Nine people arrive one night on Chelsea Bridge. They’ve never met. But at the same time, they run, and 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 that 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 that does not seem to exist.
How do you stop a cult when nobody knows they are a member?
A shocking, mesmerisingly original and pitch-black thriller, Nothing Important Happened Today confirms Will Carver as one of the most extraordinary, exciting authors in crime fiction.
I have been simultaneously excited and terrified about writing this review, because this book is so different from any book I have ever read.
Lets take the basic premise of the story Nine suicides, One Cult, No leader. A group of people have been chosen to be members of a cult they are not even aware of, until a letter arrives and they join together to leap to their deaths.
So why is it fabulous and as another reviewer called it a mind-melting read? Because it pulls no punches, from the first page to the last it challenges the reader. Not a wham bam feeling, more like a sickening punch to the stomach, that leaves you reeling, but with a compulsion to read on, an intrinsic need to discover what compels these strangers to join together and leap to their deaths!
There was for me no attempt to shock for shocks sake! The intelligence of the writing is that it draws a very plausible story from the midfield that is social media and gives it a life within the pages of Nothing Important Happened Today. Many of us have become immune to the warning that social media can be a source of harm and this novel does something many articles can’t, it takes you deep into the dark labyrinth of the minds of people like you and me and explores their darkest thoughts and its shockingly addictive. Way would people who seem to have so much to live for take their own lives like this? What is going on behind the doors of people whose lives seem so perfect and why do we increasingly feel compelled to compare our lives to the ever increasing ‘perfection’ seen on sites such as Instagram and Facebook?
It’s dark yes, its thrilling indeed, a thought provoking and provocative thriller, but what makes it different, is the place it took me as a reader! I was scared reading it! I normally avoid books that scare me, that force me to face my inner demons, that take me to dark places I would prefer to avoid. Nothing Important Happened Today took me to those places, it left me feeling shaken and chilled, it made me sit back and think, not many books do that.
It made for a read that will forever stay with me, that is so perplexing, so haunting, I may feel tormented by it forever. As A Song For Achilles will always be the book that broke my heart, this novel will always be the book that troubled me and that is a magnificent thing to say about any book. It made me feel and I adored it for that.
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, Telegraph and Daily Express, and hit number one on the ebook charts.