As many of you know, if you’ve read my latest Good Samaritans post, you will know that I partook in a readathon; with only reading 50 pages a day, I cracked and finished the book pretty much by day two, with Rachel being completely unaware. I kept quite…. then awoke to a tweet revealing that she too had cheated that morning. After breathing out a sigh of relief that I wouldn’t need to lie anymore, the guilt dwindled and I admitted that I, Danielle admit to being a complete book reading rules cheat! This is my review!
About the Author and book
Will Carver is a writer of several thriller books, including Dead Set and The Two. Good Samaritans is his most recent crime thriller mystery, published under Karen Sullivan of Orenda Books, who he quotes as being “An absolute force of nature”. I hope these two will continue to work together to provide thriller readers like me, more five star reads in the future that are so beautifully appealing! The blurb for the book is as follows (from Amazon):
“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…”
What I thought
I don’t really want to go into a lot of detail because this is a book that should not be spoilt! Everybody should read it, so this is what I thought and then I’ll mini review it!
Any book that starts off with a Fight Club quote has just heightened the bar in which it can be judged, that being said Good Samaritans completely exceeded that expectation within the first chapter or so of the book.
The attention to gruesome detail of what bleach does to a biological specimen, specifically a human body is both disgusting and fascinating. The prologue of the book
describes how a dead body has been placed into a bathtub in which six bottles of bleach (bleach being a recurring theme throughout) have been poured; the body will be scrubbed and cleaned then wrapped in plastic and disposed of. By the end of this mini chapter we know that the term we have learnt ‘good Samaritan’ isn’t always as good as it seems.
The main characters of this book are:
Hadley – A young girl who is surrounded by friends and her boyfriend, but feels constantly alone. She has attempted to take her own life multiple times but she’s never followed it through, always calling her boyfriend in the nick of time. After being left by her most recent boyfriend, Hadley finally plucks up the courage to use The Samaritans card that her friends (who don’t understand her suicidal thoughts and actions) have provided her with. She picks up the phone, dials the number and starts to speak to Seth. She pours her heart out to him, she feels a connection with this Samaritan. They decide to meet uo for coffee, but is Seth who he says he is?
Seth – Works in a job he hates, living with his wife Maeve like they’re passing ships in the night. No emotional or mental connection at all. Maeve drinks then falls asleep, wakes up and goes to bed, every single night. Seth can never sleep. He needs to find that connection that his wife can’t give him anymore. They live in a relationship where the sex is necessary for their living together. This disgusts him. Seth stays up after his wife goes to sleep, he makes a coffee at midnight, gets out his work contact books and makes his way down the names. Sunday evening Seth picks up the phone, dials a number and as if it were fate connects to a person in need.
Ant – Ant wants to feel clean again, he’s experienced things that have left him feeling dirty, his job helps him right this. He helps people, he makes them clean again. Ant is a Samaritan. Ant get a call from a hysterically suicidal woman, he wants to save her but his heroism becomes obsession.
Maeve – Seth’s wife, living a mundane life with someone that she can’t live without, knowing that Seth needs her just as much. Seth and Maeve are obsessed with one another although hating each-other so much, they are both as dysfunctional as one another. Living a mindless existence in a loveless marriage.
Detective Sergeant Pace – The detective in charge of the case; bodies found bleached, scrubbed and dumped. I read him as a rather attractive detective with eyes that show he’s seen some dark stuff in his life. Although he comes across as intelligent, he really needs to take a sabbatical to refresh his murderer Spidey senses!
First off, I actually liked the dynamic and creation of these characters. I couldn’t imagine them being any different to the way Will created them. I loved how he built the characters up, for example Ant, you can’t help but feel sorry for his past experiences. The constant mention of being ‘clean’ I felt referred possibly to him seeing suicide as a sin and wanting to cleanse that person of their sin-ish thinking. Another aspect of the characters I liked, is that Will built up how the characters begun to interact with one another, entwining their story within separate chapters, all characters became connected. I like that in a storyline!
I really liked the banter and dynamic of Seth and Hadley’s ‘relationship’ and I was kind of rooting for them! Ohhhh how wrong was I!
*spoiler alert* LOOK AWAY NOW!
That murder (you know if you’ve read it) was so bloody intense, I held my breath almost the whole time, seriously thinking that it was a bit of kinky foreplay! I was so devastated and felt a pang of grief for Hadley, she was a victim to her need to be close to a person that she felt understood her. At that point her common sense went out the window!
The book refers to serendipity, like it was fate that Hadley came into Seth’s life and I think that was maybe Seth’s conscience, that he was meant to commit these actions. There are a lot of really great underlying tones. Especially when some ‘Good Samaritans’ are only wolves in sheep’s clothing.
This book is one of the great book releases of 2018, it was all the things that a great twisty thriller should be! From the first page I could feel myself sit up on full alert, hiding away in my reading closet because I DID NOT want any distractions! I was constantly perched at the end of my seat, barely blinking and enjoying every word on every page! The story has devilishly dark characters with psychopathic minds, a young pretty damsel in distress and blushingly sexy scenes (are they scenes if they’re in a book?) that will leave you flushed under the collar with a soaring heart rate. *iced water may be a necessity throughout*
All the chapters were short, sharp and left you reeling from the cliff-hangers! Cliff-hanger galore! It was so easy to be sucked into, hence why by day three at 2am I had completely devoured it! Reads over ZZZs, as they say!
I alternated through various emotions all the way through the book, including terror and intrigue. I thought that I knew how the book was going to end 3/4 of the way through, I started to tap myself on the back as an unforeseeable twist slapped me across the face! My mind was (fugitively obviously) blown across the room! I’ve been left gobsmacked at this brilliantly clever book! Will Carver has such a fantastic talent to write sexily dark thrillers that I hope he never stops! Also, could I get my hands on the unedited / uncut version please? I’m asking for a friend?
I would 100% recommend this read to all my bookworm friends, especially that it’s only £1.99 on kindle, check that out here. This is one of the five star reads that I have had the complete pleasure of reading this year! The whole book was just poetic! I will never be able to smell bleach without thinking of this books murderous shenanigans. I antidote kindle books throughout of how I feel at that point of the book (in locations instead of pages stupid kindle) but these are my top thoughts. I laughed reading back! If you want to know what they’re about…. you have to read it!
Location 1004 – I didn’t know being punched there could do such a thing!
Location 1048 – Damn!
Location 1118 – BLUSH!
Location 1281 – Ouchy, cringe.
Location 1537 – Has no-one ever told you about stranger danger?
Location 1606 – Does the bleach refer to some type of chemical baptism for Ant?
Location 1615 – Seth is seriously up on his moral high horse right now?
Location 1920 – He definitely has a split personality!