Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Review: The Child in the Photo by Kerry Wilkinson

The Child in the Photo
by Kerry Wilkinson

Publisher: Bookouture
Pages: 318
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  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…

Kritters Thoughts:  Hope comes home to a pile of mail like any other day, but this day there is a piece of mail that is slipped in among the rest and it is a newspaper clipping from many years prior about a missing girl and this missing girl has a unique birth defect, just like Hope, what could this mean?

I love a good twisty turny mystery, but this one felt unique as one of the big mysteries is solved half way through the book, but then from there takes some interesting turns.  I appreciated that the story was more than the discovery of her link to the missing girl and that the author took it to the next level.  

I am always vague when reviewing mysteries and will do so for this one, just to avoid spoiling the book.  With that, I thought the way that this book unfolded was entertaining and it ended up being a quick read, but within the large bookshelf of mysteries that I have read it was just ok.  There were a few moments where I felt like the main character made some decisions and moves that didn't feel right and honest to her and maybe even some things where I rolled an eye or two!

I would like to try more from this author to see if how I felt during this book was unique to this experience or common for his writing.  I would love to experience another one and see if the things I liked remained.    

Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Ebook 2021 Challenge: 71 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Bookouture.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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