Rain pounds the windscreen in the pitch-black evening. She knows this winding country road like the back of her hand, dodges the potholes with ease. But then she hears a crunch. A thud. She slams on the brakes.
Since Katie’s dad left it’s just been the two of us, but we’re a team – singing in the kitchen at cheesy pop songs, tackling her homework. My teenage daughter is everything to me.
But one night, as we’re curled up in front of the TV, the messages start. I keep my phone away from Katie so she can’t see the terrifying words: I know what you did. Now you’re going to do something for me…
I have no choice but to obey. Because if I go to the police, come clean about what I did to protect my girl, all the questions and prying eyes would soon discover Katie’s secret too. And that would tear her life apart.
So I drive where they tell me, do what they say, send the photo evidence they want. I feel sick when they ask me to cause someone harm, and it’s clear they know everything about our lives. I thought I was keeping a secret to keep my girl safe. But have I actually put her in even more danger?
You are driving. The weather conditions are bad. You stop focussing for just one little second and that’s when disaster strikes. What would you do? Confess and face the music or act as if nothing happened and drive away?
Guilt eats away at you, but why would you worry? Nobody was around so you can start to relax, until you can’t… Seems like someone knows about your secret and is working hard to turn you into their lackey. Who is doing this to you? And then suddenly you don’t seem to be the only target. Time to act…
You often notice other people’s children’s bad behaviour, but you often turn a blind eye when it’s about your own offspring. And when someone points a finger, you have a lot more to deal with.
This author really knows how to take you on a journey over roads that keep twisting and turning until you certainly don’t know where you are anymore.
By turning yet another page you slowly but surely arrive where you want to be. Finally everything will be revealed… Was this what you were expecting? I totally did not see this coming.
This is a story that makes you want to keep on reading because you so want to find out what is going to happen. And then there is that last page… I loved it and I hated it at the same time. 😉 Find out for yourself and I would really like to know what your feelings are. 🙂
Anyway I absolutely enjoyed reading this book. 5 stars
Thank you, Kerry Wilkinson and Bookouture
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.