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Good Samaritans

Published Date: 23rd May 2018

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9781912374380
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15 September 2018
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9781912374373
£8.99
15 November 2018

Description

One crossed wire, three dead bodies and six bottles of bleach.

Seth Beauman can’t sleep. He stays up late, calling strangers from his phonebook, hoping to make a connection, while his wife, Maeve, sleeps upstairs. A crossed wire finds a suicidal Hadley Serf on the phone to Seth, thinking she is talking to The Samaritans.
But a seemingly harmless, late-night hobby turns into something more for Seth and for Hadley, and soon their late-night talks are turning into day-time meet-ups. And then this dysfunctional love story turns into something altogether darker, when Seth brings Hadley home…
And someone is watching…
Dark, sexy, dangerous and wildly readable, Good Samaritans marks the scorching return of one of crime fiction’s most exceptional voices.

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‘I loved this book. dark and at times almost comical, a great blend of crime thriller and the darkest imaginable domestic noir. Actually like domestic noir on LSD’ Sarah Pinborough

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‘Totally addictive. Like Fight Club, only darker’ S.J. Watson

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‘Beautiful, gripping and disturbing in equal measure, a postcard from the razor’s edge of the connected world we live in’ Kevin Wignall

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‘Possibly the most interesting and original writer in the crime-fiction genre, and I’ve loved his books for years. Good Samaritans is his best to date – dark, slick, gripping, and impossible to put down. You’ll be sucked in from the first page’ Luca Veste

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‘Sick … in the best possible way. Will Carver delivers a delicious slice of noir that will have you reeling’ Michael J. Malone

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Good Samaritans is dark, edgy, disturbing, shocking and sexy. It’s also highly original and one of the best thrillers of the year. Cancel all plans when you start this book and warn those around you; any interruptions may cause them harm. You need to read this book’ Michael Wood

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’A twisted, devious thriller’ Nick Quantrill

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‘A dark and addictive novel that felt deliciously sexy to read, like I should read it where no one could see‘ Louise Beech

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‘Black-hearted noir. Disturbing and brilliant’ Tom Wood

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‘Quirky, cool and dark as sin, Good Samaritans will rock your reading world’ Liz Loves Books

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Good Samaritans is sexy, dark, explicit and graphic in places, so certainly not for the fainthearted. It’s twisty and twisted too. Is this love story? Oh yes, but not necessarily in the way you think. It’s certainly a tale of lust, obsession, control and desperation. The book kept me guessing and certainly kept me engrossed, with many ‘laugh out loud’ moments and pages read with a gasp … I’ll never look at bottles of bleach in quite the same way again’ Off-the-Shelf Books

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Good Samaritans was quite different to anything I’ve read before – it had the thrilling plot I look for as well as a sexy and daring pulse throughout. If you’re looking for something that speeds the heart rate up in more ways than one, I highly recommend Will’s new novel! Once upon a Book

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‘As the story unfolded and events started to shape in a way I was not expecting, I began to wonder. I wondered and wondered and wondered … and was left gobsmacked!!! Good Samaritans is a rodeo drive in the city in a family car. It looks safe and harmless on the outside. Scrape the surface and discover one of the most intense and haunting novels’ Chocolate ‘N’ Waffles

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‘He’s best known for the January David series, which ended in 2013. Now Will Carver is back with a standalone that takes good deeds to a whole new level. Sleep and Seth Beauman don’t get along, so he stays up late, calling random strangers and hoping to make a connection while his wife sleeps upstairs. Then one night he gets a crossed line. Hadley Serf is suicidal and thinks she is talking to the Samaritans. It’s the start of a strange relationship that can only end in tears… Out 15 September.’ Good Samaritans is recommended by Crime Fiction Lover

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‘Just finished Good Samaritans by ‪@will_carver and feel like I need a cold shower. Brilliant, filthy and devious, with a plot I did not see coming’ Pheobe Locke

