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
I love Will Carvers books and so was really excited about getting my hands on his new standalone book The Beresford. But I knew after reading it that once again I would struggle with writing my review of it! I mean, the man is a genius so what more is there to say! But just incase you need any more convincing, here’s my thoughts on The Beresford.
The first thing I noticed was that although The Beresford was a building on the outskirts of the city, Will Carver cleverly doesn’t tell us which city as this book could quite literally be set in ANY city! But when Blair Conroy decides to escape her small town life with a move to the city, little does she realise that 60 seconds before she rings the doorbell at The Beresford someone died. That someone was artist Sythe and he was killed by his neighbour Abe Schwartz. But why? And who is Mrs May who has the same routine everyday including never leaving the house. I knew that there was something very dark happening behind the front door of The Beresford after it opened itself to its new tenants but I had no idea exactly what or how everything connected to that next ring on the bell…
What grabs me about Will Carvers books is the brilliant social commentary of his writing as he delivers his unsettling and disturbing storylines. He writes what we are all already thinking about the state of the world we live in, challenging our thoughts and beliefs whilst highlighting the flaws of humanity. His writing is powerful, demanding recognition as he cleverly creates character interactions that made me feel uncomfortable and unclean at times! Be warned that there are some VERY graphic scenes involving the disposal of dead bodies that may be a little too much for the squeamish but that felt so realistic that I actually felt like I was intruding on a true crime scene.
The Beresford is an unnerving novel with short, sharply intense chapters and a unique twisty feel. The ending was delivered with a self assured stylish flourish that hit the spot perfectly. I loved it!
Will Carver is the bestselling author of the January Series – Girl 4 (2011), The Two (2012), The Killer Inside (2013), Dead Set (2013) – and the critically acclaimed Detective Pace series, which includes Good Samaritans (2018), Nothing Important Happened Today (2019) and Hinton Hollow Death Trip (2020), all of which were selected as books of the year in mainstream international press. The books in this series have also been longlisted/shortlisted for the Amazon Readers Independent Voice Award, Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Award, Not The Booker Prize and the Theakston’s Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year Award. Will spent his early years living in Germany, but returned at age eleven. He studied theatre and television at King Alfred’s Winchester, where he set up a successful theatre company. He currently runs his own fitness and nutrition business and lives in Reading with his children.