Nothing Important Happened Today
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 by Will Carver is one of the most original plots I have ever read. It is horrifyingly compelling in the way it draws you in and forces you to watch the disturbing scenes unfold; you won’t be able to look away. Trigger warnings: suicide, depression, graphic descriptions of death.
This is an excellent book because Carver writes in a fascinating way. He is direct and compelling; you know exactly what is going on in the very moment you are reading but have no idea what’s to come. This book could have gone in many different directions, and I personally enjoyed reading it almost as a series of reasons why people would commit suicide and the ripple effect one moment can have on a nation. The criticisms of the way we use social media and mass mindsets is so interesting and will really make you think about what you would do in those situations.
Carver does not shy away from the hard truths of life; he considers not only ‘The People of Choice’, but also the people watching. The ones who witness the suicides all have very different thoughts, and I admire Carver in his candidness in addressing the variety of views, including those who are annoyed and those who are indifferent to the situation. It can be too easy to forget that these people exist and I like that Carver picks them out. He leaves no human mindset un-probed.
Overall, this is a 5* read. It is very dark and bleak and will leave you despairing of the mindset of all the people around you. I would recommend this only if you can handle and enjoy dark plots and very bleak outlooks on society. Thank you Orenda Books and Anne Cater for organising this blog tour.