Today I am thrilled to be on the blog tour for Kerry Wilkinson’s A Face in the Crowd. This book was released on the 6th of June published by Bookouture.
About the book:
Lucy gets the same bus every day. This Friday, her journey home will change her life.
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.
Someone drops several thousand pounds into your bag what would you do? Down on her luck, Lucy is faced with this decision when she finds money in her bag after getting off the bus coming home from work. After the death of her partner Ben in a train crash, the comfortable life she once lead has vanished. When details of Ben’s financial status reveal that they have no savings to speak of as well as a number of loans that need to be paid back that Ben took out in Lucy’s name without her knowledge, she is now virtually penniless working as a cashier in a supermarket living pay check to pay check to pay off these loans. But Lucy struggles with her conscious knowing that the right thing to do would be to hand the money in to the police, but the thought of being able to pay off some of her debt would just be too good an opportunity to pass up….wouldn’t it?
This is a quick easy read, with an intriguing storyline that kept my interest throughout. A thought provoking thriller, that makes you question your own morales and got me thinking what would I do if I found myself in this situation. I now plead the 5th so I don’t have to answer this..!
In terms of the characters in this story, whilst only a few, they are well developed and well written. We of course have main character Lucy, who immediately had my sympathy for her situation and what she was going through, her loyal dog Billie who I adored, her best friend Karen, who lives in the same building and who also won huge points with me on her music choices (I am a MASSIVE Kylie Minogue fan!), Harry a potential love interest who Lucy connected with via a dating service, Lauren, Lucy’s landlord although not a major character in the story but still worth a mention, Mark another resident who is completely unlikable and Jade who also lived in the building and is a subplot to this story after she has mysteriously disappeared without a word.
The setting of the book in a run down apartment building and not in the best of neighbourhoods, had a dreary atmosphere to it which set the tone of the story perfectly. I could always envision a dark cloud hanging over Lucy all of the time while she tried to make ends meet and get through each day.
Although I had a feeling about half way through how the story was going to unravel, I still found this an enjoyable read, that had the right amount of suspense in the lead up to the finale.
This is the first book I have read of Kerry’s. Having only started my blog earlier this year, I have been exposed to some wonderful authors that I may never have heard of if I hadn’t started doing this. I am happy to say that I am glad that Kerry is one of these authors. A great storyteller in the psychological thriller genre and I look forward to reading more of Kerry’s work.
Thank-you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Kerry Wilkinson for allowing me to read an advanced copy of A Face in the Crowd in exchange for an honest review.
Thank-you also to Noelle Holten for the spot on this blog tour.
All opinions are my own and are biased in any way.
About the Author:
Kerry Wilkinson has had No.1 bestsellers in the UK, Canada, South Africa and Singapore, as well as top-five books in Australia. He has also written two top-20 thrillers in the United States.
As well as his million-selling Jessica Daniel series, Kerry has written the Silver Blackthorn trilogy – a fantasy-adventure serial for young adults – a second crime series featuring private investigator Andrew Hunter, plus numerous standalone novels. He has been published around the world in more than a dozen languages.
Originally from the county of Somerset, Kerry has spent far too long living in the north of England, picking up words like ‘barm’ and ‘ginnel’.
When he’s short of ideas, he rides his bike or bakes cakes. When he’s not, he writes it all down.
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A Face in the Crowd is available to buy now.
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Thank-you to Noelle Holten for a spot on this blog tour.