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C.V. Hunt does something with her protagonist I've only seen once before with B.E.Ellis, in AMERICAN PSYCHO (book, not movie!), and that is: to allow her readers to live in a sociopath's skin long enough to accept and develop rapport with the obvious socially unacceptable. When the protagonist's external world turns against him in the most inhumane ways imaginable, this situation turns into the perfect, horrific pressure cooker. I don;t recommend this for readers with weak stomachs or fear of seeing what humanity is capable of. On the other hand, for those who don't mind taking a peek at what we all knew was trully out there in the worse possible ways imaginable, 5-stars and be thankful for the people you love!
Look, if you’re reading a book called Ritualistic Human Sacrifice, then you expect some ritualistic human sacrifice. CV Hunt delivers on that 10-fold. This novel was a true grindhouse experience.
C.V. Hunt is one of my favorite authors. Loved Baby Hater and Other People's S*** is one of my top ten fiction novels. RITUALISTIC HUMAN SACRIFICE trumps Hunt's repertoire. It is her best, and I'm not joking.
The characters of Nick and Eve are handled with such a precise character arc that you really fall in love (and hate) with them in the first half of the book. This is important because this dramatic introduction saves the book from becoming scat porn. Oh, and scat abounds, dear readers...
Although Hunt delves into Horror and Bizarro in her litany of works, Ritualistic Human Sacrifice is more irreal than surreal. All that happens within the pages could physically occur.
Nick is a narcissist, but not a total sociopath, while Eve destroys his dream of being a D.I.N.K. (Double Income, No Kids) by getting pregnant. Because you feel sorry (and root) for both Nick and Eve, when the narrative plunges into Horror, the reader prays for character shields. Prayer does not work in the House of Satan!
Irresponsible, flippant comedy ensues as Eve and Nick move to a small town where sex is on tap so much so that it becomes a cartoon of J.G. Ballard's "High-Rise", but without all the epic scenery from the 50th floor.
Ed Lee would be proud. Hunt handles Goreno with the skill of Suehiro Maruo. But, as stated above, the character building is so surgical and realistic that an author of less skill and imagination would have Nick and Eve be nothing more than two meat puppets.
Yes, the novel deals with abortion, but not in a political fashion, which is hard to pull off in the 2010s. This method of disposal is simply pivotal to the plotting of the bad guys.
I loved this book. One of her best!
The story starts out with two people who was married but in a toxic relationship (to say the least). When the book begins, Nick is on the verge of leaving Eve,,, Until she tells him that she is pregnant. This beings the depiction of a relationship that is both toxic and fascinating. And that is just the BEGINNING of the book!
This novel has more twists and turns than an old country road and more surprises than your favorite haunted house (the Halloween kind). It is not for the faint of heart because there are some intensely sexual and sometimes violent passages but that is all part of the book's tone/mood.
Hunt's writing style pulls your into the stories she tells.... and this one is intense.