So just in case you are wondering, yes I’m a huge fan of Will Carver’s novels. I might start a fan club, raise a shrine for his books (kidding – or maybe not?).
This was my first ever book that I read by Will Carver. I didn’t know what to expect. I opened the book and was knocked off my feet and my head was spinning and then it was over. Just like that. It was over.
The premise was what attracted be to this book. “Nine suicides. One cult. No leader.” Enticing right? Well the way Carver manages to pull everything together in the book is mind blowing. I was in awe and after finishing it, I had to see if this was a one-off thing, where he manages to pull it off.
I’m happy to report now after finishing Good Samaritans that it isn’t. Carver is just that genius.
Another thing that drew my attention to Nothing Important Happened Today was that Carver doesn’t introduce Detective Sergeant Pace only after around 80 pages. But believe me when I tell you, that you won’t notice. The pace of the whole story is insane, the amount of set up Carver manages to cram into the first half of the book at first scared me. I thought that the pay off would definitely lack in punch but once again I was proved wrong.
Carver wraps you around his finger with real characters, amazing pacing and a good balance between set up and pay off.
The book opens with the suicide of nine people who jump at the same time from the Chelsea Bridge. There’s no indication that the nine people knew each other but they all have one thing in common. They all had received a letter that morning containing only four words. Nothing Important Happened Today.
I’ve mentioned in my review of Good Samaritans that Carver uses short and snappy chapters to make your heart beat in your chest and giving off the impression that everything happens at an insane speed. The same applies here, giving just enough information to paint a very vivid image in the readers mind. There are plentiful characters which each and every one seems fleshed out and well though out. The characters give the book almost as much life as the heart racing pacing.
There is just a certain magic (because I can’t exactly explain otherwise how) that Carver weaves into his books that wraps his readers around his finger by telling real but also frighteningly plausible stories with an amazing cast of characters, outstanding pacing and a good balance between set up in his first half of the novels and the pay off in his second half.