A little girl has been left for dead. And now my husband is missing.
‘I can give you a lift home,’ the man says. Little Alice tightens the zip of her big red coat. She’s unsure, but the walk will be cold and dark. ‘I’m not supposed to get in a stranger’s car.’ He forces a smile. ‘I’m not a proper stranger, am I?’
I return home to our beautiful house on a chilly winter evening expecting to find my handsome husband Richard waiting for me by the fire. We’re still so in love, and he always takes care of me: buying us this home in the little village where he grew up, making sure I settled in and made friends, and treating my teenage daughter like his own. There’s a bit of gossip about our age gap, but the death of his first wife years ago was so tragic that he still gets sympathetic looks. Everyone loves Richard.
He usually comes straight back from work. But tonight, our antique clock ticks on through the dark evening, with no sign of him. Then a knock at the door shatters my perfect life. A 12-year-old-girl, Alice from the village, has been found unconscious in the field behind our house. They say she was last seen getting into Richard’s car.
Now rumours are flying. As Alice fights for her life in hospital, nobody will speak to me: and when they do it’s to ask if he didn’t hurt Alice, why hasn’t Richard come home?
I know that revealing my own darkest secret about Richard’s first wife could prove his innocence… but even if I do, he’s still missing. Is everyone right, and is my husband on the run? And will telling the truth about my past turn my own daughter against me, and tear our lives apart for good?
Fans of The Girl on the Train, I Am Watching You and Shari Lapena will adore this absolutely unputdownable read by bestselling author Kerry Wilkinson, about the dark secrets we hide to protect ourselves and the ones we love.
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 360
Date of Publication: November 17, 2020
My Rating: 4 Stars
Two things of significant importance have taken place: a 12-year-old girl was left for dead and a man is missing. There is an apparent connection, however, as a witness As this thrilling story is told from Maddy King's first person point of view it and the man that is missing is her husband Richard. Things begin unraveling for Maddy as time slowly passes and she wonders where Richard could possibly be, and whether or not he had anything to do with what happened to the child.
Maddy has something else on her mind, and that involves Richard's past. However, I do not want to include any spoilers in this review. Suffice it to say that things indeed proved to be murky, thus a shroud of guilt soon hover's above Richard's character. Will he show himself and prove his innocence? Could what is happening prove to the undoing of a previously quite happy relationship in his marriage to Maddy? Good questions these, and this intriguing story does a fine job of revealing things layer by layer, all while a little girl lingers near death.
This fine story by Kerry Wilkinson takes some sharp turns, even introducing at least one character with nefarious motives. Whether it is gossip, or facts, I enjoyed how this story was told. I love this twist and the ones that followed, thus making this book incredibly difficult to put down. And the ending!! What a shocker. What thrilled me so much about this book is the rabbit hole I fell into and I felt myself clawing to the top while trying to discover the truth. For the author to put me in that position I think was a job well done. If the story itself did not captivate me, then the ending most certainly did. All in all, this was a very good story and it makes me happy that I got a chance to read this book.
Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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.
Recent and upcoming UK releases:
The Child Across The Street: 23 July 2020
What My Husband Did: 17 Nov 2020
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