Full disclosure – I was provided an advanced reader’s copy of this book by the author or their representative but have voluntarily provided a review. All opinions are my own.
There is no light at the end of the tunnel
On a sunny Spring day in the English countryside, a commuter train is making its daily runs. As the passengers come and go, nothing seems amiss. Clip and her boyfriend Xavi are aboard, attempting to avoid the attention of a few thugs while traveling to university. All seems to be going well until the train enters a tunnel and strange things begin to happen. From mysterious deaths and disappearances, electrical malfunctions, and what can only be described as mass hallucination events the once peaceful ride has become an interminable hell. Trapped in the tunnel, unable to stop the train and with no end in sight, the passengers must discover a way to escape. But as they begin to piece together clues to discover the source of their entrapment they realize that they are facing an evil older than they can even imagine with a vendetta that requires a sacrifice.
Hell Train is the latest release by horror author Iain Rob Wright and is the third in the current “Cursed Manuscripts” series. In this offering, Wright goes ‘old school’ drawing on his influences and inspirations to create a truly anxiety-inducing story. Trapped in an unfolding chain of events that only gets worse by the page turn, Hell Train truly felt like an impossible situation where the only question was if there would be any survivors. Wright has said at the onset of this series that the books are stand-alone and there is not a connecting storyline but is there? After reading Hell Train, I am beginning to see a few lines being drawn that would tie these seemingly unrelated stand-alone stories into a larger picture yet to be revealed. If you are a fan of creepy horror with a dash of the occult and a truly hopeless vibe, pick up a copy of Hell Train. You will not be disappointed.