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Everything stays the same for the tenants of The Beresford, a grand old apartment building just outside the city…until the doorbell rings… Will Carver returns with an eerie, deliciously and uncomfortably dark standalone thriller. 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 Everything stays the same for the tenants of The Beresford, a grand old apartment building just outside the city…until the doorbell rings… Will Carver returns with an eerie, deliciously and uncomfortably dark standalone thriller. 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… Eerie, dark, superbly twisted and majestically plotted, The Beresford is the stunning standalone thriller from one of crime fiction’s most exciting names.


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Everything stays the same for the tenants of The Beresford, a grand old apartment building just outside the city…until the doorbell rings… Will Carver returns with an eerie, deliciously and uncomfortably dark standalone thriller. 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 Everything stays the same for the tenants of The Beresford, a grand old apartment building just outside the city…until the doorbell rings… Will Carver returns with an eerie, deliciously and uncomfortably dark standalone thriller. 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… Eerie, dark, superbly twisted and majestically plotted, The Beresford is the stunning standalone thriller from one of crime fiction’s most exciting names.

30 review for The Beresford

  1. 4 out of 5

    Liz Barnsley

    This was intense, brilliant, horrific, humorous and everything inbetween. I ADORED it. Full review to follow for publication. Might be my favourite Carver yet but I'll get some distance from the sheer adrenaline rush of it before I confirm that. Really most excellent. This was intense, brilliant, horrific, humorous and everything inbetween. I ADORED it. Full review to follow for publication. Might be my favourite Carver yet but I'll get some distance from the sheer adrenaline rush of it before I confirm that. Really most excellent.

  2. 5 out of 5

    The Tattooed Book Geek (Drew).

    This review can also be found on my blog The Tattooed Book Geek: https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress... The Beresford is an apartment building that is owned and run by Mrs May, a kindly, if somewhat eccentric, old landlady. Mr May’s routine is the same, day after day, always and forever, and she never leaves the grounds of The Beresford. Only venturing as far as pruning the rose bushes outside the front door. Cheap and affordable, The Beresford is an attractive prospect for people looking for af This review can also be found on my blog The Tattooed Book Geek: https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress... The Beresford is an apartment building that is owned and run by Mrs May, a kindly, if somewhat eccentric, old landlady. Mr May’s routine is the same, day after day, always and forever, and she never leaves the grounds of The Beresford. Only venturing as far as pruning the rose bushes outside the front door. Cheap and affordable, The Beresford is an attractive prospect for people looking for affordable accommodation. Those who don’t belong, who don’t fit in, who are escaping, who are running away from someone, something or somewhere, and those who are looking to start a new life can all find a welcome at The Beresford. There is a swift turnaround of tenants at The Beresford, one in, one out. A chain of events, often something innocuous like a comment taken the wrong way, a perceived slight, or an argument that has escalated ends with an accidental death. The tenants aren’t killers, but within the building they become killers. They don’t mean to kill, but they snap and can’t stop. It is like they are not themselves; they have been poisoned, and they are being influenced by an outside force that is making them act out of character. Sometimes the aggressor triumphs, the one who lashed out first, and other times, the one acting in self-defence becomes the killer and survives. When the current tenant dies, the next tenant moves in straight away. From the moment they breathe their last breath and their soul leaves their body, there are exactly sixty seconds before the doorbell rings. One minute until the new tenant arrives to take the now newly deceased tenant’s place and continue the cycle. The writing in The Beresford is slick, stylish, has a very modern feel to it, and includes plenty of black humour. The chapters are short, snappy, and rapid-fire. The story which is devilishly addictive is inventive, gory (in places), creepy, and has a depth buried beneath the menacing surface. Reading a book by Will Carver is a unique experience, you’re not quite sure what to expect, or where the story will go, but you’ll sure as hell enjoy the sadistic ride that he takes you on. A little bit weird, and a whole lot of twisted fun The Beresford is a sharply crafted and delectable slice of entertaining darkness.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Collins

    I’m a huge, huge Will Carver fan, and I couldn’t wait to start reading The Beresford. I’m certain I’ve found my top book of 2021. This is such an original, chilling and compelling read. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again, no writer writes like Will Carver does. The setting in this book, The Beresford, a block of apartments, becomes a character in its own right. The building is owned by a strange character, Mrs May, and we get to know the other residents who live there. The building comes I’m a huge, huge Will Carver fan, and I couldn’t wait to start reading The Beresford. I’m certain I’ve found my top book of 2021. This is such an original, chilling and compelling read. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again, no writer writes like Will Carver does. The setting in this book, The Beresford, a block of apartments, becomes a character in its own right. The building is owned by a strange character, Mrs May, and we get to know the other residents who live there. The building comes with its own dark tales, which will chill you to the core. Abe, an artist, is one of the blocks most fascinating tenants. He is a very messed up person, but he is also someone who I did feel sorry for. He is desperate to be loved by someone, and as Abe says, he wants other people to look at his life and want what he’s got. But there is a very dark side to Abe. And this is what makes him such a compelling and terrifying character. Will Carver’s writing propels you into the story, and I was turning the pages faster and faster as I got further into the book. There are short and snappy chapters, but it was his unique writing style that made me fly through it. I’ve mentioned Abe’s character in this review, but Mrs May is another person who I really wanted to get to the bottom of. From the beginning, we can see that she is a very religious person. Mrs May is a person who has suffered from trauma in her life. Her husband passed away several years earlier. But she is a much more complicated character, and I thought this was very clever. The direction this book took completely took me by surprise. At first, I was thinking, what on earth is going on here? But this was in a good way. My eyes were kept glued to the whole book, but the final chapters kept me really gripped. I wanted to understand what was going on and who these people really were. It is so, so well done. I think many people may form different opinions when they get to the end of this book, but I absolutely loved it. If you’re a fan of Will Carver’s books, then you will love The Beresford. It is so good. Highly, highly recommended!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Raven

