Maeve has everything. A high-powered job, a beautiful home, a string of uncomplicated one-night encounters. She’s also an addict: A functioning alcoholic with a dependence on sex and an insatiable appetite for killing men.
When she can’t find a support group to share her obsession, she creates her own. And Psychopaths Anonymous is born. Friends of Maeve.
Now in a serious relationship, Maeve wants to keep the group a secret. But not everyone in the group adheres to the rules, and when a reckless member raises suspicions with the police, Maeve’s drinking spirals out of control.
She needs to stop killing. She needs to close the group.
But Maeve can’t seem to quit the things that are bad for her, including her new man…
A scathing, violent and darkly funny book about love, connection, obsessions and sex – and the aspects of human nature we’d prefer to hide – Psychopaths Anonymous is also an electrifyingly original, unpredictable thriller that challenges virtually everything.
From what recess of Carver’s imagination did Maeve come from, because I know for sure I could never have realised such a character. Here was a woman who managed a hugely successful career in marketing, went home drank copious amounts of alcohol, attended numerous AA meetings and just as a bonus killed a few men that clearly annoyed her.
You may imagine that she was evil, totally unlikeable but no Carver was clever, he actually made me like her. Underneath that lethal exterior lay a woman who in some way looked after her so called friends, Jill one example, there was the capacity against her own will to fall in love, to not want to lose that love and to do all she could to keep it. In essence, to me, Carver had created the ultimate compassionate serial killer who throughout the pages searched for her place in society.
That search saw Maeve trawl the numerous AA meetings dotted around community centres, church halls, a different story of her fall into alcoholism at each one, disdain for the people that attended. What became even more apparent was Maeve’s view of God, the role of religion within the alcoholic community. I loved how Carver showed the similarities between the twelve steps and the ten commandments, the giving back of what you had taken, the making amends, living a purer and better life. At its heart was God, Gods place, his supposed power to absolve and provide comfort and relief.
Did Maeve believe? Of course not, this is after all a Will Carver novel, not for Maeve the safety of God’s embrace, instead her own group of like minded individuals, all with their own psychopathic tendencies. I particularly loved the surgeon with a nasty habit of a wavering surgical blade.
As the body count rose so did the stakes, the risk and Carver gave you the sense that Maeve needed to reign herself in, to gain some distance from the group and to her dismay, a need to rescue her relationship with Sebastian, the one thing she was not ready to give up. Would Sebastian feel the same way or was their relationship doomed?
My fingers, my heart were all crossed and with one final surprise from Carver he gave me my answer, but which one?
Brutal, dark, funny, with Carvers own subversive take on society and the world we live you could not help but once again admire his nerve, skill and sheer uniqueness.
I would like to thank Orenda Books for a copy of Psychopaths Anonymous to read and review and to 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. 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. Will’s latest title published by Orenda Books, The Beresford is out in July. His previous title Hinton Hollow Death Trip was longlisted for the Not the Booker Prize, while Nothing Important Happened Today was longlisted for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. Good Samaritans was book of the year in Guardian, Telegraph and Daily Express, and hit number one on the ebook charts.