June 14, 2021

The Child in the Photo


The Child in the Photo

by Kerry Wilkinson

Published June 14 2021

by Bookouture

Rating: 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Genre: Mystery and Thrillers

SYNOPSIS

I stare at the newspaper article about a baby snatched from the back of a car thirty years ago, and wonder why someone would post it through my door. Looking closer, my blood freezes. The little girl in the photo has an unusual scar – just like mine. I’ve never met anyone with one like it. Is this stolen child… me?

Trembling with shock, I know I have to confront my mother. My parents got me through a horrific accident, helped me find a job I love teaching art, and even with buying my own house. But was it all built on lies?

She tells me the day I was born was the best day of her life, and I’m flooded with guilt for questioning her – but why do I catch her burning papers in the garden the next day?

Then I come home to find a woman sitting on my doorstep, covered in bruises and claiming she knows who abducted me. I don’t know if I can trust her – or if I’ll be the next to get hurt.

Because all the while, I’ve been hiding my own secret. Does whoever sent the article know what really happened the day of my accident? Desperate for the truth, I break into the house of my supposed kidnapper. Inside, I find a handwritten list of names. A shiver goes down my spine as I realise wasn’t the only child to be stolen.

Then I hear a key in the lock, and I know my life is in terrible danger…

My Thoughts
There is an almost indefinable quality that I love about Kerry Wilkinson’s books. He has an ability to take everyday experiences that we all go through and write them in a way that leaves you nodding and saying “yes!” For instance, he describes how a rumor winds up on the town Facebook page, then escalates into name calling, then winds up in a story in the local newspaper. Certainly, we’ve all seen those flaming wars, and part of the reason Hope doesn’t go to the police when she finds out about her background is because she’s been in the newspaper before – and it’s not a good thing.

The other thing Kerry does well is his ability to evoke our senses. He writes about the mustiness of the newspaper clipping, and not your ordinary, everyday mustiness, but “library mustiness”. He describes the effort of trying to bring all your bags of groceries in the house in one trip, only to have a few rogue apples go rolling away.

So, what I’m trying to say is read this book! The characters are well developed, the story is fascinating, and the twists and turns will give you whiplash! I didn’t want the ride to end.

Thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for an advance reader’s copy for review.

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