Title: A Face in the Crowd
Author: Kerry Wilkinson
Publication Date: June 6, 2019
Page Count: 282
My rating: 3 1/2 stars
About the book:
Lucy gets the same bus every day. Today, her journey home will change her life.
Lucy can barely afford her weekly ticket for the grimy number 24, tries to avoid eye contact, and, if she’s really lucky, she gets a seat and reads a chapter of her book. But it’s a Friday – and the bus is always crammed at the end of the week. She keeps her elbows close and clings to a pole at every juddering stop. All she wants to do is get home to her dog, Billy, the only comfort she has right now.
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.
A Face in the Crowd by Kerry Wilkinson is a thriller that introduces readers to Lucy. Five years ago Lucy had been happy and thought she was marrying the man of her dreams but tragedy struck and Lucy’s partner, Ben was taken from her. Afterwards however Lucy finds Ben wasn’t what he seemed, not only had he emptied her bank account but forged her onto many more loans.
Now, five years later, Lucy is someone that lives day to day, paycheck to paycheck. She’s taken on a job as a cashier in a supermarket which barely gives her enough to live on in her rundown apartment. On day Lucy is riding the same bus she takes back and forth to work when something seems out of place to her. Once off the bus Lucy finds an envelope had been dropped into her bag that was full of cash. Desperately needing the cash Lucy is torn with what to do with the mysterious envelope.
Having read several other books by Kerry Wilkinson I knew to expect some great writing that would pull me right into the book and that still is what I found. I think for me though having loved a few of his others I felt a little more picky with this giving it only 3 1/2 stars when finished. The story was still a strong one but I found this time I just didn’t love Lucy along the way and also thought the end just missed a little something.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Kerry Wilkinson has had No.1 crime bestsellers in the UK, Australia, Canada, South Africa and Singapore. He has also written two top-20 thrillers in the United States. His book, Ten Birthdays, won the RNA award for Young Adult Novel of the Year in 2018.
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.
Recent & Upcoming US releases:
Silent Suspect (Jessica Daniel 13): 14 January 2019
Something Buried (Andrew Hunter 3): 7 March 2019
A Face In The Crowd: 6 June 2019
The Unlucky Ones (Jessica Daniel 14): 9 July 2019