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‘Oh my word! How to describe this wonderfully clever, deeply dark and immensely satisfying read… every now and then a book comes along that surprises you, in the best possible way, and this is one of them … Will Carver creates an almost conversational tone which sits at odds with the content, creating a greater intimacy with the words and they land with hammer hard precision. The short intense chapters highlight one of the characters at a time, there is no explanation as to who is the focus, none is needed. A slight jolt of awareness as understanding settled after the first few sentences of each chapter kept me on constant alert. I can genuinely say that I had absolutely no idea where this was going, I stayed in each moment, sucked in the words, and feel as the story has tattooed itself on my mind. Good Samaritans is a provocative, heady, unique, challenging read and it is absolutely blimmin wonderful! Do I recommend it? With my heart and soul, yes I most certainly do!’ Good Samaritans was chosen as one of LoveReading’s 10 books of the month. LoveReading

Author

Will Carver is the international bestselling author of the January David series (Arrow). He spent his early years in Germany, but returned to the UK at age 11, 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, while working on his next thriller. He lives in Reading with his two children.

Online Reviews

Good Samaritans is sexy, dark, explicit and graphic in places, so certainly not for the fainthearted. It’s twisty and twisted too. Is this love story? Oh yes, but not necessarily in the way you think. It’s certainly a tale of lust, obsession, control and desperation. The book kept me guessing and certainly kept me engrossed, with many ‘laugh out loud’ moments and pages read with a gasp … I loved this book and will happily shout about it from the rooftops! In fact, I’m sure I will over the coming months (and beyond). And I’ll never look at bottles of bleach in quite the same way again’ Off the Shelf Books

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‘Well, throw in roughly 6 bottles of bleach, a craved wife Maeve, and two other bodies and you have yourself one hell of a plot. With twists and turns to throw you off course, this will capture your mind, heart, and soul. After all she was ‘dirty’ and ‘used’. The perfect set up for a crime is about to begin. You better get ready. It’s about to go down! Who will be next? Who is the next target? Someone please go get me my phonebook, I have a few phone calls to make’ Donna Hines

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Good Samaritans was quite different to anything I’ve read before – it had the thrilling plot I look for as well as a sexy and daring pulse throughout. If you’re looking for something that speeds the heart rate up in more ways than one, I highly recommend Will’s new novel!’ Once Upon A Book

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‘As the story unfolded and events started to shape in a way I was not expecting, I began to wonder. Haha. I wondered and wondered and wondered … and was left gobsmacked!!! Someone is holding the cards, except you have no idea who! To be honest, you will have ideas, you will think you know, and let me laugh right now, you will be wrong, oh you will. And you will be as pleased as I was to have been played so well. Good Samaritans is a rodeo drive in the city in a family car. It looks safe and harmless on the outside. Scrape the surface and discover one of the most intense and haunting novels’ Chocolate N Waffles

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‘As I write, I am actually thinking, what a crazy yet somehow engaging premise for a book (now someone is going to point out that the novel was based on a true case!). There is something about the pulsating short chapters and the good writing that kept me hooked, with a nice twist at the end. There is a lot of psychological winnowing, reliant on the Kleinian theory of “splitting” – people are good and bad; there is purity versus filth, black as opposed to white, clean and dirty…. There are also a lot of disparate drives that cause sexual stimulus for the characters. So, if a combination of killing, sex and a whodunnit with a dark and quirky heart is your thing, this would be a very good choice’ Trip Fiction

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‘There are some books that you pick up and start and know IMMEDIATELY that this is going to blow you away and Good Samaritans is one of those books.  It’s also one of those books that once you start you know that you could easily read it in one sitting because there is NO WAY you are going to be able to put this book down.  Unfortunately for me, real life gets in the way, so I had to slowly devour this deliciously dark story over 3 days and let me tell you I was giving my family really dirty looks all weekend as they were forcing me to socialise instead of read this book. So, on to my thoughts on this book. Holy sh*tballs, it’s dark… so dark you need a flashlight.  It’s dirty, despite all the bleach.  It’s sexy, rude and unashamedly naughty and the twisted, sick characters are an absolute delight.  It’s original, it’s slick and downright disturbing and without doubt this is going into my Top Ten books of 2018. This ticks EVERY SINGLE BOX that I require for a 5 star  read and I can’t wait to read more from this author’ Compulsive Readers

