Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller, Thriller

Nothing Important Happened Today by Will Carver – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

A shocking, mesmerisingly original, pitch-black thriller, which, following the critically acclaimed Good Samaritans, confirms Will Carver as one of the most imaginative, innovative and exciting authors in crime fiction.

Nine people arrive one night on Chelsea Bridge. They’ve never met. But, at the same time, they 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 a 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 who does not seem to exist …
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MY REVIEW 

I usually write my reviews immediately after finishing a book, but for this ? Nope, I had to leave it while my brain could catch up. I’ve never read anything that’s had such a visceral reaction……

It is the story of suicide, that starts with 9, very different people, jumping off Chelsea bridge, with nooses round their necks…..each given a number, not a name…..what would make them do this? Who are The People of Choice?

Is this a cult?

Told from several perspectives, in a way that gives you an insight into the thoughts of, at times, depressive people, struggling in the day to day. Their inner thoughts and feelings of the world in general. The all too real comments about social media and the ‘fakery’ of it all is thought provoking to say the least.

There’s an anger to the narration and a despair at the world we have created for ourselves. Will Carver’s writing here is so disturbing and dark but oh so utterly compelling, I felt like one of the 32 people on the train, watching events but just couldn’t turn away…..

I can’t say anymore for fear of spoiling any part of this incredible story, but if you like your stories dark and gripping then this is a must, must read. In fact, I know I’m going to have to read this several times, it’s that good and I can’t get it out of my head.

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour,  for the promotional materials and a free copy of the book. This is my honest, unbiased review.

 

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AUTHOR BIO
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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.

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Welcome to the Heady Heights by David F. Ross – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

It’s the year punk rock was born, Concorde entered commercial service and a tiny Romanian gymnast changed the sport forever…

Archie Blunt is a man with big ideas. He just needs a break for them to be realised. In a bizarre brush with the light- entertainment business, Archie unwittingly saves the life of the UK’s top showbiz star, Hank ‘Heady’ Hendricks, and immediately seizes the opportunity to aim for the big time. 

With dreams of becoming a musical impresario, he creates a new singing group called The High Five with five unruly working-class kids from Glasgow’s East End. The plan? Make it to the final of Heady’s Saturday night talent show, where fame and fortune awaits…

But there’s a complication. Archie’s made a fairly major misstep in his pursuit of fame and fortune, and now a trail of irate Glaswegian bookies, corrupt politicians and a determined Scottish WPC are all on his tail…

A hilarious, poignant nod to the elusiveness of stardom, in an age when ‘making it’ was ‘having it all’, Welcome to the Heady Heights is also a dark, laugh-out-loud comedy, a poignant

tribute to a bygone age and a delicious drama about desperate men, connected by secrets and lies, by accidents of time and, most of all, the city they live in.

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MY REVIEW

This takes place over 1975 to 1977 in Glasgow and charts the dark, seedy and yet hilarious at times, life of Archie Blunt.

Archie was a bus conductor, until he lost his job after leaving his bus unattended while he chased Bobby Souness, who had jumped out of the emergency door for the top deck…..

There are some real laugh out loud, snorting moments in amongst the bleakness of life in 1970’s Glasgow. From constant drinking alcohol of some sort to frying potato cakes in lard…..probably one of the reasons for Archie’s lack of front teeth ! 

I did feel some sympathy for Archie, he’s trying to cope with his Dad, who has dementia and has good days and bad and it breaks his heart……on the other hand Archie also has conversations with Jim Rockford …….

It’s hard to actually describe the plot without giving much away…….it involves a socialist MP Big Jamesie Campbell whom along with Heady Hendricks ( of a TV talent show fame) plan on opening a ‘hotel’ for the homeless and desperate…….but is there an ulterior motive?

Underlying all this is a theme of the abuse of vulnerable young people by respected members of the entertainment industry, politics and even the Police…..

There is also the obsession with fame….as though this will be the cure all, the utopian world of the 15 minutes of fame…..it even has a TV talent show reminiscent of the X-Factor and the humiliation of those less talented than they believe…

This is quite dark and bleak at times but with such humour and great characters it’s a great read…..

Thank you to Anne Cater and Orenda Books for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook  in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.

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AUTHOR BIO

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German Portraiture David F. Ross, architect and bookwriter from glasgow, scotland. shooting at the lovelace hotel in munich, may 24. 2018.

David F. Ross was born in Glasgow in 1964 and has lived in Kilmarnock for over thirty years. He is a graduate of the Mackintosh School of Architecture at Glasgow School of Art, an architect by day, and a hilarious social media commentator, author and enabler by night. His most prized possession is a signed Joe Strummer LP. Since the publication of his debut novel The Last Days of Disco, he’s become something of a media celebrity in Scotland, with a signed copy of his book going for £500 at auction, and the German edition has not left the bestseller list since it was published.

About the publishers 

Orenda Books is a small independent publishing company specialising in literary fiction with a heavy emphasis on crime/thrillers, and approximately half the list in translation. They’ve been twice shortlisted for the Nick Robinson Best Newcomer Award at the IPG awards, and publisher and owner Karen Sullivan was a Bookseller Rising Star in 2016. In 2018, they were awarded a prestigious Creative Europe grant for their translated books programme. Three authors, including Agnes Ravatn, Matt Wesolowski and Amanda Jennings have been WHSmith Fresh Talent picks, and Ravatn’s The Bird Tribunal was shortlisted for the Dublin Literary Award, won an English PEN Translation Award, and adapted for BBC Radio Four’s Book at Bedtime. Six titles have been short- or long-listed for the CWA Daggers. Launched in 2014 with a mission to bring more international literature to the UK market, Orenda Books publishes a host of debuts, many of which have gone on to sell millions worldwide, and looks for fresh, exciting new voices that push the genre in new directions. Bestselling authors include Ragnar Jonasson, Antti Tuomainen, Gunnar Staalesen, Michael J. Malone, Kjell Ola Dahl, Louise Beech, Johana Gustawsson, Lilja Sigurðardóttir and Sarah Stovell.

http://www.orendabooks.co.uk @OrendaBooks