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…
I picked this one due to the cover and there were a few moments that I questioned my choice, but overall I liked this one.
While mostly told from Eli’s perspective, with come chapters sprinkled in by a few other characters, the story centers around Mike’s, Eli’s best mate’s, suicide. Eli is discontent with his life. He’s an aspiring author with quite the collection of first chapters, but quite frankly can’t quite pull the trigger on chapter two. Eli is the only character we get to know in any depth and at times I wondered how mentally stable he was based on some of his actions.
It was smartly woven into having me wonder what was real and what might have been part of Eli’s writing. It kept me on my toes and is one of the more unique reads of the year for me.
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.