Psychopaths Anonymous – Orenda Blog Tour

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.

I’m absolutely over the moon to be reunited with Detective Sergeant Pace this autumn, after falling for him in Good Samaritans, Nothing Important Happened Today and Hinton Hollow Death Trip, and I couldn’t wait to meet Maeve and her fellow #PsychopathsAnonymous in another wild and wonderful walk on the dark side with one of my favourite writers. I’m delighted to be joining the blog tour and honoured to be introducing more readers to a series that you’ll hopefully adore just as much as I do…

thrillers; psychological suspense; literary fiction; British; noir; dark; crime; murder; criminal

I try not to make sweeping generalisations in my reviews, but I do have to say that I’m pretty sure you’ll never have met anyone quite like Maeve before. The portrait of this multi-faceted and glitteringly dangerous creation is pitch-perfect and will draw you right into this story with the Will Carver trademark blend of horror and fascination.

thrillers; psychological suspense; literary fiction; British; noir; dark; crime; murder; criminal

If you are turned off by darkness and horror then this is perhaps not the book for you, and definitely don’t say that you haven’t been warned. If it’s not enough of a giveaway in the title, the fact that we are dealing with psychopaths here means that some of the scenes are not for the faint-hearted and Maeve definitely pulls no punches. If you are looking for something to remind yourself of the goodness inherent within human nature, you’ve come to the wrong place – but if you are a fan of crime with a twist, then you’ll adore this marvellously dark and original read.

thrillers; psychological suspense; literary fiction; British; noir; dark; crime; murder; criminal

The fact that we see events from Maeve’s twisted and warped perspective gives this book a really vivid and original point of view and I loved getting an insight into a brain that moved at a velocity and ferocity that I’d never experienced the like of before. The female of the species can indeed be deadlier than the male – and Will Carver certainly conveys this for his readers in glorious technicolour. What he is always so successful at is presenting us with evil that lives among us and Maeve and her merry band are no exception. And it’s not all po-faced either – there are flashes of very dark humour here that hit the mark and serve to make the darkness all the more chilling at the same time. There is so much going on in this novel that is immoral, inappropriate and downright illegal that you won’t know where to turn. It’s definitely a journey into the dark heart of humanity, but what a fascinating one it is.

thrillers; psychological suspense; literary fiction; British; noir; dark; crime; murder; criminal

Will Carver is a talented and original writer whose characters spring off the page and come to life for you as you try and work out what makes them tick. Sometimes it’s a salutary reminder as a reader that he is not inventing society in these pages but recreating it as it really is without the sugar-coated veneer. Maeve’s character is truly unforgettable – she is unscrupulous, dangerous and endlessly imaginative and it is an unforgettable ride that we are buckled into as we see her fantasies and plotting escalate as the narrative unfolds. As I’ve said – it’s not a tale for the faint-hearted, but if you are a fan of a dark and stormy ride, you won’t be able to look away as Carver leads us deep into the heart of what makes some people tick and draw us further and further into Sergeant Pace’s unenviable cat and mouse game…

Psychopaths Anonymous is a superb blend of skilful plotting with unforgettable characterisation and one of the most original narrators I’ve enjoyed the pleasure of this year. I’ll be recommending to everyone. It stands out to me due to its in your face narrator and the way it keeps us constantly reflective about humanity and the depths we are capable of as we are reading and there is no letting up. I absolutely loved it and it’s definitely left me desperate for the Will Carver instalment and hoping that I don’t have to wait too long…

I’d like to thank both Anne Cater and Karen from Orenda for the opportunity to talk about another fantastic Orenda book as part of the tour and I’m so grateful to them both for keeping me in books that I can’t wait to shout about – both here on my blog and with my bookish friends in real life!

Buy yourself a copy of Psychopaths Anonymous here, you definitely won’t regret it.

Writer On The Shelf

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, The Beresford is out in July 2021.

His previous title Hinton Hollow Death Trip was longlisted for the Not the Booker Prize, while Nothing Important Happened Today was longlisted for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. Good Samaritans was book of the year in Guardian, Telegraph and Daily Express, and hit number one on the ebook charts.

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