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Paige, Richard and me. We thought we’d be friends forever. But everything changed the day we took the short cut home from school along the old railway line. I wish we’d gone the long way. I wish we hadn’t seen our classmate, pale and still in the undergrowth. And I wish we hadn’t promised to keep one, awful detail a secret just between us…


Twenty years later, I have a brand
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Debra
Feb 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
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People Change

When you are young you think you will be friends with your classmates forever. Sometimes you are and sometimes you grow apart, because, well, people change...

Paige, Harry and Richard were inseparable in school, until one day everything changed. Richard and Harry took the shortcut home after school. It was something that they often did on nice days. But on that fateful day they saw Graham, a classmate, lying in the undergrowth. Lives would change forever after that day.

Twenty years l
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Liz
Jan 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
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“There’s something about a childhood best friend that never leaves a person...those connections we make when we’re kids feel fixed and permanent.”
So, when Paige calls Harry to say Richard is being investigated as a murder suspect Harry jumps on a plane to return home. He has no idea what he’s going to do, but he needs to be there. The book reminds me of Thomas Wolfe’s famous saying, you can’t go home again. On top of the current event, Richard and Harry had found a dead boy back when they were i
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Carolyn
Harry Curtis left behind the small English town where he grew up twenty years ago and now lives in Canada. However, when he gets a phone call from his childhood friend Paige to tell him their friend Richard has been arrested for the murder of a teacher he jumps on a plane and returns to offer his support. All through high school Harry, Richard and Paige made a tight little group of friends but drifted apart when school ended and Harry left for University. However, childhood friendships are alway ...more
Louise Wilson
Feb 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Paige, Richard and Me. We'd be friends forever. But everything changed that day we took the shortcut home from school along the old railway line. I wish we'd gone the long way. I wish we hadn't seen our classmate, pale and still in the undergrowth.

Twenty years later, i have a brand new life and try never to think about the old one. That is until Paige calls looking for help. Richard has been accused of somrthing terrible.

The pace is slow to begin with but it's not long before i picks up. here's
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Mike Musings Book Reviews
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: incomplete
Having not read any Kerry Wilkinson previously, I am uncertain of how reflective of his story telling is of this stand-alone new release. It is a difficult book to categorise as it’s really about three school friends who come together after years apart due to one of them being charged with murder. The past features prominently as the mystery unfolds, but they are no longer the same people. Whilst repercussions reveal new truths and old injustices, the overall effect is somewhat lacklustre. The s ...more
Vanessa Menezes
When Harry receives an out of the blue call from his childhood friend, Paige, he gets dragged back to the past which he had tried to escape.

His other friend, Richard has been accused of something terrible. Everyone back home is whispering about the body they had found years ago, and saying Richard deserves to be locked up. Before he realizes he has returned to the small town he thought he would never see again.

Paige is adamant that Richard is innocent. But she is nervous at the same time. Can
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Susan's Reviews
Feb 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Harry gets a frantic call from his childhood friend, Paige: Richard, their best friend, has been arrested for the murder of their old high school head teacher, Keith Wilson.



Harry is at a crossroads in his life. His marriage is over, he is dissatisfied with his job and the new life he had made for himself in Toronto. Paige's call is all that he needs to jump on a plane and return to Macklebury, the small town they had grown up in.

Paige is determined to solve the murder and set her friend, Richard
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Bridget
This psychological thriller by Kerry Wilkinson features three people who were friends 20 years ago. Back then, Paige, Richard and Harry thought they would be friends forever, but one day, Richard and Harry decide to take a short cut home from school, something they ordinarily do on the nicer days. This particular day, however, turns out to be far from ordinary as they discover the dead body of another school pal, Graham Boyes in the undergrowth on a disused railway line. 2o years on, in Toronto, ...more
Susan's Reviews
Feb 12, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Harry gets a frantic call from his childhood friend, Paige: Richard, their best friend, has been arrested for the murder of their old high school head teacher, Keith Wilson.

Harry is at a crossroads in his life. His marriage is over, he is dissatisfied with his job and the new life he had made for himself in Toronto. Paige's call is all that he needs to jump on a plane and return to Macklebury, the small town they had grown up in.

