This is not my normal reading material but I was drawn in and really enjoyed the story, gritty and very gory at times but an interesting and riveting tale.
Snacking and reading. I really hope to finish this hook today.
The short chapters and POV shifts made this such a page-turner! I didn‘t predict the way the two stories intersected, which I thought was a great twist. I would have liked to see a little more nuance to the male characters, and it feels a little wrong to root for a serial killer, but this was definitely a fast-paced, exciting, and satisfying dark academia thriller! 🎧
Helltown has a lot going on within the pages. The reader is taken on multiple journeys as they experience events in the lives of Tony Costa, Kurt Vonnegut and Norman Mailer. While I appreciate the connections between these three men, I really would have been happier if there had been less time devoted to the two writers and more to the killer, his crimes, and his victims. The novel flowed well, even with the jumps between the major players.
2.5 stars- I don't think authors should narrate their own books most of the time, but this author did okay. However, the book was at least 5 hrs too long with all the Norman Mailer and Kurt Vonget stuff. Also, the gruesome narrator of the crimes was graphically described WAY too many times, it was just over and over again. I did appreciate the amount of research the author put into the book.