The Bookvent Calendar 2019: Day 24 – Part 2

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#Bookvent – Celebrating my top reads of 2019

My second day twenty-four #bookvent selection is one which is completely twisted, emotionally charged and so not full of the joys of the festive season it’s not even funny. Now having read the author’s last offering I knew he had a dark and twisted mind. I still hadn’t been quite expecting this though. It is a subject which is quite taboo, and I know that some readers will find it very hard to take as ‘entertainment’, but if you read the book you will understand that it is so much more than the sum of its parts. Taking readers to the very edge, my second day twenty-four bookvent choice is:

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Nothing Important Happened Today
by Will Carver

Nine suicides
One Cult
No leader


Nine people arrive one night on Chelsea Bridge. They’ve never met. But at the same time, they run, and leap to their deaths. Each of them received a letter in the post that morning, a pre-written suicide note, and a page containing only four words: Nothing important happened today.

That is how they knew they had been chosen to become a part of the People Of Choice: A mysterious suicide cult whose members have no knowledge of one another.

Thirty-two people on that train witness the event. Two of them will be next. By the morning, People Of Choice are appearing around the globe; it becomes a movement. A social media page that has lain dormant for four years suddenly has thousands of followers. The police are under pressure to find a link between the cult members, to locate a leader that does not seem to exist.

How do you stop a cult when nobody knows they are a member?

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This book! So dark, so twisted, so very clever. It’s not the happiest of books, not one that will fill you full of festive cheer. Not one that will make you smile to be fair, unless of course you stop to consider how spot on the author’s observations of modern society are. Now this book features suicide – heavily – so if it’s not a subject you feel you can read then don’t. Author Will Carver has not glamorised the subject, not even necessarily made the act in itself gratuitous in anyway. Whilst this is about a suicide cult, it’s also not, and you need to read to understand that. With a variety f characters, some we get to know well, some who are simply anonymous bit players in our everyday lives, you will be pushed to a variety of emotions whilst reading. Anger – yes, quite likely. Resignation – probably. Sadness – definitely in some cases as you will recognise in the victims people you know, Perhaps even a little of yourself, and then you will be forced to question exactly what would drive a person so far that they feel suicide is their only choice. And this is a book about choice – or lack thereof. This is a complicated and emotionally manipulative story, but one that will have you on tenterhooks right to the end. The opening chapter is quite stark – quite dramatic – and it only gets better from there. A damning indictment of modern society at times, it amplifies and highlights the very nature of the casual passerby who will complain at the inconvenience the very public acts cause whilst simultaneously broadcasting the whole thing live on Faceplant. With a suitably kharmic ending, it is a book which deserves the critical attention is is getting and is most definitely recommended.

You can read my full review of Nothing Important Happened Today right here.

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Happy #bookvent reading all

Jen

2 thoughts on “The Bookvent Calendar 2019: Day 24 – Part 2

  1. Jen, thank you so much for all the effort that you and Mandy put in throughout the year, but especially on the Bookvent Calendar. I have bought several of your recommendations throughout the 2019 Calendar to tide me over the Xmas period, so whilst I have a string of ‘pyjama days’, dripping the brandy cream from my mince pies carelessly down my front, I shall be very a very grateful slob!
    J

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