Paige is determined to solve the murder and set her friend, Richard
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Sarah
Feb 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This is an author who really knows how to pack a story full of suspense and mystery.

Harry, Paige and Richard were childhood friends of which twenty years later, Harry is now living in Canada. After Paige contacts him with worrying news about Richard being under arrest for murder, Harry is on the next plane back to his childhood home.

Like everything over time, things change, places as well as people. Harry takes some adjusting to being back where he grew up as well as around his childhood friend
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Gary
Jan 29, 2021 rated it liked it
A standalone thriller from author Kerry Wilkinson. This is a typical Kerry Wilkinson novel, fast paced, gripping, good characters and a good helping of twists and turns.

Harry, Paige and Richard were childhood friends and thought they would always be in each others lives. All that changed the day they took a short cut home from school along the old railway line and discovered the dead body of a school mate in the undergrowth. Twenty years on Harry who now lives in Canada receives a phone call fro
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Lou
Feb 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Blame is the latest Kerry Wilkinson thriller and returns to two decades ago when three friends were merely classmates, hanging out, growing up and then seemingly bonded together by a tragedy that befalls them. It revolves around school friends Paige, Harry and Richard who were so inseparable that they were seen more as siblings than mates as one was very rarely seen without the other two in tow. It opens on a Sunday morning in Toronto, Canada, and Harry Curtis is waiting in line for a spot o ...more
Sherri Thacker
This is my 3rd book by Kerry Wilkinson and it’s a “who dunnit” from the very first page. I really enjoyed this book and just when I thought I knew who the killer was, I was wrong. This author uses a lot of details and makes it believable throughout the story. Highly recommend. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this early release in exchange for my honest opinion.
Kat Dietrich

3.5 stars

The Blame 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)

Harry has been living in Toronto for many years, but when Paige asks him to return to England because their friend  Richard has been arrested and accused of murder, Harry boards t
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Jen
Feb 06, 2021 rated it liked it
This book was just ok. The storyline was interesting but the book itself, especially the first half, was pretty tedious. It centers in Harry, who was best friends with Paige and Richard growing up but has lost touch with them over the years. He gets a call from Paige telling him that Richard has been arrested for murder, and he travels from Canada to his tiny hometown in the UK to help.

As I said above, the first half of the book is really slow- lots of conversations and random details but not mu
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Monnie
Feb 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars, actually.

If I could pick an overarching theme for this intriguing book, it's a line that's repeated a few times throughout: "People change, and then they change again." It's certainly true in real life, and it's manifested in several of the characters herein. The story is narrated by Harry Curtis, who left his small hometown of Mackleberry, England, to live and work in Canada a couple of decades ago. It's his first time back, and he's more than a little reluctant to return. But an old
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Sharadha Jayaraman
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was ok
Thank you Bookouture and Netgalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This was a (very) slow-paced mystery with a half-baked plot. Actually, the plot was pretty decent and nicely wrapped up, but with weak characters and past-present narratives, it didn't hit the chord I was hoping it would. I, as a reader, was not sure what to look for when reading through the pages except very tiny details being covered every second and the dialogues were very loose, the characters di
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Andrea Pole
Jan 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
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The Blame by Kerry Wilkinson is another flawless tale of suspense that will have you firmly in its grasp from the very first page. When I indulge in any of this author's work, I clear my schedule immediately knowing that I will not be able to put it down until the final sentence has been read. This latest offering proved no exception.

Harry is living in Canada when he receives a call from Paige, his childhood friend who is still living in the same village in the UK where the two grew up. Their mu
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Misfits farm
Jan 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
“ People change and then they change again” .Harry has flown back from Canada as one of his school friends Richard, has been arrested for murder. He meets up with the third member of their group as was,Paige, not really sure what he can do other than be there for support. He and Richard went to school eighteen years ago and found another child under a bush on their way home. Social media being what it is has put the two together although the police don’t yet have anything to link the two murders ...more
Holly
Jan 25, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021, netgalley
Another standalone novel from Kerry. I love his Jessica Daniel’s series, I highly recommend those. This was just ok. Three friends from childhood regroup years later when one of them is accused of murder. Another friend has become a drug addict and the other is going through a divorce and wants to help his friends. During the investigation, people want to know what really happened when two of the friends stumbled upon a murdered boy years ago. The story was fine. Nothing really wrong with it but ...more
marnie | once upon a time book reviews
Feb 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021
It’s been 20 years since Harry built a new life and put the old one behind him. But when Paige calls to tell him that Richard is in trouble he can’t help but respond to her call. How much of what is happening now is linked to their long held secret about their classmate who they found dead near the railway tracks all those years ago. Now Harry is not sure who he can trust but when they find a note at Richards place, distrust turns to fear. Are they all in danger?

