Nothing Important Happened Today
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 suicidesOne CultNo leaderNine 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?A shocking, mesmerisingly original and pitch-black thriller, Nothing Important Happened Today confirms Will Carver as one of the most extraordinary, exciting authors in crime fiction.

Nothing Important Happened Today Details

TitleNothing Important Happened Today
Author
ReleaseSep 14th, 2019
PublisherORENDA BOOKS
Rating
GenreMystery, Crime, Thriller, Fiction

Nothing Important Happened Today Review

  • Maureen
    January 1, 1970
    It is evening on Chelsea Bridge. Everything seems normal. A commuter train pulls in to Victoria Station. The eyes of the passengers in two carriages are drawn to a row of people standing by the barrier at the side of the bridge. Screams ring out as simultaneously, they all jump over, and it is realised they all have nooses round their necks.This is the opening, described collectively, by The People of Choice, as they become known throughout the world. Who and what are they? Why do they all want It is evening on Chelsea Bridge. Everything seems normal. A commuter train pulls in to Victoria Station. The eyes of the passengers in two carriages are drawn to a row of people standing by the barrier at the side of the bridge. Screams ring out as simultaneously, they all jump over, and it is realised they all have nooses round their necks.This is the opening, described collectively, by The People of Choice, as they become known throughout the world. Who and what are they? Why do they all want to kill themselves? And who has commanded them to do so?Will Carver delves into the lives of the London suicides – the nobodies, as he calls them. And you can't help agreeing that they are nobodies, as you learn more about their empty lives. It is thought by the public that they are a cult, so Carver examines some of the famous death cults of the past, and some of the serial murderers.They have all received a letter, which begins “Nothing important happened today”. It goes on to give precise instructions for the communal act of suicide, and it is only at the last moment, when it is too late, that they think that perhaps they don't want to die after all. You wait throughout the story for someone who decides they don't want to die before it is too late but they all regard the suicide as an achievement. The people of choice follow a variety of occupations, from out-of-work idlers to doctors and ex-bankers, dirt-poor to wealthy.It is in many ways a frightening and depressing book. But I certainly couldn't put it down, and read it in one sitting.
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  • Mark
    January 1, 1970
    # Because of the content/subject of the book which is suicide and at times quite graphic description of mass suicides I think its wise to say that this book would be upsetting if you have been affected by this and also tbh for some people if you haven’t been affected by it #This book is unusual, unusual in content, writing style and presentation to any I have ever readThe book starts with a mass suicide on Chelsea Bridge and in its unique raw and shocking way it goes on via explicit description # Because of the content/subject of the book which is suicide and at times quite graphic description of mass suicides I think its wise to say that this book would be upsetting if you have been affected by this and also tbh for some people if you haven’t been affected by it #This book is unusual, unusual in content, writing style and presentation to any I have ever readThe book starts with a mass suicide on Chelsea Bridge and in its unique raw and shocking way it goes on via explicit description and many facts on cults and serial killers to discover who is behind this atrocity, and others that followThe hard hitting narrative leaves you breathless tbh and at times I was wavering between disgust/shock and fascination, I loved the insight into social media and how our lives are lived through it and I doubt many people could read these parts without a guilty grimace or two, I certainly had them!!The person behind these mass suicides was a surprise to me and his motives but it was a clever ending to the bookThis book is dark, theres no dressing it up as beige or grey or pedestrian in any way shape or form, it is unforgiving in its rapid fire nature of shock and more shock and there isn’t a seconds reprise from the opening line to the final oneFor me this book is not one to say I enjoyed, however I can most definitely say if there was a prize for a challenging read, out of the norm and one that a reader will remember in 10 years time then it would win outrightDisturbing, unique, chilling and every other word that describes something that leaves you unnerved I am giving no marks for this book on enjoyment/likeability as not sure how to mark it however for originality it has to be 10/10 5 Stars
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  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.
  • Sue
    January 1, 1970
    NOTHING IMPORTANT HAPPENED TODAY is a shocking absorbing original pitch-black thriller, from the critically commended author of Good Samaritans, Will Carver.I was literally blown away with this book. I have never read anything like it before and I read a lot of crime, psychological, mystery thrillers. Go into this book blind. It will be so addictive you will be flipping the pages to see what is going to happen next.The writing style is written in the third person and the collective first person. NOTHING IMPORTANT HAPPENED TODAY is a shocking absorbing original pitch-black thriller, from the critically commended author of Good Samaritans, Will Carver.I was literally blown away with this book. I have never read anything like it before and I read a lot of crime, psychological, mystery thrillers. Go into this book blind. It will be so addictive you will be flipping the pages to see what is going to happen next.The writing style is written in the third person and the collective first person. It is neither a full-blown crime thriller nor a cult manual, where the main detective doesn’t show up into later in the novel.Strangers take part in a series of group suicides. Is it a cult? But how do you stop a cult when nobody knows they are a member?Nine people arrive one night on Chelsea Bridge. They each have a bag that contains a rope. They’ve never met. They don’t talk. They all know what they have to do. They all jump from the bridge to their death. 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.Each person had “been chosen” to become a part of the People Of Choice: A mysterious suicide cult whose members have no knowledge of one another. They each were assigned a number from 225 to 255 from all walks of life…someone you might know. The reader gets to learn a little bit about the character of each “number” but never learn their actual names.They don’t want to die so why are all these strangers joining together and ending their own lives and what is the link that joins them all together.Thirty-two commuters on that train witness the event. Two of them will be next. Recruited, but do not know this yet!DS Pace has no idea what has just happened. It is not his case, but later starts to put the pieces together. The police are under pressure to find a link between the cult members, to locate a leader that does not seem to exist.The social media now has thousands of followers for the new movement (People Of Choice) appearing around the globe. This is not an easy read. It's very dark, and uncomfortable to read at times, but totally addictive. It will make you think…and question many things we take for granted in our lives. The writing is fast-paced with short chapters that serve to move the story forward, to the satisfying conclusion. One of the most thought-provoking novels I have read this year, and one that I will long remember!Many thanks to the author and The Book Club Reviewer Request Group (FB) for my digital copy.“We make our choice to liveBy Having the courage to die.”
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  • Andreia ❤The Butterfly Lover❤
    January 1, 1970
    OMG!! This book is INGENIOUS! Intricate, well-written and impossible to put down!! I LOVED IT. Be prepared for a hell of a ride!! Trigger warning: SUICIDE. Do not read if you feel unconfortable or have any issues regarding the subject-matter.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 suicidesOne CultNo leader Oh!! You are never going to guess the ending right! But try it!! OMG!! This book is INGENIOUS! Intricate, well-written and impossible to put down!! I LOVED IT. Be prepared for a hell of a ride!! Trigger warning: SUICIDE. Do not read if you feel unconfortable or have any issues regarding the subject-matter.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 suicidesOne CultNo leader Oh!! You are never going to guess the ending right! But try it!!
