Everything stays the same for the tenants of The Beresford, a grand old apartment building just outside the city … until the doorbell rings… Will Carver returns with an eerie, deliciously and uncomfortably dark standalone thriller.
‘A gripping novel laced with humour and cutting character insight … a thrill from start to finish. Expect the unexpected!' Sarah Pinborough
‘Equally enthralling and appalling … unlike anything I’ve read in a very long while’ James Oswald
‘Ridiculously addictive’ S J Watson
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.
‘Creepy and brilliant’ Khurrum Rahman
‘Reminiscent of The Shining … a creeping and perfectly crafted novel tinged with dark humour and malice’ Victoria Selman
‘A masterfully macabre tale’ Louise Mumford
‘I stepped into the imagination of Will Carver and it swallowed me whole’ Matt Wesolowski
‘Magnificently, compulsively chilling’ Margaret Kirk
‘Fans of Chuck Palahniuk will adore Carver … he is utterly brilliant’ Christopher Hooley
‘Devilishly dark and maniacally brilliant’ Raven Crime Reads
‘Slick, stylish ... a sharply crafted and delectable slice of entertaining darkness’ The Tattooed Book Geek
‘Intense, brilliant, horrific, humorous and everything in between’ Liz Loves Books
The Beresford apartment building, the locale for this subpar crime thriller set in an unnamed British city from Carver (the Detective Pace series), has a dark past, including some suspicious deaths. In the present, it's known for the high turnover rate of its tenants, and for offering quality living spaces with low rents and short-term leases. Those benefits come with a cost, as for some reason the building makes its otherwise nonviolent occupants homicidal. One of them, Abe Schwartz, a book-loving young man, strangles one of his neighbors, an artist, though he can't understand why he does so. Focused on figuring out how to dispose of the corpse in his apartment, Abe researches methods online with his own personal convenience in mind ("Like all good millennials, he wanted the greatest possible outcome for the least amount of effort"). His concealing the murder doesn't end the violence, however. The reveal of the source of the Beresford's homicidal influence disappoints, and despite the frequent bloodshed, there's neither suspense nor chills. Readers interested in a plot centering on a possibly murderous building will find Riley Sager's Lock Every Door more rewarding.
A super original plot & fast flowing style made this a joy to read.
I couldn’t put it in a box, but it inhabits the dark thriller/horror genre. If you enjoy this type of book, you’ll love this!