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In the Wake: A thrilling debut from a writer to watch

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'Deliciously dark and beautifully written, In The Wake offers a thrilling debut from a writer to watch.' - Dan Dalton, author of Johnny Ruin

When a body is found floating in London's Royal Albert Dock, successful public relations expert Kay Christie is sent to quiet the media, but things get complicated when it emerges that she knew the victim.

As events spiral out of
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Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published June 28th 2018 by Urbane Publications Limited
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Miriam Smith
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found the gripping crime thriller "In the Wake" very entertaining and I thoroughly enjoyed the creative storyline from the interesting start to the cracking finish.
Secrets always rise to the surface...... Kay, devastated by her mother's death, is struggling to maintain her high flying career. When called upon to handle a gruesome discovery she personally becomes entangled in the mystery itself. As she spirals out of control, long suppressed memories surface. What lengths will she go to right
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The story opens up at Christmas Day in Samuel Lane Ward, Eight Floor, St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London when an unreliable temporary nurse hadn't shown up for work. When a body had been found underneath a luxury boat, but the successful public relations expert Kay Christie recognised the face.
Laura
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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[4.5 stars]

This is a tense, original debut thriller from Helen Trevorrow, whose writing style I love. It’s descriptive without being too much, has a strong plot that makes you want to read more, and features strong female characters who I loved reading about.

I don’t want to give too much away about the plot, but it addresses some serious themes and issues, and I have to say that some parts of the story are pretty dark, so prepare yourself. It all helps to
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Shalini
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
For me, this was a different read, most unexpected as the protagonist Kay was neither a cop or a detective. She worked in a PR firm and a body floating in a canal thrust her into memories of the past where she knew the victim but could tell no one. She monitored the investigation from the sidelines giving me the story from her POV.

My first book by author Helen Trevorrow, quite a clever bit of writing, I would say. I was pushed into the deep end and had to swim with the main character to
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Miriam Smith
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I found gripping crime thriller "In The Wake" very entertaining and I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline from the interesting start to the cracking finish.
Secrets always rise to the surface..... Kay, devastated by her mother's death, is struggling to maintain her high flying career. When called upon to handle a gruesome discovery she personally becomes entangled in the mystery itself. As she spirals out of control, long suppressed memories surface. What lengths will she go to right the wrongs of
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Jo
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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In The Wake was a book that I could not put down. The prologue set the scene beautifully and from that moment on I was captivated. This is a book that features strong women, buried secrets, and mysteries that need to be solved. It's one hell of a cracking read.

The novel very much focuses upon how our past effects our future, and the fact that we can never fully escape from who we were in the past. We follow Kay, who is still dealing with her difficult psst, and watch as she becomes entangled
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Vicky Hague
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous page turner with really strong gay female main character. Really amps up the pace the more you get into the book and my favourite sections were in the last third where the action comes to a climax.

Samuele Frecchiero
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Helen Trevorrow’s debut novel is an intense, entertaining, and gripping feminist psychological crime thriller.
When the police retrieve a body from the Thames around the London Excel Centre, the life of Kay Christie takes an unpredictable turn. A quick, careless look at the dead man is enough to shock and upset her. Kay knows the victim: Lance Corporal Benedict Philips.
Painful and horrible memories resurface from the past. A past Kay thought the time had washed away. Kay desperately tries to
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Misfits farm
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
(3.5*)Kay Christie is a successful PR business woman running her own business with her partner. One day at an event at Excel a body is found and Kay is certain she knows who it is. The PR contract is failing and accounts for 70% of the business so Kay wants to do her best to retrieve it and/or get new business whilst doing her best to push attention away from the crime. This is a very different read as there are several issues covered at once. The PR business, Kay relationships, the murder , her ...more
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Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Patty
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Read this book in a day and a bit - putting it down reluctantly when I had to. The writer's voice is confident, witty and stylish - I frequently wanted to read out memorable lines to whoever happened to be nearby. The plot is multi-layered, fast-paced and full of surprises - I gasped out loud at a twist towards the end! There's a murder, yes, but much more. The central character, Kay, struggles with what's happening around her and within her she's easy to like. Looking forward to Helen ...more
Nicola Parkinson
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With this being Helen Trevorrow’s debut book I wasn’t sure what to expect but I didn’t need to worry, this book has well thought out and VERY flawed characters, a cunning plot that has your mind reeling the whole way through and the story that has you feeling like you were there the whole time with Kay and her team.

There is a lot to take in with this book, secrets, past stories and plenty of details, so pay attention! I found the first half of the book a little slow to get into but once the
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John William Edwards
Nicely written.
David Lindsay
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved Helen’s writing. There’s a rhythm and poetry to it that I really enjoyed. Her description is remarkable. Sometimes you can read descriptive passages that are so long that you’ve forgotten what the story was about. This is different. It’s a line of metaphor or simile, or just pure expression, that instantly colours the scene, visually or emotionally: ‘their chairs had grown closer together, the way shoes move under the bed in the night’.

The story, at first, is enjoyably chaotic. A
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Jane Hunt
A dark crime thriller, with a fusion of psychological suspense, police procedural and noir romance making this book a riveting read.

This story starts with an unnoticed disappearance, then a body and finally a connection. The reader is thrown into a maelstrom of crime, drama and suspense, which ramps up with each turn of the page.

Told in the third person from Kay’s point of view, with illuminating flashback chapters to two historical time periods, you wonder if she is hiding something, and she
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Jamie Garwood
I really struggled to connect with this book, I found the characters somewhat unlikeable and felt the thrust of the narrative revolved around wallowing in the protagonist's self-pity; striving for relevance like The Girl on the Train but instead becoming this shallow attempt at self-control - by the end I was pleased a resolution was reached so I could close the book
Rosemarie
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I enjoyed this book once I got into it. Kay is a complex character with a painful past that is damaging her present.
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