His crimes - unforgivable. His death - inevitable. His suffering - just beginning.Obadiah Stark aka The Tally Man, is executed at ADX Absolom, his death sentence watched by the world's media, victim relatives and one investigative reporter, Joe O Connell. Penning an account of Stark's personal history and subsequent crimes in the hope of determining what elements make the sociopathic mind tick, Joe discovers clues and inconsistencies which cause him to investigate Stark's execution. While this is happening in the real world, Obadiah Stark awakens to an afterlife where he has a wife and daughter bound to his childhood hometown.
Following his natural predatory instinct, Obadiah proceeds to torment the town, committing multiple murders before being gunned down by the police. He awakens to find that everything has reset, with no one recalling his murderous spree a reality which offers no escape. As the scenes repeat, he is forced to submit to emotions he has never experienced before... and with it, a poisonous dose of morality.
“David McCaffrey's excellent debut novel, Hellbound is one of those thrillers that keeps you glued to the page while you try to imagine what will happen next. Cutting edge and Hannibal Lector-esque, it will keep you turning pages until the shocking climax.” Steve Alten, best-selling author of THE MAYAN PROPHECY & MEG.
“Hellbound is on my top ten list of books I would read over and over again, not many make the list but I loved it from start to finish.”
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“David McCaffrey's excellent debut novel, Hellbound is one of those thrillers that keeps you glued to the page while you try to imagine what will happen next. Cutting edge and Hannibal Lector-esque, it will keep you turning pages until the shocking climax.” Steve Alten, best-selling author of THE MAYAN PROPHECY & MEG
”Hellbound is on my top ten list of books I would read over and over again, not many make the list but I loved it from start to finish. The author David McCaffrey has covered the controversial subject of the death penalty and right from the very start you wonder if you can truly make a murderer like Obadiah who kills because he can and wants to, feel empathy and love. Hellbound does not give you the authors opinion on the death penalty so you are not swayed in anyway but he does give you the facts, you are then left to make your own mind up about the main character Obadiah Stark very clever! The book is written from different perspectives, the first is from Obadiah himself, you follow him while he commits many horrible crimes but also on his journey after his execution. You also follow Joe O'Connell, a reporter that has been investigating Stark and finds that all is not as it seems. The writing is outstanding, you can tell that David has a background in criminology and psychology, the details and descriptions are perfect. I enjoyed every moment from start to finish, I have to admit that the authors use of the English language is far superior to my understanding and I found myself using the dictionary a couple of times but I enjoyed that learning curve too. I didnt just learn a few new words, I found the criminology aspect to the novel a learning experience too, a perfect combination for someone like me.” www.crimebookclub.co.uk