Kerry Wilkinson has crafted a gri
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Connie
Feb 13, 2021 rated it liked it
Harry lives in Toronto, recently separated from his wife, Laine. He gets a call from his childhood friend, Paige, who still lives their hometown in the UK. She tells him that their friend and her brother-in-law, Richard, has been arrested for murder. Richard’s brother, Oliver, is Paige’s estranged husband. Paige and Harry lived next door to one another all their lives and were very close friends. So, when Paige asks Harry to come back to help their friend, Richard, he agrees.

When they were young
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Jennifer
Enjoyed the book. I wouldn't call it fast paced. Pretty much once Harry arrives back home in Macklebury (after being away for twenty years) most of the book is Paige and Harry walking around the small town not dressed properly for the winter season. That's all they did for most of the book. I don't know why he never bought a hat or gloves, since he constantly talked about being frozen. Paige was adamant that she didn't need any help, but is was plan as day she needed the most help. Harry immedia ...more
Crystal Rees
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
This novel was a slow build but the unexpected ending was well worth the adventure. A solid 3.5 stars!
Diane
Feb 01, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Blame by Kerry Wilkinson is a murder mystery with twists to the plot. I have read many books by Kerry Wilkinson and always look forward to the new releases. The Blame is a bit different than the books I have previously read by this author. The pace is slow, and I felt as a reader, I needed to look beyond the sad and miserable conditions to discover the emotions of renewing friendships and relationships with friends and family. Every character in this story is unhappy and that never changes a ...more
Kath
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I make no secret of the fact that I am a big fan of this author. His two series - Jessica Daniel and Andrew Hunter - and his stand alone books. Every one a winner for me. This book was not about to buck that trend either as, once I dove in, I didn't surface until it was done. Luckily I have no life at the moment so that's quite easy to achieve!
So... Paige calls Harry out of the blue to say that mutual friend Richard has been arrested for murder and that this has dragged up events around Richard
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Amanda Clinton
Feb 06, 2021 rated it liked it
This was... fine. I've been a Kerry Wilkinson fan for quite some time but his recent novels have been a bit samey. The story is always that the main character goes back to the small town they grew up in and has to contend with small town drama, it's just getting a little bit cut and paste.

The story was pretty good and I was interested to find out who was behind both murders. I didn't immediately guess the perpetrator of either murder so that was a bonus.

I thought the characterisation was quite
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Syeda Sumayya Tariq
This was my first read by Kerry Wilkinson but it's definitely not going to be the last one. Such a gripping read! It’s like one of those stories where right from the beginning, you get that sinister feel in the air like there was something awful happening between the lines and you’re just anxiously waiting for it to reveal itself. The atmosphere is small-town-with-its-secrets kinda eerie, almost haunting, everyone’s a suspect at one point, and you just cannot tell where things were heading.

Thin
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Suesyn Zellmer
Jan 25, 2021 rated it liked it
Harry is living in Canada when he receives a call from Paige that their friend Richard has been arrested for the murder of a head teacher from their school. Harry returns to the UK immediately but realizes that he has no plan on how to help Richard, so he essentially tags along with Paige wherever she goes, on a mission to find the real killer. Paige meanwhile, is separated from her husband (Richard's brother), has no job, barely has any money, and is addicted to painkillers. Never having been i ...more
Jamie
Feb 02, 2021 rated it liked it
This is an interesting premise however the first ten chapters feel a ramble. At first it was unclear who the main protagonist was and whether they were male or female.

The beginning doesn't trip you or captivate you and it's certainly not like the high standards of the jessica Daniels series.

The story is simple - a friend returns following another friend who has been arrested for murder. So unfolds the unwinding of what happen and how it links with the past.

In parts it's so amateur and mind nu
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