This Strange Hell by CJ Sutton

March 17, 2019 - 9:41 am No Comments

So it is my turn in the blog tour for This Strange Hell.
Published by Crooked Cat Books on 15th March 2019 and with 369 pages.
Want to know about the book here is the blurb:

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.

So you have read the blurb and here are my views

My review

At the start of the story, the running man was made out to be evil and uncaring, but as I learned more about him, it was hard to believe that Brady Lockhart was behind all those deaths. Ending up in Sulley Ridge, a lawless town enabled the author to introduce us to some unsavoury characters. As you find out more about the evil going on, it makes you wonder how Brady was going to survive and who he could trust. The mystery burned man from the start gave a sinister feel to the story and whilst he was horrifically burned, there was a sense of feeling that he was hiding something.   
This book was addictive, not giving much away at the start, you want to carry on reading this story to find out more. I started this book late Sunday night and had to force myself to close my kindle, so I could get some sleep. As soon as I was able to on Monday, I picked it back up and finished it before the end of the day. This story brought out so many emotions, hate for the person who set the fire and caused those deaths, shock when more of the story was revealed and a lump in my throat when I neared the end. The characters were believable and well developed and with the descriptive style and their backstories enabled you to make a judgement on the characters as you meet them. The story was well plotted and was a fast pace as you always felt that time was running out for Brady. The story was bloody and to the point. The graphic scenes enforced the danger Brady and the residents of Sully Ridge were in. It is not often that I get squeamish but there is one scene that had me curling my toes. The only issue I had with the whole book was there were times that I had to re-read a sentence to work out who the character was as it was just” The man” “The boy”, but it did not stop me enjoying this book. This is the first book I have read by this author and I will look out for more of their work.

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Want to know more about CJ Sutton

Author Bio –

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 –

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

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