Book Review: The Beresford by Will Carver

Will Carver. He’s grown into a big deal, right? I just couldn’t resist the change to review his latest book.

Goodreads Blurb

The Beresford by Will Carver

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…

The Beresford Book Cover


I almost passed on The Beresford. I had previous reviewed Nothing Important Happened Today and it wasn’t for me. It was a bit too abstract for me and I couldn’t connect.

Now if you do like this from Will Carver, The Beresford certainly has off-beat and totally original elements to it. However, not so much that I felt like I couldn’t follow the story. And I really wanted to follow the story. It was so unique, with contrasting yet equally intriguing characters. I just had to know what happened in the end.

What I liked most was the darkness of The Beresford. The characters were creepy, the setting was creepy, and the descriptive prose was creepy. Yet there was also an element of humour to it, which kept me questioning if this place was really as bad as the blurb had me believe.

Overall, this book was middle-of-the-road for me. While I respect Will Carver as an author, his style doesn’t pull me in in the way I look for in a book. However, this is solely down to my personal style. There are loads of 5-star reviews on Goodreads I encourage you to check out.

If you are already a fan and would like to read The Beresford, you can pick up your copy of the book here.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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