    Right everyone, time to gird your loins and prepare for the latest book from the maniacally brilliant and twisted genius that is Will Carver. I confess to always experiencing a frisson of excitement when the time comes to read and review his latest release, because like life itself, you never know quite what to expect, and strange things always lay in store. Especially if you were ever foolish enough to countenance a move to The Beresford… Let’s start with a quote which perfectly sums up the type Right everyone, time to gird your loins and prepare for the latest book from the maniacally brilliant and twisted genius that is Will Carver. I confess to always experiencing a frisson of excitement when the time comes to read and review his latest release, because like life itself, you never know quite what to expect, and strange things always lay in store. Especially if you were ever foolish enough to countenance a move to The Beresford… Let’s start with a quote which perfectly sums up the type of person you will readily encounter in the confines of The Beresford itself, a grand apartment building overseen by the mercurial and disturbing landlady, Mrs May. “The people who lived at The Beresford did not belong. They had that in common. The kind of people who wanted to sit in the centre of the circle but existed on the side of a square. They were outside. They floated on the periphery.” I have long been fascinated by books that focus on people residing in boarding houses or hotels like Patrick Hamilton’s The Slaves of Solitude or William Trevor’s Mrs Eckdorf In O’Neill’s Hotel in which people’s lives are given a vein of impermanence in the sense of them waiting to move on, or helplessly trapped in a kind of residential purgatory. This was exactly the sense that I got from this book too, where characters assume a kind of holding position (some shorter than others) waiting to make a leap into life different from where they came from, or egotistically think themselves destined for greater things, or as a short term escape from trauma or trouble. Carver captures perfectly the thwarted dreams and disappointment of some, and much to the twisted amusement of this reader cuts down the perky optimism of others with aplomb. Most of the characters are intensely dislikeable which kind of makes this conveyor belt of kill and replace at times ghoulishly enjoyable, but as always with Carver tinged with a dark pathos that sometimes pulls you up short as you begin to enjoy the inner workings and tribulations of body disposal, and the countdown to another killing. As the residents come and go, and come and go, on the conveyor belt of carnage, Carver still rounds each character out focusing on their dreams, ambitions, fears and the adage that should be carved above the entrance to The Beresford, kill or be killed… Aside from his always astute and well depicted characters who harbour between them all the quintessential frailties and triumphs of what being human entails, from love, to hate, to despair and the fragile hope of redemption and happiness, there is again ample room for Carver to take us on several of his existential ruminations too. You can feel him shaking his fists to the sky as he takes us on a whirlwind tour of the greatest afflictions of society as he fires pithy arrows at the scarcity of depth and intelligence in humankind, the culture of fakery, the damage wreaked by religion on people’s wellbeing and life choices, the meat industry, death and so on. I usually find myself nodding in sage agreement at various points throughout his books, as his barbed observations and exposure of the most facile elements of human experience are always shockingly, or amusingly spot on. I really enjoy these little flights of metaphysical darkness that Carver intersperses his books with which set him apart not only as a writer but also as someone who genuinely gives a care to what a state the world is in, cutting through the white noise with sharp and incisive truths. For those people out there who belittle crime fiction as a genre, and trust me I meet them every day, books like this, and writers like this, undermine every negative observation that is made of crime fiction. The Beresford is not only an intriguing crime mystery, but is textured with a rich and bountiful use of language and description. The characters are little microcosms of everything that troubles us or shapes us as humans, and with the little detours into the facile and dangerous elements and beliefs that arise in life itself, there is a punchy intelligence running through that adds another striking layer of difference to the book. As always, highly recommended.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Hooley

    The Beresford is Will Carver at the peak of his powers! Just outside - any city, every city - is a grand, spacious but affordable building called The Beresford. Let's hope you're not a tenant of Mrs May's any time soon! I read this book in one sitting, that's how good it is - I can't recommend it highly enough. It's a difficult novel to talk about in a review without giving anything away but I can guarantee you'll enjoy this trip into the Carververse. You'll also probably be able to 'recognise' The Beresford is Will Carver at the peak of his powers! Just outside - any city, every city - is a grand, spacious but affordable building called The Beresford. Let's hope you're not a tenant of Mrs May's any time soon! I read this book in one sitting, that's how good it is - I can't recommend it highly enough. It's a difficult novel to talk about in a review without giving anything away but I can guarantee you'll enjoy this trip into the Carververse. You'll also probably be able to 'recognise' a few of the characters too Abe, Gail, Sythe, Blair, The Conroy's are all brilliantly crafted and thoroughly enjoyable - I loved getting lost in their antics for the evening. Everybody knows, and probably loathes, a Sythe! Fans of Chuck Palahiunk, in his prime, will adore Carver he is utterly brilliant. I also recommend checking out Good Samaritans and Hinton Hollow Death Trip too!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Emma Shaw

    "The Beresford was old. It was grand. It evolved with the people who inhabited its rooms and apartments. It was dark and elephantine and it breathed with its people. Paint peeled and there were cracks in places. It was bricks and mortar and plaster and wood. And it was alive." Will Carver has done it again! The Beresford is another outstanding and original novel from one of the most unique voices in fiction. The striking, eerie and trippy cover matches what’s between it’s pages: a strange, sinist "The Beresford was old. It was grand. It evolved with the people who inhabited its rooms and apartments. It was dark and elephantine and it breathed with its people. Paint peeled and there were cracks in places. It was bricks and mortar and plaster and wood. And it was alive." Will Carver has done it again! The Beresford is another outstanding and original novel from one of the most unique voices in fiction. The striking, eerie and trippy cover matches what’s between it’s pages: a strange, sinister and twisted tale that is both gloriously absurd and totally plausible. The story opens with a murder. Sixty seconds later the doorbell rings. Thus begins a dark chain of events that many of those involved won’t survive, propelling the reader straight into the action, not letting go until the final page. I devoured this book, unable to put it down once I’d started. I was hypnotised by the dark, claustrophobic and haunting world of The Beresford and its doomed residents. “We all go a little mad sometimes.” His characters are ordinary and familiar but also quirky, richly drawn and compelling. Abe Schwartz is an unassuming and unremarkable geek who is lonely and aches to be loved. You can’t help but feel for him despite knowing that beneath his facade of normality is a deeply disturbed individual hiding a dark secret. It’s this juxtaposition that makes him so fascinating and frightening. He really could be anyone and you would never expect him to be a killer. Blair Conroy is trying to escape her small town life and has come in search of the excitement of the city. It is she who Abe greets just seconds after committing murder, not realising she may have just sealed her fate. I liked Blair and could relate to her in many ways. I even liked her blossoming relationship with Abe and was rooting for her not to end up in the same position as the previous resident. Then we have Mrs. May, the lady who oversees everything that happens at The Beresford. She is a bit of an enigma, a complex character with many layers that are slowly peeled away as the story progresses. Deeply religious, she has suffered a lot of trauma and seems to genuinely care for her tenants. But she also seems terrified of the house itself. Just what does she know? And what power does this place have over her? I enjoyed trying to figure out this mysterious lady and her secrets and found her surprisingly likeable. "The Beresford was a halfway house for the disenchanted and disenfranchised, whose focus was to become. To be. To discover and make their impact. The inhabitants were not necessarily the outsiders, but were certainly the ones found on the periphery. The wallflowers at society's ball." The house is a character in itself that feels as if it lives and breathes as much as any of the human characters. It oozes malevolence and foreboding and is hiding secrets so dark and terrifying they will send shivers down your spine. It is a place that changes those who live there, feasting on them from the inside before moving onto another unsuspecting victim. Will Carver has quickly become one of my favourite authors. His distinctive style is like nothing else out there and when you pick up his books they are instantly recognisable as his. With his sharp, choppy prose that is both tongue in cheek and deadly serious, his bold topics, scathing and unapologetic social commentary and dark humour he creates an atmosphere of mystery and foreboding, a chill that runs through your veins and builds the tension and dread till you are on the edge of your seat with your heart pounding. The Beresford is one of my favourite books so far this year and my favourite book by the author to date, so it was an easy five stars from me. A seductive and unsettling read that you will love while also questioning why. When it's over you will wonder what on earth you just read and find it impossible to forget. Just remember: DON’T RING THE DOORBELL.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Catherine McCarthy