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  • Eva
    January 1, 1970
    Holy guacamole! What … the …. flipping … hell … was … this?! And breathe. Nothing important happened today. And even if it did, I wouldn’t remember because what little brain I have was blown to smithereens from reading Will Carver’s weird and wonderful new book. I don’t know what they put in his breakfast but it sure is providing us with the most exceptional and deliciously dark stories I’ve ever come across.Nine strangers meet on Chelsea Bridge and jump to their deaths. Thirty-two people on a Holy guacamole! What … the …. flipping … hell … was … this?! 🤯And breathe. Nothing important happened today. And even if it did, I wouldn’t remember because what little brain I have was blown to smithereens from reading Will Carver’s weird and wonderful new book. I don’t know what they put in his breakfast but it sure is providing us with the most exceptional and deliciously dark stories I’ve ever come across.Nine strangers meet on Chelsea Bridge and jump to their deaths. Thirty-two people on a train witness the event. Two of those witnesses will die next. The People of Choice are here and their movement is growing. It all feels like something from a cult. But how do you stop a cult when people do not know they are members? And how do you find their leader when it doesn’t look like there is one?This is unlike anything I’ve read before, which I’m pretty sure I said about Will’s previous book too. I was all set to expect the unexpected but I was not prepared for the amount of “WTF’s” that went through my head. Fifty pages in, I was already panicking about having to write this review, wondering what the heck I was reading and how to go about convincing you to pick this one up as soon as you can. I often struggle with reviewing Orenda books but this one? This is the kind of book that makes you want to throw in the reviewer towel altogether and just admit you’re not good enough. WTF and exclamation points abuse seem to be the extent of my vocabulary. Or I could try to say it with emojis, which would look like this 🤨🤔😲🤯As I’m sure you’ve noticed from the book descriptions, this is not the easiest of topics to tackle. Some of it is heartbreaking, a lot of it is hugely uncomfortable. Nothing Important Happened Today is one of the most dark and disturbing stories out there but it’s immensely compelling from start to finish. All the while, it manages to highlight some of the issues modern society deals with, or doesn’t deal with depending on how you look at it, and it all just pulls you in like a magnet and doesn’t let go. I couldn’t at all figure out what the heck was going on but I enjoyed every bloody single minute of this unique, suspenseful and tense ride.You know what? I have no idea what else I’m supposed to say. Nothing Important Happened Today is an amazingly original and extremely shocking story of manipulation and a total WTF book from the highest WTF shelf. You should read it, that’s all there is to it. Thank me later.
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  • Louise Beech
    January 1, 1970
    Like absolutely nothing else I have ever read. Pure genius.
  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    My head is broken! My words have disappeared. I honestly cannot stop thinking about this dark, twisted, powerfully told story, but I am struggling to explain why.I've read a lot of books over the years and whilst reading this one I couldn't help but think of the only other author who made me feel this way. The story screams Kafka to me; there's that fusion of realism and fantasy, with the isolation of the nameless characters who form a cult, yet are totally separate from one another.Yes! That's My head is broken! My words have disappeared. I honestly cannot stop thinking about this dark, twisted, powerfully told story, but I am struggling to explain why.I've read a lot of books over the years and whilst reading this one I couldn't help but think of the only other author who made me feel this way. The story screams Kafka to me; there's that fusion of realism and fantasy, with the isolation of the nameless characters who form a cult, yet are totally separate from one another.Yes! That's it - Nothing Important Happened Today is 'Kafkaesque' .... with vivid imagery and flickers of humour incorporated throughout.The outline of the story is all in the blurb. Nine seemingly unrelated people travel to Chelsea Bridge one night. They each have a bag that contains a rope. They don't speak to each other. They don't have to. They know exactly what to do and when to do it. They all jump from the bridge.There are thirty-two witnesses on the train that is passing by ... two of those witnesses will join the other nine. And there will be more, and more. This is a cult, or so it seems, but nobody knows who is the leader. Those nine people are just the beginning; more follow as the effects of the initial deaths spread worldwide.Every person who dies by suicide in this book has a number, and apart from two people, the reader never learns their actual names. They are the people who serve you in the supermarket, who fix your drains, who wash your car. They are the People of Choice ..... their paths will have crossed at some time in their lives, but it is the one plain envelope that they all receive that joins them.Despite their anonymity, this clever author makes every character real and genuine; each one has their own particular qualities, and whilst they may be just another cult member to the onlookers and the people reading about them in the news; as a reader we begin to know them intimately.Of course this is a mystery story; a crime story; a thriller. Of course the police are desperately looking for the leader; the person who has so much influence that ordinary people will take their lives, even though they don't want to die. They don't want to die, we know that, yet they do, at their own hand.This is not an easy read. It's very dark, often uncomfortable and at times, I found it quite distressing.Carver leads his readers a merry dance, and I was convinced that I knew who, if not why. What a fool I am! The author is sharp and shrewd, with an imagination that I could never foretell. The ending is cunning genius and even though I am still a tiny bit baffled by it all, it's a satisfying conclusion that makes the intriguing prologue make sense.This is stylish and extraordinary writing. It's puzzling and perplexing but so damn good. There is something quite mesmerising about this story that defies genre and quite frankly, logic.Stunning ... this will linger in my mind forever.
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    This is an extremely original crime thriller but it does come with a warning - it's as dark as they come. But complementing its bleakness and, at times, devastating sadness is its wit and cunning. A fast and intense, memorable read. Review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights.
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  • Maria Meagher
    January 1, 1970
    First Will Carver I’ve read and ... wow. Totally different type of book, one that I expect will be the kind of book that will randomly pop into your mind even a couple of years from now. Great twists and turns, unique plot. The only aspect I wasn’t fully behind was the very graphic depictions of suicide, which were a little uncomfortable at times, but overall a great book.
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  • Patricia
    January 1, 1970
    When I opened up the book and saw the dedication on the flyleaf to "Nobody," I laughed with much hilarity. I took it to mean the author was tired of the banal dedications that all authors do dedicating to wives, husbands, childrens, moms.I saw this as screw it. Not dedicating to no one which made me laugh. But then I turned the page. If you've ever read Will Carver, you know he's a master at storytelling. But this book was written by a genius. A genius that sees and feels everyone he passes by. When I opened up the book and saw the dedication on the flyleaf to "Nobody," I laughed with much hilarity. I took it to mean the author was tired of the banal dedications that all authors do dedicating to wives, husbands, childrens, moms.I saw this as screw it. Not dedicating to no one which made me laugh. But then I turned the page. If you've ever read Will Carver, you know he's a master at storytelling. But this book was written by a genius. A genius that sees and feels everyone he passes by. There are no "nobodys" in his world. You are seen and you will be filed away for future use in a chapter. You have been forewarned.This book really makes you think about how social media has changed our values of others, and more importantly, in ourselves. How it causes destruction. Some of us didn't grow up with social media and so it might be easier for us to see. The brilliance of this book had me staying up all night to read. Even at one point sitting on the floor next to an outlet when my new tablet needed to be recharged with it's 3-ft cable, cause I couldn't put down the book. It kept me up all night but it was well worth it.This book is dark. Really dark. And at first you wonder what you're reading as it's not a traditional murder mystery. The detective doesn't appear in the first chapter. More like one third of the book in. So don't give up on this one part way in. The writing alone should keep you going.They have to make this into a movie. They just have to. And if this is your first Will Carver book, do yourself a favor and pick up his last book Good Samaritans and the even older Girl 4 (First in a triology). Both incredibly good.
