Best of February 2021

Although February has long been and gone I wanted to still make a post about the best books that I’ve managed to read in February. However please bear in mind that although some full reviews might still be pending and will shortly appear on the blog, the criteria for me to include books in a “Best of” is that the books have been read in that particular month.

Without further ado, here are the top 3 books I’ve read in February.

3rd Place – Good Samaritans by Will Carver

Will Carver is one of the best Noir writers (if not the best Noir writers in the UK) and it’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of him and his writing.

Good Samaritans by Will Carver is plotted to perfection, the pacing is marvelous and the twists are at every corner. I gasped out loud when I read this book because it swallowed me whole and by the time I came out on the other side, I didn’t know what to do with myself.

Good Samaritans came out in 2018 published by Orenda Books and is really really worth checking out. This can be ordered wherever you shop for books.

Carver has also a new novel coming out this year with Orenda Books called The Beresford which I can’t wait to read before I get Will Carver Withdrawal.

2nd Place – The Friend by Charlie Gallagher

The Friend was the first book I read by Charlie Gallagher. Shame on me as he is a brilliant author who managed to grip me with this novel.

I’m not going to go into many details about the plot and characters because the novel is coming out very very soon and I can’t wait to be able to speak with people about the brilliance of this novel.

Gallagher will definitely be one of the authors I’m going to follow when it comes to Police Procedural novels.

The Friend comes out on 01/04/2021 from Avon Books and can be pre-ordered everywhere good books are sold.

1st Place – The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward

Gosh, I loved this book. The way Catriona Ward writes just so enthralling and refreshing. The Last House on Needless Street is the type of book that you have to cancel your plans for the day and prepare yourself for a ride.

The multi-layered plot is brilliantly executed because there are red herrings peppered through it. Ward plays a fair game, giving you enough hints for you to be able to figure out the mystery at it’s heart but because her descriptions are so vivid I wasn’t able to guess in advance the plot twist.

I wouldn’t be surprised if The Last House on Needless Street will be considered the epitome of gothic and even psychological thrillers of this decade.

The Last House on Needless Street is out today, 18/03/2021 from Viper Books and can be bought everywhere good books are sold.

March has been as amazing as February so far and I have a few other highly anticipated reads lined up for this month which I know will give me trouble to make the Best of March. Nonetheless, keep on reading <3.

Nothing Important Happened Today by Will Carver

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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.

Good Samaritans by Will Carver

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I recently read Good Samaritans by Will Carver as I had previously enjoyed Nothing Important Happened Today which in true BooksTechnica fashion was the second book in the Detective Sergeant Pace series and had to read the first installment of the series as well.

Although, in my opinion you could read the series out of order (at least with the first two books) I strongly recommend you start with the first one because it’s so good. I always enjoyed noir novels so I had a feeling that I would enjoy Carver novels too.

From the start of the book Good Samaritans establishes itself as a novel that will stick with you even after you finish it and have moved on to your next read. Carver uses the need of humans to connect with other humans to set up this noir thriller brilliantly.

Carver is one of the best Noir authors out there. His writing is enticing, making you crave more.

Told from mainly three points of view, we follow Seth Beauman who has trouble sleeping on the path of trying to connect with people over the phone. When he reaches a suicidal Hadley Serf, his late-night hobby turns into something more vicious. The use of the points of view is strong and captivating, giving the novel a level of complexity that many writers aspire to reach but at which Carver seems to be a natural.

The characters and their development is as well flawlessly executed and although I tried to scream at my book trying to make a character or the other to just see sense and don’t walk on the path Carver has set them on, the motivation of characters is very well blended in with the choices they are taking and every step or direction they are set on makes complete sense. Although there is some strong language, I’ve never felt like the word choice took anything away from the book; in fact making it better and more thrilling.

The title of the novel might sound innocent and a light read but it is nothing of the sort. Carver is one of the best Noir authors out there and his writing is so enticing that it makes you crave more. Structurally executed in quick and snappy chapters, the book is not easy to put down. And the twists will blow your mind.

On my Jo Nesbo scale, I would say that Carver needs his own because he is just that good. I even considered replacing my Jo Nesbo Scale into the Will Carver Scale. Carver is automatically an instant buy for me now regardless what he will publish in the future because of his writing style and structural brillince. For any writers that aspire to get a Noir published I would highly recommend Carver’s work to understand and dissect how a noir novel should be constructed and what the standard in my opinion should be.

Good Samaritans has been published by Orenda Books on the 15th of November 2018 and is available over on Amazon, Kobo, Waterstones and anywhere else good books are sold (hopefully). If it isn’t make sure that this book will be in stock where you purchase your books because it deserves to be.