Maeve has everything. A high-powered job, a beautiful home, a string of uncomplicated one-night encounters. She’s also an addict: A functioning alcoholic with a dependence on sex and an insatiable appetite for killing men.
When she can’t find a support group to share her obsession, she creates her own. And Psychopaths Anonymous is born. Friends of Maeve.
Now in a serious relationship, Maeve wants to keep the group a secret. But not everyone in the group adheres to the rules, and when a reckless member raises suspicions with the police, Maeve’s drinking spirals out of control.
She needs to stop killing. She needs to close the group.
But Maeve can’t seem to quit the things that are bad for her, including her new man…
What I Thought:
I’m relatively new to Will Carver – Psychopaths Anonymous is only the second of his books I’ve read – but I think we’re going to get along famously.
I found myself drawn into this book instantly, as Maeve’s voice is so clear and so compelling. She unashamedly voices many of the things that we are all thinking these days, from watching reality shows purely to revel in the car crash of peoples’ lives to acknowledging that social media exists really only to let us all have our 15 minutes of fame. She’s about as relatable as she can be – aside from all the killing, perhaps.
This aspect of Maeve is really interesting – she kills people, that’s all there is to it really. She has a perfectly reasoned argument for why these people had to die and, although she does keep it hidden for obvious reasons, she is completely at home with her psychopathy. It’s just part of who she is.
For a book that is quite dark and, in places, gory, I found it hugely entertaining! It comes from a place of assuming that psychopaths live among us, in plain sight and I’m sure that’s completely true. Are we to assume that they also kill with Maeve’s frequency? That’s for you to decide…
Regardless, having this book come out so soon after The Beresford, which I was lucky enough to read earlier this year, one wonders where Will Carver finds the time! Superb.
Psychopaths Anonymous is published by Orenda Books.
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 Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. Good Samaritans was 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.