My Orenda blog tours are like buses this week, two in two days and both of them are amazing! Huge thanks to Orenda books and Anne Cater for having me on this tour.
Blurb: 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…
My Review: I’d heard about this book for a while before I knew about the blog tour and to say I was intrigued would be an understatement. The cover tells you all you need to know, the highlights of the story are on that perfectly designed cover.
On the one hand this is a simple story, people are making phonecalls, wires get crossed and the consequences are not something anyone would like to experience. However, this simple premise has been crafted into an addictive story which keeps you reading even though you can barely bring yourself to turn the pages. There are so many layers and so much depth to this book that I’m still thinking about bits of it over a week after I finished reading it. Given how many books I read and review it takes a stand out book for that to happen.
This is a dark, very dark story which I loved. I think it appealled to my dark side and it was such fun being able to let that side of me out again for a while. It’s not a book for the faint hearted but if you think you can handle it you are going to be in for such a ride. The characters are just, they just are. I can’t think of the word for it. They are so normal looking from the outside but haven’t people always been told appearances can be deceptive? And what about the other saying, no one knows what goes on behind closed doors. That is so very true in this case.
In case you haven’t guessed I LOVED this book. I don’t often rave like this but when I do it is because the book deserves it. Every page brings something new and unexpected, every chapter makes you reassess what you thought you knew and also makes you question how well we truly know those around us. If you haven’t read this book yet then why not, what are you waiting for. I’m not even sad I’ve finished it because I know if I re-read it (and I will) that I will see nuances that I missed the first time. This is definitely a must-read but also a must re-read, many, many times over. I need more books by this author!!
About the author:
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.