I debated with myself forever about posting my review of Good Samaritans today. But I just can’t shut up any longer!
A special thank you to Orenda Books for everything. This review is unbiased and reflects my sole opinion.
Title: Good Samaritans
Author: Will Carver
Date of publication: ebook: 15th Sept / paperback 15 Nov 2018
Publisher: Orenda Books
Format: uncorrected proof
Number of pages: 306
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.
We all have our definition of a Good Samaritan. Usually, it involves kindness and a good ear. A gentle hand.
Will Carver associated it to bleach.
If only that was the only thing he had done with this book!
I am pretty sure Orenda Books are trying to kill every comforting and regular image of society with their amazingly creepy but fantastically brilliant novels.
Insomnia is pretty common. So is marriage. Loneliness happens. How do you react when faced to any of those?
Seth, one of our main characters, calls strangers in the middle of the night. I would be very angry if I received such a call. (Don’t try to reach me after 10p.m, I need my old lady sleep. Except if you wanna chat about book or in case of anxiety!) And if my husband was looking for connections with others while I was sleeping upstairs too! But it works for the Beauman household.
Well, up to a certain point!
There is only so much you can do on the phone.
First things first. Look at this cover. It screams originality and, well … dead bodies. The combination of the title, the picture and the colors, is unforgettable and bound to stand out anywhere! I want it to because what’s inside is just as … striking!
Will Carver takes us on a journey. A daily trip. A marriage. Snippets of life as we know it. Dishes, wine, the evening news. Don’t be fooled, this is no happy, peaceful and boring fiction. This is a new level of how to bring something we all know and turn and twist it until you hide under the cover and wonder what on earth is happening at your neighbours’.
So Seth and Maeve have turned into one of those couples who can’t remember how to be together. They barely talk, their routine is boring, and they find what they need away from each other. Sad would be a way to call it. But Will Carver shows more than sadness here. He pushes all the buttons and make the volcano explode.
An outstanding writing makes every small piece of the puzzle come together, ratcheting up tension with every phone call. If you are waiting for a regular big climax, you are going to be disappointed. BRACE YOURSELF FOR MULTIPLE twists, turns and bruises from slamming your face on an invisible door of surprises! Oh, and a race against the book. Once it gets a hold of you, it doesn’t let go. Like those good Samaritans holding your hand to help. Except this book sends you down a pit filled with bleach. Good Samaritans will speak to you.
I was hooked from page one. Someone talking about getting things clean. What does clean means? What a strange beginning. I am not a housekeeper. Yet …
Good Samaritans had me forgetting my surroundings, miss a football game and bite my nails.
What makes people strike a conversation? Start a relationship? Who do you keep the fire burning after years together? Are you a good person? The author fires those questions at the reader, challenging them to find answers around them and compare them to the pages. More than a simple work of fiction, this is an acute study of what makes someone tick, of how far we are willing go to before our own needs trumps another person’s.
Despite their flaws, their decisions, and their personalities, I couldn’t help but reach out to the characters. I wanted to dissect them and see what their insides were hiding. This makes me sound crazy. But wait until your eyes dance on the paper and Will Carver drowns you in a pool of ‘mundane super high on drugs’. Without the drugs. Still super high.
I felt most for Maeve. Being married is a challenge. Staying married and sane is barely possible. Add to the mix a husband with a problem. Her devotion had me thinking ‘How could she?’ or ‘Would I?’. She stirred my feelings and thoughts and turned them into a crazy mess I thought I had jumped into the book and was up to my neck in the events happening. Her husband with someone else? Why? How? If I told you, you wouldn’t believe it.
As the story unfolded and events started to shape in a way I was not expecting, I began to wonder. Haha. I wondered and wondered and wondered … and was left gobsmacked!!!
Someone is holding the cards, except you have no idea who! To be honest, you will have ideas, you will think you know, and let me laugh right now, you will be wrong, oh you will. And you will be as pleased as I was to have been played so well.
Good Samaritans is a rodeo drive in the city in a family car. It looks safe and harmless on the outside. Scrape the surface and discover one of the most intense and haunting novels.
Pre-order the ebook or paperback on Amazon! You won’t regret it!
Will Carver is the international bestselling author of the January David series (Arrow). He spent his early years in Germany, but returned to the UK at age 11, 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, while working on his next thriller. He lives in Reading with his two children.