**5 Goodreads Stars**
“This is what happens when you live with someone you can’t stand. You make each other’s lives a misery and, in the end, everyone loses.”
“Is this me? Is this what I do? I destroy everything and everyone around me.”
Kerry Wilkinson’s Last Night is an impossible to put down character driven thriller featuring Rose, a middle age woman who finds herself parked in the middle of a field with no memory of what happened or how she got there. She discovers blood on her car’s windshield, and frantically inspects the car for any signs of who or what she hit. Finding no evidence of bodily harm, Rose flees the scene. She washes the car clean of any evidence at home, and goes back to the humdrum of her daily life.
Despite her best efforts, Rose can’t stop ruminating over that night. Rose’s personal life takes a turn for the worst after that fateful night, too, causing her to worry that someone is out to get her family. Her 18-year-old daughter Olivia’s boyfriend – a handsome but rough and tumble guy named Tyler from the wrong side of the tracks – goes missing after a fight with Olivia. This isn’t the first time he’s disappeared after a fight, but it is certainly the longest time he’s left town.
Rose’s work card is lost, but then reappears days later after she has turned her house upside down. Rose’s house is broken into, but expensive items, like laptops and televisions, are left behind, with only a small amount of cash taken. Rose’s boss also has Rose in the hot seat for her poor work performance and lack of professionalism. Finally, Rose and her husband of 18 years, Dan, are miserable together and plan to divorce. Dan seems to be pursuing a lover on the side, and Rose hints at doing the same.
Is someone taunting Rose for the sins of her past? Is Rose’s husband seeking revenge amid divorce proceedings? Has Rose herself gone too far with Olivia’s boyfriend, a guy Rose cannot stand but has put up with to remain close to her daughter? Or is someone else lurking in the shadows – a coworker, boss, fling, or trusted friend, someone seeking vengeance for Rose’s unsavory deeds as a teenager or adult?
This book reminded me of Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train as it features a middle-aged woman struggling to keep things together in her personal life, which makes the reader question the narrator/Rose’s claims. Is the narrator giving us the full picture, or are they concealing certain memories and events from the reader?
This book has so many quotable passages and memorable characters. Wilkinson has a talent for making characters come alive to the point it feels as though they are standing right next to you, urging you to be a part of the story. This was my first time reading his books, and I am looking forward to reading more from him.
Thank you to the author, Kerry Wilkinson, the publisher, Bookouture, and NetGalley for an advanced reader copy of Last Night.
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Rose Denton wakes up in her car. She has no memory of how she got there. But she knows something bad happened…
There’s blood on the windscreen and bonnet – but it’s not hers and there’s no sign of anything or anyone she might have hit. The last thing she remembers is being in a hotel on a business trip but now she’s miles away.
Back home and her daughter’s boyfriend is missing. The last thing he did was argue with Rose over money. He left no note, no text, no clue as to his whereabouts.
The police have questions – and so does Rose’s family. But those are little compared to the ones she has for herself.
What happened last night? And, perhaps more importantly, does she really want to know the answer?
A totally addictive psychological thriller which will keep you turning the pages until the final dramatic twist.
Kerry Wilkinson has had No.1 bestsellers in the UK, Canada, South Africa and Singapore, as well as top-five books in Australia. He has also written two top-20 thrillers in the United States.
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.
Upcoming US releases:
Behind Closed Doors (Jessica Daniel 7): Out now
Two Sisters (standalone): Out now
The Girl Who Came Back (standalone): Out now
Crossing The Line (Jessica Daniel 8): Out now
Scarred For Life (Jessica Daniel 9): Out now
One Cloudy Night (standalone): Spring 2018
The Death And Life Of Eleanor Parker (standalone): June 2018
For Richer, For Poorer (Jessica Daniel 10): 2018
Nothing But Trouble (Jessica Daniel 11): 2018
Recent and upcoming UK releases:
Eye For An Eye (Jessica Daniel): Out now
Last Night (standalone): Out now
The Death And Life Of Eleanor Parker (standalone): 22 June 2018
To Have And To Hold (standalone): October 2018
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