Today it is back to Mandie who continues her journey into the very strange and twisted world of Detective Sergeant Pace. Nothing Important Happened Today by Will Carver, is book two in the ‘not quite a series’ featuring DS Pace and one which has a certain amount of poignancy for our family. I reviewed it when it first came out last year, and it was one of my top books of last year. You can read that review right here. To hear more from Mandie, and why this book had everyone talking, read on.
About the Book
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?
Ok I think I am going to have to start this review by saying that this book has left me mentally exhausted. I am not complaining about that as sometimes I think everyone needs a book that will challenge them, how they think and what they believe. It is also a book I was both looking forward to reading and also dreading in equal measure. This is due to the fact that I just knew that having read his previous book in the series this was not going to be a light-hearted book, but the subject matter was a little bit close to home and I wasn’t sure how I felt about that. Once I started it however, I knew that this book was much more that the initial acts of nine strangers.
This book explores so much that it’s hard to put into words. The title itself says it all about the day the events take place, each person is having a normal day just like any other, the only difference being the envelope through their doors with those four words inside. But what makes them do it? How do they become part of a cult? And how much of what the ones they leave behind tell the police hinder the investigations? We all do it when someone dies, remember the good bits, and brush the bad into the background, after all no one wants to say bad things about loved ones do they. With no visible links its going to be a tough investigation to crack.
Will Carver expertly investigates this and more. With references to serial killers and well-known cults throughout, told by a nameless and faceless leader, it’s almost like a how to guide which is disturbing in itself but it shows the lengths people will go to just to get others to do their bidding. As for the cult members, there are some that we get to see what has led them to their final act, but we never really know their names, some are known by what they do others are just known as numbers. It may seem harsh but that the reality of it. Only in the eyes of their family do their names truly matter.
This is probably the most disturbingly dark book I have read this year and I know that it really won’t be to everyone’s taste but I for one am glad I took the plunge and read it.
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.
Books by Will Carver