Psychopaths Anonymous by Will Carver | Book Review


*WARNING: This book contains sex, violence and swearing* 


When AA meetings make her want to drink more, alcoholic murderess Maeve sets up a group for psychopaths ... The dark, unpredictable, electrifyingly original new thriller from critically acclaimed author Will Carver. 'Cements Carver as one of the most exciting authors in Britain.

After this, he'll have his own cult following' Daily Express 'Will Carver is an exhilarating and audacious new voice in literary crime fiction' Sarah Pinborough 'A new Will Carver novel is always something to look forward to, and this is no exception. Striking and unusual, and dark as ever' S J Watson -------------------------------------------- Maeve has everything. A high-powered job, a beautiful home, a string of uncomplicated one-night encounters.

She's also an addict: A functioning alcoholic with a dependence on sex and an insatiable appetite for killing men. When she can't find a support group to share her obsession, she creates her own. And Psychopaths Anonymous is born.

Friends of Maeve. Now in a serious relationship, Maeve wants to keep the group a secret. But not everyone in the group adheres to the rules, and when a reckless member raises suspicions with the police, Maeve's drinking spirals out of control.

She needs to stop killing. She needs to close the group. But Maeve can't seem to quit the things that are bad for her, including her new man...

A scathing, violent and darkly funny book about love, connection, obsessions and sex - and the aspects of human nature we'd prefer to hide - Psychopaths Anonymous is also an electrifyingly original, unpredictable thriller that challenges virtually everything. --------------------------------------------Praise for Will Carver 'Gobsmacking, beyond dark, and so much fun. I would join Will Carver's cult.

He's the most original writer around...' Helen FitzGerald 'A novel so dark and creepy Stephen King will be jealous he didn't think of it first' Michael Wood 'One of the most compelling and original voices in crime fiction ... The whole thing feels like a shot of adrenaline' Alex North 'Twisty-turny and oh-so provocative, this is the type of book that will stick a sneaky foot out to trip you up' Liz Robinson, LoveReading 'Deliciously fresh and malevolent story-telling ... a laminate-you-to-your-chair, page-whirring dive into a small British town that is turned on its head over the course of a few days.

If you like something fresh and unusual, grab this book' Craig Sisterson 'It's going to take something special to top this as my book of 2020. Original, thought provoking and highly recommended' Mark Tilbury 'Weirdly page-turning' Sunday Times 'Laying bare our 21st-century weaknesses and dilemmas, Carver has created a highly original state-of-the-nation novel' Literary Review 'Arguably the most original crime novel published this year' Independent 'At once fantastical and appallingly plausible ... this mesmeric novel paints a thought-provoking if depressing picture of modern life' Guardian 'This book is most memorable for its unrepentant darkness...' Telegraph 'Unlike anything else you'll read this year' Heat 'Utterly mesmerising...' Crime Monthly

My Review

'Dark and disturbing masterpiece'

This is the first title I've read by Will Carver, all I can saw is WOW. Will you have one hell of a mind. I've never read anything quite like this before; the writing style and the level of sex and violence within. At first I think I was in a state of shock, it hits you right in the face as soon as you begin. Totally dark and disturbing, but so clever at the same time and so different. I think that's why I kept reading, I needed to find out exactly where the story was going and exactly how dark it would get. A combination of curiosity and admiration I think for a writer who can produce such a brilliantly written novel that portrays the darkest and most disturbing traits of humans. 

I'm not going to pretend this book is for everyone, it certainly won't be. If you don't like sex, violence and swearing then I would suggest you stay away from this book. However, if you are open to each of the above then get yourself a copy and strap in for one hell of a ride. 

I will definitely be giving more of Will Carvers books a go, I'm intrigued now as to what his other titles are like. 

My Rating

4.5 out of 5 stars 

I'm not sure why I'm not willing to commit to 5 stars, there is just something small that is stopping me that I can't quite put my finger on. It's a blooming fantastic book though, you should give it a go! 

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