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Book Review – A Face in the Crowd

A Face in the Crowd

by Kerry Wilkinson

To be released 6th June 2019

Lucy gets the same bus every day.

She hopes to get a seat to herself, tries to avoid eye contact, and, if she’s really lucky, reads a chapter of her book.

But it’s a Friday – and the bus is always crammed at the end of the week. Personal space doesn’t exist. She keeps her elbows close and clings to a pole at every juddering stop.

When she gets off, something feels different.

An envelope stuffed with thousands of pounds is in her bag.

Is it the answer to her prayers, or the beginning of a nightmare?

Because, in the end, everything has a price.

A compulsive read that will have you absolutely hooked and reading late into the night.

What everyone’s saying about this book:

Wow this had me captivated! I could hardly put the book down … OMG that ending! … stunning … I had to get my breath back at the end!’ Bonnie’s Book Talk, 5 stars

WOW ABSOLUTELY WOW!!!! This is the most unputdownable book I’ve read in a very long time!!! …Loads of tense moments and twists and turns. And an ending you won’t see coming!!’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars

OMG this book is so damn good… gripped from the very first page… I freaking loved it!… an utterly sensational page turner. I literally couldn’t put this book down and devoured it in one afternoon.’ Chelle’s Book Reviews

Oh my god what an amazing book. This is a real page turner…I was hooked from the first page and only putting this book down when I needed to…My husband has definitely become a book widower with this one.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘Cor! Kerry Wilkinson strikes again with this absolutely incredible page turner!’ Novel Deelights

OHHHHHH I just love a Kerry Wilkinson book… This book really is one of those page turners… It’s one of those books that as much as you try to figure things out, you just have no damn clue which way it is going. Brilliantly, cleverly written…First class, but I really didn’t expect anything else from this authorBLOODY LOVED IT!!!!!’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars

‘A suspenseful thriller with a lot of emotional trauma…here are secrets and twists which bring out hidden family dramas and deceptions. Very well written and interesting! Let’s Escape with a Good Book, 5 stars

Another phenomenal book by this author…A lot of twists and turns. I didn’t want this book to end. I was not expecting the ending that was delivered. Such a good book!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘A real page turner…Hooks the reader in from the first page. The storyline is so good and believable…It’s a rollercoaster ride right through to the end and believe me I did not expect that ending!…A word of warning though! Do not read it in one sitting which is so easy to do. You will be left longing for more!’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars

‘This book had me at the first page…As with Kerry’s other books you don’t know ‘who done it’ until the end.

My Review

4/5 stars

Lucy and Ben seem like a happy, successful couple. But beneath the surface, cracks are already appearing.

Ben wants to buy Lucy the perfect house – one she commented on once upon a time – and now he’s talking about stables for a horse based on a tale she told him from when she was seven years old. He wants her to have everything and is determined to provide it.

Thing is, Lucy has never asked for the extravagant wedding he seems insistent on giving her, and the horse tale was just a childhood memory, not a lifelong dream. Sometimes she wonders if he knows that, or just chooses not to listen.

Like I said … cracks!

But then, one day Ben doesn’t come home. A train crash has killed several passengers and he and his brother are amongst the dead.

Lucy has to start over, as a single woman.

However, once the grief has lessened, she finds that this time around, not only is she on her own but she is saddled with a mountain of debt too – Ben’s debts from loans made in her name.

Yep! That’s right. Mr “I’ll give you the world” is – was – not quite the man she thought him to be.

So, with understandable anger and bitterness now creeping into her thoughts, memories of Ben are not quite what they could be. She’s living in a one-bedroomed flat, living from hand to mouth on a minimum wage from a nearby supermarket. After tending to her dog, Billy, there is little left over for her to live off. Even owning a decent pair of shoes is a luxury she can ill afford. (she has a pair of trainers and a pair of “school” shoes – not quite the life she enjoyed before)

Until, that is, one Friday evening during the bus journey home, Lucy finds an envelope in her bag, packed with cash. Cash she cannot stop counting. Cash that she is determined to hand in to the police the next day. Cash that could help with her bills, give her and Billy a few treats and just make her life easier for a while. But she’s not the type of person who can say nothing. Is she?

Lucy’s dilemma is not resolved that weekend, but it has already changed her in those few hours. She’s more wary of people – are they watching her? do they know about the money? -and when the sole falls off her trainers and her laptop dies its long-awaited and expected death, dipping into the cash is the answer. But, of course, not permanently.

The events that followed had me turning the pages for ‘just one more chapter’ until it was all over. There’s the anniversary of the train crash, a fellow resident being found dead,  and Ben’s mother glaring at her from every corner. then there’s the poisoning of Billy, and Judge the Corgi, at the block of flats, an unpleasant neighbour and his loud music, and an incident at the supermarket that costs her dearly.

This is a great story, packed with interest, taken from the viewpoint of a very ordinary young woman, living a mundane life, but for whom these events fuel a paranoia. But for a very good reason. The twist revelation towards the end of the book is where the pace goes through the ceiling. Lucy is in danger – but from whom? Luckily, she has Billy to come to her rescue. When Billy is threatened too, then Lucy finds her inner strength and fights back. This is tense stuff, page-scrolling like you’ve never scrolled before.

Read it, and find out for yourself.

You won’t regret it.

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Thanks to Netgalley, the author and Bookouture for my copy of this book. This review is made of my own volition, and these words are mine, all mine and only mine.

As always,