by Will Carver
It’s my stop on the “Good Samaritans” blog tour! Orenda Books have provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, so thank you to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for the invite. If you’d like to learn more about this book, check out the other blogs on the tour, see what people have to say on Goodreads and head over to the author’s Twitter page.
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.
This book certainly is a thriller! Seth is an insomniac who spends his evenings calling random numbers in the phone book. Ant is a young guy working for The Samaritans. When Hadley Serf picks up the phone, wires, and fates, get crossed.
With short chapters chopping and changing between perspectives, it took me quite a while to actually understand who was who and before I got into the swing of things, I actually made some notes on a Post-it to keep track of each character! Yet once the scene is set, these short snappy chapters help keep up the pace and I found myself speeding through the pages on my commute each day. Carver’s writing style is engaging, often ending chapters on a cliff hanger making you want to read more. Full of twists and turns which I never saw coming, I was always intrigued to see how this story was going to pan out.
Despite the initial slow build up, this book certainly isn’t PG! The plot becomes very dark and quite intense at times, including some very detailed and explicit sex scenes that had me a little worried about who was looking over my shoulder on the bus to work! This was too much for me, I usually prefer a little more subtlety, but I can see why it was written this way. This book is twisted, exploring obsessions and dysfunctional relationships which deserve such powerful writing.
The characters are not the most likable you’ll ever come across, but parts of their personalities and their actions are relatable and you can understand why they do the things they do. I’m not saying we’re all murders deep down, but we’re certainly not all perfect either. I particularly liked the following paragraph, as sometimes I totally feel the same way….
“Social media statuses tend to put me in a bad mood. When a parent says happy birthday to a child who is not old enough to read, let alone have their own profile to acknowledge, that aggravates me. And it’s worse when fifty-eight people then comment on that status, congratulating the illiterate toddler personally”
Overall rating: Not one for the fainthearted, Will Carver‘s “Good Samaritans” is an intense read. Full of twists and turns that left me shocked, this book is complex at times and unlike anything I’ve read recently. If you’re looking for something dark, disturbing and explicit, I’d recommend checking this book out.
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