Purged is the first book by Peter Law, a Baptist Minster who has mixed crime fiction and religion.
The book follows Matt Hunter a Sociology professor who once was a former Minister many years ago. Matt lost his faith and started studying religion and debunks it, this knowledge has helped him assisted the police in religiously motivated crime. Matt wife has been asked to submit a design for a church. She is allowed to take her family with her to see the church, they have decided to turn it into a family holiday. A lovely family holiday takes a turn for the worse when Matt bumps into an old ‘Friend’ from college and women start disappearing in a peaceful god fearing town.
This book really interested me as the religious angle put a nice spin on the standard crime story. The author has created a great balance of comic and the macabre, religion and questioning religion. One on the things that I found most unsettling in the story the town people and their unquestionable devotion, and how quickly the people became converted. If anyone has watched the film Hot Fuzz I was waiting for someone in the village to say ‘The greater good.’
I found Matt Hunter a really riveting character, he is devoted man to his family and his work in academic and with the police. He is the type of person I would like to have a drink with and have a long conversation about religion and the world. I always think that a sign of a good writer when you would want to go out for a drink with one of their characters.
I give this story 4 out of 5
The next book in the series is called Unleashed and was published 20th July 2017. Unleashed is my next read.
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Thank to Alisa at Allison and Busby for sending me a copy of the book to read for an honest and fair review.
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