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When strangers take part in a series of group suicides, everything suggests that a cult is to blame. But how do you stop a cult when no one knows they are members?

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.

32 people on that train witness the event. Two of them will be next. By the morning, People of Choice are appearing around the globe: a decapitation in Germany, a public shooting at a university in Bordeaux; in Illinois, a sports team stands around the centre circle of the football pitch and pulls the trigger of the gun pressed to the temple of the person on their right. 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.

But how do you stop a cult when people do not know they are members?

One week after the two witnesses jump to their deaths, 20 letters are opened across London that all say the same thing. Later that day, the strangers all know to meet at Tower Bridge. The Teacher will jump first. The Detective will be last....

©2019 Will Carver (P)2019 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Disappointing, very disappointing

I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this series - the samaritans - and downloaded this one as soon as I had finished. I wish I hadn’t to be honest - I found this one quite boring, repetitive and rambling with a bit worryingly an insight into how to start and get involved in suicide cults. If your looking for an intriguing crime detective book - don’t look here. I persevered through until the end in hope it would improve but alas it did not! Not for me and will not be rushing to download the next in the series which is a pity as the narration great.

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A very dark listening experience

There was a point nearly halfway through this audiobook that I nearly decided to stop listening. The first half of the book is very very dark and cynical - it reads like a manifesto. It turns out there is a reason for this but it doesn’t become fully clear until towards the very end of the book. In the meantime the listener must slog through a quite relentless barrage of cynicism and bleakness which I can see turning very many listeners off. It is definitely a book that I would not recommend for people who are currently dealing with a bout of depression.
By the time the strands of the story begin to make sense and resolve themselves you’re close to the end of the book and once things become clear it is true that the author has put together quite a clever concept. I found the conclusion to the story very satisfying and fittingly dark. I will probably try something from this author again but not for a few months or so - for now I feel like I need a shower to wash the atmosphere of this audiobook off myself.

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Fantastic. Love Will Carvers style of writing

loved it just as much if not more than The Good Samaritan. Will is now firmly one of my favourite authors. The narration by Cieran Saward amazing as always.

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  • MKL
  • 24-11-2019

So bad!

I very rarely write reviews but this was so horrible I had to. The only thing this book would be good for is as an insomnia treatment. I only listened to about 1/4 of the book and have no desire to even go and read the end to see what happens, which I sometimes do with a bad book. I just could care less that's how bad this book is. If I could give if zero Stars I would.

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  • Melanie Preston Lewis
  • 16-12-2019

Something Important Happened Today!

My first thought is what on earth goes on in Will Carver's head? Whatever it may be, I feel we should all be thanking whatever higher power we subscribe to from the bottom of our collective hearts that he writes about it rather than acting upon it. This is a dark, dark commentary on the kind of society we have become versus the kind of society we should be. Boy oh boy, has Mr Carver got the measure of us, and therein lies the genius of the book. The whole cult, suicide, dispossessed, disenfranchised, depressed notion is completely and entirely credible. How it hasn't happened already is a rather bleak thought that struck me in the last moments of listening. Then, to put a beautiful bow on top of this glorious gift of a book, Mr Carver gives us an ending, which leaves the listener questioning if good ultimately wins out against evil? Can good men commit acts of evil and remain good? So many moral conundrums within that I will be pondering Nothing Important Happened Today for many, many days yet to come. Outstanding narration from Ciaran Saward adds to a book that is already overflowing with greatness. Upon finishing I immediately purchased every other book by Will Carver available on Audible. I hope the books that don't yet have an audio version are soon transformed. Got to be in by top 3 of the year for a book that really makes you think. 5 stars and a standing ovation from me. Truly remarkable writing matches a unique and original concept. Get this book today; you can always thank me later!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-11-2019

Love it!

At last a great book from Audible.. Fantastic, captivating story which is told by a fantastic narrator. I didn't want it to end

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  • Marion G.
  • 29-04-2021

Too dark - even for me

First and foremost, I did not finish this book. Having thoroughly enjoyed Good Samaritans and Hinton Hollow Death Trap, I tried (for the second time) to read this novel. Both the novels I mention here were disturbing, unusual and not easy listens but with the able assistance of a first-class narrator, I found them fascinating and thought that Nothing Happened would be another treat - but it just wasn't my cuppa tea. Strange that I can handle gruesome death, supernatural events and serial killers but mass suicides and cults just don't ring my bell - so I gave up. I hope that others (for the sake of the author) will manage what I could not.

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  • Mark
  • 18-11-2020

Utterly Gripping

I read a lot of crime fiction books and the word 'gripping' is often over - used. What every reader (or listener) wants, I think, is a book that is a thrilling page - turner that you cannot put down. This book delivers that and then some. It grabbed me in its vice - like grip and would not let me go in its calmly shocking presentation of the mechanics of delivering to the modern world its just desserts in the form of a suicide cult that its leader aimed to get into the Guinness Book of Records for serial killers. Thrilling and shocking it raises many important questions about the state of humanity in the modern world.

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  • DaveD
  • 12-01-2020

Carver Cuts A Deep Dark Gripping Groove.

The world is a shady place & Will Carver has found a very clever & hard-hitting way to give us a really challenging novel.
Yes it made me squirm at times, however, the short-sharp narrative kept me hooked to the end.
Try it, stick with it and you’ll certainly remember the experience.

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