    Another great novel written in true, unconventional, Will Carver style. I love an author who isn't afraid to take risks. The opening chapter, written in second person, hooked me in immediately by setting up the mystery. I love the dark humor, cynicism and unique voice of Will Carver's writing. I also love short chapters as it means I can pick up a book for a few minutes if I need to and put it down again. Having said that, I read the whole novel over four or five sessions because I just had to kn Another great novel written in true, unconventional, Will Carver style. I love an author who isn't afraid to take risks. The opening chapter, written in second person, hooked me in immediately by setting up the mystery. I love the dark humor, cynicism and unique voice of Will Carver's writing. I also love short chapters as it means I can pick up a book for a few minutes if I need to and put it down again. Having said that, I read the whole novel over four or five sessions because I just had to know what would happen next. The Beresford (a block of apartments)has a persona of its own and is owned by an enigmatic old lady who you soon realize has her own story to tell. The dark wit arrives in the form of the bizarre predicaments that seemingly ordinary characters find themselves embroiled in. I also chuckled at the stabs at both organized religion and social media and its effect on modern life. To sum up: great characterization, quirky in the best way possible, definitely original. So why not five stars? This comes down to personal preference, but I just didn't love it as much as Nothing Important Happened Today, though I understand other readers will probably prefer it. Definitely recommended!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Van Damme

    Me throughout reading The Beresford: Ohmigod this is SO GOOD! How is it that I can pick up each and every new Will Carver novel with the highest expectations and still have them met, nay, exceeded?! How does he manage to surprise me every single time, to catch me off guard, to hook me from the very first page?! Just SO GOOD! (Do I sound like I’m fangirling? Good, cos I am!) Also me throughout reading The Beresford: How the hell am I going to review this one?! Well, I’ve finished it now and I still Me throughout reading The Beresford: Ohmigod this is SO GOOD! How is it that I can pick up each and every new Will Carver novel with the highest expectations and still have them met, nay, exceeded?! How does he manage to surprise me every single time, to catch me off guard, to hook me from the very first page?! Just SO GOOD! (Do I sound like I’m fangirling? Good, cos I am!) Also me throughout reading The Beresford: How the hell am I going to review this one?! Well, I’ve finished it now and I still have no blooming idea. The most apt thing to say may be: bloody hell (although even that could be hard with my jaw still on the floor). Can I just leave it at that? No? Le sigh. Okay, well I’ll try. The Beresford kicks off with Abe. Abe is perfectly average and normal and nice. Except for the fact that he’s just killed his neighbour. Erm… Accidents happen? Yes they do, but at The Beresford, I wouldn’t exactly call them accidents… Before you know it, you, the new Beresford tenant, are in a kill-or-be-killed situation and before you know it, you, the reader, are stuck on a batshit crazy merry-go-round, needing a breather while simultaneously feeling hella reluctant to ever jump off. In terms of style, this is perhaps a more accessible – call it mainstream if you must – side of Will Carver, more Girl 4 or Good Samaritans than Nothing Important Happened Today or Hinton Hollow Death Trip. It is written in the third person singular and Death is not talking to the reader. Does that mean it reads like any other thriller out there? Erm… No. It is still a Will Carver after all, and I am still thanking the universe that he fell in with an indie publisher who not only respects his unique style, but allows him to hone it. The Beresford is every bit as dark and as clever as I wanted it to be when I first heard about it. It’s unsettling from the get-go, not because you know there’s been a murder, but because you feel there’s all sorts of things going on beneath the surface that you’re not privy to yet. There is just something so insidiously sinister about The Beresford, just like there is something insidiously sinister about The Beresford. And its residents. What was it about this building that gave me the creeps? What was it about the old landlady that made me think of that old lady in IT Chapter Two who turned into Pennywise? Was I waiting for poor old Mrs May to turn into a murderous clown? I kinda was! That was a mindfuck all on its own, lemme tell ya! The Beresford is bloody and brutal and darkly funny and acidic and mind-boggling and thought-provoking in a way that only a Will Carver novel is. If you enjoyed his previous work I’m going to assume this is high up on your wishlist. If you’re new to this author, The Beresford is an excellent place to start. Highly recommended either way!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gibbothegreat

    This is my first read from Mr Carver although I have the Detective Sergeant Pace Trilogy (Good Samaritans, Nothing Important Happened Today & Hinton Hollow Death Trip) I decided to start with “The Beresford” because of all the great reviews I’d read. The Beresford is an apartment building that is owned and run by an old lady called Mrs May, how old is she? No one knows, she could be as young as 80 or as old as the building itself. Throughout the book we meet a few characters which are as differe This is my first read from Mr Carver although I have the Detective Sergeant Pace Trilogy (Good Samaritans, Nothing Important Happened Today & Hinton Hollow Death Trip) I decided to start with “The Beresford” because of all the great reviews I’d read. The Beresford is an apartment building that is owned and run by an old lady called Mrs May, how old is she? No one knows, she could be as young as 80 or as old as the building itself. Throughout the book we meet a few characters which are as different from one to the other. I love Will’s style of writing and the direction the book took, its dark, quirky and funny all at the same time, every chapter has a twist which left me like, WHAT!! is this really happening!! which I loved. I was so immersed in the story that I didn’t want it to finish, that’s how much I loved it. I most certainly will push he’s other books up the TBR pile. 5 Stars and top 5 2021 reads.

