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. 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.
A new start, a new town, a place to escape to , that’s what some of the residents of The Beresford are looking for. The landlady Mrs May is a quaint old lady who while seems to be benign holds a secret. A deadly secret that involves The Beresford and the turn around of tenants that walk through its doors. The rooms are not empty very long there, when one person leaves their is always someone ringing the bell within 60 seconds to take up the rent on it. How Mrs May gets on with the residents has a hand in how long they get to live there. Enter it at your peril.
Oh boy Will Carver has done it again. He has taken an eclectic group of people all with secrets to keep. Put them together within the walls of an apartment block and wrecked havoc on their lives. Filling the pages of the book with thrills, murder and spooky going’s on he takes the reader on a rides in the dark side of life as a tenant. If only the walls of The Beresford could speak what tales they could tell, but that really doesn’t matter because the author does it so eloquently. He knows what the reader wants and delivers it in spades. The readers want thrills, they want chills and they want a story they can really get their teeth into. Characters that they can love or loath but jump off the page and into our heads and get under our skin. It’s a book that could sit in a variety of genres yet it stands out there with his other books proudly without the need to be labelled as anything other than excellent reading for the discerning amongst us.
My thanks to Anne Cater for my copy of the book, as always they are my own thoughts and opinions on the book.
STAR RATING 5
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. Will’s latest title published by Orenda Books, Hinton Hollow Death Trip was longlisted for the Not the Booker Prize, while Nothing Important Happened Today was longlisted for the Theakston’s Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year and for the Goldsboro Books Glass Bell. Good Samaritans was a book of the year in Guardian, Telegraph and Daily Express, and hit number one on the eBook charts.