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 Smythe 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…
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 a 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.
Everywhere you go, there’s that building that has been there since the dawn of time, that’s filled with legends and ghosts. If it’s full of Mrs May and her entourage then then maybe find somewhere else to stay. If it’s called The Beresford, pass it by and keep on going.
The story is slick, funny and chock full of dark humour and personalities we all will recognise, if we don’t know them personally! This is such an astute and original book about character and I loved every single moment of it.
I loved how The Beresford was like a living, breathing character that is just there. There’s no major description, it’s just waiting to ingest it’s next soul. Or is it?
I skipped sleep to get through this amazingly twisted and twisty book that draws you in from the beginning and it’s hooks hold you tight until the end. If it ever lets you go.
Echoes of The Shining, and brilliant if occasionally gruesome read, I loved every moment.
With thanks to Orenda Books, Anne Cater and the author for the advanced reading copy of this book.