Today I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for the outstanding Nothing Important Happened Today by Will Carver.
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 …
So, take a crime thriller, someone is murdered and then a determined and quietly brilliant detective will investigate, leaving no stone unturned as they work towards bringing the killer in, hopefully avoiding further deaths in the process. Now turn that idea completely on it’s head and you might come somewhere close to Will Carver’s latest offering, Nothing Important Happened Today.
This novel is unlike anything I’ve ever read. It was certainly gripping but oh did I find it an uncomfortable (yet wonderful) read. The power of suggestion is alway slightly unnerving and yet, in reality, we are surrounded by it every day – every time we turn on the TV, open a newspaper or simply, innocently scrolling through the tiny screens that have become almost a part of our very being. It’s tricky to talk in too much detail without giving the plot away but in a nut shell Will has created a modern psycopath who uses the mind as a tool for their killing.
This is very much a crime story for the world we live in today. There is no evil lurking in the shadows here, theyr don’t even have to lay a hand on their victims. The killer is subtle in their method uses the victim’s weakness against them as he drives them to their undoing. They don’t want to die, of course they don’t, that’s what makes it so thrilling for our killer but somehow they just can’t seem to step away from the edge.
There is bucket loads of suspense following the victims as they go about their everyday lives and yet on one particular day, just one tiny thing changes and suddenly they are in mortal danger, from themselves – all quite brilliantly orchestrated by this unknown leader (and they didn’t even realise they were in a cult).
It is actually a rather brilliant novel. The style is unique and Will has the ability to hit the nail on the head with modern society and what makes us tick (or not) as human beings. It’s almost a bit of a wakeup call. He uses social media within the story to show how an idea can spread and how our perception can be manipulated. It’s rather unnerving to say the least, yet there are even further ways to reach the inner workings of our minds, as our killer shows us. This is a superb example of an author watching the world around him, looking deep and showing us how it could be, how it is. His ending is, I think rather superb and incredibly satisfying. Read this impressive piece of fiction and look at your world around you…perhaps turn off your phone for a bit and take back your mind. You never know it might just save your life.
Thanks so much to Anne Cater for inviting me to take part in this blog tour and to the wonderful team at Orenda Books for my review copy. As always, they and their authors make me look at the world around me in a slightly different way.
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. Good Samaritans was book of the year in Guardian, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Express, and hit number one on the ebook charts.