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  • Lisa *OwlBeSatReading*
    January 1, 1970
    ‘WISDOM IS THE REWARD YOU GET FOR A LIFETIME OF LISTENING WHEN YOU WOULD HAVE PREFERRED TO TALK’.Right, so, how on earth can I write a review for Nothing Important Happened Today that’s going to make any sense at all because it BLEW MY MIND! I guess I’ll just start typing and see how it goes…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 suicides. One cult. No leader.Crikey Will, ‘WISDOM IS THE REWARD YOU GET FOR A LIFETIME OF LISTENING WHEN YOU WOULD HAVE PREFERRED TO TALK’.Right, so, how on earth can I write a review for Nothing Important Happened Today that’s going to make any sense at all because it BLEW MY MIND! I guess I’ll just start typing and see how it goes…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 suicides. One cult. No leader.Crikey Will, your book has carved up my brain, your sharp words and stabby no nonsense writing style had my undivided attention instantly. INSTANTLY I TELL YOU.Nothing Important Happened Today has the most aggressive narrative I’ve ever read. Each page was telling me something I needed to hear, in straight up, no nonsense language. Words were being thrown at me, paragraphs hitting me square between the eyes. Whole pages making me forget to bloody well blink for gods sake!! Carver ensures that you are one hundred percent listening to what he has to say.There was an odd familiarity to each character, a strange, relatable feeling that often made me STOP and just THINK. I’d find myself staring out the window, trying to understand why I connected to a diverse bunch of characters that surely I had nothing in common with…ALSO!!! Is it just me, or are there HIDDEN MESSAGES in this book?? Am I going crazy? Is Mr Carver trying to tell me something? Advise me? I just don’t know.Anyway, back to the story. I love crime fiction. I also thoroughly enjoy True Crime, but I’ve never read anything that incorporates the two together. One of the BEST things about NIHT (apart from the GENIUS STORYLINE) was the real life serial killer references, a fascinating and brilliant insight into the real crimes that gave this story real guts.This is the deepest of darkest stuff people.‘Take social media. Take these Millenials’.To best describe this book, (the style of the writing more than the plot itself) I’d say it was the English equivalent of Irvine Welshs’ Trainspotting. (Minus the jacking up and Scottish lingo that even my Scottish husband can’t understand!)I don’t want to start ooh-ing and aah-ing about how much I want you to go buy this book, or borrow it from the library or download it to your Kindle. (Other e-readers are available of course!)I certainly won’t go on about how sensitive the subject matter is. This book is full of triggers.I often experience difficulties when reading books with more than, say, 4 or 5 characters. I didn’t have any trouble here though. Carvers’ short chapters with simple titles helped to keep me in the loop. This book was as EASY TO READ as it was HARD.HANG ON A MINUTE! It’s just clicked. I related so much to Carvers’ characters because just like them, I’m a NOBODY!I see it now. Crystal clear.I don’t think I can write anymore about this book because it’ll be just mindless waffle. What I will say though is that I’m starting Good Samaritans by Carver in a minute because I simply need to read everything this authors written.Thanks Will for writing this life-like freak show of a story. I loved everything about it.
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  • Kelly Van Damme
    January 1, 1970
    Right. Here we go again. I swear to all the gods, reviewing a Will Carver book is the worst thing! Where does one even start?! Hell if I know! Part of me wants to just read his stories back to back and skip any kind of review because I might not be a baby blogger anymore but I’m still not equipped to deal with this kind of literary madness! But then there’s that pesky other part of me that wants to make sure everyone knows how utterly brilliant his stories are and that they must be read *sigh*So Right. Here we go again. I swear to all the gods, reviewing a Will Carver book is the worst thing! Where does one even start?! Hell if I know! Part of me wants to just read his stories back to back and skip any kind of review because I might not be a baby blogger anymore but I’m still not equipped to deal with this kind of literary madness! But then there’s that pesky other part of me that wants to make sure everyone knows how utterly brilliant his stories are and that they must be read *sigh*So here we are again. At the brink of what is supposed to be a raving review and all I can think of to write is: Christ on a cracker what the hell have I just read?! No one can make the words fall right out of my head like Will Carver does. I turned the final page and sat there gaping like a sick goldfish. It was NOT a sight for sore eyes, let me tell you!After last year’s one crossed wire, three dead bodies and six bottles of bleach, this year we have nine suicides, one cult, no leader and just as many WTF moments. This is a batshit crazy story rife with batshit crazy events and batshit crazy people, told partly in the third person, partly in the collective first person, it’s neither a full-blown crime thriller nor a how-to-grow-your-own-cult manual and yet somehow manages to be both. I’m sure not many traditional publishers would touch this. And they’d be dead wrong. Books like these are why we need indie publishers like Orenda Books!Nothing Important Happened Today is so dark that part of me wanted to read it in little chunks. A part that felt the need to take a step back, take a breather, read something upbeat and cheery and forget about serial killers and cults and suicides for a minute or two. I did not listen to that part. Because the other part of me was desperate to figure it out. What is the connection between the nine people jumping of the bridge? None of them wanted to die but then why go ahead with it anyway? Who was the wizard behind the curtain, pulling their strings? How did they know where to be and what to do? IT KILLED ME, the not knowing!! I was spluttering “but but but HOW?!?!” every two pages, looking around me in bewilderment but there was no one there to help. So, frankly, this was a bit of an uncomfortable read for me. Torn between needing a break and not wanting to take a break, drowning in the darkness of the narrative and the sadness of the characters and not knowing what was going on and being desperate to know. I had the same feeling when I read Good Samaritans, but less strongly, so fair warning: if you couldn’t cope with that, you won’t cope with this one. However, if you loved it, you will love this one too. However different in terms of storylines, the very distinctive Will Carver style that I so adore is here in spades.The narrative jumps back and forth between the People of Choice (= those who receive a letter saying “nothing important happened today” and commit suicide), the wannabe People (= those who aren’t actually linked but commit suicide anyway), a Detective, a retired Detective / relative of one of the jumpers and How to Grow a Cult 101.With regards to the People, the narrative jumps back and forth in time. You meet them before they jump. You learn things about their pasts afterwards. Still, it never gets confusing and it somehow fits the story perfectly because it’s not in an overly organised fashion, you never know what’s around the corner and it made me as a reader a bit disorientated but somehow also more involved, closer to the story and its people (of choice and otherwise).With regards to the How to Grow a Cult 101, although it might not make sense at first, trust me, it does in the end. Will Carver obviously did his homework: he references quite a lot of (in)famous cults / cult leaders / charismatic criminals who gained a following. From the Manson Family over Dahmer and Shipman to Scientology, it’s all there but not in a dry, academic way. I’m rather fascinated with cults, and even more so by serial killers, especially the ones like Bundy who could charm their way out of anything (for a while anyway), so I loved this side of the narrative. So many little titbits and factoids and throw-away remarks that prove that Will Carver did his research and might even have a bit of a fascination with these people himself.Batshit crazy. The noirest noir. Highly recommended!
