Today, as part of our Year of Orenda, Mandie shares her thoughts on Good Samaritans by Will Carver, the first book in the DEtective Sergeant Pace series of books. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book a couple of years back and it you’d like to know how much, you can read my thoughts here. Read on to find out more about the book and what Mandie made of this, her first foray into the dark mind of Mr Carver.
About the Book
One crossed wire, three dead bodies and six bottles of bleach…Available from: Amazon | Kobo | Waterstones | Googleplay | Apple Books | Hive
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.
I had been warned before I started this book that it would be different from most of the things I had read before and I can honestly say that this is true. That’s a good thing though as sometimes a book needs to take you out of your comfort zone and challenge you, it stops you getting in a rut and possibly falling out of love with reading. Added to that if every book were the same the world would be a boring place.
Hadley Serf has attempted suicide on a few occasions and has turned to the Samaritans for help with her feelings. It is here she crosses paths with Ant who has taken to volunteering as a way to remove the guilt he feels about his best friend. Seth is an insomniac who has a little book of numbers that he calls late at night in the hope that someone is willing to just talk. His wife Maeve seems to tolerate his strange habit and at times I did wonder why. Sometimes Seth gets luck and sometimes he doesn’t. Crossed wires means that instead of getting the Samaritans, Hadley connects with Seth. And that is when the story really gets going. The only person who confused me for a long time was Detective Sergeant Pace. I could not work out what his connection to any of the other people in the book and it almost seemed like a red herring.
You would think a book called Good Samaritans would be quite a nice read but don’t be fooled. This is quite a dark and twisted book. If there was one character that I was both frustrated by and liked in equal measure, it was Seth’s wife Maeve. I really thought I knew where it was going but I was wrong. Slow to start it really kicked off in the second part of the book and I found that I raced through it to its quite surprising conclusion. If you are opposed to sex in books, then this may not be the read for you as at times it leaves little to the imagination. Working from home I went between ebook and audio book with ease and would happily recommend either (although at times am not sure what the OH thought I was listening to as he wandered into the room).
This is by no means a quick read, but it is well worth picking up. I look forward to reading more of Will’s books just to see where he takes me next.
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. Good Samaritans was book of the year in Guardian, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Express, and hit number one on the ebook charts.
Author links: Twitter
Books by Will Carver