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A Face in the Crowd

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3.87  ·  Rating details ·  158 ratings  ·  106 reviews
Lucy gets the same bus every day. This Friday, her journey home will change her life.

She can barely afford her bus ride, tries to avoid eye contact, and, if she’s really lucky, she gets a seat and reads a chapter of her book.

But it’s a Friday – and the bus is always crammed at the end of the week. Personal space doesn’t exist. She keeps her elbows close and clings to a p
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Kindle Edition, 295 pages
Published June 6th 2019 by Bookouture
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Maureen
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 Stars.

Lucy and Ben were making plans for their future, but when Ben left to meet a prospective client that fateful morning, Lucy wasn’t to know that it would be the last time she’d see him. The train taking Ben to his appointment crashed, and he, along with many other passengers was killed.

Five years later and Lucy lives in a run down bedsit and works in a grocery store - she doesn’t really like either, but the fact is she doesn’t have a choice because Ben left behind huge debts, and more i
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Kaceey
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, buddy-read
Lucy is living paycheck to paycheck. Barely scraping enough to get by in her studio apartment with her dog Billy keeping her company.
Where did it all go so drastically wrong?
Her life wasn’t always this way. Once engaged to be married, her whole life ahead of her. Now it’s reduced to a matter of basic survival! One day at a time.

An overcrowded bus ride gives Lucy a ray of hope. She’s surprised to suddenly find an envelope in her purse. It’s not hers...she has no idea how it got there. The bigge
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Dita
May 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I truly wanted to enjoy this book more than I did. It hooked me and I was interested but it had to too many holes to be plausible.

Lucy's partner Ben dies in a train crash. After his death she discovers that he wasn't the mogul he led her to believe and in fact had blown their savings and even taken out loans in her name. Five years later she is still repaying those loans, living paycheck to paycheck and struggling to get by when someone puts an envelope with cash into her purse on her morning co
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Louise Wilson
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lucy and Ben appeared to be the perfect couple, they were very much in love, Ben was successful in his career. Now, Lucy is on her own. She struggles to make ends meet working on the checkout in a supermarket. Whilst travelling home on the bus one night, she discovers a large envelope has been put in her handbag. The envelope is full of money, over £3,000. Money she could desperately do with. But is the money really the answer to her prayers or the beginning of a nightmare? I kind of guessed abo ...more
Susanne  Strong
May 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: buddy-read, netgalley
3.25 Stars* (rounded down)

Curveballs, life is full of them! Just ask Lucy - the main character in Kerry Wilkinson’s “A Face in the Crowd.”


Lucy’s life hasn’t turned out the way she thought it would. A few years ago she was engaged and thought she had it all. Then her world came crashing down. Now she lives day to day as a cashier at a supermarket, while her dog waits for her in their small bedsit.

One day however, everything changes. Someone puts an envelope full of money in Lucy’s purse while sh
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Pauline
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
A Face in the Crowd by Kerry Wilkinson is a thriller that hooked me from the first page.
Lucy is struggling to make ends meet. She lives in a bedsit and works in a supermarket and is living hand to mouth. One day as she gets off the bus she finds a package full on money has been put into her handbag. She knows that she should take it to the police station but decides to hold on to see if someone reports it missing.
I really enjoyed this book. I liked Lucy's character and was rooting for her all th
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Stina
A FACE IN THE CROWD is Kerry Wilkinson's newest standalone thriller, and while not his best, it does feature the best character any book could - a gorgeous snuggable staffy! However, I may not have enjoyed it as much as much as I probably could have had I not spent the entire book on tenterhooks waiting for something untoward to happen to Billy. That constant shadow remained with me throughout the whole book and if it hadn't then I am sure I would have enjoyed it more. Having said that, I DID re ...more
Shelby
May 16, 2019 rated it liked it
5-years ago, Lucy’s boyfriend, Ben, died in a train accident, turning Lucy’s life upside down. After his death, Lucy discovers that Ben wasn’t the man she thought he was and she’s still paying the price for his secrets 5-years later.