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  • The Tattooed Book Geek (Drew).
    January 1, 1970
    As always this review can also be found on my blog The Tattooed Book Geek: https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress...They are the ‘People of Choice‘. Nine strangers, who in a coordinated jump, leap to their death from off Chelsea Bridge. None of them wants to die, they want to live but die, at their own hands they do. Unknowingly they are part of a cult, a movement and by jumping they become part of something.The morning before they jump they all receive the exact same letter. The only thing that As always this review can also be found on my blog The Tattooed Book Geek: https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress...They are the ‘People of Choice‘. Nine strangers, who in a coordinated jump, leap to their death from off Chelsea Bridge. None of them wants to die, they want to live but die, at their own hands they do. Unknowingly they are part of a cult, a movement and by jumping they become part of something.The morning before they jump they all receive the exact same letter. The only thing that ties them all together, a plain white envelope and inside are two pieces of paper. One is a pre-written suicide note and the has just four typed words on it ‘Nothing important happened today’. Upon receiving the letter it is their time, they have been chosen, they have been called and it is their day to die.They are the faceless of society, the nameless, those people you pass by on the street and bear no heed to, a nobody. Not celebrities. They are you, they are me, they are the harangued mother in the supermarket, the dad waiting to collect his daughter from school, the checkout staff who serve you, the receptionist who books your appointment, the taxi driver, the factory worker and the bank manager.The characters in the book are a number, a personality trait and, apart from a couple they remain anonymous and you never find out their names. Using a person’s name makes it personal and knowing a name makes you care. You see the nameless dead as more than just a body and you realise that it is a person, someone’s brother, sister, father, mother, friend or lover. It isn’t some unknown and unnamed stranger who has killed themselves it is a named person. Even if you only know the name from reading it online or, hearing it on the news you still know the name and names like words have power. With no name there is a veil of anonymity, you are a nobody, you are irrelevant and you aren’t a person. To the People of Choice only your death matters, you are a number added to the total kills and nothing more.Each of the characters has their own life, their own faults, their own flaws and their own issues. Even after their death, you learn more about them, who they were, those that they have left behind and the aftermath of their suicides reverberate. They have had their name taken away from them by the cult. But, in Carver’s hands, they are real people. Real people who didn’t want to die but compelled by the influence of the invisible leader behind the ‘People of Choice’ they go through with committing suicide.The cult leader, usually a charismatic figurehead, the focal point, is anonymous, hidden in the shadows and elusive. They are the puppet master pulling the strings and staying firmly behind the scenes. After the initial deaths of the nine people who jump from Chelsea Bridge the cult spreads like wildfire, social media blows up and the ‘People of Choice‘ morphs into its own kind of monster. As people start killing themselves around the world in the name of the ‘People of Choice’ the movement becomes a worldwide phenomenon.Nothing Important Happened Today is a thriller. It takes a while for the detective to actually appear but, there is a detective and the police are fervently hunting for the identity of the cult leader and looking for connections between the dead. There are also bountiful references to cults and serial killers from history spread throughout the pages and the book partly reads like a ‘how-to’ guide on how to build a cult. A manifesto, a manual and a cutting commentary on how to create, grow and maintain a cult, the mistakes behind why the cult fails, why the serial killer was caught and the mentality behind cult leaders and serial killers.The writing is fast-paced and snappy with short chapters that serve to propel the story forward. The story is dark, whip-smart, tackles a sensitive and tough subject, is both uncomfortable and graphic in places and is put together in a very intelligent way.After finishing Nothing Important Happened Today I wasn’t quite sure what I’d just finished reading as it is like nothing I’ve read before. But, I knew that it was clever, devilish, disturbing and stylish with a vein of black humour coursing through the pages.Nothing Important Happened Today is a book that raises its middle finger to conformity, to genre, walks its own path and it is brilliant.
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  • Tripfiction
    January 1, 1970
    A novel of cults set mainly in LONDONI have no idea what genre this book is. It is fiction but it is also an exploration of the notion of what it means to be in a cult, to lead a cult and what lies at the heart of mass inculcation and obedience, with or without leadership. The book can also be in part a treatise on the notion of group behaviour and the power that one individual exerts over others. How does mass indoctrination work?Yes, it does deal with the serious issue of suicide, mass suicide A novel of cults set mainly in LONDONI have no idea what genre this book is. It is fiction but it is also an exploration of the notion of what it means to be in a cult, to lead a cult and what lies at the heart of mass inculcation and obedience, with or without leadership. The book can also be in part a treatise on the notion of group behaviour and the power that one individual exerts over others. How does mass indoctrination work?Yes, it does deal with the serious issue of suicide, mass suicide in fact, and it starts out with the 9 people who are about to link together on Chelsea Bridge and jump off it to their deaths. They have never met, they have come together after having been sent letters with “Nothing Important Happened Today“: the trigger to act.“Nine suicides. One cult. No leader”The characters in the book are people, they have names, they have families, friends and lives to lead but once they are part of ‘The People of Choice’ group, as they are dubbed, they lose their identities. Not zombies exactly but just a number in the great scheme of things. They are nobodies and they are epithets (Doctor/Nobody/Ungrateful etc) and as the news headlines and times move on, they are relegated to history. They are a dramatic and newsworthy event, worth note for a short time but then they are no more. More suicides start to occur across the world….The author ponders the authority of individual killers who are still very much remembered (unlike the The People of Choice) like Ted Bundy, Charles Manson (and of course his pregnant victim Sharon Tate) and Jeffrey Dahmer (the Milwaukee Cannibal) who came to exert power over others. He examines the subject of subjugation and mindless adulation (think Bagwhan Shree Rashneesh). This is a huge topic, creatively compressed into just under 300 pages.The author clearly enjoys throwing into the narrative areas that are of interest to him, that are oftentimes fascinating experiments, observations and so forth. What I took away from the book was that somehow, as humans, we are all pretty much members of a cult. How do we come to behave as we do? We believe we act as cognisant entities, with individual personas but just look how easily humans can be conditioned into behaviour that is pretty odd, destructive and of sheep mentality. You thought you were immune from cultish behaviour? Think again!Oh well, must go off to sort our Twitter feed, goggle at Gogglebox and like a zombie, cram all my Christmas shopping into one week, along with a gazillion others. Nobody actually “instructed” me to do any of these things yet here I am, conforming and not really giving it a second thought – only I am, after reading this book! And you will too!Much of the book is set in London as people jettison themselves from various well-known bridges. It is a thought provoking and unique read.