  10. 5 out of 5

    philippa

    Buy it!!! If you love weird , quirky , very original story telling and stories then buy this book . As ever with Will Carver books they are very very good and keep you reading well into the night . Don't really want to say much about the plot as not to ruin other people's pleasure but basically about a dear old sweet woman who rents out rooms to people and what happens to them after the've moved .so buy the book and enjoy it too. Buy it!!! If you love weird , quirky , very original story telling and stories then buy this book . As ever with Will Carver books they are very very good and keep you reading well into the night . Don't really want to say much about the plot as not to ruin other people's pleasure but basically about a dear old sweet woman who rents out rooms to people and what happens to them after the've moved .so buy the book and enjoy it too.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Amy Louise

    Having read Will Carver’s Nothing Important Happened Today and Hinton Hollow Death Trip, I thought I was well prepared for a trip to the dark side of life when picking up The Beresford. Then I opened up his latest novel, The Beresford, and immediately met and unassuming young man considering how best to dispose of the corpse of his neighbour. Yes, Will Carver is back in all his unconventional and chilling glory. Welcome to The Beresford, leave your soul at the door… As usual with one of Will Carv Having read Will Carver’s Nothing Important Happened Today and Hinton Hollow Death Trip, I thought I was well prepared for a trip to the dark side of life when picking up The Beresford. Then I opened up his latest novel, The Beresford, and immediately met and unassuming young man considering how best to dispose of the corpse of his neighbour. Yes, Will Carver is back in all his unconventional and chilling glory. Welcome to The Beresford, leave your soul at the door… As usual with one of Will Carver’s books, it seems prudent to talk triggers before we head any further into this review. If you’ve read my reviews of Nothing Important and Hinton Hollow, you’ll know Carver writes deliciously dark books – and doesn’t pull punches when it comes to describing the darker sides of human existence. The Beresford is no exception – it might, in fact, be his creepiest and darkest novel yet – so consider yourself duly warned if you’re of a squeamish disposition. Triggers here for death, murder, corpse disposal, drug use, alcohol abuse, some gore/graphic descriptions, and domestic violence – as well as plenty of strong language and a pervading sense of what one critic has called Carver’s ‘bedsit nihilism’. Why then, does one read such a grim novel? Simply put, Will Carver’s books are always exciting and original and, like his previous work, The Beresford takes the reader on a fantastical, all-too-plausible, journey into the dark heart of the human experience. The Beresford is an elegant – and surprisingly reasonable – apartment building in a perfectly ordinary city. Its tenants, with the exception of owner and building stalwart Mrs May, are restless and transient; either running to or away from something in their lives. Quiet and unassuming Abe just wants to be left alone with his books. New girl Blair is escaping the confines of small town life. And, until recently, artist Sythe was alternating between creating and burning his work. I say until recently because, as the book opens, the artist formerly known as Sythe is now a cooling corpse on the floor of Abe’s apartment. As one tenant ‘exits’ The Beresford, another arrives. Always exactly 60 seconds later. And as the novel goes on, we’re going to get through quite a few changes of tenancy… Without saying any more and ruining the many twists and turns of the plot, The Beresford is Will Carver on top form. Grimly dark and with a pervading sense of existentialist dread throughout, this a propulsive and thought-provoking ride into the darker facets of everyday life. As with Carver’s previous books, there is also a deliciously macabre humour running throughout – some of the situations that characters find themselves in border on the ridiculous, whilst some of the questions they have to ponder (such as exactly how much drain cleaner one needs to dissolve a human body) are posed in a darkly comic way. The characters themselves are also compelling – although you might not want to get too attached to any of them! From the shadowy presence of the mysterious Mrs May through to the dark undertones of Abe’s seemingly quiet and bookish countenance, each of them has their own motivations, desires, and fears – and Carver is brilliant at unpicking and dissecting these to propel the plot forwards, as well as at taking some sharply observed stabs at various facets of modern life – social media, organised religion, and millennials to name but a few. Chapters are short, sharp, and shocking – making for an utterly compelling and page-turning read that will leave you desperate to know what happens next! Consider this your warning that you may not want to start this book late at night if you’ve got anything on the next day – it’s such a compulsive read, you’ll be staying up well into the wee small hours to finish it! As I’ve said before, Will Carver’s books won’t be for everyone. They’re sinister and quirky and a bit gruesome – and he’s a writer who delights in taking readers for a walk on the dark side. But his novels are, consistently, some of the most original that I’ve read, and never fail to hook me in and leave me reeling. As a standalone, The Beresford makes the perfect jumping off point for entry into the Carver-verse – so if you’re not read any of his previous work, consider this your invitation into his addictive yet terrifying world! And for existing fans of Carver, The Beresford is, for my money, his best book yet! NB: This review appears on my blog at https://theshelfofunreadbooks.wordpre... as part of the blog tour for the book. My thanks go to the publisher for providing a copy of the book in return for an honest and unbiased review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mairead Hearne (swirlandthread.com)

