Will Carver: The Beresford

Today I’m delighted to be joining the blog tour for The Beresford. My review is written with thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me on the tour.

Blurb:

Just outside the city – any city, every city – is a grand, spacious but affordable apartment building called The Beresford.

There’s a routine at The Beresford.

For Mrs May, every day’s the same: a cup of cold, black coffee in the morning, pruning roses, checking on her tenants, wine, prayer and an afternoon nap. She never leaves the building.

Abe Schwartz also lives at The Beresford. His housemate, Sythe, no longer does. Because Abe just killed him. 

In exactly sixty seconds, Blair Conroy will ring the doorbell to her new home and Abe will answer the door. They will become friends. Perhaps lovers. 

And, when the time comes for one of them to die, as is always the case at The Beresford, there will be sixty seconds to move the body before the next unknowing soul arrives at the door.

Because nothing changes at The Beresford, until the doorbell rings…

Eerie, dark, superbly twisted and majestically plotted, The Beresford is the stunning standalone thriller from one of crime fiction’s most exciting names.

Review:

I’ve been looking forward to my stop on this tour for a while as I was interested to see how Will Carver would approach a standalone novel. That said, I’m finding The Beresford quite hard to review without giving too much away. Let’s just say I loved it and I dread to think what Will Carver’s search history looks like. 

The plot is very inventive and I was intrigued from the beginning. The short chapters make it quite fast paced and I love Carver’s writing style, which often reads as if he is talking to the reader. This serves to draw us in even further. There are some chapters in between the narrative where Carver discusses issues such as social media and religion. I really enjoyed these parts as he managed to articulate what I’ve been thinking but never managed to put into words. I didn’t always know what was going on, but this really doesn’t matter, just go with it and you won’t be disappointed. 

The Beresford takes its title from the building in which the novel is set. Carver describes it in lots of detail and this creates a wonderful sense of atmosphere around the place. There are some brilliant characters in the novel but The Beresford almost becomes a character in itself and I really wanted to know more about the secrets it held. 

The Beresford is available from Amazon.

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