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  • Joanne Robertson
    January 1, 1970
    My first thought when I started reading Nothing Important Happened Today was “What the actual ****?!” and my last thought when I finished Nothing Important Happened Today was “What the actual ****?!” but in between those two thoughts was one of the most shockingly original and relevant books that I have ever read in my entire life! And I just can’t get this damned book out of my head! I knew it was going to be impossible to write any sort of understandable review but if there’s so much filling My first thought when I started reading Nothing Important Happened Today was “What the actual ****?!” and my last thought when I finished Nothing Important Happened Today was “What the actual ****?!” but in between those two thoughts was one of the most shockingly original and relevant books that I have ever read in my entire life! And I just can’t get this damned book out of my head! I knew it was going to be impossible to write any sort of understandable review but if there’s so much filling my head why am I finding it so hard to form it into words for this post? I’m going to have to deliver that old chestnut “You’ll need to read it to understand what the hell I’m talking about” and I’m very aware that I’m probably not making much sense but you really do!! This book is like nothing else you have read before! It’s dark, it’s twisted, it delivers a social sermon you need to listen to and it is very VERY disturbing. It’s a classic in the making, a book of our time, a vision of our society that is way to close to home and that’s what made me feel so spine tinglingly uncomfortable whilst reading it and every day since I finished it. If this book doesn’t appear on the GCSE or A level English reading list in years to come then I will eat my entire copy.
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  • LJ (On The Shelf Reviews)
    January 1, 1970
    Just give me a minute, I need to pick my jaw off the floor before I write this review. Nothing Important Happened Today is one of the most original, shocking and compelling novels I’ve read this year!The whole story centres around cults and how nine, seemingly normal, people would throw themselves off a bridge. The story is told from multiple perspectives, interwoven with a very angry and bitter narrator whose voice is just so authentic, it almost felt like he was talking directly to me.I’ve Just give me a minute, I need to pick my jaw off the floor before I write this review. Nothing Important Happened Today is one of the most original, shocking and compelling novels I’ve read this year!The whole story centres around cults and how nine, seemingly normal, people would throw themselves off a bridge. The story is told from multiple perspectives, interwoven with a very angry and bitter narrator whose voice is just so authentic, it almost felt like he was talking directly to me.I’ve heard such good things about Will Carver’s writing but I wasn’t prepared for just how mesmerising his writing is. Genuinely I started this book thinking, I have no idea what is happening right now but as the story progressed, I was like I have to know why people would commit suicide like that.I have to give a little warning here, there are quite graphic descriptions of mass suicide, which may be triggering for some people, I know there were a few times that I felt a little uncomfortable but I just had to read on.I won’t say too much more because I don’t want to reveal any more about the story, in case of spoilers, but if you love dark psychological thrillers you must give this a go. Nothing Important Happened Today is a dark and utterly riveting book, which will shock and surprise you in equal measure. I will definitely be reading more from Will Carver!
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  • Amy Bruno
    January 1, 1970
    "The drawback of a successful suicide cult is the constant recruitement."Nothing Important Happened Today is quite possibly the most unique book I've ever had the pleasure of reading. Carver is a flippin' genius for coming up with the premise and he executes it brilliantly.Nine strangers appear on Chelsea Bridge one day, each holding a bag with a rope and suicide note. They don't speak but at the same time, they leap to their deaths in front of 32 witnesses. The strangers are part of a cult "The drawback of a successful suicide cult is the constant recruitement."Nothing Important Happened Today is quite possibly the most unique book I've ever had the pleasure of reading. Carver is a flippin' genius for coming up with the premise and he executes it brilliantly.Nine strangers appear on Chelsea Bridge one day, each holding a bag with a rope and suicide note. They don't speak but at the same time, they leap to their deaths in front of 32 witnesses. The strangers are part of a cult called the People of Choice. They won't be the last cult members and as the novel progresses more members receive their letters that only contain the words - Nothing Important Happened Today - which signals them that their time is here. Each member is only assigned a number but Carver delves into their lives so the reader gets to know their stories, if not their names.Not only is the book a commentary on cults and cult mentality, it's also an important read on today's society with social media and our constant need for validation and admiration, our desperation to feel a part of something or a movement.Nothing Important Happened Today will definitely be in my Top 5 reads of the year. It's a remarkable read that you will want to inhale as soon as you start it. I sure did!I have now added every Will Carver book to my list for Santa. I will read anything this man writes!
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  • Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
    January 1, 1970
    Compelling and engaging, I couldn’t put it down!
  • Emma Shaw
    January 1, 1970
    ****TRIGGER WARNING****This book deals with suicide and mental health and if you struggle with those things I would advise caution in reading this book. Both are subjects I can find triggering but all I knew was that it started with the nine suicides. I didn’t expect it to delve so deeply and darkly into both subject and I really struggled with reading it, having to take lots of breaks. In all honesty, I would have quit reading if I hadn’t been reading it for a blog tour spot that was just days ****TRIGGER WARNING****This book deals with suicide and mental health and if you struggle with those things I would advise caution in reading this book. Both are subjects I can find triggering but all I knew was that it started with the nine suicides. I didn’t expect it to delve so deeply and darkly into both subject and I really struggled with reading it, having to take lots of breaks. In all honesty, I would have quit reading if I hadn’t been reading it for a blog tour spot that was just days away. But it does move away from being so dark and became a book I enjoyed after some time. MY REVIEW:Nine people receive a letter one morning. Each one contains a sheet of paper with just four words: nothing important happened today, the other has instructions for where and when they are to meet and end their lives in unison. They are part of the People of Choice, a suicide cult that seems to have no leader and the members don’t know each other. As word spreads and the People of Choice becomes a movement, the police are desperately trying to find links between the members and the identity of the cult’s leader.This was a powerful, original, dark and brutal novel that I had the dichotomy of disliking at the start but ultimately enjoyed. It packs a punch from the start and the unease was instant as I read about the normal days of the nine people who sacrificed their lives on the bridge.I loved the author's unique writing style - I don’t know if I’ve ever read a book that’s written in both the first and third person before, but it worked and flowed smoothly. The dual timelines and multiple narrators were a great way to introduce us to what the person behind the People of Choice was trying to achieve and showing us the shattered lives of those he chose to be members. His choice to refer to the members by numbers and profession or a personality trait made it feel like I was observing test subjects in some twisted experiment, which I guess is kind of what the cult’s orchestrator wanted. It made me one of the others. I felt quite voyeuristic and removed when reading parts of the book which perfectly illustrates how taking away personal qualifiers such as names and details about people’s lives also takes away some of the empathy.This read as a how-to manual for running a cult but was also a commentary on today’s society. There were a lot of great points and things I could relate to but unfortunately I found that for over half the book these things were overshadowed by the things that made this book hard to read for me: as I mentioned earlier, I found the depth and detail to which this book discussed and examinned suicide distressing and the way mental health and how it is treated was discussed in the first half of the book rubbed me the wrong way. I was relieved when the book began to feel less gratuitous and like it was starting to come together at last. I found myself really enjoying the storyline and actually caring about what happened and who was behind the carnage. I would urge everyone to decide for themselves about this novel. It is a well-written book by a talented author that is timely, twisted, disturbing and thought-provoking. I liked how the story played out as we approached the finale and absolutely loved how it ended.