Lucy struggles financially, pinching together every penny she can to survive. Ever since she got her job at the local supermarket, her routine has remained the same—including a daily trip on city bus. One evening after work, she arrives home to her dog, Billy, and r
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Lee Husemann
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this quick, easy, very suspenseful read! Lucy is struggling to make ends meet after boyfriend Ben tragically dies in a train crash after which she discovers he took out many loans in her name. Lucy lives in a cheap apartment building with an odd assortment of neighbors who add lots of character to the story. On her bus ride home one day, Lucy discovers someone has placed an envelope with a lot of money into her purse. From there, the book takes on many twist and turns culminating in a ...more
Chelsea
May 19, 2019 rated it liked it
It was my first time reading a book from this author- I thoroughly enjoyed her style of writing being in the first person it really helps you to feel connected to the character and see things from their points of view. Lucy to say the least lives quite a meagre existence, she is really struggling financially and has to budget right down to the last penny, her supermarket job just barely covers her bills and rent, she lives with her dog billy in a flat and doesn’t have many friends except for her ...more
Shelly
May 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Suspenseful to the very end. I didn’t connect with Lucy, the protagonist, but the twists kept me turning the pages. It’s a good psychological mystery with a unique premise that many will find engrossing.
Regina
May 09, 2019 rated it liked it
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Donna Hines
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Sometimes fiction rings true and yes my malignant narc ex husband must have known Ben our main character because it's right out of the same playbook.
Poor Lucy had no idea she was about to be 'used' in terms of her finances when she unexpectedly locates late notices hidden from her former fiance who supposedly died in a train crash.
What isn't so funny is the amount of time, effort, and energy one needs to expend to overcome this abuse of power and control. Trust me I'm still trying to get it in o
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Pgchuis
May 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, netgalley
I received a copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley.

2.5* rounded up.

I seem to be stuck in a rut at the moment where I read books that could be summed up 'this could all have been avoided if she had just read her bank statements every month'. Lucy's boyfriend Ben died in a train crash five years ago, leaving her with debts arising from loans he had fraudulently taken out in her name. (This sub-genre I am currently stuck in could also be summarized 'why don't people ever seek legal ad
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Denise
Jun 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Lucy is having a hard time making ends meet these past years. She's stuck in a dead-end job at the local supermarket making barely better than minimum wage and has a load of debt from when events 5 years ago basically changed her entire life. One evening on the bus home, someone puts an envelope containing money into her bag without her seeing who it was. She knows she shouldn't keep this new-found jackpot, but starts spending it anyway despite knowing that soon she'll be called to account. NO S ...more
Marnie | Once Upon a Time Book Blog
Someone drops several thousand pounds into your bag what would you do? Down on her luck, Lucy is faced with this decision when she finds money in her bag after getting off the bus coming home from work. After the death of her partner Ben in a train crash, the comfortable life she once lead has vanished. When details of Ben’s financial status reveal that they have no savings to speak of as well as a number of loans that need to be paid back that Ben took out in Lucy’s name without her knowledge, ...more
Marguerite (M)
May 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Five years ago, Ben died in a train crash leaving Lucy in debts. Today, during her usual Friday routine, Lucy left the bus with a big envelope of cash in her bag.


While the book hooked me up from the very beginning, it didn't really live up to that first impression.

A face in the Crowd was a lot less unpredictable that it wished to be and lacked a certain realism you are supposed to find in a psychological thriller to make the story stand out or even hold. The main character, Lucy, lacked common
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Karen Whittard
A face in the crowd. Was a book that initially had me hooked. But then i started to loose interest. It just started not to make sense, seemed to go off a little bit and had lots of plot holes in it. I really wanted to enjoy this book more. It just wasn’t for me. Sorry
Andrea Pole
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
A Face in the Crowd by Kerry Wilkinson is a novel of spine-tingling suspense that had me hooked from the very first paragraph. A delicious sense of unease settles in early, and only gains momentum as the story progresses. This is, quite simply, a fabulous read.

Lucy and Ben appear to be a couple very much in love. Ben has reached a degree of success in his career and is anxious to provide Lucy with anything her heart desires. This glimpse of their idyllic life is short lived, however, as we fast
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L.S.
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lucy and Ben seem like a happy, successful couple. But beneath the surface, cracks are already appearing.

Ben wants to buy Lucy the perfect house - one she commented on once upon a time - and now he's talking about stables for a horse based on a tale she told him from when she was seven years old. He wants her to have everything and is determined to provide it.

