Title: Psychopaths Anonymous
Author: Will Carver
Publisher: Orenda Books
Publication Date: 25th November 2021
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…
This was actually my first Will Carver book, and I was really excited to read it as I’ve seen so many book bloggers rave about his books. I’m pleased to say I wasn’t disappointed in the slightest! The story follows Maeve, a woman with some pretty serious issues, to say the least. She is an alcoholic with a dependence on sex and a habit of killing people. She decides to create a support group for people like her, and unsurprisingly, things kind of spiral from there.
Psychopaths Anonymous is a brutal read, definitely not for the squeamish, but it’s also full of dark comedy and satirical touches. Maeve is clearly not a good person but her off kilter and biting analysis of the people she encounters and societal flaws in general makes this a bizarrely fun read which is impossible to put down. I really couldn’t tear myself away from Maeve’s whirlwind world of violence, sarcasm and brutal unflinching honesty. I’ve never read anything quite like Psychopaths Anonymous and as long as you can handle the graphic nature of the story, I would highly recommend giving this a read. It is a book anchored by a fascinating main character. Maeve is twisted but she’s certainly never boring and she makes Psychopaths Anonymous a wild, dark, challenging and exhilarating read.
Thank you so much to Anne Cater of Random Things Blog Tours for inviting me on this tour and organising it. I kindly received a copy of the book from the publisher. My review is entirely my own honest opinion.