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  • Kath
    January 1, 1970
    I loved Good Samaritans when I read it last year so I was really looking forward to seeing what the author would serve up this time. And I have to say that I am completely Gobsmacked. I finished this book a week or so ago and am still trying to find more words that just GENIUS to describe what I read.But genius is really is. It is like NOTHING I have ever read before and I read north of 300 books a year. As well as being a cracking story I learned an awful lot about cults, cult mentality and I loved Good Samaritans when I read it last year so I was really looking forward to seeing what the author would serve up this time. And I have to say that I am completely Gobsmacked. I finished this book a week or so ago and am still trying to find more words that just GENIUS to describe what I read.But genius is really is. It is like NOTHING I have ever read before and I read north of 300 books a year. As well as being a cracking story I learned an awful lot about cults, cult mentality and cult leaders. Although I did have an inkling as to what was going on I was still pretty much wide of the mark at the end of the day. I hate trigger warnings on book and I am not going to go there myself, but please do read the blurb provided as I think it gives enough to make an informed judgement. So, The People of Choice. A "cult" in which the members do not know they are members until they receive a letter containing four words "Nothing important happened today" along with which is a suicide note. They know what to do and they do it. Nine people leap to their deaths from Chelsea Bridge. Then two of the witnesses succumb to similar fates. And so begins the notoriety of The People of Choice. Including the resurrection of a four year dormant Facebook page. The Police are clueless. Floundering to find connections between the deceased and struggling to find the leader. The top of the pyramid. Even worse, they have no idea who is next and how to stop them. I mean, if they don't know them self that they are in danger, what chance do the police have?It's a book that defies reviewing, mostly because it is unlike anything else out there today so I have nothing to compare it to. But, that said, I can honestly say that it is definitely in my top five so far this year and will probably even make my top ten all time. That's how brilliant it is. I have really nothing more to add than just read this book, you won't regret it.
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  • Sally Boocock
    January 1, 1970
    A real humdinger of a book. Very very dark with an ending I didnt expect.
  • Mairead Hearne (swirlandthread.com)
    January 1, 1970
    We are The People of ChoiceThe ones now with courageAnd we choose not to fearThis is one solutionIt is not the endNor is it the beginningThere are always more who choose to liveThere is but one certainty Nothing Important Happened Today is the latest release from Will Carver, a writer that I am beginning to understand has a slightly alternative approach to his stories. Published with Orenda Books on November 14th (now available in digital format) the praise is steadily rolling in for this book, We are The People of ChoiceThe ones now with courageAnd we choose not to fearThis is one solutionIt is not the endNor is it the beginningThere are always more who choose to liveThere is but one certainty Nothing Important Happened Today is the latest release from Will Carver, a writer that I am beginning to understand has a slightly alternative approach to his stories. Published with Orenda Books on November 14th (now available in digital format) the praise is steadily rolling in for this book, one that is described as ‘a shocking, mesmerisingly original and pitch-black thriller’Nine suicides. One cult. No leader.How would I categorize this book? What genre does it fit? In truth I have no idea. Narrated by an anonymous individual, it feels like you are part of a social experiment as you turn the pages. There is a cruel voyeuristic quality as you know what’s going to happen, you get into the minds of those involved and you shout NOOOOOOOO! but nobody listens, nobody pays any attention to you and you watch as they jump to their inevitable deaths. A horror show plays out in your mind as you relive the moment, the impact, the trauma. It all feels very very real.As the deaths begin to escalate, the narrator takes us for a history lesson, informing us about other renowned cult leaders that made their mark on our society over the years. Their actions, their need for eventual recognition are all explained to us in a rather surreal and creepy fashion. There is something VERY discomforting with this book with Will Carver’s use of anonymity for many of the individuals involved adding a layer of tension and a palpable air of disquiet to the tale.As bodies fall, we witness the reactions of others, those in a hurry not wanting to be involved, too busy on their phones, with their own more important lives. The narrator’s description of society is scarily accurate, our self-absorption, our social media obsession, all laid out, as though witnessed from on high and being explained to us by a supreme being. Capture that body falling, film the impact as the body hits the ground, upload it fast, maybe get a viral hit, get more followers, increase your online following, make you famous for 24 hours. All frighteningly portrayed, scarily true.Nothing Important Happened Today is a work of pure ingenuity and a very very dark imagination. It doesn’t fit it any box and I expect that it’s originator, Will Carver, is the same. A cult is something we all fear, sending a shiver up our spine but we should ask ourselves the question that I have seen posed before,,,are we all not already in a cult of some description? Our choice of diet, our hobbies, our religious choices, how we work, how we play?Nothing Important Happened Today is much more than a thriller, a mystery, it is a frightening portrayal of our society today. It is a reality check in many ways and as reader, I squirmed with some of the descriptions, because it all felt just too real.Hats off to Will Carver! Nothing Important Happened Today is an eerie, yet contemplative, read with a noir vibe running through it. It is an intimidating read with a mesmerising, almost dreamlike, narration at it’s core. Unique, compelling and quite the addictive read.
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  • Brenda Davies
    January 1, 1970
    Amazing. Original. Astonishing. Compelling. Shocking. Disturbing. And I don't know what to write to do this book justice. I loved it, the best book I've read this year, last year, for many years.The blurb gives the outline. 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 Amazing. Original. Astonishing. Compelling. Shocking. Disturbing. And I don't know what to write to do this book justice. I loved it, the best book I've read this year, last year, for many years.The blurb gives the outline. 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?And so the story unfolds. It is written in the 3rd person AND the collective 1st person. It is in part an instruction maual on how to be the best serial killer ever, by killing the most people and not getting caught. There are details about previous serial killers like Bundy and Shipman, all very well researched. But the manual is spliced and diced with details about those who are about to/have just committed suicide. All of them have a number and some of them have a title like Doctor, Fighter, Nobody. They remain anonymous and yet the author very cleverly makes them real so that the reader cares about them, so that their deaths are heartbreaking. Especially when we realise that they take their own live and yet THEY DON'T WANT TO DIE!!The writing is caustic and brutal and stark. 'You can feel it. When somebody jumps off a building and hits the floor, you can feel it. It's the noise. You don't expect the noise.''They killed 256 people!It should have been so many fucking more.'The author has created a chilling serial killer, who's manual is not only informative, 'The real trick to being the biggest serial killer in history is to learn from all the other fuck-ups. No accomplice. No dependents. No mistakes.' But also highlights the issues of this modern society. 'We are so connected that we have become disconnected.' The killer had many points to make about society and the reasons why he was killing and calling people Nobodies but the book is so cleverly written that the Nobodies, the numbers, the suicides become real and you want to understand their lives and why they didn't want to die, because none of them did.We do have a hero, an unlikely hero who manages to dodge death. I can't say too much without giving it away, but the ending is pure genius. 'The guy is a goddamned Nobody.'The whole book is utter genius. It should be made into a film.
