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 is out today, published by Orenda Books.
Oh man, where do I even start with this?! It's the third book I've read of Will's after Nothing Important Happened Today (which blew my socks off) and Hinton Hollow Death Trip and I think I've started each review in the same way! His books do that.
The Beresford is a dark, twisted and unique piece of work which brought to mind (but is very different from) Hotel California by The Eagles. It's evil and eerie, whilst being beautifully written, populated with fully rounded, engaging characters. Written in Carver's direct style it doesn't pull any punches or waste any words. It looks at the big issues, and perfectly observes the minutiae of everyday life. And it asks us what we want. What we really want. And just how far we'd be willing to go to get it. Hopefully, not as far as the front door of The Beresford! Loved it.