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Front cover of the book 'Gril 4' by Will CarverGirl  4 - Will Carver

Publisher: Arrow
ISBN: 978-0-09955-103-4

May 12, 2011

There’s something deeply refreshing when a novel such as Girl 4 by a debut author Will Carver drops through the letter box. Furthermore, when such a book is supported by a marketing campaign that some other more established authors can only dream of, then that book has to live up to what is being said.

Sadly, though, this is not always the case but in this instance, everything  promised about Girl 4 is absolutely justified because this is indeed a novel that is guaranteed to keep readers transfixed. Not only by the incredibly original story line, but in the manner in which the multi-faceted points of view of the main characters – good and evil – is so skilfully crafted, its ability to imbue a sense of deathly darkness across the proceedings, it becomes a chill wind that cannot be avoided.

Although this style and the switches in tense may take a little while to get to grips with, it is nevertheless more that worth the effort when the end results are not only as gripping and disturbing as these, but when the whole package – characters, sense of place, meaning, morality and proportion – is delivered in such a manner.

Girl 4 is, without question, an exemplary debut novel from Will Carver that can only bode well for the future of British thriller writing.

Chris High.


 


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