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  • Claire Stibbe
    January 1, 1970
    The saying 'you never really know what goes on behind closed doors' is true in the case of Nothing Important Happened Today by Will Carver. Because something very important did happen to 9 people, nine very unsuspecting, seemingly unhappy people but with one thing in common. A drive to end it all and in a way that will shock thousands.What really happened forced me out one rainy day to a coffee shop, where I could read this book in the safety of a crowded room. To say the writing style is The saying 'you never really know what goes on behind closed doors' is true in the case of Nothing Important Happened Today by Will Carver. Because something very important did happen to 9 people, nine very unsuspecting, seemingly unhappy people but with one thing in common. A drive to end it all and in a way that will shock thousands.What really happened forced me out one rainy day to a coffee shop, where I could read this book in the safety of a crowded room. To say the writing style is addictive would be an understatement. I had to know what happened at the end. It’s not often I find the subject matter of a tale unforgiving, and sometimes a little uncomfortable. But this is a train-wreck of a book where you can’t look away. One that talks of ‘nobodies’ — dissatisfied and directionless, all running away from something. Shockingly, even DS Pace is trying to escape from something, and what makes it psychologically realistic is that we all are. Let’s not forget, this is not Pace’s case. He is merely drawn to it — as I was drawn to him to solve these bizarre and chilling deaths.The writing is tense, dark and broody, and whenever someone new comes on scene, there is a high probability he/she will buckle under this terrifying ‘thing’ that has blighted the 9. All over the world people have been selected, ripping themselves from their families and we are left wondering how children, husbands, wives and dogs will cope without them. How many more will die in horrific self-inflicted deaths and in public places to an audience of horrified onlookers? Because any one of them could be next.But who is behind The People Of Choice? Or The People Of No Choice. And how are these victims linked?This is one of the most twisted stories I’ve ever read and probably one of the darkest. Too many scenes to count that are heinously graphic, namely the car and the rope, although there are a few others that made me want to stop, drop and roll. The thing about this book is that it’s memorable. The residue sits with you for days and you’ll go over it in your mind, especially the final words that bring a high-five moment at the end of a very depraved few hours of reading. Definitely one of a kind, brutal, thought provoking and with a pace that leaves you breathless.
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  • Monica Mac
    January 1, 1970
    I have absolutely no idea how to categorise this book, none whatsoever! It was a surprisingly addictive read, although it didn't read anything like I expected it to. **If swearing bothers you and/or talk of suicide is triggering, I would suggest you steer clear of this book**There are people who jump off a bridge, nine of them, in fact. This is how it starts. They were all told to do it, and how to do it and off they went. They are part of The People of Choice, although unlike other cults, they I have absolutely no idea how to categorise this book, none whatsoever! It was a surprisingly addictive read, although it didn't read anything like I expected it to. **If swearing bothers you and/or talk of suicide is triggering, I would suggest you steer clear of this book**There are people who jump off a bridge, nine of them, in fact. This is how it starts. They were all told to do it, and how to do it and off they went. They are part of The People of Choice, although unlike other cults, they didn't actually know each other at all, before they all leapt to their deaths. How these people are chosen for death is a very interesting thing and the person behind it all is one sick human. One of the things I do like about this book is the fact that the author mentions how social media has changed us, and not for the better. We spend all our time online, telling everyone how wonderful our lives are, and yet, we only show the most perfect bits, and don't reveal our real selves. This characteristic and the polite way that people speak about the dead after they have gone, has made it hard for the police to get any ideas about the jumpers and what connects them because their family members don't tell the truth. I'm afraid that I thought the author was pretty critical of people who seek counselling, and that those who do, are somehow weak and don't really know the meaning of real trauma. Of course, people who seek counselling are a varied bunch, but sometimes people just need to vent and don't have anyone close to talk to, what is wrong with that?I thought the author was incredibly judgemental quite a bit of the time actually and I got a little sick of the soapbox that he was on, by the end of it. The actual storyline was a good one......but I felt like this book was a platform for his views about what is wrong with current society. He made some salient points, to be fair, but wow, some of his views made me uncomfortable. I loved the ending, though!I have given this book 3.5 stars because the storyline was good, it just got weighed down by a lot of rants. That is just my view, and I know lots of people really loved the book. Sorry :(
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  • Karen Cole
    January 1, 1970
    I have to admit I was a little nervous about reading Nothing Important Happened Today as my brother died by suicide in 2012. However, I believe Will Carver is one of the most exciting and talented authors around; both Dead Set and Good Samaritans were on my list of top reads of the year in which they were published. I love it when authors take risks and push boundaries and although I was prepared to stop reading should it prove too upsetting, I knew that this was a book that deserved my I have to admit I was a little nervous about reading Nothing Important Happened Today as my brother died by suicide in 2012. However, I believe Will Carver is one of the most exciting and talented authors around; both Dead Set and Good Samaritans were on my list of top reads of the year in which they were published. I love it when authors take risks and push boundaries and although I was prepared to stop reading should it prove too upsetting, I knew that this was a book that deserved my attention. I made the right decision because although there was one scene where I had to put it down for a little while, I would have missed out on one of the most startlingly original and exceptional novels I have ever had the privilege to read.What would make somebody who didn't want to die, decide one day to kill themselves? Is it possible to manipulate the choices people make so that they unknowingly become part of a suicide cult? Nothing Important Happened Today never follows a straightforward, linear storyline but throughout there are chapters which follow the People of Choice - those who receive a letter which will decide their fate. Few are given names and instead these chosen ones are known only by the briefest of descriptions - the Doctor, the Poet, the Lovers - or perhaps most coldly of all, the Nobodies, the people who are seen but never remembered. They aren't given poignant eulogies and instead described with a sense of detachment; merely the subjects of a report. They are all ages and from all walks of life, had never previously met and would all have said they didn't want to die, yet they gather at London landmarks and then kill themselves as one.This lack of an empathetic narrative voice means that the reader becomes as easily manipulated as the public in the story. It's uncomfortable to admit but the People of Choice don't really matter as individuals here, what is compelling is trying to comprehend why they behaved as they did. Will Carver forces us to confront our own role in feeding the desire to be noticed - the need for likes on social media, the rush to comment on news stories which are forgotten about as the world swiftly moves on to the next big issue. By holding a magnifying glass to this microcosm of society, Nothing Important Happened Today is able to reflect upon the ease at which the public can be persuaded to think they have free choice, in the same way that nobody thinks they are joining a cult.There are also sections which are written as if this is an instruction manual on how to run a cult. The omniscient narrator references several instances of real-life cults and examples of mass murderers, and in doing so there comes an unsettling realisation that we are arguably complicit in these most narcissistic of crimes As a society we are constantly fascinated by such topics - from Ted Bundy to David Koresh, we consume the films and documentaries without recognising that in doing so we validate their legacies.This is about as dark as thrillers come and so it's fitting that it sees the return of Detective Sergeant Pace from Good Samaritans who still sees the black flames creeping in on him from all sides. He inadvertently becomes involved with the case despite being probably the last person who should be investigating mass suicides. There is a darkness within Pace which means he only ever seems moments away from a self-destructive decision which could threaten his career - or worse. If most of the characters are largely anonymous, then it is Pace who becomes the human face of the novel and it's intriguing to see what the case does to him.Nothing Important Happened Today is a phenomenal book in which nothing really makes sense until the breathtaking moment when everything does. It is different from anything I have ever read and I can only thank Will Carver and Orenda Books for having the courage to write and publish this twisted literary thriller which so starkly and provocatively explores the twisted contradictions of life in the 21st Century. Disturbing, extraordinary, unforgettable.
