Psychopaths Anonymous by Will Carver

SKU: 9781913193751-UK

 Psychopaths Anonymous by Will Carver

Paperback 256 pages

  • ISBN:9781913193751-UK
  • Published: 25 Nov 2021
  • Classifications:
  • Crime, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Suspense


When AA meetings make her want to drink more, alcoholic murderess Maeve sets up a group for psychopaths … The dark, unpredictable, electrifyingly original new thriller from critically acclaimed author Will Carver.

‘Cements Carver as one of the most exciting authors in Britain. After this, he’ll have his own cult following’ Daily Express

'Will Carver is an exhilarating and audacious new voice in literary crime fiction' Sarah Pinborough

‘A new Will Carver novel is always something to look forward to, and this is no exception. Striking and unusual, and dark as ever’ S J Watson


Maeve has everything. A high-powered job, a beautiful home, a string of uncomplicated one-night encounters. She’s also an addict: A functioning alcoholic with a dependence on sex and an insatiable appetite for killing men. 

When she can’t find a support group to share her obsession, she creates her own. And Psychopaths Anonymous is born. Friends of Maeve. 

Now in a serious relationship, Maeve wants to keep the group a secret. But not everyone in the group adheres to the rules, and when a reckless member raises suspicions with the police, Maeve’s drinking spirals out of control. 

She needs to stop killing. She needs to close the group. 

But Maeve can’t seem to quit the things that are bad for her, including her new man…

A scathing, violent and darkly funny book about love, connection, obsessions and sex – and the aspects of human nature we’d prefer to hide – Psychopaths Anonymous is also an electrifyingly original, unpredictable thriller that challenges virtually everything.


Praise for Will Carver

‘Gobsmacking, beyond dark, and so much fun. I would join Will Carver’s cult. He’s the most original writer around…’ Helen FitzGerald

‘A novel so dark and creepy Stephen King will be jealous he didn’t think of it first’ Michael Wood

‘One of the most compelling and original voices in crime fiction … The whole thing feels like a shot of adrenaline’ Alex North

‘Twisty-turny and oh-so provocative, this is the type of book that will stick a sneaky foot out to trip you up’ Liz Robinson, LoveReading

‘Deliciously fresh and malevolent story-telling … a laminate-you-to-your-chair, page-whirring dive into a small British town that is turned on its head over the course of a few days. If you like something fresh and unusual, grab this book’ Craig Sisterson

‘It's going to take something special to top this as my book of 2020. Original, thought provoking and highly recommended’ Mark Tilbury

‘Weirdly page-turning’ Sunday Times

‘Laying bare our 21st-century weaknesses and dilemmas, Carver has created a highly original state-of-the-nation novel’ Literary Review

‘Arguably the most original crime novel published this year’ Independent

‘At once fantastical and appallingly plausible … this mesmeric novel paints a thought-provoking if depressing picture of modern life’ Guardian

‘This book is most memorable for its unrepentant darkness…’ Telegraph

‘Unlike anything else you’ll read this year’ Heat

‘Utterly mesmerising…’ Crime Monthly

About the Author

Will Carver is the international bestselling author of the January David series. He spent his early years in Germany, but returned to the UK at age eleven, when his sporting career took off. He turned down a professional rugby contract to study theatre and television at King Alfred’s, Winchester, where he set up a successful theatre company. He currently runs his own fitness and nutrition company, and lives in Reading with his two children. Good Samaritans was book of the year in The GuardianTelegraph, and DailyExpress, and hit number one on the ebook charts.

Praise For…

"Fans of classic downbeat noir from Cornell Woolrich and the like will find Carver has brilliantly translated their themes for the 21st century." —Publishers Weekly, starred review of Nothing Important Happened Today

"I’ve never read such an original, stunning, clever, literary thriller." —Sarah Pinborough, author, Behind Her Eyes on Hinton Hollow Death Trip

"Thrilling and completely original, Nothing Important Happened Today deserves to become an instant classic." —Kevin Wignall, author, When We Were Lost

"Wow! It’s totally insane and I mean that in the best of ways. Maeve is a brilliant character - you shouldn’t root for her but you really do. There’s an amazing twisted logic to all of her actions. Incredibly dark and very funny." —Harriet Tyce, author of Blood Orange

"I read this in one sitting. Dark, gripping and yet surprisingly warm, I fell in love with Carver's murderous Maeve. This is an Elinor Oliphant for crime fans. Carver truly at his best." —Sarah Pinborough, author of Behind Her Eyes

"Dark in the way only Will Carver can be. Psychopaths Anonymous oozes malevolence from every page." —Victoria Slotover, author of the Ziba MacKenzie Crime Thriller series

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