#BookReview PSYCHOPATHS ANONYMOUS by WILL CARVER @BlackCrow_PR



ABOUT THE BOOK


Maeve has everything. A high-powered job, a beautiful home, a string of uncomplicated one-night encounters. She’s also an addict: A functioning alcoholic with a dependence on sex and an insatiable appetite for killing men. 

When she can’t find a support group to share her obsession, she creates her own. And Psychopaths Anonymous is born. Friends of Maeve. 

Now in a serious relationship, Maeve wants to keep the group a secret. But not everyone in the group adheres to the rules, and when a reckless member raises suspicions with the police, Maeve’s drinking spirals out of control. 

She needs to stop killing. She needs to close the group. 

But Maeve can’t seem to quit the things that are bad for her, including her new man…

A scathing, violent and darkly funny book about love, connection, obsessions and sex – and the aspects of human nature we’d prefer to hide – Psychopaths Anonymous is also an electrifyingly original, unpredictable thriller that challenges virtually everything.


PUBLISHED BY ORENDA BOOKS

PURCHASE LINK


Amazon


MY REVIEW


What must go on in the mind of an author to come up with a character such as Maeve??!! Probably best not to ask! And to just to enjoy the madness of his creation!!

I loved the way this story was told. We’re in the mind of Maeve – not a sane place to be! – but we hear every train of thought as she process her life, her encounters and everything in between! She’s a woman with zero empathy! Her views are cynical, cold and calculating! Yes she can appear ‘normal’ on the outside, but that illusion is quickly shattered when you’re alone with her!

We follow her in this story as she seeks to quench her thirst for all the bad addictions in her life – drugs, drink, sex and killing! She is very careful with who she picks out as a victim, and the more she gets away with the more driven she becomes! You wonder just what it is she is looking for throughout this journey, and to be fair, I don’t think she knows either! She just has a need to be in control, like a true psychopath!

You’re always wondering if her way of dealing with life is going to catch up with her, and the author does a fantastic job of immersing you in her world and watch her playing with fire – with very little concern for the outcome! She’s the kind of killer who will judge the goings on in reality tv while torturing a victim! Zero F’s given for any of her victims!!

There’s a ton of sex, drugs and violence (not rock and roll!), and it’s a book that stays long in the mind for very dark reasons!! Will Carver is a master at creating such twisted and insane offerings – and as a reader I am very thankful!!!


★★★★★

My thanks to Jamie and the team at Black Crow PR for the e-copy in return for a fair and honest review.

#BookReview THE BERESFORD by WILL CARVER #Audiobook



ABOUT THE BOOK


Just outside the city – any city, every city – is a grand, spacious but affordable apartment building called The Beresford.

There’s a routine at The Beresford.

For Mrs May, every day’s the same: a cup of cold, black coffee in the morning, pruning roses, checking on her tenants, wine, prayer and an afternoon nap. She never leaves the building.

Abe Schwartz also lives at The Beresford. His housemate, Sythe, no longer does. Because Abe just killed him. 

In exactly sixty seconds, Blair Conroy will ring the doorbell to her new home and Abe will answer the door. They will become friends. Perhaps lovers. 

And, when the time comes for one of them to die, as is always the case at The Beresford, there will be sixty seconds to move the body before the next unknowing soul arrives at the door.

Because nothing changes at The Beresford, until the doorbell rings…

Eerie, dark, superbly twisted and majestically plotted, The Beresford is the stunning standalone thriller from one of crime fiction’s most exciting names.


PUBLISHED BY ORENDA BOOKS


PURCHASE LINK

Amazon


MY REVIEW

I listened to the audio version book of this book.What a deliciously dark and twisted read this was!!!

On the surface The Beresford looks a nice place to rent an apartment! All overseen by the mysterious Mrs May, who plays the little old lady landlord role perfectly, it’s a place that draws in those looking to escape from their pasts, find their own independence and a bit of normality…. oops! That’s what is lacking at The Beresford!!

Previous residents have just disappeared without a trace, leaving their families asking questions .. but not too many! And as soon as one resident leaves, another moves in…. and the cycle begins again.

I loved the madness of this book! You get a glimpse at each of the new characters move in and you’re taken in by their ‘normality’ until something happens! And then you’re shocked at how easy they take on their new role and play their part! As the story unfolds in front of you, you just wonder how darker it can get … and it gets very dark!!

It’s one of those books that you shouldn’t enjoy but you can’t help yourself because of the wonderful way the story plays out, and the characters you find yourself cheering for but then shocked by their behaviour! A great insight into the split personality side of humans – harmless exterior, dark interior!!


★★★★

#BookReview GOOD SAMARITANS by WILL CARVER

ABOUT THE BOOK


One crossed wire, three dead bodies and six bottles of bleach

Seth Beauman can’t sleep. He stays up late, calling strangers from his phonebook, hoping to make a connection, while his wife, Maeve, sleeps upstairs. A crossed wire finds a suicidal Hadley Serf on the phone to Seth, thinking she is talking to The Samaritans.
But a seemingly harmless, late-night hobby turns into something more for Seth and for Hadley, and soon their late-night talks are turning into day-time meet-ups. And then this dysfunctional love story turns into something altogether darker, when Seth brings Hadley home…
And someone is watching…
Dark, sexy, dangerous and wildly readable, Good Samaritans marks the scorching return of one of crime fiction’s most exceptional voices.


PUBLISHED BY ORENDA BOOKS

MY REVIEW

I listened to the audio version of this book.

If you are looking for a book to uplift you, fill your soul with cheer then this is NOT the book for you!! It is dark, moody and very, very bleak!! But if you’re after an absorbing story that leaves you shocked and chilled to the core! It explores characters who play on the insecurities of humans at their lowest point, with no remorse.

There is Ant who works for the Samaritans – looking for a way to get over the death of his close friend who had killed himself – and what better way than to listen to others who are just reaching out for someone to listen to them in their hour of need.

Then there is Seth, who seems bored with life and finds his only joy is to make random phone calls late at night saying he has nobody to talk to. His wife, Maeve, hears him downstairs and knows he speaks to strangers but says nothing to him that she knows about his secrets.

Hadley is a young woman who is struggling with life, so she reaches out to the samaritans – one night she talks to Seth though and instantly connects with him, so when she calls the samaritans again to talk to him, she gets Ant instead and he becomes intrigued by this Ant person she talks about as nobody who works there has that name.

And then there’s Detective Pace who is investigating some unexplained murders – brutal crimes that shock those who discover the bodies – and there are just no links or leads forthcoming.

What follows is a messed up, twisted exploration of human interaction. There is an awful lot of graphic sex scenes which I did find a little distracting and unnecessary, when there’s far more twisted goings on at work in the minds of some of these characters!!

I read this series back to front and this was my least favourite of the Pace books, but still a chilling and explosive start to a very twisted series!!

★★★★

#BookReview NOTHING IMPORTANT HAPPENED TODAY by WILL CARVER #AudioBook

ABOUT THE BOOK


When strangers take part in a series of group suicides, everything suggests that a cult is to blame. How do you stop a cult when nobody knows they are a member?

Nine suicides
One Cult
No leader

Nine people arrive one night on Chelsea Bridge. They’ve never met. But at the same time, they run, and leap to their deaths. Each of them received a letter in the post that morning, a pre-written suicide note, and a page containing only four words: Nothing important happened today.

That is how they knew they had been chosen to become a part of the People Of Choice: A mysterious suicide cult whose members have no knowledge of one another.

Thirty-two people on that train witness the event. Two of them will be next. By the morning, People Of Choice are appearing around the globe; it becomes a movement. A social media page that has lain dormant for four years suddenly has thousands of followers. The police are under pressure to find a link between the cult members, to locate a leader that does not seem to exist.

How do you stop a cult when nobody knows they are a member?

A shocking, mesmerisingly original and pitch-black thriller, Nothing Important Happened Today confirms Will Carver as one of the most extraordinary, exciting authors in crime fiction.

PUBLISHED BY ORENDA BOOKS

MY REVIEW

I listened to the audio version of this book.

