This time, I'm starting my review with a brief synopsis before telling you my thoughts. So, here it goes:
Paige, Richard and me. We thought we’d be friends forever. But everything changed the day we took the short cut home from school along the old railway line. I wish we’d gone the long way. I wish we hadn’t seen our classmate, pale and still in the undergrowth. And I wish we hadn’t promised to keep one, awful detail a secret just between us…
Twenty years later, I have a brand-new life, and try never to think about my old one. But I’m dragged back when Paige calls out of the blue. Richard has been accused of something terrible. Everyone back home is whispering about the body we found years ago, and saying Richard deserves to be locked up…
Before I know it, I’ve returned to the small town I thought I’d never see again. Paige is almost the same as I remember – jet-black hair, slender frame – but why does she seem so nervous?
Revealing the truth about what we saw that day twenty years ago could clear Richard’s name… but will the blame fall on me? And can I really trust that Paige is on my side – or is she hiding her own dark secret?
When we find a strange note in Richard’s flat, only one thing is for certain: someone else knows the truth too. All three of us are in danger…
A totally addictive read by bestselling author Kerry Wilkinson about how the secrets from our past will always come back to haunt us. Perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell, I Am Watching You and The Girl on the Train.
The book starts with our narrator in Canada. We know after the first couple of chapters that he chose this place to live because it is faaaaar away from his past. But as they say: You can take the boy out of the small town, but you can't take the small town out of the boy. So it is not surprising that his past finds him and for various reasons--which we later learn about--he returns to the place where he spent his childhood. And that is where the crazy events begin.
I have to admit that the description for the book is a bit misleading, but then again, there is no way the author could have written it any differently without any spoilers. There was just so much going on. I'm sure the description of the book took longer to write than the book itself. It is really hard to summarize a book in only a few words if said book is all about character building, finding secrets, and still trying to not get sucked into the events that happened recently and twenty years ago.
My favorite part of course was that the MCs took me on their hunt for clues and answers. Picture me with my Sherlock Holmes hat, violin, and pipe hehehehe. Another thing that I really loved about the book was that we get to read all the newspaper articles about the cases.
Kerry Wilkinson takes you on a murder hunt, but he does so in quite an interesting way. We swing back and forth between clues, the new case, the old case, and in between we get a lot of character building. By the end of the book you feel as if you know all about the characters. You may think that this would make it easy to guess what exactly happen. Well, you would be wrong!!! The ending feels like a Chitauri army got nuked inside your brain--yes, that is absolutely another Avengers reference. For those who don't know much about the Avengers (which is wrong on so many levels, seriously lol), a Chitauri army getting nuked inside your brain is a crazy messy thing. It's as if someone blows your mind, but like 10000% bigger. So yeah, that ending left me with my jaw dropped and speechless, which is actually something that not everyone manages because I loved to talk. There ya have it, my thoughts on this book. Now get up off that sofa and buy a copy.
About the author:
Kerry Wilkinson is from the English county of Somerset but has spent far too long living in the north. It’s there that he’s picked up possibly made-up regional words like ‘barm’ and ‘ginnel’. He pretends to know what they mean.
He’s also been busy since turning thirty: his Jessica Daniel crime series has sold more than a million copies in the UK; he has written a fantasy-adventure trilogy for young adults; a second crime series featuring private investigator Andrew Hunter and the standalone thriller, Down Among The Dead Men.