    The Beresford by Will Carver will be published in original paperback with Orenda Books July 22nd ( ebook May 22nd ) and is described as ‘eerie, dark, superbly twisted and majestically plotted, the stunning standalone thriller from one of crime fiction’s most exciting names’. If you have already been lucky enough to experience a Will Carver novel then you know that you are about to enter a very strange and disconcerting world. Will Carver will always take me beyond my comfort zone and, with The Be The Beresford by Will Carver will be published in original paperback with Orenda Books July 22nd ( ebook May 22nd ) and is described as ‘eerie, dark, superbly twisted and majestically plotted, the stunning standalone thriller from one of crime fiction’s most exciting names’. If you have already been lucky enough to experience a Will Carver novel then you know that you are about to enter a very strange and disconcerting world. Will Carver will always take me beyond my comfort zone and, with The Beresford, he has done it again. I don’t normally ‘do’ horror, and The Beresford is a truly dark and extremely twisted tale, but I make an exception for Will Carver. In a Will Carver book there are always very well-crafted and intelligent observations scattered throughout reflecting, I assume, his own personal frustrations with the way we live today. Mrs. May is the doyenne of The Beresford, a building that has sat for generations witnessing the comings and goings of many tenants, all with a different story to tell. Nobody knows her age. Nobody knows how long she has lived there. The only thing they know is that she never leaves the building. She has a strict routine. She offers extremely affordable accommodation and asks few questions of those who move in. But The Beresford is no ordinary building…. “The Beresford was old. It was grand. It evolved with the people who inhabited its rooms and apartments. It was dark and elephantine and it breathed with its people. Paint peeled and there were cracks in places. It was bricks and mortar and plaster and wood. And it was alive.” Tenants come and go at an alarming pace but it’s the going that is so very very strange. People die in The Beresford. People are murdered in The Beresford. Bodies are disposed of and the cycle continues. The door bell rings for a new arrival and a body has to be removed within sixty seconds, always sixty seconds. What is The Beresford? Who is Mrs. May? Without fail every prospective tenant arrives to The Beresford with a dream. We get an insight into their character, their personal ambitions and their back story. As time passes we see their disappointments, their frustrations and their failures and, in most cases, we witness their death. “Why she could feel herself changing. What was so special about that building? What did Mrs May know? How long had it been happening for? Who the hell was she becoming?” It is strange picking up a book knowing in advance that most of the characters will face an untimely death but the absolute beauty of Will Carver’s writing is that you know that there will be so much more to discover. Reading a Will Carver book is a journey and along the way, the reader will be taken down various paths, discovering a little bit about themselves and the world they live in along the way. It’s almost like a mirror is being put in front of us, exposing our obsession with perfection and ambition, our desire to be accepted and loved and the price we are willing to pay to succeed. The Beresford reminds me of a Hitchcock thriller with a very modern twist. An old boarding house. A strange landlady. Tenants all with a story to tell. Shadows. Death. Darkness. Evil…. All the ingredients for a dark, noir and frankly scary movie. Not for the faint of heart, The Beresford is another highly intelligent and strong novel from this ingenious of writers. Will Carver has literally carved himself a niche in the literary world that is uniquely his own and to be honest, at this point I think we need a specific genre created just for him. The Beresford is gruesome. The Beresford is discombobulating. The Beresford is shocking. The Beresford is downright malevolent and extremely disturbing. The Beresford is addictive. The Beresford is original.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    Yep. Just as I suspected. Unique, twisted, occasionally acerbic, darkly humorous, fresh, and packed with astute observations and a touch (a lot) of insanity, this really hit the spot. This may be a break away from the series that I have come to know and love, but it's not so great a side step, with the hallmarks of classic Will Carver wrapped up in a story which will make you laugh, just as much as it will have you gurning into your cornflakes (or any other food or beverage you may have at hand Yep. Just as I suspected. Unique, twisted, occasionally acerbic, darkly humorous, fresh, and packed with astute observations and a touch (a lot) of insanity, this really hit the spot. This may be a break away from the series that I have come to know and love, but it's not so great a side step, with the hallmarks of classic Will Carver wrapped up in a story which will make you laugh, just as much as it will have you gurning into your cornflakes (or any other food or beverage you may have at hand as you read). This is the story of The Beresford, an apartment building on the edge of a nondescript, undefined city that could be. any city in the world. It is home to Mrs May, Abe and the artist formerly known as Sythe. I say formerly known as because he's not going to be known as anything much from here on in. Not in his current ... condition. It's fair to say that the opening to this book, whilst not entirely unexpected if you have read the blurb, is certainly memorable, and really does set the tone for the rest of the book. For in this book we meet characters for often the shortest time, and just as we get to know them they are ... moving on. In one way or another. You see there is just something about The Beresford that eventually makes people act out of character. Do things they wouldn't countenance. They kind of have to really. It's in the small print on their lease ... 60 seconds. Not long to cover up the greatest mistake of your life now, is it? It's really hard to talk much about the book without giving too much away. I would just say go into it expecting the unexpected. Although if you've read Hinton Hollow Death Trip then nothing should really ever be unexpected in Will Carver's world. In spite of myself, and in spite of what they did, or didn't, do, I found myself really liking the characters within the book. Mrs May is a rather unusual landlady. She prays hard for her tenants. Perhaps a little too hard. She is everywhere and knows everything that goes on, and she is a creature of routine, but despite the evidence about her characters, she grew on me. Abe bless him. What a quandary he finds himself in. With a nod to one of Mr Carver's earlier books that will make people in the know smile just a little, his actions may be suspect, his behaviour not making him the ideal neighbour, but he was strangely likeable too. And then there is soon to be tenant, Gail. The circumstances that bring her to seek refuge in that most unusual of apartments are shocking, kind of brutal, but. completely believable and portrayed with a kind of sensitivity to that stark nature of it all that it gets you on side with her from the minute we meet her. And keeps you on her side right to the very shocking conclusion. This book brought about every kind of reaction from me. From laughter, to grimacing at some of the more gruesome moments, to the knowing smile and nod as some of the regular Carverisms play out. The book is laced with pithy observations, that almost expected blunt and straight talking style which highlights the hypocrisy of modern life, showing how it feeds into the very nature of The Beresford itself and all that the building, and events within it, represent. Everything about the building screams that it is too good to be true, the absolute fact of it coming when Abe takes his new neighbour, Blair, to visit some of the upper floors of the 'other part' of the tower block. You get that nightmarish Shining-esque vision that instills a kind of chill in the spine, whilst confirming your suspicion that something dark and disturbing is lurking in the shadows, lulling our characters into a false sense of security with the charming, library toting facade of their own humble apartments. If you love Will Carver's Sargeant Pace books you are going to love this one too. it may not been quite as dark as some of the others have been, maybe not quite as shocking, but it has a fair quota of murderous and horror filled scenes that will make the bloody thirsty chuckle and the squeamish ... well, shudder I guess. Not a sentiment I know much about to be fair. But most of all, it's made me smile. There is kind of a twisted, madcap logic to it all that kept me hooked right to the very last page.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nicki

