Today I am joining the blog tour for The Beresford by Will Carver. Many thanks to Will and Orenda Books for providing me with a copy of the book, and to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for inviting me to be a part of the blog tour.
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…
Having read a couple of Will Carver’s previous books, I was fairly confident going into this that I knew what to expect. How wrong I was!
The Beresford has the feel of being more than just a building. It becomes a character in its own right – in fact the central character through which the entire story revolves. It feels like a living, breathing being manipulating its residents to its will. Discovering the state Sythe had made of his apartment certainly had me wondering if somehow the building had influenced Abe to kill him as revenge for defacing the walls.
In my head, when I read that the building had been split, I expected the upper floors to be swankier than the very reasonably priced lower levels – I realised just how wrong I was as soon as Abe and Blair ventured up there, the description of what they discovered sending a shiver down my spine. Despite this, there is something about The Beresford that almost (almost) makes me want to live there. It feels strange to describe a book and a building housing so much murder as charming, but there was just something I can’t quite put my finger on that made me want to see it for myself.
Mrs May is utterly intriguing. I was dying (well, not in the sense her tenants were, but you know what I mean) to find out what secrets she was hiding and how she was connected to the building. There is an awful lot more to this old lady than meets the eye, and the revelations about her just kept on coming throughout the book!
Once again, Will Carver has produced an absolute triumph of a book that will leave you wondering about the tenants of The Beresford long after you have finished reading about them.
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 his own 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 Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year and for the Goldsboro Books Glass Bell. Good Samaritans was a book of the year in Guardian, Telegraph and Daily Express, and hit number one on the ebook charts.
Make sure you have a look at the other blogs on the tour to learn more about the tenants of The Beresford.