#Blogtour In The Wake by Helen Treverrow @helentrevorrow @UrbaneBooks #LoveBooksGroupTours

Image may contain: textIn The Wake by Helen Trevorrow  Urbane Books  June 28th 2018

In the Wake is a crime thriller set in contemporary London with dark ‘me too’ themes and a distorted vision of who is good and who is bad. Kay Christie, a successful career woman, navigates a professional catastrophe under the shadow of an old traumatic event that resurfaces violently and refuses to leave. When a body is found in the Royal Albert Dock, Kay is sent to quiet the media, but things get complicated when it emerges that she knew the victim.

My Review

There is nothing like a body dragged from the water and a missing person to entice the reader into a tense, and deep thriller and that is exactly what Trevorrow does. There is no messing around, and no preamble as the main protagonist Kay Christie is thrown into a maelstrom of mystery and intrigue.

And, what about Kay, what was she like as a character? The first thing I noticed was that Kay loved a drink, perhaps too much, she was also a person at a crossroads in her personal life, dealing with grief and a father who also liked a drink but to more extremes. The possible collapse of her PR business only added to her problems and added a wonderful extra dimension to the novel, that made it more than just a straightforward thriller. I loved that we seemed to be on a journey with Kay, a road to discovering what she did want and it was interesting to see how the author weaved the various strands together. It was a task Trevorrow managed extremely well and she took me on a veritable rollercoaster as the murder investigation progressed and I was never quite sure who to believe and what would happen next.

What I particularly liked were the glimpses we had of Kay’s past and the characters that stayed with her through to the present, and the little clues Treverrow left which allowed me to slowly piece together exactly who the murderer was.

Trevorrow’s narrative is full of wonderful imagery and the emotions of the characters, particularly Kay’s which are at times raw and poignant, providing a complete and welcome contrast to the more violent and hard edges of the novel.

The novel is full of tension and builds to a dramatic ending that did not disappoint this reader. It is hard to believe that this is Helen Treverrow’s debut and I hope we do not have to wait too long for her next novel.

I would like to thank Urbane Books for a copy of the book to read and review and to Love Book Groups for inviting My Bookish Blogspot to participate in the blogtour.

About the authorImage may contain: 1 person, sitting, closeup and indoor

Helen Trevorrow is a graduate of the 2016 Faber Academy creative writing programme. She studied at Leeds University and has worked in marketing and public relations in London. She is a specialist food and drink PR. Helen’s debut novel IN THE WAKE is a feminist crime thriller about family, unrealised trauma and alcoholism. Helen has ghost-written many articles for newspapers, magazines and websites. She lives in Brighton, Sussex with her wife and child.

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