A huge thanks to Anne Cater for organising this tour and to Will Carver and Orenda Books for an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Just outside the city – any city, every city – is a grand, spacious but affordable apartment building called The
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 Smythe 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.
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…
Ermmm…..excuse me whilst I pick up my brain from the puddle that it melted into and try and get it working again.
Every so often a novel comes along that gives me intense chills but for reasons that I cannot explain. This is one of those rare occasions. Within the first few chapters the level of malevolence was already high, but I couldn’t tell you why if my life depended on it. I just felt it! The short chapters provide an intense reading experience and keep things snappy. Each snippet gave me a thirst for finding out more and getting through each chapter became a compulsive addiction and I was glued to the book.
The Beresford is an apartment block with reasonably proceed apartments and seemingly housing a rather unusual bunch of residents. At first glance it’s a dream find. Good size, clean quiet but there seems to be an inexplicable high number of deaths. And within seconds of one resident ‘leaving’, there’s another waiting at the door.
The main star of the show here is The Beresford itself. It gave me vibes like that of The Shining and Room 1408 – where the building is the malevolent force, controlling everything and using the residents like puppets. There’s the predictable but strange Mrs May, seemingly quiet and shy Abe and Blair with her newfound freedom from her highly religious parents and community. As Carver unravels the characters, there’s almost a contradiction. On the surface we see quirky but gentle people, just wanting to go about their daily lives and deal with things in their past. But then each character does things that is completely against their nature. Each character is well developed and brought out a variety of emotions in me as I was reading. The chapters are narrated by each character too which adds an extra dimension to the clever and witty storytelling.
There’s something very unnerving and chilling about this novel but it’s also so much fun. I loved indulging my dark side and enjoying some of the darker themes of this novel whilst being equally freaked out by everything. It’s strangely terrifying, funny and sweet in places which really messed with my head.
Such a well written and clever novel which has to be read to be fully appreciated. I’d honestly advise squirreling yourself away somewhere in a dark corner and not coming out until you’re done. I’d also factor in some brain recovery time as this is a book that will stay with you for quite some time.
Author Bio – Will Carver
Will Carver is the international bestselling author of the January David series. He spent his early years in Germany, but returned to the UK at age eleven, 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, and lives in Reading with his two children. Will’s latest title published by Orenda Books, Hinton Hollow Death Trip was longlisted for the Not the Booker Prize, while Nothing Important Happened Today was longlisted for the
Theakston’s Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year and for the Goldsboro Books Glass Bell. Good Samaritans was a book of the year in Guardian, Telegraph and Daily Express, and hit number one on the eBook charts.