Orenda Books signs Will Carver’s dark and daring thriller in a two-book deal

Orenda Books signs Will Carver’s dark and daring thriller in a two-book deal


We are delighted to announce the acquisition of World English Language rights (ex USA/Can) for Will Carver’s Good Samaritans (working title), in a two-book deal negotiated with Tom Witcomb at Blake Friedmann.

An exceptionally plotted, disturbing and high-concept thriller, Good Samaritans centres around Seth Beauman, who makes middle-of-the-night phone calls at random, in search of company … and something much more sinister. One night, a wire is crossed, and he makes a connection with suicidal Hadley Serf, who thinks she’s calling the Samaritans, and a dark, dysfunctional relationship develops – a relationship that can have only one ending. And someone is watching…

Karen Sullivan says, ‘I was riveted by this book and I can’t remember the last time I read a submission in one go … nor felt such a visceral sense of anxiety as I read. It’s stunning: dark, dangerous, sexy, wildly readable, brilliantly plotted and paced and, yet, completely different to anything I’ve ever read. In a nutshell, it is exactly the kind of book I want to be publishing at Orenda, and it’s going to be huge. This is a scorching return to the crime-fiction scene for the unbelievably talented Will Carver, and I am absolutely elated to get this on my list. It’s quite simply outstanding.’

Tom Witcomb says, ‘I’m so pleased that Will is joining the Orenda family. There are few who match Karen and her team in terms of passion and enthusiasm for the books they publish, and that shows in the results they get. I can’t wait to see what they do with Good Samaritans, a pitch-perfect, subversive genre novel, that’s sure to invigorate readers looking for a fresh, exciting voice. It seems a match made in heaven.’

Will Carver says, ‘I’m absolutely thrilled to be published by Orenda. I know how passionate they are about the books that they publish and the writers they represent. There’s a real sense of spirit and daring to the way they work that I admire. And I believe it to be the perfect fit for my books and the way that I write. Exciting times ahead.’

Good Samaritans (working title) will be published in Autumn 2018 by Orenda Books.