Review “THE OLD RELIGION” By Martyn Waites
The last thing ex-cop Tom Killgannon should be doing is helping someone in trouble. Doing so could make him a target, something he’s all too familiar with. Killgannon is in witness protection and doing a pretty good job of keeping out of trouble by serving drinks in an out of the way watering hole located in Cornwall’s fictional St. Petroc village, a town suffering from the Brexit fallout. No one really visits the place and it’s not high on any tourist destination map. Killgannon spends his days pouring drinks and listening to the locals with a kind ear. It may be a simple life, but it’s all his. This changes, however, when a teen girl from the local surfer community breaks into Tom’s home and sets him on a wild course littered with chilling danger.
Seventeen-year-old Lila is on the run and needs a quick exit from her abusers; only she picked the wrong house to sneak into. Tom finds himself in a quandary when he realizes the girl is part of a larger criminal scheme. Does he help her or keep himself safe? When the girl makes off with Tom’s coat, he finds himself in a desperate situation. The pilfered garment held his wallet, which contained all the details of his new life. He sets off to locate the teen, but quickly finds himself under suspicion and becomes a target. Killgannon, to save himself and Lila, must face down ritual sacrifice, desperate locals hoping their sinister plans will bring new prosperity to St. Petroc, and the nefarious Morrigan, who sees himself as the village’s true savior.
Stark, creepy, and gripping until the final page, “The Old Religion” is a dark tale of English Noir set amidst the stormy English countryside, one teeming with horrific superstition.
Review “The Old Religion” by Martyn Waites
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