    The Beresford was old and grand, the kind of building that you don't expect to see near a modern city. The building's exterior had gone through some alterations over the years, the hodge podge nature of its styling reflecting in the multi - cultural of its residents over time. As with many old buildings, The Beresford had a chequered history, hundreds of stories with branches whose tendrils stretched across the passage of time. The building had seen many residents come and go over the years, som The Beresford was old and grand, the kind of building that you don't expect to see near a modern city. The building's exterior had gone through some alterations over the years, the hodge podge nature of its styling reflecting in the multi - cultural of its residents over time. As with many old buildings, The Beresford had a chequered history, hundreds of stories with branches whose tendrils stretched across the passage of time. The building had seen many residents come and go over the years, some moved on and carried on with their lives whilst others mysteriously disappeared. If you weren't the right fit for The Beresford, then as the lyrics of the classic song by The Eagles go 'You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave. The plot of this dark, spine chilling story centre's around the inhabitants of the five apartments that were situated on the first two floors of the building,one of whom was the owner and keeper Mrs May. No one really knew how old Mrs May really was but she was very sprightly for her age and could very often be found pruning the roses that grew around the building. Mrs May was a complex character whose demeanour and attitude changed faster than it took her to pull up a weed in her beloved garden. She was a fantastic character but the way she floated around the building, seemed to appear out of nowhere and knew about everything that happened within the walls of The Beresford was seriously creepy and just a tiny bit stalkerish. The residents who occupied the apartments throughout the book were a mixed bag of  individuals, each with their own personal, realistic backstory and reason for renting a apartment in the building. Some of the characters were really likeable and whilst they were travelling to what they thought was the opportunity to escape their pasts and restart their lives, I was screaming don't do it in my head, just turn around and get as far away as possible. One of the characters who stood out for me was called Gail, she was another complex character who I had mixed feelings about, there was times when I felt sympathy for her and times when I thought she was quite unlikable. Interspersed throughout the book was chapters that were voiced from the perspectives of Mr and Mrs Conroy, a God loving couple whose daughter had left home looking for freedom and adventure, moved into the Beresford and then mysteriously disappeared. The couple loved their daughter and were determined to discover what had happened to her. Would they discover the truth or were they destined to regret the day that they knocked on The Beresford's front door? The Beresford is a extremely well written, fast paced, addictive read that rockets along due to its short, snappy chapters that give the captivated reader a very bad case of just one more chapter syndrome. It's a dark and mesmerising blend of horror, psychological thriller and religion with a added dash of humour that had me glued to my kindle from the first page. The thought provoking plot raises questions about the existence of God and the devil, good vs evil and heaven and hell I really really enjoyed this suspenseful, gripping read and think it's worth far more than five stars, very very highly recommended and definitely going to be one of my favourite reads of this year.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    Will Carver continues to surprise and captivate me in this, his latest standalone novel. I can’t help but feel that I have happened upon something that may have been born from the lovechild of Alfred Hitchcock and Stephen King. Will’s masterful storytelling, the suspense he builds, the evil within – it made me feel that I am in the hands of someone who knows exactly what he is doing. He teases you with characters who anyone would describe as good, dare I say ordinary. They could be the person li Will Carver continues to surprise and captivate me in this, his latest standalone novel. I can’t help but feel that I have happened upon something that may have been born from the lovechild of Alfred Hitchcock and Stephen King. Will’s masterful storytelling, the suspense he builds, the evil within – it made me feel that I am in the hands of someone who knows exactly what he is doing. He teases you with characters who anyone would describe as good, dare I say ordinary. They could be the person living next door to you or someone across from you in the office. He then adds the sweet, ancient Mrs May. She seems to have been running The Beresford forever; offering cheap, convenient accommodation for those in need. Everyone who comes through her door has a story. Everyone who comes through her doors is escaping something; they have dreams, they have desires. But just what are they willing to sacrifice to make those dreams come true. "What do you want?" The story begins with an obituary – it sets the scene nicely and I recommend returning to that once again after you read the final page. Then we are introduced to Abe Schwartz. Abe is the type of boy you’d like to see your daughter come home with. He is sweet, kind and considerate. There is nothing dangerous about him. And yet 60 seconds before Blaire Conroy rings the doorbell to her new home, Abe has strangled his neighbour to death. Abe doesn’t know how it happened. It’s not like him at all. Abe isn’t a murderer. And so the story begins and a darkly, chilling tale it is too. A tale of good and evil, the fine line between the two. When reviewing previous books by Will, I have mentioned how unique Will’s writing is and how he ‘has the ability to hit the nail on the head with modern society and what makes us tick (or not) as human beings.’ This is a talent that makes his stories so relatable too. We can see how the world is changing, he makes us question everything and highlights how we are now losing (or finding) our ways in so many ways. Just what are we truly capable of in our quest to conquer everything – and live up to all that modern living expects of us. I think, in my humble opinion, The Beresford may be his best novel yet, it is utterly gripping and lingers with me still. I compared him earlier to both Hitchcock and King, both masters of suspense and storytelling that can chill you to your very core, but there is also something fresh and compelling in Will’s storytelling. He makes it entirely his own. The characters in this novel are looking for escape, refuge, a chance to make their lives their own. The Beresford is not the place it seems, and once you cross that threshold, well, you’ll be lucky to come away with your life… and if you’re even luckier, you might just hang on to your soul. *hums tune to ‘Hotel California’.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lynsey

    ‘The Beresford’ is the rental home of nightmares, quite spaceful apartments, a cheap rent, a library and a friendly landlady - but just don't let that doorbell ring! It seriously is like ‘44 Scotland Street on crack’. I don't know how Will manages to come up with such sinfully evil ideas - just please don't ever stop! I read a lot of books. Last year it was 236 and Hinton Hollow was definitely in the top 10 and ‘The Beresford’ will certainly be the same. Mrs May was such an amazing character - I ‘The Beresford’ is the rental home of nightmares, quite spaceful apartments, a cheap rent, a library and a friendly landlady - but just don't let that doorbell ring! It seriously is like ‘44 Scotland Street on crack’. I don't know how Will manages to come up with such sinfully evil ideas - just please don't ever stop! I read a lot of books. Last year it was 236 and Hinton Hollow was definitely in the top 10 and ‘The Beresford’ will certainly be the same. Mrs May was such an amazing character - I think I have her in my head as the granny from the Irn Bru advert mixed in with the granny from ‘This is the Greatest Song In The World’! On the outside a perfectly respectful green-fingered dame but black as treacle on the inside. But I do have some empathy for her by the end of the book as well. Oh to have dreamed up this whole concept. Carver is one talented wordsmith. The rest of the characters were a revolving door of misfits and the misunderstood. From Abe and his love of books to Blair and their choice of coffee shops. I loved how the city wasn't named - as in every city there is a block of flats like this one with a transient population. Where the residents originally came from are also never named but anyone who lived in a small town will recognise sections of Blair’s backstory. After Abe kills for the first time I thought the story might be more sedate, but I don't think I even read the synopsis. I just greedily tore into the pages as I knew they would be this transportive experience that I was shocked by the next death and the 60 seconds thing! Idiot! Anyway, the character I loved I can't really talk about but her strength and desire for life was palpable. She radiated off the page! If you have read this or are planning on going to let me know what you think of them! Brilliant just brilliant!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jane Turner

