When AA meetings make her want to drink more, alcoholic murderess Maeve sets up a group for psychopaths.
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…
One thing I love about Will Carver is not that he tells it like it is, but more that he tells it like no-one else has the nerve to do. Raw, blatant and unnerving. And then the dreadful things our main protagonist thinks and does makes us laugh out loud, when you know you shouldn’t be laughing at all. And then you recoil with shock horror.
Are we laughing from shock or is it really very funny? I think it’s both combined with the language the author uses to convey it. Maeve’s smart, acerbic tongue. I’m almost ashamed to be laughing but then I think ‘hell no’ it IS funny in a grotesque kind of way.
Maeve is our narrator. She loves to drink. She’s a functioning alcoholic. She likes to attend different AA meetings all over London and give her story when in fact she has no intention of giving up drinking. Anyone who can’t match her gin for gin or wine for wine is a lightweight. And she enjoys sex with strangers – random men she picks up along the way. And she kills people. She totally lacks empathy. In fact she’s really rather horrid. But most of all she hates God, the big man upstairs, in whom you must put your trust if you are to follow the 12 steps to sobriety. Sod that – why does everything involve him? Or that nosy priest.
Because Maeve has set up her own self-help group. No silly names like the other groups – just Friends of Maeve or Psychopaths Anonymous. Then she meets the man of her dreams, if she had dreams about that kind of thing. She needs him. She loves him. But is that enough to give up the other things in her life she loves, like killing people and keeping their heads in the freezer.
‘I will have to slow down a little with the murders. I’m running out of space for my ice cubes. I need them for my gin and tonics.’
One word of warning though. If you don’t like books that contain a lot of swearing, a lot of sex and a lot of violence, then this is not for you. So don’t start reading and then give it 2 stars and say it was full of gratuitous swearing, sex and violence, because that’s the whole point. It’s about psychopaths and Maeve is a serial killer. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Many thanks to @annecater for inviting me to be part of #RandomThingsTours
About the Author
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 Or Orenda Books, The Beresford was published in July. 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.
Orenda Books is a small independent publishing company specialising in literary fiction with a heavy emphasis on crime/thrillers, and approximately half the list in translation. They’ve been twice shortlisted for the Nick Robinson Best Newcomer Award at the IPG awards, and publisher and owner Karen Sullivan was a Bookseller Rising Star in 2016. In 2018, they were awarded a prestigious Creative Europe grant for their translated books programme. Three authors, including Agnes Ravatn, Matt Wesolowski and Amanda Jennings have been WHSmith Fresh Talent picks, and Ravatn’s The Bird Tribunal was shortlisted for the Dublin Literary Award, won an English PEN Translation Award, and adapted for BBC Radio Four ’s Book at Bedtime. Six titles have been short- or long-listed for the CWA Daggers. Launched in 2014 with a mission to bring more international literature to the UK market, Orenda Books publishes a host of debuts, many of which have gone on to sell millions worldwide, and looks for fresh, exciting new voices that push the genre in new directions. Bestselling authors include Ragnar Jonasson, Antti Tuomainen, Gunnar Staalesen, Michael J. Malone, Kjell Ola Dahl, Louise Beech, Johana Gustawsson, Lilja Sigurðardóttir and Sarah Stovell.