Book Review: Psychopaths Anonymous by Will Carver

I know there a lot of Will Carver fans out there so let me tell you, this is his best book yet.

Blurb

Maeve has everything. A high-powered job, a beautiful home, a string of uncomplicated one-night encounters. She’s also an addict: A functioning alcoholic with a dependence on sex and an insatiable appetite for killing men. 

When she can’t find a support group to share her obsession, she creates her own. And Psychopaths Anonymous is born. Friends of Maeve. 

Now in a serious relationship, Maeve wants to keep the group a secret. But not everyone in the group adheres to the rules, and when a reckless member raises suspicions with the police, Maeve’s drinking spirals out of control. 

She needs to stop killing. She needs to close the group. 

But Maeve can’t seem to quit the things that are bad for her, including her new man…

A scathing, violent and darkly funny book about love, connection, obsessions and sex – and the aspects of human nature we’d prefer to hide – Psychopaths Anonymous is also an electrifyingly original, unpredictable thriller that challenges virtually everything.

Book Cover Psychopaths Anonymous

Review

As many of you will know from my previous reviews, while I like Will Carver’s books, I struggle to love them as much as other readers do. However, the tide has turned with Psychopaths Anonymous. I didn’t just like it. I loved it.

I think what made me love Psychopaths Anonymous was its straightforward story. With other Will Carver books there is a certain amount of second guessing. With Maeve, she just is what she is: a psychopath. I know I shouldn’t have liked Maeve but I did. Very much. She made me laugh and I respected how self-aware she was. She also had a good heart deep down, even if she would never admit it. I really enjoyed experiencing the friendships she made and found myself really hoping they would work out for the best.

The thing I loved the most by far about Psychopaths Anonymous was its deadpan tone. It reminded me a lot of Joe from You or Patrick from American Psycho. I also love a passive aggressive, sarcastic, dark send of humour, and this book has it in spadefuls. Oh and, of course, Psychopaths Anonymous has a great plot line that leaves you wanting more.

Interesting in joining the group? Get your copy of Psychopaths Anonymous here.

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

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