Review ~ Good Samaritans by Will Carver.


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… Dark, sexy, dangerous and wildly readable, Good Samaritans marks the scorching return of one of crime fiction’s most exceptional voices.


Today on the final day of Orenda October I am republishing my review of a dark, troubling classic. A superb read and a fine example of why Orenda books is one of my favourite publishers.

Good Samaritans is an utter triumph.

Sexy, dark and twisted, it delves into the darkest recesses of the human mind and finds the tortured souls of those, for whom death and murder are like a game of cat and mouse. Characters that find sexual gratification in the suffering of others and addiction from the pleasure it brings them.

Thrillers are meant to set your heart racing, freak you out and this superb novel does all of these in spade loads.

You think you are ready for whatever is coming, but your not! Will Carver weaves a tangled web of misdirection. Gives you characters that seem ordinary and then, will make you avoid the bleach isle of your favourite supermarket forever!

It sent tingles down my spine and was full of twists I never saw coming. It left me shocked and catapulted me to reading seventh heaven. Filled me with wonder at a tale created with such skill, that it’s surely set to be a classic, that will electrify readers for years to come.

The characterisation is astonishing, in that you just never know who they really are, or what they’re truly capable of. Each is multi faceted and what makes this novel so twisted and chilling, is that it could be your neighbour, it could be anyone that you know, or accidentally become acquainted with that decides to watch you. I thought that each character was so fascinating it became impossible to think of anything else while reading it. They made me gasp out loud, laugh, while wondering if laughing was appropriate and yet at the same time be so floored by the intensity of their thoughts and actions, that by the end, I was left feeling like I had been thrown by a bucking rodeo ride. I had to stay calm and carry on, because the ride was worth it and the characters so rewarding that investing in such a disturbing mindset is a delicious experience.

I’ve not read Will Carved before and I hope I won’t have to wait too long before I can read another by this incredibly gifted writer.

Good Samaritans can be purchased from Amazon, Waterstones, Foyles, BlackwellsKobo.

About the author. 

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Will Carver is the international bestselling author of the January David series (Arrow). He spent his early years in Germany, but returned to the UK at age 11, 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, while working on his next thriller. He lives in Reading with his two children.

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