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‘Carver’s writing style has an edgy pace that makes you addicted to turning the pages. I also loved the short chapter approach to bounce between the men and women in this book, it keeps you on your toes and added to the fast paced nature of the book. Carver’s skill at perfectly capturing the thoughts of the characters, allows both darkness and lightness to fill these pages, which means one minute you might find yourself snorting with laughter, and the next moment your eyes are popping out by the explicit intensity of a character’s thoughts – be it sexual, dark or the sheer loneliness they feel. Totally consuming, utterly brilliant and capable of pushing you WAY past your comfort levels… a domestic noir blended perfectly with a dark thriller, creating a cocktail that’ll pack a punch and have you asking for another’

Reviews by Chloe

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‘What an amazing read; original, dark and twisted, I couldn’t put it down! … Because someone is killing people and using on them a lot of bleach to “clear” their impurities and then leave their bodies to be found by a “Good Samaritan”… The main guess is, which is the relation between these bodies and our characters? Of course you’ll have to read the book to know the truth about it! Some books are made to be read in one stand, this is one of those, because is so dark and original that it will keep you glued till the last page! Be prepared to laugh, swear and be surprised, this is a twisted story that will be with you forever!’

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Will takes part in Off-the-Shelf’s Best of Crime as part of the blog tour for Good Samaritans. Off-the-Shelf Books

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‘Carver’s writing style perfectly depicts the lives of his characters to create an ideal response from the reader. Often, short, staccato sentences build up the tension and portray the emotions of the characters in a direct and detached way. He has multiple narrators throughout; the characters tell their own story and there is a third person narrator to direct the reader through each character’s version of events. This further redirects the reader into a delicious trap of thinking one thing is happening, when in fact what is really happening is shockingly different. Undoubtedly a dark novel, it intrigues the reader throughout and even when you reach the end, you are in a state of shock as even the ending doesn’t take the path you would expect. This novel is simply brilliant and if I could sum my final reaction up in one word, it would be “wow”’ Segnalibro

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‘Oooh. This was a good one. A great read. Brilliantly written with short chapters. It took me a while to figure out all the different characters but then it clicked and the story went on. I did find there were quiet a few hot, steamy scenes in this story! Phew. You’ve been warned. I flew through this book, easily devoured. A page turner. I found the characters were all strangely unique and wierd. Parts of the story are very dark. I enjoyed reading this one. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend. A new author for me’ Gemma’s Book Reviews

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‘This not the book for a fragile reader, it’s bold and does not shy away from sex and graphic descriptions of violence, but if that doesn’t bother you this is a must read. I’ve never read anything quite like, it’s truly original and Carver completely blew me away. Some of the twists were so deranged I was shocked, but also in complete awe, this will most definitely be on my list of best books of 2018! (And this was book 267 for me so it really is a standout!) Good Samaritans in three words: Edgy, Provocative and Twisted’ Novel Gossip

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‘I thought this book was highly innovative in it’s approach. Despite Seth being the character referenced in the blurb it would be hard for me to say that he is the protagonist given the amount of time given to other viewpoint characters, all of whom have been presented brilliantly here. This is certainly not one for the kiddies, and possibly not for anyone who isn’t into sinister books but I absolutely adored it. While the story isn’t exactly scary the thoughts of hearing the phone ringing and hearing “I can’t sleep. Want to talk?” certainly didn’t help the night I finished. If I had a landline, I might just have needed to disconnect it. This is an absolute belter of a read, and Will Carver might just keep you up all night. 5 Stars’ Don Jimmy Reviews

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‘This novel is sexually explicit, with some very dark sex scenes and there are also very raw references towards suicide and mental illness, it’s certainly NOT for the faint hearted or those upset or offended easily. However, if you like intensity, dark humour, uniqueness and appreciate an author to be brave and bold enough to go out of a comfort zone to make their reader go out of theirs, then DO pick this book up! Good Samaritans is a love story at heart, okay, a VERY dysfunctional one, but still… it’s fresh, imaginative, bold, and above anything else, totally f**king twisted!! Will Carver is the kind of author I admire, one who isn’t afraid to step outside the ‘normal’ box so to speak, and ultimately delivers a masterpiece in being brave enough to do so. Honestly, I’m left bloodthirsty for more of this man’s deliciously dirty and disturbed mind!’ Gem’s Quiet Corner

