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Lucy gets the same bus every day.

She hopes to get a seat to herself, tries to avoid eye contact, and, if she’s really lucky, 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 pole at every juddering stop.

When she gets off, something feels diffe
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Published June 6th 2019 by Bookouture (first published June 3rd 2019)
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Maureen
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddy-read, netgalley
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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Louise Wilson
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Carrie
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
A Face in the Crowd by Kerry Wilkinson is a thriller that introduces readers to Lucy. Five years ago Lucy had been happy and thought she was marrying the man of her dreams but tragedy struck and Lucy’s partner, Ben was taken from her. Afterwards however Lucy finds Ben wasn’t what he seemed, not only had he emptied her bank account but forged her onto many more loans.

Now, five years later, Lucy is someone that lives day to day, paycheck to paycheck. She’s taken on a job as a cashier in a supermar
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Susanne  Strong
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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ABookwormWithWine
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5

A Face in the Crowd by Kerry Wilkinson was not at all what I was expecting, but I have to say that I was very pleasantly surprised!

What it's about: Lucy is barely scraping by until one Friday, on her usual bus, she gets off only to find an envelope stuffed with money in her bag. She has no idea where it came from, or why it's in her bag, but she desperately needs it. She doesn't use it right away, but after a while she feels like she doesn't have a choice. Once she starts using the
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Pauline
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Gary
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A stand alone novel by author Kerry Wilkinson.
Lucy’s boyfriend Ben and his brother Alex were killed in a train accident. Now five years later she is still trying to get her life back together. But things are not working out well, stuck in a small flat and in a job that she hates there doesn't appear to be any light at the end of the tunnel. Everything changes when on getting off a crowded bus she finds an envelope full of cash in her bag. With no knowledge of where it came from she is left with
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Hans
Jun 26, 2019 rated it liked it
A nice story with some strange things happening to Lucy. I was a bit disappointed in the end. The part Harry played didn't make that much sense to me. I prefer Kerry Wilkinson's books with Jessica Daniel or Andrew Hunter. ...more
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
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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Ell
May 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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.
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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Denise
Jun 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Donna Maguire
https://donnasbookblog.wordpress.com/...

I love this author’s books so I was delighted to see that he had a new book out, this one, A Face in the Crowd!!

I really enjoyed this plot and whilst I did guess a major part of it around a third of the way through, so it wasn’t as enjoyable as one that keeps me guessing right to the end, there were still a few twists and it still held my attention right to the end and the pace for the book was spot on to build just the right amount of suspense.

I really en
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LJ (On The Shelf Reviews)
Lucy is struggling to make ends meet, often skipping meals just so she can feed her dog Billy. Her prayers seem to have been answered when an envelope of cash is slipped into her bag. She’s faced with a moral conundrum, should she keep the money or give it into the police?

Her life starts to rapidly spiral out of control and Lucy feels like she’s being followed. Who gave her the money and what do they want with her?

So I really enjoyed Kerry Wilkinson’s stand-alone thriller The Death and Life of E
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Shelby
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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Sue Wallace
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A face in the crowd by Kerry Wilkinson.
Lucy gets the same bus every day.

She hopes to get a seat to herself, tries to avoid eye contact, and, if she’s really lucky, 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 pole at every juddering stop.

When she gets off, something feels different.

An envelope stuffed with thousands of pounds is in her bag.

Is it the answer to her pra
...more
Chelsea
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
Lee Husemann
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Melissa Borsey
I thought this was a good mystery, dragged on a bit more than I would have preferred, but I really liked Lucy and the need to find out who and why kept me glued to the pages. I thank Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book by one of my favorite authors.
Regina
May 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Pgchuis
May 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, ebook
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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Donna Hines
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Kath
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 living
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Cathy Geha
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Face in the Crowd by Kerry Wilkinson

Ben spoke of weddings and such the last time Lucy saw him as he was leaving for work. Five years later her life is MUCH different as she is living on a tight budget hoping to make ends meet. Sometimes she feeds her dog instead of herself but she is managing to scrape by as she works as a grocery checker and goes to school. She has some friends and does a bit of online dating but really...all she seems to do is put on foot ahead of the other to get from one d
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Faouzia
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
3,5 stars
Lucy gets in the same bus everyday, but one particular Friday after getting out of the bus she finds in her bag an enveloppe full of money. From that moment her life starts to change.

I enjoyed reading the book, the pace was by no mean fast or the plot one to make you hold your breath and yet i had good time reading it. It seemed somehow more realistic than many thrillers, a young woman struggling with an unrewarding job, with paying bills, buying the simple necessities and then she disc
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Nessa
This has been somewhat of a gripping book from start to finish, I really did enjoy it, there was all these odd & weird things happening throughout the story, all of which I had no idea how they'd all come together or why they were happening. I kept trying to figure it out in my mind but I literally couldn't have been more wrong. There are plenty of twists and turns to this story. It really was a very well written storyline.

I will be honest and say that I didn't warm to the main character Lucy,
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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
Sue Wallace
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
A face in the crowd by Kerry Wilkinson.
Lucy gets the same bus every day.

She hopes to get a seat to herself, tries to avoid eye contact, and, if she’s really lucky, 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 pole at every juddering stop.

When she gets off, something feels different.

An envelope stuffed with thousands of pounds is in her bag.

Is it the answer to her pra
...more
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