“Everything stays the same for the tenants of The Beresford, a grand old apartment building just outside the city, until the doorbell rings…”
Published in 2021, The Beresford by Will Carver takes place in a grand, spacious but affordable apartment building called The Beresford. And at The Beresford, there’s a routine. For Mrs May, every day is 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 also lives at The Beresford. His housemate, Sythe, no longer does. Because Abe just killed him. In exactly sixty seconds, Blair 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…
An original and grotesque thriller with a dark sense of humour, The Beresford is unlike anything I have read before and I absolutely loved it!
Sometimes gore and murder can turn your stomach, but the bloodshed in this book made me laugh out loud. It’s dark and eerie but also comical, manic and completely unpredictable. Carver’s unique writing had me absolutely hooked, and with short and snappy chapters, I couldn’t put it down.
The characters of The Beresford are messed up and eccentric, but also intriguing and even quite compelling at times. And with Mrs May in charge, you’ll have no idea what direction this story will take.
The only thing that stopped me from giving this story a full five stars is that I preferred Abe’s narration to the others, so I missed his wit towards the end. But I certainly wasn’t expecting the conclusions that we’re given, and I loved the deliciously dark atmosphere that the Carver managed to capture at The Beresford.
This is the first book I have read by Carver and I definitely want to read more! So if you’re looking for a thriller that will certainly break the boundaries of your expectations, you need to give The Beresford a chance!
The audiobook is narrated by Theo Solomon and I really loved his performance. He really brings out the dark humour in the story which allowed me to engage with the story, so I highly recommend giving this one a listen!