Tom Killgannon is something of a mystery at the start of The Old Religion by Martyn Waites. What we do know is that he is a barman in a north coast Cornish village and it is out of season. It is clear that he is not just that from quite early on however what will that mean for some of the residents of St Petroc? A young student goes missing from a surfer community there and then Lila, also in that community, goes missing too. Are these events connected? And who or what is Morrigan?
It was a great start to this book for me. I found it so atmospheric, catching the out of season coastal village perfectly. I know places like that. While not overly descriptive I got a good feel of the place. For all the sometimes “normal” atmosphere there is always a darker undercurrent around. There may be those who won’t like the “old religion” aspect of this book. I was perfectly happy with it. I guess I felt it was more ominous when it was not being talked about than when it came out into the open.
I found The Old Religion that was far easier to keep reading than put down! There are good characters, the pace is good, it’s dark and tense – what more can you want from a thriller type of story. There are twist and turns and things revealed and concealed. For me there is no doubt that Tom is the leading character here. As a foil Lila is good and brings extra to this story. Other characters also worked well and are more than up to the story. This is a very enjoyable read.
Note – I received an advance digital copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair review