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.
That sound you can hear? That’s me manically crying/laughing after finishing reading Good Samaritans by Will Carver. It has taken me a while to get my thoughts in order and I have to admit I have been a little stressed about how on earth I would review it without stepping on a spoiler landmine somewhere but I think I am ready to write about it now. Kinda. The thing is, it is a tour de force, clever (very, very clever), compelling, twisty (and twisted) and boy does it pack a punch.
Seth is married, has a job selling IT products, lives in a lovely house with his very successful wife and he is lonely. Very, very lonely. So lonely in fact that he spends his nights ringing up strangers asking if they want to talk to him. More often than not people put the telephone down on him after telling him to kindly go forth and multiply, but then, one night, with his wife sleeping in their bedroom upstairs, a young, lonely woman named Hadley answers the phone and suddenly life isn’t so bleak. The only problem is, somebody knows about Seth and Hadley and things start to get interesting. Verrry interesting.
It opens with a pretty graphic account of how a dead body can be cleaned of evidence using 6 bottles of bleach (every day’s a school day) and you think, ‘oh OK, its a book about a murderer. Come on, whodunnit?’ but it is much more than that. Yes, there is a killer (that really isn’t a spoiler, there’s a dead body on the first page) but there is also a stale marriage, a woman who has tried to kill herself on a number of occasions, a Samaritans helpline worker, a detective who feels he is failing and a fair bit of sex. I really, really, want to write about and analyse the sex scenes, but I can’t as a) my dad may be reading this and b) it may give something away, but to me, the sex scenes were more shocking and visceral than murders and a body being bleached. And that is all I will say about that.
One of the (many) things I loved about this book is its unflinching honesty and rawness. From the sex scenes, to the brutal look at loneliness and the examination of a long term relationship nothing appears to be off limits and that is what makes this such a good read. You are supposed to be uncomfortable and feel off-kilter. You are supposed to raise an eyebrow at Seth’s behaviour but also pity him, because how lonely do you have to be to call random people up asking to chat? You are supposed to have the rug pulled out from under you and realise that you have been led a merry dance because this book is so blooming clever.
Let’s be clear, Will Carver is incredibly talented. This book grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go, throwing characters at you who you kind of pity, kind of hate and yet still kind of love and a plot that is inventive and fresh. I have read a lot of crime books this year and this one is a stand out read. I picked it up to read a couple of pages to get a feel for it and before I knew it I was a quarter of the way through and contemplating not watching the Blackpool episode of Strictly Come Dancing (one of my most favourite things on TV all year) it was that good. I loved it and its crazy, twisted plot. Thankyou very much Mr. Carver. 5 shiny stars are heading your way. (I hear bleach is good for giving things an extra gleam if you are that way inclined).
About The Author
Will Carver is the international bestselling author of the January David series (Arrow). He spent his early years in Germany, but returned to the UK at age 11, when his sporting career took off. He turned down a professional rugby contract to study theatre and television at King Alfred’s, Winchester, where he set up a successful theatre company. He currently runs his own fitness and nutrition company, while working on his next thriller. He lives in Reading with his two children.
My thanks to Orenda Books and Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for the invitation to join the Blog Tour and for a copy of the book in return for an honest review. Good Samaritans is out now in bothebook and in paperback.