Lucy can barely afford her weekly ticket for the grimy number 24, tries to avoid eye contact, and, if she’s really lucky, she gets a seat and reads a chapter of her book. But it’s a Friday – and the bus is always crammed at the end of the week. She keeps her elbows close and clings to a pole at every juddering stop. All she wants to do is get home to her dog, Billy, the only comfort she has right now.
When she gets off, something feels different.
An envelope stuffed with thousands of pounds is in her bag.
Is it the answer to her prayers, or the beginning of a nightmare?
Because, in the end, everything has a price.
You live in a crappy flat. You have to drag yourself to your crappy job every day on a bus you can barely afford to pay for, but it pays (some) of the bills so you have no choice. Thank God for the best friend you have ever had, Billy. Your faithful dog. He makes the sun appear from behind the clouds every time you come home. And I know that feeling. A dog really, really is a (wo)man’s best friend. 😊
But one day, when Lucy, our main character, gets of a busy Friday night bus, she finds something in her bag she never thought she would find in there: an envelope filled with money. Who left it here and why?
What would you do if you were in Lucy’s shoes? Would you do the right thing and take it to the police? But would you not insult the benefactor, because after all they gave it to you. Isn’t it yours to treat yourself and make your live a bit easier? Or was it rather someone who dropped it by accident and is going to get it back one way or another?
Should she be afraid or should she just enjoy this strike of luck? She will soon find out. The question is will she like the outcome…?
I totally enjoy this author’s stories. I always have the feeling that even after everything is revealed, some of the characters are still hiding something. Do I mind? No, because it leaves me wondering for days and make up my own explanation. 😊
I wonder though whether the murder was necessary? Not every thriller needs one in my opinion. The ‘problem’ could have been dealt with in an other way too. But it’s the author’s choice and maybe he used it to paint a more cruel picture of the culprit. In that case I understand it better.
Good book. 5 stars
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.