Nine Suicides. One Cult. No Leader.
Hello and welcome to my stop on the RandomThingsTours Blog Tour of Nothing Important Happened Today by Will Carver.
About The Book
“Nine people arrive one night on Chelsea Bridge. They’ve never met. But at the same time, they run, and leap to their deaths. Each of them received a letter in the post that morning, a pre-written suicide note, and a page containing only four words: Nothing important happened today.
That is how they knew they had been chosen to become a part of the People Of Choice: A mysterious suicide cult whose members have no knowledge of one another.
Thirty-two people on that train witness the event. Two of them will be next. By the morning, People Of Choice are appearing around the globe; it becomes a movement. A social media page that has lain dormant for four years suddenly has thousands of followers. The police are under pressure to find a link between the cult members, to locate a leader that does not seem to exist.
How do you stop a cult when nobody knows they are a member?”
What I Thought
Last year my top read of the year was Good Samaritans by Will Carver so you better believe that I had high hopes going into this one. Will writes like no one else, the whole time you are reading you are questioning what the f**k are you reading while being unable to stop reading because you need to read more!! I’m sorry it’s so hard to explain this book it’s a bit of a mind f**k because even though what they are doing is extreme you can’t help but nod along to some of the sentiments being made.
At just under 300 pages I really expected to have read this in a few hours, especially because it has short snappy chapters which I love. However it took me the weekend to read it because it is so dark, deeply morbid and really quite intense to the point of making me feel uncomfortable but I didn’t want to stop reading it! So I did the sensible thing and put it down taking breaks regularly to let my mind digest it slowly before going back for another bite. From the very outset you know it’s going to be grim, nine people simultaneously leap to their deaths and no one knows why. You have to wonder does anyone really care either or are they more upset that they had to witness this, is their own traumatic experience witnessing this event more important?
Nothing Important Happened Today but thirty-two people witnessed it and they don’t know it yet but two of them will be next. It’s just so incredibly intriguing, morbidly fascinating and shocking at the same time. It’s like a bad accident that you don’t want to look at but you can’t seem to turn away from. Throughout the book their are mentions and references made to other cult leaders and serial killers some of which I wasn’t aware of, I’m guessing now my google history probably looks a bit questionable.. thanks Will!
I can’t get this book out of my head, definitely one of the most intriguing and disturbing books I’ve read this year. I highly highly recommend you read it too!
About The Author
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. Good Samaritans was book of the year in Guardian, Telegraph and Daily Express, and hit number one on the ebook charts.
Many thanks to Anne and Orenda Books for having me on this tour, all opinions are my own and I am not paid to give them.