Book Review: Suicide Thursday by Will Carver

Synopsis

If words could kill…
Eli Hagin can’t finish anything.
He hates his job, but can’t seem to quit. He doesn’t want to
be with his girlfriend, but doesn’t know how end things with
her, either. Eli wants to write a novel, but he’s never taken a
story beyond the first chapter.
Eli also has trouble separating reality from fiction.
When his best friend kills himself, Eli is motivated, for the first
time in his life, to finally end something himself, just as Mike
did…
Except sessions with his therapist suggest that Eli’s most
recent ‘first chapters’ are not as fictitious as he had intended
… and a series of text messages that Mike received before his
death point to something much, much darker…

About The Author

Will Carver is the international bestselling author of the January David series and the
critically acclaimed, mind-blowingly original Detective Pace series that includes Good
Samaritans (2018), Nothing Important Happened Today (2019) and Hinton Hollow Death
Trip (2020), all of which were ebook bestsellers and selected as books of the year in the
mainstream international press. Nothing Important Happened Today was longlisted for the
Goldsboro Glass Bell Award 2020 and Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year.
Hinton Hollow Death Trip was longlisted for Guardian Not the Booker Prize, and was
followed by three standalone literary thrillers, The Beresford, Psychopaths Anonymous
(both optioned for TV) and The Daves Next Door. He lives in Reading with his family.

My Thoughts

Thank you to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for organising the tour and providing me with a copy of the book with a request for an honest review.

This is my first Will Carver novel and I don’t think it will be my last. I’ve seen so many people on Twitter rave about his original novels. Suicide Thursday is like nothing I’ve ever read before which is refreshing because I’ve found quite a bit of crime and thriller I’ve read recently has become a bit monotonous.

The book is hard hitting with challenging themes such as suicide, mental illness, grief, guilt and lacking direction. It feels like a novel very much of its time as it taps into a lot of challenges that many of us face in the 21st century.

The characters were unique, although I didn’t find them likeable, and I was intrigued to get to know them further. It did take me until about 2 thirds of the way through the book to really get where it was going and to warm to the style, but nonetheless the themes it explored kept me going. I’m definitely interested in reading more by the author.

If you’re looking for a unique, macabre literary novel, I’d recommend Suicide Thursday to you!

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