I’m delighted to welcome you to my stop on the blog tour today for Good Samaritans by Will Carver. Thank you to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for the tour invite and Orenda books for the copy which I reviewed in exchange for my honest thoughts.
Firstly, a little bit 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…
Good Samaritans is published by Orenda and is available to buy now is paperback and digital forms…
Firstly, I apologise for any swearing in this review. Whilst it’s very rare I swear in them, I always pride myself on writing a review honestly – so if at the time when reading a book it’s made me react a certain way, I will bring that across in my review.
Flipping hell Will Carver, where have you been all my life?!! I feel like I should be bowing down to you right now; the actual enjoyment I got out of your novel makes me feel incredibly filthy, like it’s wrong on some level to be feeling like this and I should be bleaching myself down instead!
Seth Beauman suffers from insomnia. While his wife sleeps on, he spends his nights calling strangers from his stolen telephone directory, hoping to make that right connection. Meanwhile, Ant really is a ‘Good Samaritan’, working on The Samaritans phone line, which he has done since his friend took his own life.
One evening Hadley Serf finds herself on the phone to Seth after a crossed line happens when she picks up the card and dials the number of The Samaritans. Throw in Detective Sergeant Pace who’s investigating the murders of two young women – bodies dumped, bleached, bloated and wrapped in plastic and you’ve got one completely f**ked up plot!
I’m not going to go into anymore details about plot and characters because I just want readers to discover every bit of it themselves. Good Samaritans really is in a league of it’s own due to it’s complete originality and the warped mind Carver must have (which I say as the highest of compliments!) to be able to come up with, and deliver this kind of story; each and every page you turn gets downright darker, dirtier and more disturbing!
I loved the author’s approach of the very short and snappy chapters; with a host of such dysfunctional characters the almost conversationalist tone meant you actually felt like you were in that character’s head living with their crazy and unhealthy thoughts and obsessions. The whole unpredictability of the novel kept me not only firmly on my toes despite breathlessly flying through the chapters, but also with my mouth left salivating for more and more at the end of every one.
This novel is sexually explicit, with some very dark sex scenes and there are also very raw references towards suicide and mental illness, it’s certainly NOT for the faint hearted or those upset or offended easily. However, if you like intensity, dark humour, uniqueness and appreciate an author to be brave and bold enough to go out of a comfort zone to make their reader go out of theirs, then DO pick this book up!
Good Samaritans is a love story at heart, okay, a VERY dysfunctional one, but still… it’s fresh, imaginative, bold, and above anything else, totally f**king twisted!!
Will Carver is the kind of author I admire, one who isn’t afraid to step outside the ‘normal’ box so to speak, and ultimately delivers a masterpiece in being brave enough to do so. Honestly, I’m left bloodthirsty for more of this man’s deliciously dirty and disturbed mind!
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.
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