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Will Carver
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12 April 2012 January David 2

They Kill Without Mercy. Disappear Without Trace.

They are The Two.

And now the stakes are raised once more for Detective January David.

5 lie dead, brutally murdered - the first taken on the night of Halloween and as autumn bleeds into winter more ritualistic murders are discovered.

January must battle his demons, for in his mind lies the clue to stopping a ruthless murderer.

But his worst nightmares have literally come true when he discovers there's not one but two twisted killers on the loose ...


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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (12 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099551047
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099551041
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 201,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The second book from the great new voice in thriller writing

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They Kill Without Mercy. Disappear Without Trace.

They are The Two.

And now the stakes are raised once more for Detective January David.

5 lie dead, brutally murdered - the first taken on the night of Halloween and as autumn bleeds into winter more ritualistic murders are discovered.

January must battle his demons, for in his mind lies the clue to stopping a ruthless murderer.

But his worst nightmares have literally come true when he discovers there's not one but two twisted killers on the loose ...


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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind blowing... 16 April 2012
Format:Paperback
I remember enjoying Will's debut book Girl 4 immensly, and was greatly anticipating The Two. Will's voice has really developed and true to the Carver style, the story is a roller-coaster! There are highs and lows of every emotion, if you read this book and remain apathetic, then you need help! It invokes so many emotions which make for all the more compelling reading.

January, Paulson and Murphy all make their return on another high profile serial killer case, the victims being killed in some ritualistic method in public areas and in plain sight. You are taken all over London with intimate detail and an obvious razor sharp observation of people's behaviour and social interaction, effortlessly creating a deep and rich story that's as thrilling as it is entertaining.

The book, it's characters and their story is intoxicating, I found myself visiting this world that Carver has created in my subconscious wondering what's going to happen next? Why hasn't January and Paulson picked up on that clue? Who are these freaky children that visit January's nightmares/dreams? What are they trying to tell him? When is Murphy going to get what's coming to him!?

The book is laid out in a way which frequently leaves you thinking "What's going on!?", but at several points during the book you are gifted with nuggets of information which tie up the loose ends and create many eureka moments, moments of clarity! It does come together beautifully at the end and it's a very rewarding read.

I implore you to experience The Two and Girl 4, it's a marvel whether you like it or not. You will be an early reader of a future superstar author and character, like reading Angels and Demons and discovering Robert Langdon back in 2000.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just brilliant! 11 April 2012
Format:Paperback
It seemed to me that Girl 4 was a very difficult debut to follow; a cracking page turner, a totally fresh and innovative voice, a series of dead ends and twists, a serial killer that was an anti-hero and a whole style of thriller that had not been tried before with multiple voices telling the story from various perspectives. Well, The Two is every bit the darker, deeper, cleverer and down right creepier follow-up. Will Carver once again turns his reader inside out with guessing games, time-shifts, multiple-perspectives and not one, but two killers, and a self-loathing and damaged detective, who through adversity drives this story on to a chilling climax. A Will Carver book is never 'a stroll in the park' read, but step outside the comfort zone of this saturated genre and you will discover a gem. Buy, read, now!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 8 May 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I brought Girl 4 because of the design of the cover and never looked back as Will Carver has become by far my favourite author . I have never looked forward so much to a book being released as much as i have to this and it didn't disappoint , The story keeps you gripped from start to finish and i couldn't put the book down once i had started reading. I love the way this guy writes and thinks outside the box that is already outside the first box , A must buy
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jan the Man! 24 April 2012
Format:Paperback
I approached Will Carver's second novel with excitement and apprehension in equal measure. Girl 4, was a real breath of fresh air for me in what can often be a very formulaic genre. I relished the challenge of keeping up with the plot as it shifted it's chronology & perspective and was captivated by the rich, complex personas of its central characters, not to mention the cutting social commentary. How was The Two going to live up to its predecessor? Had I built it up too much? Thankfully, my pessimism, as is often the case, was misplaced. The Two is Girl 4 turned up to eleven!

January David, still reeling from the events surrounding the 'Eames' case has retreated in to his dysfunctional behaviour while he tries to make sense of what happened and what he now knows about himself and those closest to him. Unfortunately for him, and for the victims of 'The Two' he is afforded little time to wallow before a new case and the accompanying visions consume him.

I am conscious of not revealing too much of the plot in this review, thankfully that's Will Carver's job. Suffice to say I could not put it down, tearing through chapters at break-neck speed, captivated by the twists and turns that Carver seems to love teasing us with. True to form, I am now anxiously waiting for the third installment of the January David series but my anxiety lies purely in anticipation of what depraved things will be in store rather than any unfounded concerns about it living up to expectations. I am glad to report that in my opinion we will be hearing lots more from Will Carver and his troubled protagonist and I for one, say Amen to that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sequel! 23 April 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Detective January David is struggling to move on from the events of Girl 4. Separated from his wife, he is drinking copiously and immersing himself in his mother's journals, trying to find more clues about his sister's disappearance. When bodies start turning up, killed in a similar ritualistic manner and months apart, January sets out to stop the murderer.

In doing so he must battle his demons with his detective work suffers from his lack of focus, and this has an important impact on the story. But maybe the apparitions of children who visit him hold the answer to the series of murders. Who is the serial killer? Are there two of them? This isn't your standard story about a mysterious serial killer terrorising the streets of London. Carver delivers a great twist within the genre by introducing a supernatural element through January's visions.

The character of January David is investigated further in this follow-up to Girl 4. Now he seems a broken man. Side characters such as Paulson, the fellow detective who is closest to January and aides him through the investigation, are well rounded and always integral.

Carver has an ability to instantly hook a reader. The Two seems to open mid-story but you won't feel worried that you've missed something. He then uses a confusing timeline to reveal aspects of the story as you read, building suspense along the way. The greatest aspect of The Two however, is the multiple narratives, all in first person, which run throughout. Short chapters, switching between the detective, murder victims, and killers, really add something to the story. Each one has a different voice, allowing the reader to really immerse themselves into the story and unravel the mystery.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing read
This book was a difficult one to read. I felt that I couldn't keep up with the story, as it seemed to jump back at one point and then became frustrating to read. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Mrs L J Brice
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than Girl 4.
Even better than Girl 4. Initially took me a while to get into it, but think I was still on a high from finishing Girl 4 to concentrate. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Fairhurst
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a very good read
Published 1 month ago by Linda Witherington
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic detective story
Will carver has created a great detective in January Jones. This book follows on from his first book girl 4. I'm really looking forward to his next book in the series
Published 4 months ago by claire ellis
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok
Nothing to shout home about. Readable but didn't live up to my expectations. Was hoping for more insight from the 1st book but was sadly disappointed.
Published 7 months ago by Miss R.
1.0 out of 5 stars tedius, repetitive drivel
I paid for this book but simply cant finish it. its almost identical to his first book, drones on in page upon page of indulgent and often nonsensical musings and has characters... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Wendy
2.0 out of 5 stars interesting thriller
An overly complex plot, albeit revolving around interesting themes. The flawed character of January David carries it, as do his personal issues.
Published 13 months ago by Marlene
2.0 out of 5 stars Definitely not as good as his first....
I have been really disapointed by Will's second book. The storyline was long and the pace was slow, it was not a page turner like his first book. Read more
Published 17 months ago by losca3737
3.0 out of 5 stars reasonable read but not gripping especially compared to his previous...
A Reasonable read but not gripping especially compared to his previous book.However I would read another if published. Read more
Published 20 months ago by superfrog
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Not as good as his first book, girl 4, but still a good read with plenty of twists and turns along the way.
Published 21 months ago by Samantha Priest
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