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…
What I Thought:
Having never read Will Carver’s books before, I was unsure what to expect. That blurb really grabbed me, but I had no idea how chilling and darkly spooky The Beresford would be!
I’ll hold my hands up and tell you that I spent quite a while wondering what the hell was going on, but there are clever little chapters interspersed with those featuring the residents of The Beresford which lay it all out as you go, until you realise that this is an age-old story, but told in a unique way, and with a superb puppetmaster in Mrs May.
The Beresford itself is an enigmatic setting for the story as an apartment block with a chequered and tragic history that no-one can quite accurately tell you about – you can just imagine its grand, towering exterior – but why has it been split into two? All will become clear!
What I thought was incredibly bold was that Will Carver tells us the ending before he even begins the story, but it definitely works and will have you turning back to the start as soon as you finish the book. A risk certainly, but one that pays off.
This book is incredibly unsettling and put me in mind of Final Destination as it asks questions about fate and inevitability, but there are also musings on the nature of religion and community that add depth to the characters – for such a short book at under 300 pages, there is a great deal to digest.
The Beresford is another fantastic title from Orenda Books – I’ve read a few of their titles this year and they’ve all be excellent, so I highly recommend checking out what this independent publisher has on offer…
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.
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Please note: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are, as ever, my own.