Today I am on another Random Things Blog Tour organised by the utterly amazing Anne Carter. Today’s book is Good Samaritans by Will Carver.
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.
When I saw the blub for this book, I was equally intrigued and nervous of reading it- that’s how I knew I just HAD TO!
I was seriously nervous about reading it though- the plot was so unpredictable and I couldn’t sense where it was going. Anything could happen! And it did. When I sat down to read it, I finished it in less than 24 hours, eager to get to the climactic end.
I am very fond of thrillers with a crime/mystery twist, and this novel certainly fits the bill. After all the books of this genre I have read, I am still on the look out for a new take on the classic crime story. I really believe Good Samaritans is the brilliant contemporary thriller with a twist for the 21st century. Some crime stories I believe have dated badly, for example, I am a HUGE Agatha Christie fan, yet some of her books weren’t challenging enough for me and reading them now can cause me to feel slightly flat. However, with the Good Samaritans, Carver manages to write with a demeanour typical of the everyday whilst still retaining that atmospheric shock of a classic piece of writing.
The structure was outstanding. Without giving too much away, the first two pages set up the entire story in a way that will give you Goosebumps. You want to know about bleach? Look no further. The way that everything connects to everything else gives the reader an unnerving feeling of ‘having to look over their shoulder’. This is because of the way the narrative flows as there are various voices becoming that of ‘I’ and ‘you’. I felt on edge reading this novel (in a good way) and I like the way we kind of see inside the minds of people involved whilst still maintaining a distance from them. What I am saying is that although the reader can see how a certain person or actions plays out, there is still the elephant in the room of why? How? Why now? And then BOOM. PLOT TWIST. SHOCK!!!
The characters were incredibly stimulating and complex. If you saw them in the street, you would probably think nothing of them apart from the fact they blend in with the crowd. And yet, everyone has their secrets tucked away, and some are naive and don’t know what is in store for them.
For Caver to take an originally biblical concept and twist the everyday knowledge of a charity was not only ambitious, but also disturbing. Carver has created a world where it could literally be someone’s worse nightmare and has formulated a plot based on a complete opposing purpose based on the idea of ‘trusting a stranger’.
If you are wanting to find the next dramatic crime thriller then look no further. This intense and enigmatic read will leave you shocked, horrified, and intrigued into a world of complex problems and dangerous people. Carver has definitely lifted my expectations of further reads of this genre and I hope to read his next book as soon as it is available! Once you read the first page you will be hooked!
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I hope you enjoyed my review!
I have my upmost gratitude and thanks to Anne Carter for organising this amazing blog tour and providing me with a copy of the book. She goes above and beyond for Random Things Blog Tours and is a pleasure tow work with!
Happy reading! Lx
Book jacket, author photo, blog tour poster all courtesy of Anne Carter.