comes up with a dangerous and high-risk scheme that could make all of them rich...Roma Todd's relationship with record company boss David is rife with deceit and deception, but the one thing that holds them together is their daughter Kirsten. And though Kirsten may seem like any other child, she suffers from an extraordinary illness, one that without her medication can unleash a bizarre and deadly trail of horror...All desperate people running out of time.
When their worlds collide, there'll be hell to pay...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 384 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 23/08/2003
- Category: Horror & ghost stories
- ISBN: 9780751535877
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Review by SonicQuack
Hell to Pay is a quick blast. It has no depth, no likeable characters, stretches plausible coincidence to the maximum and despite all these flaws, somehow produces a bit of a page-turner. Shaun Hutson is a seasoned writer and can add just enough plot elements to ensure you see it through, which in this case is a child with an unusual disease. This element creates a small hook in an otherwise uninspiring novel. It's short, although not sweet and an easy way to kill a few hours.