I received ‘The Beresford’ by Will Carver as part of my @BertsBooks Crime/thriller subscription. I even found it to be a signed copy, so this is extra special to me.
This book is set in a large apartment building called ‘The Beresford’ where the turnover of tenants is extremely high.
Mrs May is the owner of the building and follows her set routine every day: cold black coffee, pruning roses, checking on tenants, wine, prayer, and an afternoon nap. Mrs May never leaves the building.
When coming to The Beresford the tenants have their own hidden routine set in place, there will be a time when one of them must die. Once the decision has been made, they will then have sixty seconds to move the body, before the next unknowing person arrives at the door.
‘Because nothing changes at The Beresford, until the doorbell rings……….’
I have only read two of Will Carver’s books so far, but they are very different and extremely dark. He seems to have a way of making his books very addictive to the reader and creepy.
The story has very short chapters which adds to the shocking and fast nature of the book. The chapters are narrated by various tenants of The Beresford, which gives a large insight to what is happening in the apartment building. There are also sections called ‘What do you Want?’ where a few topics are discussed, and Will Carver has a way of communicating these to the reader voicing the opinions of many. These opinions are probably rarely actually discussed out loud.
I must admit I am a little confused regarding the rest of the apartment building as it concentrates on the separate part of the building where Mrs May lives. It might be that I missed something, but this is the only part which left me a little puzzled.
I did enjoy reading though and if I was thinking of moving into a place like this, I think I would change my mind after reading this book.
Overall, a brilliant, clever horror thriller with dark humour which will make you think twice about ringing the doorbell.