Today I am thrilled to help kick off the blog tour for The Beresford, the latest from the new master of chills and thrills, Will Carver. Leave your soul at the door…
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 Smythe 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.
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.
Will Carver continues to surprise and captivate me in this, his latest standalone novel. I can’t help but feel that I have happened upon something that may have been born from the lovechild of Alfred Hitchcock and Stephen King. Will’s masterful storytelling, the suspense he builds, the evil within – it made me feel that I am in the hands of someone who knows exactly what he is doing. He teases you with characters who anyone would describe as good, dare I say ordinary. They could be the person living next door to you or someone across from you in the office. He then adds the sweet, ancient Mrs May. She seems to have been running The Beresford forever; offering cheap, convenient accommodation for those in need. Everyone who comes through her door has a story. Everyone who comes through her doors is escaping something; they have dreams, they have desires. But just what are they willing to sacrifice to make those dreams come true.
What do you want?
The story begins with an obituary – it sets the scene nicely and I recommend returning to that once again after you read the final page. Then we are introduced to Abe Schwartz. Abe is the type of boy you’d like to see your daughter come home with. He is sweet, kind and considerate. There is nothing dangerous about him. And yet 60 seconds before Blaire Conroy rings the doorbell to her new home, Abe has strangled his neighbour to death. Abe doesn’t know how it happened. It’s not like him at all. Abe isn’t a murderer.
And so the story begins and a darkly, chilling tale it is too. A tale of good and evil, the fine line between the two. When reviewing previous books by Will, I have mentioned how unique Will’s writing is and how he ‘has the ability to hit the nail on the head with modern society and what makes us tick (or not) as human beings.’ This is a talent that makes his stories so relatable too. We can see how the world is changing, he makes us question everything and highlights how we are now losing (or finding) our ways in so many ways. Just what are we truly capable of in our quest to conquer everything – and live up to all that modern living expects of us.
I think, in my humble opinion, The Beresford may be his best novel yet, it is utterly gripping and lingers with me still. I compared him earlier to both Hitchcock and King, both masters of suspense and storytelling that can chill you to your very core, but there is also something fresh and compelling in Will’s storytelling. He makes it entirely his own.
The characters in this novel are looking for escape, refuge, a chance to make their lives their own. The Beresford is not the place it seems, and once you cross that threshold, well, you’ll be lucky to come away with your life… and if you’re even luckier, you might just hang on to your soul. *hums tune to ‘Hotel California’.
“I see you, demon.”
Will’s previous novels include:
About the author
Will Carver is the international bestselling author of the January David series and the critically acclaimed, mind-blowingly original Detective Pace series that includes Good Samaritans (2018), Nothing Important Happened Today (2019) and Hinton Hollow Death Trip (2020), all of which were ebook bestsellers and selected as books of the year in the mainstream international press. Nothing Important Happened Today was longlisted for both the Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Award 2020 and the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. Hinton Hollow Death Trip was longlisted for Guardian‘s Not the Booker Prize. 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 children.