Holy crap!! This was bloody brilliant! Yes it’s very dark, deals with an extremely sensitive topic (suicides), and is properly twisted BUT once you are under the spell of the writing you’ll find yourself absolutely chilled and spellbound and just amazed at how well the story is constructed and executed!!

It’s a book like no other I’ve read, especially in the way it unfolds. It starts with the mass suicide of 9 people at a bridge in London, witnessed by unfortunate commuters on a train passing by. What follows is a chain of events that leads to more suicides in seemingly random fashion, bringing together total strangers and leads those investigating the deaths scratching their heads trying to make any sense of it all.

The author does a brilliant job of giving you little flashes into the lives of those brought together through ‘The Chosen Ones’ – they receive a letter in the post, carry on with their day as normal and then all come together at various times and locations to end it all. But what drives them to take the word of a letter as gospel? And who is pulling the strings behind it all to make it happen?

It explores how cults survive in the world and how they choose their members wisely. We see personal stories of people struggling inwardly, believing that they’re ‘nobody’ and not making an impact on the world around them – easier enough to do nowadays in this social media obsessed world where we all filter out the negative and only portray the positive. Where the badly behaved are indulged, the lack of parenting skills are exploited, someone else is always to blame, the reality of life is airbrushed to within an inch of its’ life – the world we live in is laid bare in this book and it was stunning to see it so brazenly ripped apart!

As Detective Pace becomes more and more involved with trying to understand these deaths, we are able to see his life behind the image he portrays, and the darkness that follows him around explored.

I was totally transfixed by this story. It also looks at famous real life killer and how they got away with their crimes for so long, or what drove them to it and this added an even darker undertone to the story. What is it that turns people so evil or so negative?

This was a chilling, perceptive and exceptional story!

★★★★★

#AudiobookReview HINTON HOLLOW DEATH TRIP by WILL CARVER

ABOUT THE BOOK


It’s a small story. A small town with small lives that you would never have heard about if none of this had happened.

Hinton Hollow. Population 5,120.

Little Henry Wallace was eight years old and one hundred miles from home before anyone talked to him. His mother placed him on a train with a label around his neck, asking for him to be kept safe for a week, kept away from Hinton Hollow.

Because something was coming.

Narrated by Evil itself, Hinton Hollow Death Trip recounts five days in the history of this small rural town, when darkness paid a visit and infected its residents. A visit that made them act in unnatural ways. Prodding at their insecurities. Nudging at their secrets and desires. Coaxing out the malevolence suppressed within them. Showing their true selves.

Making them cheat.
Making them steal.
Making them kill.

Detective Sergeant Pace had returned to his childhood home. To escape the things he had done in the city. To go back to something simple. But he was not alone. Evil had a plan.

PUBLISHED BY ORENDA BOOKS

PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon

Blackwell’s

hive.co.uk

MY REVIEW

My first Will Carver book – definitely not my last!! This was bloody brilliant!!! It was dark, twisted, thought provoking, absorbing….. it’s fair to say I loved it! And I thought the narration on the audiobook was top drawer!

This is a book narrated by Evil!! Yep, you read that right! And Evil has a lot to comment on as he watches over the goings on Hinton Hollow as darkness hits the inhabitants which sets off a chain reaction of more twisted goings on that affect everyone and leaves them all reeling, and leaves you wondering just what darkness will happen next!

Evil explains how people are! He often doesn’t need to manipulate them much, just a little gentle nudge and their own freewill surfaces and shows their true colours. And in the world we live in right now, this book hits home in more ways than one! I never thought I’d be so in agreement with Evil and his perceptions on humanity! Not sure what that says about me!!

The sequence of events are terrifying as they unfold. Someone is picking their victims carefully and it seems nobody is safe. And the perpetrator is seemingly untouchable with little clue as to their motives or identity. There are little hints and flashbacks, but the action mainly takes place over just 5 days. The darkness and the horror seems unstoppable and with Evil narrating, this just adds to the tension and the utter unpredictability of it all.

A truly unique story and I cannot wait to go back and read more of this series – and see what else Will Carver has lined up for us with his future books!! Loved Loved Loved it!!!

★★★★★