Nine people arrive one night on Chelsea Bridge. They’ve never met. But at the same time, they run, and 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 that 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 that does not seem to exist.
How do you stop a cult when nobody knows they are a member?
About the 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.
Firstly this book needs to come with a huge warning sign (flashing lights and bells) to ensure that future readers are aware that it contains some serious trigger topics including suicide, mass suicide and mental health issues. If you could be affected by these subjects I would strongly advise you to stop reading this review and run in the opposite direction very fast.
If you are still reading my review and I haven’t put you off yet then I’m pretty sure my use of sweary words shouldn’t upset you either, but you have been warned.
WHAT THE ACTUAL F*CK!
Nothing Important Happened Today by Will Carver is like nothing I have ever read before. The storylines, writing style, characters and delivery are simply incredible, but I don’t think I’ve read something as dark and brutal before, which is why I had to pace myself when reading as this is not a light and fluffy read. My main thought whilst reading this is that the author is very twisted but talented and could perhaps benefit from some professional help or a padded cell.
Throughout the book I was morbidly fascinated by all the many characters and felt like a voyeur which is an uncomfortable feeling as a reader but a testament to the author’s skills as a storyteller.
Nothing Important Happened Today starts with a mass suicide of 9 seemingly random strangers on a bridge in London and the author doesn’t gloss over these deaths, in fact he describes each one in meticulous detail and ensures the reader can visualise, smell and feel every broken neck and each victim’s final breath. (Sick f*cker!)
The writing is mesmerising but, in my opinion, the observational parts are simply genius. The author makes us look at social media and human nature in a way that makes the reader nod, shake our head and sigh simultaneously. (Clever f*cker!)
The obvious in-depth research Will Carver did to bring this book to life on cults, serial killers and mass suicide is outstanding. At times I did stop and google to find out more about some of the facts and now I need to remember to clear my internet history before hubby thinks I’m trying to break the world record for a gang bang.
Having met Will Carver a few weeks ago at a book festival and having read and loved Good Samaritans I was very excited to chat with him about his latest book. He warned me that it was a marmite book but also the one he is most proud of.
He should be proud. Nothing Important Happened Today is brave, it’s dark, it’s twisted, it’s raw, brutal and doesn’t hold back and Will Carver is, in my opinion, a literary genius. Now I’m off to stroke some fluffy kittens and read some light romantic comedy to cleanse my damaged mind.
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