    Will Carver is a masterful writer. Quirky and witty, he’ll take you on a journey through absolute insanity and drop you home afterwards. Not always safely, mind, but you will be home… The Beresford is that building in your town that’s got a faded grandeur because it’s been there forever. It’s the famous local landmark that few people have been inside, but everyone recognises. That building that you use when giving directions (‘Take a left at The Beresford’ or ‘It’s two blocks past The Beresford.’ Will Carver is a masterful writer. Quirky and witty, he’ll take you on a journey through absolute insanity and drop you home afterwards. Not always safely, mind, but you will be home… The Beresford is that building in your town that’s got a faded grandeur because it’s been there forever. It’s the famous local landmark that few people have been inside, but everyone recognises. That building that you use when giving directions (‘Take a left at The Beresford’ or ‘It’s two blocks past The Beresford.’) This is the tale of The Beresford – and it’s bizarre and chilling as you can imagine. The Beresford (the book, not the building) will (figuratively) take you down a couple of flights of stairs, spin you round in the dark, then leave you in a lift with no buttons that stops at random floors. What you’ll find when the doors open will be disturbing, thrilling, creepy and utterly compelling. It starts with a murder and continues… Carver’s style is one of dark humour. Nothing is sacred, and his words are blunt. Sometimes its like his tongue is firmly in cheek, and in the next paragraph he’s deadly serious. There’s gore, suspense, disbelief, and evil – along with a savagely creepy undercurrent that simply gives you goosebumps. Will Carver has done it again. He’s given us another twisted tale that is so realistic that I’m starting to look at things differently and a watching for flashes in the corner of my eye. Thoroughly original and thoroughly twisted – The Beresford will sink its hooks into you too.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    I am still deciding if this book is a masterpiece or a super weird story. A story full of layers that is impossible to discern when your conscience is talking or it is the character’s thoughts. I really don’t want to spoil the story with too much information; you only need to know that in Beresford someone has been killed and that Abe, the killer, has only 60 seconds to hide the body before the new tenant steps in… Sounds intriguing, am I right? Believe tat this is just a small part of the story; I am still deciding if this book is a masterpiece or a super weird story. A story full of layers that is impossible to discern when your conscience is talking or it is the character’s thoughts. I really don’t want to spoil the story with too much information; you only need to know that in Beresford someone has been killed and that Abe, the killer, has only 60 seconds to hide the body before the new tenant steps in… Sounds intriguing, am I right? Believe tat this is just a small part of the story; the killing is not the core of the story but the desires, believes and will of the characters. There are a few characters involved in the story, don’t worry you’ll not get lost or mix-up who they are, their path is clear in the story and they will not be forgotten. As I said in the beginning this is a difficult story to talk about, there’s the easy sentence “a killing” and then there’s all the background behind it. The facts that the authors reminds us about the world we are living in and the cruel reality of what’s humanity. This is a book you can love or hate; slow paced but with a tempo on the back, a story with multiple stories and so many truths that you’ll not be able to decide if we really live in the Earth of Hell. Are you ready for “The Beresford”?

  19. 4 out of 5

    Pam Robertson

    This has all the hallmarks of Will Carver's individual talent threaded through it. It is arresting, surprising, a little macabre and full of quirky, unsettling characters. A thriller it certainly is, but also, there is a rich vein of black humour which runs throughout and even at the most gruesome moments, you find that you can raise a smile! As each newcomer to The Beresford arrives, you are aware that they all have their own backstory and reason to step outside the mainstream. The storyline ke This has all the hallmarks of Will Carver's individual talent threaded through it. It is arresting, surprising, a little macabre and full of quirky, unsettling characters. A thriller it certainly is, but also, there is a rich vein of black humour which runs throughout and even at the most gruesome moments, you find that you can raise a smile! As each newcomer to The Beresford arrives, you are aware that they all have their own backstory and reason to step outside the mainstream. The storyline keeps you hooked as it twists and turns. The house itself, The Beresford, is certainly a powerful presence in the novel. Split into two halves, you can't help but wonder why. The answer is surprising until you realise the significance of the underworld. At the heart of the house is the all-seeing, all-knowing Mrs May. A dear little old lady with a dark secret. This is a highly recommended read. You will need both a strong stomach and a strong sense of humour too! In short: Hell is other people. Thanks to the publisher for a copy of the book

  20. 4 out of 5

    Vikkie

    𝓦𝓲𝓵𝓵 𝓒𝓪𝓻𝓿𝓮𝓻 𝓱𝓪𝓼 𝓪𝓷 𝓲𝓶𝓪𝓰𝓲𝓷𝓪𝓽𝓲𝓸𝓷 𝓽𝓱𝓪𝓽 𝓲𝓼 𝓭𝓮𝓵𝓲𝓬𝓲𝓸𝓾𝓼𝓵𝔂 𝓭𝓪𝓻𝓴. Are you brave enough to proceed? You should be because this book is an absolute MUST READ!! Carver takes us to The Beresford in this one, we meet an array of different characters and on many occasions I’ve found myself thinking WTF- I had no idea where this one was going to go. Carver is a genius with a devilish mind that can create stories to send chills down your spine. This is definitely the BEST yet. I love how this flows and as a reader 𝓦𝓲𝓵𝓵 𝓒𝓪𝓻𝓿𝓮𝓻 𝓱𝓪𝓼 𝓪𝓷 𝓲𝓶𝓪𝓰𝓲𝓷𝓪𝓽𝓲𝓸𝓷 𝓽𝓱𝓪𝓽 𝓲𝓼 𝓭𝓮𝓵𝓲𝓬𝓲𝓸𝓾𝓼𝓵𝔂 𝓭𝓪𝓻𝓴. Are you brave enough to proceed? You should be because this book is an absolute MUST READ!! Carver takes us to The Beresford in this one, we meet an array of different characters and on many occasions I’ve found myself thinking WTF- I had no idea where this one was going to go. Carver is a genius with a devilish mind that can create stories to send chills down your spine. This is definitely the BEST yet. I love how this flows and as a reader you are completely unable to predict where this was going. I have been completely pulled in and unwilling to put this book down and already I can’t wait for more from Carver. The cover of this is eery and sinister but makes you want to know more. It’s perfect for this book! This book is just utterly spectacular and intense, I adore this book and is definitely one of the best I’ve read. I have to say Carver is one of my favourite authors. I love the dark side of the books and I’m so excited for more! This is a definite for the TBR.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    I am a huge fan of this authors work so was very excited to read this book! The Beresford is your typical type of apartment building found just on the outskirts of any city, anywhere. Slightly grandiose but affordable, it attracts people looking for a fresh start, people running away from places and other people and those with nowhere else to go. Nobody stays too long at The Beresford but none of the apartments are empty for very long with a very specific one in - one out system. The only mainstay I am a huge fan of this authors work so was very excited to read this book! The Beresford is your typical type of apartment building found just on the outskirts of any city, anywhere. Slightly grandiose but affordable, it attracts people looking for a fresh start, people running away from places and other people and those with nowhere else to go. Nobody stays too long at The Beresford but none of the apartments are empty for very long with a very specific one in - one out system. The only mainstay of the building is the enigmatic owner Mrs May. A stickler for routine (you could literally set your watch by her!) and seemingly all-knowing, there is an air of mystery around her from the start. I have come to expect unique, shocking and more than a little bit out there when reading a Will Carver and The Beresford is no different.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Katheryn Thompson

