Title: Nothing Important Happened Today
Author: Will Carver
Publisher: Orenda Books
When strangers take part in a series of group suicides, everything suggests that a cult is to blame. How do you stop a cult when nobody knows they are a member?
Nine people arrive one night on Chelsea Bridge. They’ve never met. But at the same time, they run, and leap to their deaths. Each of them received a letter in the post that morning, a pre-written suicide note, and a page containing only four words: Nothing important happened today.
That is how they knew they had been chosen to become a part of the People Of Choice: A mysterious suicide cult whose members have no knowledge of one another.
Thirty-two people on that train witness the event. Two of them will be next. By the morning, People Of Choice are appearing around the globe; it becomes a movement. A social media page that has lain dormant for four years suddenly has thousands of followers. The police are under pressure to find a link between the cult members, to locate a leader that does not seem to exist.
How do you stop a cult when nobody knows they are a member?
Nothing Important Happened Today explores a very dark subject matter – suicide and cult mentality – in a beautiful writing style. Will Carver has a real way with words which makes every sentence in this novel feel salient.
The premise of this novel – as described in the synopsis – is really intriguing. I wanted to know how and why these people were all choosing to take their lives, without seeming to know anything about eachother, and who was the powerful force behind it.
At times I found the writing style was almost too cryptic; I loved the build up that keeps the reader guessing until a satisfying conclusion but I don’t feel like I 100% understood the very ending myself…
This book is dark and makes for umcomfortable reading at times. It’s certainly not a cheery read, but it is quite a gripping story. It’s also not particularly fast-paced – more of a slow burner – but it still managed to keep my attention well.
I don’t want to give anything else away about this novel so I’ll just say this: give Nothing Important Happened Today a read, particularly if you enjoy dark crime thrillers, and something a little bit different too. Even if it’s not quite your cup of tea, it will definitely be an interesting and unique read that will leave you thinking about it long after the last page.
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