The Good Samaritans by Will Carver Orenda Books November 15th 2018.
One crossed wire, three dead bodies and six bottles of bleach Seth Beauman can’t sleep. He stays up late, calling strangers from his, 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.
If, like me you have preconceived ideas of what makes a good crime/thriller novel, then you need to throw those preconceptions away and hang on in as Carver takes you on one hell of a ride in his new novel the Good Samaritans.
One word of warning, there was quite a lot of sexual content, but it was actually relevant and well placed and not just put in for the sheer hell of it.
Now the warning is out of the way, what were the story and the characters like?
Let’s start with the characters.
Seth was your typical salesman, not bad at his job and married to Maeve with no kids. Seth’s main problem was his insomnia and his predeliction for calling people up and asking to talk. Why you wondered? Was he just lonely or looking for a relationship outside of his marriage? It certainly intrigued me, and at first I actually quite liked him, felt sorry for him as Maeve drank and slept through their evenings leaving him on his own.
Maeve, herself, loved Seth, wanted him to notice her but wasn’t actually sure how to do that without a crisis in their lives. I did find her frustrating but as events unfolded I had a sneaky admiration for her strength and resourcefulness.
Ant, the actual Samaritan was just plain odd, wracked by a cleaning fetish and desperate to ‘save’ those who called him. From the outset his loitering and following of Hadley was deeply suspicious. Were his intentions to save Hadley or were they something much more sinister?
Hadley was definitely mixed up, a veritable, emotional rollercoaster, one minute all was fine, the next the world was ending and she was suicidal. All she wanted was someone who understood her and Seth was that person, but never would I have imagined the outcome.
What I have forgotten to mention is the final character, and that was bottles of bleach. I will not say exactly how bottles of bleach were so prominent as that is for you, the reader to discover, but I can say it has put me off bleach for some time!
How Carver engineered the story to bring Seth, Hadley and Ant together was genius and totally unexpected, in fact I was somewhat open mouthed as I read, so shocked was I at what was happening.
The remainder of the novel was much the same, unexpected twist after twist, to the point that I wondered how Carver thought all of it up and what an unbelievably scary imagination he had.
At times, I could not believe quite what I was reading, but it was utterly compelling and I found myself beginning to wonder how it would all end. I have to say the ending was brilliant, and I never would have thought it would have ended as it did.
Carver’s Good Samaritans, was unique, and I have never read anything quite like it, and don’t expect to read anything like it in the near future. It was a novel full of the unexpected, with a great narrative, that will leave you breathless and wanting more, so hurry up Mr Carver and get writing the next one!!
I would like to thank Orenda Books for a copy of Good Samaritans ato read and review and to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for inviting My Bookish Blogspot to participate in the blogtour.
About the author
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.