Will Carver

Good Samaritans

"Good Samaritans’ is electrifying."


Seth Beauman can’t sleep. He stays up late, calling strangers from his phone book, 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 become day-time meet-ups. And then this dysfunctional love story develops into something altogether darker, when Seth brings Hadley home...

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You can tell how good a writer is by how different their novels are from each other. Will Carver is the author of the DI January David series. ‘Good Samaritans’ is a standalone thriller and is a complete contrast. It’s dark, edgy, disturbing, shocking and sexy. It’s also highly original and one of the best thrillers of the year. Carver wastes no time in plunging us into the lives of Seth Beauman and his wife Maeve; a couple living a steady, safe, and boring existence. Seth has insomnia and spends the hours of darkness phoning strangers hoping for someone to talk to. The anxiety and stress caused by sleeplessness is wonderfully explored and I speak from 17 years as an insomniac. Seth and Maeve are a likeable couple. They could be your colleagues, your next-door neighbours. When desperate Hadley Serf enters their lives (another likeable character) our allegiances are divided. Then comes the first twist. Will Carver has taken risks with ‘Good Samaritans’ and they all pay off in a fine dramatic style. There are a couple of sex scenes that could have been embarrassing and awkward written by a lesser author, but these are steamy and tantalising. Half way through, the direction of the novel changes. What you’d expect to come at the end, hits you when you least expect it and I defy any reader not to stay up late to finish this. ‘Good Samaritans’ is electrifying. Cancel all plans when you start this book and warn those around you; any interruptions may cause them harm. You need to read this book.

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