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‘Brilliantly written in a way that made it so easy to read. Even with the constant shifts of perspective, the story flows beautifully and unfolds to an excellent conclusion. It’s also testament to the quality of the writing and storyline that I loved this book so much without any of the main characters being particularly, if at all, likeable! Highly, highly recommended and I am really looking forward to reading more from Will’ What Karen Read Next

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‘Will Carver has a unique writing style which may seem odd to start with but somehow drew me into the story and the lives of the characters further. I felt as though the pages were laced with a substance that served to hook me, it was like a literary crack cocaine, one hit and I was powerless to resist! Pick it up and read it, but don’t say I didn’t warn you!’ Chapter in my Life

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Good Samaritans has those short chapters that allow you to breeze through this novel, but it isn’t plain sailing, the twists will throw you sideways! I don’t know what dark places your mind enters, Mr. Carver, but damn, I’m disturbed! The blurb is so right to describe this novel as a “dysfunctional love story”, but it’s dysfunctional in the best way, in a dark and twisted way! This novel doesn’t hold back on the narration, and the content does get a bit sexually explicit (personal preference: I wasn’t a fan of these moments), the plot gets very dark and intense, so if you like your fiction PG, probably best to give this one a miss. However, if you want to embark on a journey of twisted love, dark obsessions, and murder, then Good Samaritans may just be the book for you’ Keeper of Pages

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‘I thought that each character was so fascinating it became impossible to think of anything else while reading it. They made me gasp out loud, laugh, while wondering if laughing was appropriate and yet at the same time be so floored by the intensity of their thoughts and actions, that by the end, I was left feeling like I had been thrown by a bucking rodeo ride. I had to stay calm and carry on, because the ride was worth it and the characters so rewarding that investing in such a disturbing mindset is a delicious experience. I’ve not read Will Carved before and I hope I won’t have to wait too long before I can read another by this incredibly gifted writer’ Books are my Cwtches

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‘Although very twisted and graphic in parts, the story is also funny and you’ll find yourself laughing out loud on several occasions. It’s hard to go into too much detail without giving anything away, but this is a book with characters who are filled with desperation, obsession and lust. Lots of lust. They have more in common with each other than they would like to admit and this is what drives the plot forward to the very twisted ending. Good Samaritans is a deliciously dark, dirty, domestic noir and you’re going to love it!’ Foreword Books

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‘I have to admit that I found myself smiling away at the slightly dark humour it definitely adds a certain edginess to the story which combines easily with the darker moments. Now I’m trying to be pretty vague regarding the plot as this is the type of book where you really do need to just sit back and experience every moment for yourself. What I will say is that you may find yourself sitting upright as some scenes left me going “wow, okay” in shock! Good Samaritans really is one hell of a ride! Easily pulling you in with shocks, surprises and very slick storytelling!’ Rae Reads

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Good Samaritans is like nothing I have read for ages! It is truly original, raw, emotional, heartbreaking, funny, sweary, sexy and shocking. Will Carver has cleverly and expertly plotted his story, weaving in several spectacular twists and building up to an unpredictable and frenetic climax. I defy anyone to guess where this story is going to go! Good Samaritans is certainly not for the faint-hearted: it is disturbing, explicit, brutal and very, very, VERY dark. If this sounds right up your street, then come and spend some quality time with Seth, Hadley, Maeve and Ant… If you dare. It is five big quirky stars and it is bloody brilliant. I will definitely be looking for more by Will Carver’ Julia Palooza

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‘I went through a wide range of emotions when reading. One of apprehension, where the hairs went up on my arms at some of the more graphic scenes. Of devastation where you consider what type of world we live in when a pathologist is desensitized to what they see. Of amusement at the comments regarding the often pathetic comments on social media and the inane programmes that are on television. And finally, one of sadness thinking about how many couples don’t enjoy each others company. None of the characters who feature would I want to spend any time with. My initial likeness for any of them changed dramatically with the many twists. All of which made me realise I wasn’t as clever as I thought I was. It also left me very reluctant to answer the telephone. It is complex, original and definitely not for the fainthearted’ Steph’s Book Blog

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