Book Review

Nothing Important Happened Today – Will Carver

I am thrilled to be joining the blog tour for Nothing Important Happened Today by Will Carver. My thanks to Will, Orenda Books, and to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours, for inviting me to take part, and for providing me with a copy of the book.


A shocking, mesmerisingly original, pitch-black thriller, which, following the critically acclaimed Good Samaritans, confirms Will Carver as one of the most imaginative, innovative and exciting authors in crime fiction.

Nine people arrive one night on Chelsea Bridge. They’ve never met. But, at the same time, they leap to their deaths. Each of them received a letter in the post that morning, a pre-written suicide note, and a page containing only four words: Nothing important happened today.

That is how they knew they had been chosen to become a part of The People of Choice: a mysterious suicide cult whose members have no knowledge of one another.

Thirty-two people on a train witness the event. Two of them will be next. By the morning, People of Choice are appearing around the globe. It becomes a movement. A social-media page that has lain dormant for four years suddenly has thousands of followers.

The police are under pressure to find a link between the cult members, to locate a leader who does not seem to exist …

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Nothing Important Happened Today is a book that presents a fascinating concept of an apparently leaderless cult, but at the same time is also a book that teeters on edge of being either totally weird or completely brilliant. Read on to see what side I came down on.

Having studied religion throughout school, college and (briefly) university, the names of the cults and their leaders that came before The People of Choice were familiar to me, and yet despite my past studies, the book presented a new theory to me of what it is that makes a cult. I don’t think that I had ever properly considered before that the people on the inside don’t think of themselves as being part of a cult, rather that it is people on the outside that attach this label. This new idea alone would have been enough to keep me reading, but the more I read, the more I was absorbed into this damning look at the world we live in, and it’s obsession with appearance and social media “likes”.

Whilst the description of each of the cult members is cold and almost clinical, there is somehow still something deeply emotional about it. The use of numbers as identifiers, and on the whole never revealing the names of the members, resonates with real life. If you saw the story on the news of nine total strangers committing suicide at the same time at the same place, sure, you’d remember the story, but honestly, how long would you remember their names for? It is this realisation that makes this book compelling, if not always comfortable, reading.

Trying to unravel the who, the how, and the why behind the supposed cult of The People of Choice kept me thinking even when I wasn’t reading and was trying to get on with my own life – this book just stays with you as you try to work out how these people are connected, and why they would do what they did. Even when I thought I knew, honestly, I didn’t!

So, going back to the question of whether this book is weird or brilliant – quite frankly, it is brilliant. It is a real head-scratcher that goes far deeper than your average whodunit. If you like a thoroughly thought-provoking read, then this is the book for you.


Will Carver 2Will 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. Good Samaritans was book of the year in Guardian, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Express, and hit number one on the ebook charts.




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Don’t forget to stop by the other blogs taking part in this tour to read more about this exceptional book.

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