Today I am reviewing The Blame by Kerry Wilkinson. This was released on the 19th of February, published by Bookouture.
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.
It’s been 20 years since Harry built a new life and put the old one behind him. But when Paige calls to tell him that Richard is in trouble he can’t help but respond to her call. How much of what is happening now is linked to their long held secret about their classmate who they found dead near the railway tracks all those years ago. Now Harry is not sure who he can trust but when they find a note at Richards place, distrust turns to fear. Are they all in danger?
Kerry Wilkinson has crafted a gripping mystery that instantly caught my attention upon reading the blurb. I was in entranced and caught up in the tale and I needed to know the truth. But, the truth did not come easily! There are plenty of red herrings along the way to throw you off the scent and the author keeps his cards very close to his chest. That is one of the things I enjoy the most about his work in that his stories are never predictable.
The characters are well developed, diverse and play out their role well. I can’t say I was particularly fond of any of them, but they were portrayed realistically. In terms of pacing, it does move at a slightly slower pace to begin with as the foundation is laid, but when it does kick off, it does so full stream ahead making for more of an edge of your seat thriller in its second half.
The Blame is an enjoyable read to lose yourself in for a few hours. Full of tension and suspense and is one that keeps you engaged throughout, Kerry Wilkinson has delivered another thrilling read which I recommend for fans who love a good mystery.
Thank you to Kerry Wilkinson, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Blame, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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Let’s Get to Know Kerry Wilkinson
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.