Friday 15 November 2019

BLOG TOUR: Nothing Important Happened Today - Will Carver

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 …

What did I think?

Will Carver is another author who piqued my interest at Newcastle Noir 2019 so when the blog tour invitation for Nothing Important Happened Today landed in my inbox, I jumped at the chance to hop aboard.  What I didn't expect was such a crazy ride; crazy but brilliant and with so many WTF moments, I felt like my brain had been put through a blender when I finished the book.

A suicide cult is a very disturbing subject to write about but Will Carver takes this to a whole new level with a cult with no apparent leader and cult members who have never met each other before they turned up to kill themselves in a horrific mass suicide.  The only thing they all have in common is a letter they received in the post containing four words: Nothing Important Happened Today.

The whole book feels very angry and Will Carver didn't even have to use capital letters to portray this.  I felt as if the narrator was angry at the world, especially at people walking around with their heads down, glued to their phone screens and I wondered if the mass suicide spectacle was simply an attempt to make people stop and take notice of what's going on around them.  Perhaps there's a lesson to be learned there for all of us.

Shocking, original, very disturbing and slightly crazy, Nothing Important Happened Today is one of those books that's very difficult to describe; I've never read anything like it and I don't expect that I will ever read anything that even comes close to it.  

I chose to read an ARC and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

My rating:

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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 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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