The Boyfriend by Kerry Wilkinson

I’m so delighted to tell you about this amazing book today. Thanks to Bookouture for the copy of the book and invitation to be part of the tour.

Book Description:

He went missing when you were sixteen. Was it all your fault?

Trembling with shock, Jodie picks up the old T-shirt. She hasn’t seen it for twenty years. Her boyfriend had been wearing it – her Ben – the day he went missing. The last time anyone saw him alive.

After her dad’s funeral, all Jodie wants is to clear out her childhood home as quickly as possible and get back to life with her son. But a terrifying discovery changes everything she knew about her kind, loving father.

Her boyfriend Ben went missing when they were just teenagers. His parents still stare out the window desperately waiting for him to come home. So how did the T-shirt he was wearing when Jodie saw him walk away from their last date end up in her father’s attic?

The search for answers leads Jodie to an old family friend who knows all her father’s secrets. She can’t shake his questions about her older brother, and the real reason their dad left everything to Jodie, not him. But when a stranger begins to follow her around their little town, and a deadly fire breaks out in her home, it’s clear someone will do anything to stop Jodie finding the truth about Ben’s disappearance. Has Jodie unknowingly put her own son in terrible danger?

An absolutely addictive psychological thriller with a heart-stopping twist, about how even the people we love can hide the darkest secrets. Perfect for fans of The Girl on the TrainI Am Watching You and Shari Lapena.

My Review:

I have been a fan of this author’s books for a while now, and it never ceases to amaze me how he can write books that manage to be so character driven and also so cleverly plotted and suspenseful.

I found myself pulled straight into the story right from the start. Jodie is clearing out her father’s house after his death. Her boyfriend went missing, presumed murdered, 19 years ago, and now the t-shirt he wore that day is in her father’s attic and he’s not there to ask about it.

Jodie is dealing with a lot following her father’s death. She’s divorced and bringing up her teenage son with very little input from his father, and now this brings up everything from the past, leaving her with a lot of unanswered questions.

What follows is a bit of a slow burn, but this suits the plot perfectly, as we find out more and more little secrets and lies from the past. The tension and suspense really builds and I couldn’t figure out what had happened to Ben all those years ago. I was almost afraid of what Jodie was going to find out.

Superbly plotted, there are a lot of twists and turns in this book, and I really didn’t see the ending coming. Atmospheric, tense, completely engrossing and gripping, I could not stop turning the pages in this book and would really recommend it so highly to anyone who enjoys a brilliant thriller.

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Author Bio:

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.

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