The Beresford

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Orenda Books Limited, May 22, 2021 - Fiction - 276 pages

Everything stays the same for the tenants of The Beresford, a grand old apartment building just outside the city ... until the doorbell rings... Will Carver returns with an eerie, deliciously and uncomfortably dark standalone thriller.

‘A gripping novel laced with humour and cutting character insight ... a thrill from start to finish. Expect the unexpected!' Sarah Pinborough

‘Equally enthralling and appalling ... unlike anything I’ve read in a very long while’ James Oswald

‘Ridiculously addictive’ S J Watson


Just outside the city – any city, every city – is a grand, spacious but affordable apartment building called The Beresford.

There’s a routine at The Beresford.

For Mrs May, every day’s the same: a cup of cold, black coffee in the morning, pruning roses, checking on her tenants, wine, prayer and an afternoon nap. She never leaves the building.

Abe Schwartz also lives at The Beresford. His housemate, Sythe, no longer does. Because Abe just killed him.

In exactly sixty seconds, Blair Conroy will ring the doorbell to her new home and Abe will answer the door. They will become friends. Perhaps lovers.

And, when the time comes for one of them to die, as is always the case at The Beresford, there will be sixty seconds to move the body before the next unknowing soul arrives at the door.

Because nothing changes at The Beresford, until the doorbell rings...

Eerie, dark, superbly twisted and majestically plotted, The Beresford is the stunning standalone thriller from one of crime fiction’s most exciting names.


‘Creepy and brilliant’ Khurrum Rahman

‘Reminiscent of The Shining ... a creeping and perfectly crafted novel tinged with dark humour and malice’ Victoria Selman

‘A masterfully macabre tale’ Louise Mumford

‘I stepped into the imagination of Will Carver and it swallowed me whole’ Matt Wesolowski

‘Magnificently, compulsively chilling’ Margaret Kirk

‘Fans of Chuck Palahniuk will adore Carver ... he is utterly brilliant’ Christopher Hooley

‘Devilishly dark and maniacally brilliant’ Raven Crime Reads

‘Slick, stylish ... a sharply crafted and delectable slice of entertaining darkness’ The Tattooed Book Geek

‘Intense, brilliant, horrific, humorous and everything in between’ Liz Loves Books

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The Beresford

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The Beresford apartment building, the locale for this subpar crime thriller set in an unnamed British city from Carver (the Detective Pace series), has a dark past, including some suspicious deaths ... Read full review

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About the author (2021)

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 Orenda Books, The Beresford is out 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.