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  • Shalini
    January 1, 1970
    This was absolutely wicked. I loved the way the author delved into the darkest reaches of the human psyche and wrote a book based on a concept which I was often scared about. And yes… You have to read the book to understand my fear.9 people jumped off the bridge, mass suicide… then soon 2 more did… The People Of Choice was a cult and soon becoming a movement across the globe… then 20 jumped… Nah… 19 did. How did that happen?My first book by author Will Carver, and I was laughing in pure delight This was absolutely wicked. I loved the way the author delved into the darkest reaches of the human psyche and wrote a book based on a concept which I was often scared about. And yes… You have to read the book to understand my fear.9 people jumped off the bridge, mass suicide… then soon 2 more did… The People Of Choice was a cult and soon becoming a movement across the globe… then 20 jumped… Nah… 19 did. How did that happen?My first book by author Will Carver, and I was laughing in pure delight when I got to the end. Throughout the book, I had a strange inkling of where the story was leading to. Some of the clues were present in the words and the way they were stringed. Intelligence reflected off them to give me the clue.The story was a novel idea and quite an offshoot of books I have read way, way in the past. I loved how the author could write such a dark deed in a cool and collected manner. The narrator of the story absolutely nailed it. Being a doc, I loved the clear and precise words used. There was something in them that pulled me into the collective psyche.The only niggle I had was sometimes I found the lines repetitive. I wanted more brilliance on the prose. Overall, the book worked and made my midnight exciting.I saw a movie long long ago called The Telefon. A poem by Robert Frost was used it. These were the lines“The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.”Somehow your book reminded me of this movie. And that is how I knew where the story was going.I have hated the words – miles to go before I sleep as I knew what happened after that. I was scared to utter them. I still am.That’s why I understoodNothing Important Happened Today.
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  • Don Jimmy
    January 1, 1970
    Will Carver is back with new standalone novel Nothing Important Happened Today and after the huge success of Good Samaritans (My Review) I couldn’t wait to jump in. Strap in, this one is a bumpy ride.When I finished Nothing Important Happened Today I had one thought and one thought only – WHAT DID I JUST READ?I must admit, I didn’t even read the blurb before I read this book. There are two main reasons for this;1. It’s Will Carver! I loved Good Samaritans so yeah, I’m interested. 2. The Will Carver is back with new standalone novel Nothing Important Happened Today and after the huge success of Good Samaritans (My Review) I couldn’t wait to jump in. Strap in, this one is a bumpy ride.When I finished Nothing Important Happened Today I had one thought and one thought only – WHAT DID I JUST READ?I must admit, I didn’t even read the blurb before I read this book. There are two main reasons for this;1. It’s Will Carver! I loved Good Samaritans so yeah, I’m interested. 2. The hashtag/sub title. Nine Suicides. One Cult. No Leader. This is the kind of tag line that doesn’t need anything to go with it.Boiling down my thoughts on Nothing Important Happens Today is proving quite an exercise in futility. Again, there are a number of reasons for this. For the entire book I was completely enthralled. I could not figure out what was going on. The book jumps from character to character seamlessly, while also changing writing style. I know I have said this before, but I have honestly not read a book like it. It’s fantastic.To say that there is a protagonist in this book would be wrong in my opinion as we visit so many different people at various stages – but even our would be saviour doesn’t appear as that during the story. Everyone is messed up. Everyone is bad. Anyone could die. Anyone could be responsible. That’s what makes the story so magical and attention grabbing. The closest we come to a bad guy in the book are the chapters written in the form of a “how to run a cult” guide. These are fantastic and had me running to Google to fact check. Again, without much clue as to who is writing these chapters, they only deepen the intrigue.While the book is relatively short at 276 pages it packs a mighty punch into each of it’s fast moving chapters. It also means I finished it far too quickly and was left wishing for more.You need to read this book. I can’t recommend it enough. For now, I will live in fear of my mail forever more.
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  • Clair Sharpe
    January 1, 1970
    The most shocking opening to a book I think I have ever read! 9 people arrive on Chelsea Bridge in London at rush hour. They have never met, but together they each tie a rope around their necks and leap to their deaths. Each person received a letter in the post that morning, a pre-written suicide note, and a page containing only 4 words: Nothing important happened today.This letter is how they knew they had been chosen to become part of The People of Choice: a mysterious suicide cult.32 people The most shocking opening to a book I think I have ever read! 9 people arrive on Chelsea Bridge in London at rush hour. They have never met, but together they each tie a rope around their necks and leap to their deaths. Each person received a letter in the post that morning, a pre-written suicide note, and a page containing only 4 words: Nothing important happened today.This letter is how they knew they had been chosen to become part of The People of Choice: a mysterious suicide cult.32 people on a train witness the event and 2 of them will be next. The police are under pressure to find a link between the cult members, to locate a leader who does not seem to exist, as social media interest builds and people all over the world start to kill themselves.Good Samaritans was my first blog tour for Orenda books exactly 1 year ago today. When I saw Carver had a new book out, I obsessively checked my inbox, desperate to be on the tour, as Good Samaritans was in my top 10 of 2018 and I knew this one would be just as good.It is certainly not for the faint hearted - the descriptions of suicide are graphic and shocking, more so I think as we go from a normal day in the persons life, to finding out in detail how they died. The book jumps backwards and forwards between the suicide and the participants life leading up the event - one minute we witness a female doctor at the gym, flirting with a fellow gym goer, the next we hear how her neck snapped as she hung herself from a bridge, the next we are with her at work, despairing in the way people don't look after themselves!We rarely hear the names of the suicide victims. We have the Doctor, Poet, Ungrateful, the Lovers and each is also give a number. Some are given the title Nobody - a title reserved for those people who don't appear to have much bearing on our lives, the people we see but don't remember.I have no idea where Carver gets his ideas! Utterly original, shocking and disorienting, this book is certainly one I will not forget. The conclusion was satisfying and a little bit terrifying: Carver's execution is impeccable. If you have a strong stomach and don't mind having your head messed with, you must read this book!
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