Thing is, Lucy has never asked for the extravagant wedding he seems insistent on giving her, and the horse tale was just a childhood memor
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Kath
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am a big fan of this author. His standalones as well as his Jessica Daniel & Andrew Hunter series but I have to admit that, although a good read, this wasn't his strongest book. Yes, It contained much of what I love about the way he writes but, for some reason, it didn't quite hit the mark for me.
Lucy is on her usual bus home one day when she receives a package. She only finds it once she has got off. On opening it, she finds it is stuffed with money. A lot of money. She's broke and her li
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Kat Dietrich


4.5 stars

A Face in the Crowd by Kerry Wilkinson is a psychological thriller.


First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Bookouture, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


My Synopsis: (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions)
It’s been 5 years since Lucy’s fiancé and his brother were killed in a train crash. The loss of Ben turned her world upside down. She went from a good job with a good fut
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Diana Gitau
Jun 10, 2019 rated it liked it
A Face in the Crowd has an interesting premise. Lucy is obviously struggling to get by. She found herself in a precarious situation where each day is a struggle to get by. She doesn’t even know when or if she will get her next meal. However, an incident in a crowded train now offers her some sort of hope. Someone has stashed an envelope full of money in her bag. She doesn’t know who it is. She does need the money obviously but can she really keep it? Who put the envelope in her bag?
This story to
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Darina
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
My full review available on facing the story
A Face in the Crowd follows Lucy, an ordinary character struggling to make ends meet as she attempts to pay off debts that her dead ex-boyfriend imposed on her by taking out loans under her name. The first person narrative contributes to an engaging story line and a sympathy for Lucy and her simple life. Unfortunately, as much as I tried, I couldn't grow to like her because her character was missing the courage and ambition that a main character invol
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Melissa McCabe Donnelly
Lucy and Ben are like the perfect couple, Ben wants them to have a big extravagant wedding and move to a big fancy house but when he goes to meet a client one morning the train he is on crashes and Lucy’s world is turned upside down as the Ben she knew and loved was a liar and had spent all their savings and took out all these loans in Lucy’s name so when he dies in the train crash poor Lucy is left to pay all the debt!
It’s now 5 years later at Lucy works at a supermarket just a short bus ride
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The Cats Mother
This is my second book from this author, having very much enjoyed The Wife’s Secret last year. Unfortunately this one was dull and unconvincing - it started well, and for the first quarter I was happily engaged, but then nothing really happened until the unsurprising twist and a rushed “is that it?” ending.

Lucy Denman lives a threadbare life in a tiny flat, counting every penny earned from her unsatisfying job in a supermarket and happy only with her lovable Staffie, Billy and her friend and nei
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Steph  Sheppard
A Face in the Crowd – Kerry Wilkinson

My first foray into Kerry Wilkinson’s twisted world was the DI Jessica Daniels police procedural series since then I’ve devoured every book I can get my hands on. So far I haven’t read one that I didn’t love on saying that this wasn’t my favourite. I really can’t recommend Kerry Wilkinson enough.

You can’t help feeling somewhat sorry for Lucy her life is in the toilet. Five years ago she had it all money, a good job and the love of a good man Ben and then poof
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Ami-May
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lucy thought she had her life all set out. A home, a job, and a husband.

But all it took was one train accident to change her whole life.

Lucy lost her husband Ben that day, but she also discovered a bit later that her husband left her with a wealth of lies and a hell of a lot of debt.

And for 5 years, Lucy has been stuck in the cheapest bedsit\flat that is available in her area. Working bare minimum paid jobs, struggling from one day to the next and living paycheck to paycheck. And having to decid
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Bethanie
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Face in the Crowd starts with Lucy finding an envelope containing over £3000 in her bag after her usual bus trip home. This raises the interesting question of what you would do in this situation. Lucy knows she should hand it into the police but when unexpected living expenses come up, Lucy uses the money to cover the shortfall, and she’s soon spent over £1000. In this situation we’d all like to think we would do the right thing and hand the money in, but in a situation where you are strugglin ...more
Jacqueline Murphy
Jun 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Lucy had the perfect life, she was engaged, he would do anything for her and then BOOM her life changed drastically, her fiancé died on a train crash and Lucy’s idyllic life was no more for what she discovered after the death of her fiancé, Ben was that he was in fact up to his eyes in debt, not only had he devoured their savings but he had taken loans out in Lucy’s name…. 5 years down the line, Lucy is living in a bedsit, working as a cashier in a supermarket, living paycheck to paycheck as she ...more
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Kerry Wilkinson has had No.1 crime bestsellers in the UK, Australia, Canada, South Africa and Singapore. He has also written two top-20 thrillers in the United States. His book, Ten
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