The Child Across the Street by Kerry Wilkinson #bookreview #thriller

Title: The Child Across the Street

Author: Kerry Wilkinson

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication Date: July 23, 2020

Page Count: 321

My rating:  3 stars

About the book:

Wheeling my suitcase down the familiar, hedge-lined street, I smile at the sound of children playing in the park nearby. Suddenly, there’s a screech of car brakes. I rush over to see a bent bike wheel sticking out of the ditch, and underneath, a little boy…

As I turn the rusty key in the lock of the house I grew up in, memories flood back. None of them happy. I never told anyone why I left home twenty years ago, and all I want is to sort out Dad’s funeral as quickly as possible.

Now I’m trapped here, the only witness to a terrible incident that has left an eight-year-old boy fighting for his life. But after a lifetime trying to forget my past, I don’t know if I can trust my memory, or be totally sure of what I saw today.

Sorting through Dad’s things one night – shopping lists in his curly handwriting, piles of old newspapers, dusty sports trophies – I think I hear the back door handle rattle. I tiptoe downstairs, past an open window I’m sure I locked. And a figure darts across the overgrown garden.

Someone is watching me. Someone who knows I’m the only one who saw what happened to little Ethan… or could they know the real reason why I left? Either way, I’m certain that coming back was my biggest mistake. I can’t leave, but the longer I stay, the more danger I’m in…

An utterly addictive psychological thriller that will have you glued to the pages until the early hours. Fans of The Girl on the Train and I Am Watching You won’t be able to put down the next mind-blowing read from bestselling author Kerry Wilkinson.


Kerry Wilkinson is another author that I have already picked up several books from and had always really enjoyed them so I was quite looking forward to this latest. The Child Across the Street is his latest standalone thriller.

Abigail Coyne has returned to her hometown of Elwood for the first time in the last two decades after being contacted that her father had passed away. Abi really never wanted to look back but having inherited her father’s estate and needing to deal with the funeral arrangements she packed up to return.

After arriving in the small town Abi is walking along when she hears the screech of tires and then comes across a young boy off the side of the road apparently the victim of a hit and run. As the ambulance arrives so does the boys mother and it’s Abi’s old friend leading her to want answers as to who in town could leave a child to die.

Now as I mentioned I normally find myself completely caught up by this author and love his intense thrillers. However, with this read I found myself constantly wondering where the thrills were hiding. The pacing seemed really slow to me and there just felt to me as if something was missing from the story. I did notice that we never really got to know Abi’s past and as much as it’s hinted to that lack of depth felt off too. In the end this one was just so-so but I won’t hesitate to read the next from this author.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online: 

Goodreads  / Amazon

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 and Close To You won the International Thriller Award for best ebook in 2020.

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 spent way 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, hikes up something, or bakes cakes. When he’s not, he writes it all down.

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