I’m excited to welcome you today to my stop on the blog tour for the deliciously creepy The Beresford by Will Carver. Thank you to Anne Cater and Orenda Books for giving me the opportunity to read and review this dark and twisted thriller.
About the book:
Just outside the city – any city, every city – is a grand, spacious but affordable apartment building called The Beresford.
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. Perhaps lovers.
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…
Eerie, dark, superbly twisted and majestically plotted, The Beresford is the stunning standalone thriller from one of crime fiction’s most exciting names.
About the author:
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.
The Beresford by Will Carver is one of those difficult to review books that you want to shout about from the rooftops, but can’t go into too much detail for fear of spoiling what is a clever and unique plot. A standalone novel, The Beresford is a dark and deliciously creepy thriller that set me on edge from the very first page.
Filled with black humour and an eerie sense of dread from beginning to end, the story begins with a murder. Sixty seconds later the doorbell rings and Abe answers the door to Blair Conway, a new tenant of The Beresford, which is the name of the grand, spacious apartment building he lives in. Told in five parts, The Beresford is a stunningly plotted, dark and twisted tale that has the ability to shock and surprise you. What exactly is behind the mysterious and horrifying goings on at The Beresford?
I don’t know quite how he does it, but Will Carver has once again created a unique and thrilling read that is as unexpected as it is horrifying. The story twists and turns this way and that, taking the reader on a disturbing rollercoaster of a journey that never lets up from beginning to end, until you find yourself emerging from the ride with shaky legs and a feeling of wow, did that really just happen?!
Needless to say I absolutely adored The Beresford and can’t praise it highly enough. Will Carver’s superb writing draws you in from the outset, bringing these quirky and often likeable characters vividly to life, building the sense of claustrophobia and suspense until you feel like you can’t breathe. The chapters are short, the tension palpable and, as dark and disturbing as it is, you can’t bring yourself to stop reading until the final, heartstopping page has been turned.
The Beresford is a dark and terrifying thriller, filled to the brim with a black humour that is as shocking as it is funny. A simply stunning read that I would highly recommend.
But please, whatever you do, DON’T RING THE DOORBELL!
The Beresford is available to purchase now.
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