    As soon as I saw that Will Carver had written a new book, I wanted to read it. I first discovered Carver's writing in Good Samaritans, one of the most memorable thrillers I have ever read, and I loved watching this unorthodox series develop into the utterly brilliant Hinton Hollow Death Trip. But I think The Beresford is my favourite offering from Carver so far. I adore the setting of The Beresford, an apartment building just outside the city, with its endless cycle of tenants and its never-chan As soon as I saw that Will Carver had written a new book, I wanted to read it. I first discovered Carver's writing in Good Samaritans, one of the most memorable thrillers I have ever read, and I loved watching this unorthodox series develop into the utterly brilliant Hinton Hollow Death Trip. But I think The Beresford is my favourite offering from Carver so far. I adore the setting of The Beresford, an apartment building just outside the city, with its endless cycle of tenants and its never-changing landlady. This is the perfect setting for a story that manages to be both utterly realistic and refreshingly unconventional. The Beresford is every bit as original, witty, and thought-provoking as the final outing of DS Pace, but also as memorable and easy to read as his first outing. Highly recommended!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lel Budge

    The Beresford is a block of apartments, owned by the religious and slightly eccentric Mrs May who never leaves the building unless to potter in the garden occasionally. The other residents are gradually revealed and we get to know them…… The Beresford building has its own darkness and it will give you goosebumps as the story unfolds. Some of the residents also have dark secrets and Abe immediately springs to mind… The chapters are short, sharp and pack a punch, the characters are so well written, I The Beresford is a block of apartments, owned by the religious and slightly eccentric Mrs May who never leaves the building unless to potter in the garden occasionally. The other residents are gradually revealed and we get to know them…… The Beresford building has its own darkness and it will give you goosebumps as the story unfolds. Some of the residents also have dark secrets and Abe immediately springs to mind… The chapters are short, sharp and pack a punch, the characters are so well written, I could almost see them, which is very scary! This is a dark, creepy, quirky and utterly compelling read that will make you turn on every light in the house and double lock the doors. Quite simply brilliant and I love it. Thank you to Random Things Tours for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, for the promotional material and an eARC of The Beresford.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Townley

    The synopsis is so intriguing that I couldn’t wait to find out exactly where this book was going to go and in true Will Carver style it’s dark, twisted and brilliantly written! I don’t want to go into too much detail about the plot because I really don’t want to give anything away. The beauty of this book is to just delve right into it with no clue as to what is happening. It had me confused so many times and only near the very end did it start to shed some light onto what was happening although The synopsis is so intriguing that I couldn’t wait to find out exactly where this book was going to go and in true Will Carver style it’s dark, twisted and brilliantly written! I don’t want to go into too much detail about the plot because I really don’t want to give anything away. The beauty of this book is to just delve right into it with no clue as to what is happening. It had me confused so many times and only near the very end did it start to shed some light onto what was happening although there is a theme throughout which does hint at this. Without discussing what does happen, I will say that the story is so addictive with short sharp chapters that will leave you unable to put it down. You are introduced to a number of characters and even though some are not around for long you will still learn so much about them and how they came to arrive at the Beresford. Everything about this book is dark and sinister with some pretty gruesome descriptions at times. Not only do we explore this murder that has happened but everything about the Beresford is deeply disturbing and will have you coming up with many theories as to what goes on there. Overall this was a fantastic, addictive read which is both haunting and twisted but also makes you consider what you want from life and how far you would go to get that.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    This was a devilishly tense, but easy, read I was unsure what the building was doing, or was it the people? Is the devil in the detail? Short chapters from the point of view of each tenant, their hopes & dreams & a story I just had to read one more page of, as I needed to know the answer to this is a captivatingly creepy read from Will Carver. If you haven't read any of his other books I'm sure you will after this Thank you Karen at Orenda Books for my gifted copy This was a devilishly tense, but easy, read I was unsure what the building was doing, or was it the people? Is the devil in the detail? Short chapters from the point of view of each tenant, their hopes & dreams & a story I just had to read one more page of, as I needed to know the answer to this is a captivatingly creepy read from Will Carver. If you haven't read any of his other books I'm sure you will after this Thank you Karen at Orenda Books for my gifted copy

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sally Boocock

    Will Carver has his own unique style of writing which gets under your skin. This book is gruesome, horrifying and totally gripping. My advice dont be fooled into thinking you are getting a bargain at The Beresford. Full of dark humour and originality it's a definite read for those of you who love weird, thought provoking and grim novels. Will Carver has his own unique style of writing which gets under your skin. This book is gruesome, horrifying and totally gripping. My advice dont be fooled into thinking you are getting a bargain at The Beresford. Full of dark humour and originality it's a definite read for those of you who love weird, thought provoking and grim novels.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    This one is dark. Like, pitch black dark. Spooky, tense, and several types of messed up, but somehow also really quite funny in places. Typical Will Carver really. If you like Yrsa Siguardsdottir or even Stephen King then you should try this, you might just find someone new to enjoy.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Alice

    Will Carver is an author whose books I’ve been meaning to check out for a while now, but I just never got around to them. The Beresford is a definite incentive to read everything else he’s written! The premise, that there’s an apartment building where previously non-violent residents keep winding up murdering one another, is not only highly original but also very well-executed. We meet a selection of residents as they pass through The Beresford. Whether they’re there for a longer or shorter time, Will Carver is an author whose books I’ve been meaning to check out for a while now, but I just never got around to them. The Beresford is a definite incentive to read everything else he’s written! The premise, that there’s an apartment building where previously non-violent residents keep winding up murdering one another, is not only highly original but also very well-executed. We meet a selection of residents as they pass through The Beresford. Whether they’re there for a longer or shorter time, or turn out to be killer or victim (or both), they’re all really well fleshed-out and you get to know all about their habits, hopes, and dreams. If they got killed, I felt the loss, and if they killed someone, it was really interesting to see how they reacted and how they set about disposing of the body. It’s gruesome, but also a lot of fun. I never knew who was going to murder who next, which really kept me turning the pages. The Beresford’s delightfully sinister proprietor, Mrs May, is also full of surprises as you come to realise she isn’t the sweet old lady she first appears. I also enjoyed the threads of social commentary and musings on religion that run through the book. The Beresford is entertaining, highly original, and deliciously dark.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jenn Morgans

    My god this was a ride, a real what the fuck am I reading novel that I devoured in a single day. It’s nasty, it’s brutal, it’s grisly, it’s horrible, it’s darkly funny and cruelly sharp. Absolutely well worth the read, just strap yourself in and let it drag you along.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Karen Cole

    Disturbing, cynical, darkly funny... nobody does fiendishly twisted better than Will Carver! Full review to come but ALL the stars, ALL the love for this latest visit to the Carver-verse.

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