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The Child in the Photo

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As soon as I read the book description of The Child in the Photo, it struck me as something I’d enjoy reading. And, for the most part, I did.

Hope receives a newspaper cutting through the post about a stolen baby some thirty-odd years ago, and upon closer examination of the image she recognises herself in the child by virtue of an unusually-shaped ear. That sets her mind racing: could she be that child? Was she stolen and raised by people who weren’t her parents?

Her confrontation with her mum, I found disconcerting. It made me wonder how I’d react in the same circumstances. But I understood her need for the truth, so it made sense for her to track down the mother of the stolen baby. Not only does she find her “birth mother”, but on returning home, the person who posted the newspaper clipping is waiting for her, and she claims to be the real daughter of the couple who stole Hope (Baby Jane).

How Hope deals with all this new information is the crux of the story, aided and abetted by her best friend Stephen, and her sweet, elderly neighbour, Mr Bonner. Was she the only child to have been stolen? How did knowing the truth affect her life and relationship with her mum? Great stuff!

There’s a side story about an accident that Hope had, which rendered her an amputee that, for me didn’t tie into the story as much as I expected. 

"Because all the while, I’ve been hiding my own secret. Does whoever sent the article know what really happened the day of my accident?" (Blurb)

For the life of me I don’t recall finding out the answer to that question posed in the blurb. There was also an issue around a phone call Hope received from her birth mother’s stepson that also seemed to run out of steam.

That said, I did enjoy this book and found the premise fascinating. The dilemma facing Hope caused her to reflect on her past and to see for the first time the lies and drama around her birth. At times, it felt as though she was being led a merry dance and I had to wonder whether she’d come out of it all with her family relationships intact.

A riveting read with a few surprises on the way.
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Hope Taylor lives a contented life, she runs clubs for children encouraging creativity, she has friends & is happy living alone since she amicably broke up with her boyfriend. One day she comes home to find an envelope on the doormat. It contains a press cutting about a child that went missing over thirty years ago. Wondering why someone sent it to her she suddenly notices that the child has a scarred ear, exactly like hers- does that mean that she is the child in the photo? Hope's mission to find out the truth soon takes over her orderly life & leads her into some dark places.

I loved this book & just couldn't put it down. I really liked Hope & was willing her on throughout. Thanks so much Netgalley & the publisher for letting me read & review this book.
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Kerry Wilkinson seems to excel in writing these types of books,they are an easy read but still keep you gripped to the end,Hope/Jane one day finds an old newspaper cutting pushed through her door that will throw her life into turmoil,it sets her mind racing as to who she really is,aided by best friend Stephen she sets out to unearth her past and what she finds shocks her to the core as learns the truth about her parents and just what happened 34 years ago.As with all Kerry Wilkinson’s books this is an excellent thriller and I recommend all his books to anyone who enjoys this genre,definitely a 5 star read once again from Kerry Wilkinson.
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I love kerry Wilkinson books and try to read as many as I can.

Hope gets sent a newspaper clipping about a child who was taken from a car thirty years ago and the child has the same scar as her.

This is a fast paced Thriller that will keep you glued from the first page. It has twists and turns and suspenful moments around every corner.

I read this in one sitting and we gladly read more when they get released.
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Kerry Wilkinson always writes books that are full of suspense, twisty and unputadownable
And this is no exception

A newspaper clipping posted through a door
Starts a chain of events that unfolds from 34 years ago 

Now read it ............................

Thank you netgalley, Kerry Wilkinson and Bookouture
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In this thrilling read, one impossible to put down, I began reading how Hope discovers a mysterious newspaper clipping in the mailslot in her door. Therefore, it comes to no surprise that something was about to happen. The clipping contained a photo of a baby that was snatched when she was six months of age 34 years ago. Hope is 34 years of age. What is more is that the photo clearly shows that the infant has an unusual scar. Complely identical to the scar that Hope bears. These simply cannot be coincidences. When Hope confonts her mother, she gets a simple and what should be believable explanation about the scar Hope has.

But, it is not enough. She asks best friend Stephen to accompany her while she tries and look for whatever clues - or could it be lies - about her past and about that mysterious photo. If that is not enough, her mother suddenly does a strange thing - she burns papers in the garden. Does her mother have something to hide? Was Hope the abducted baby from all those years ago?

Hope's intense desire for answers causes her to take drastic actions. In so doing, she begins to unearth chilling clues that lead to abhorrent  secrets, proof that she was indeed abducted - and that she was not the only one. This presents grave danger to Hope.

While this story explores Hope's past, it is also a story of friendship, and of trust. With regard to her friend Stephen, Hope has found a gem. It is the rock of friendship that just might be enough to carry Hope through this difficult search for the truth. Also, Hope had other issues, and it was these issues that showed her strength and vigor, despite obstacles that might have slowed another person down.

While Hope had someone she could trust in Stephen, other secondary characters floated into the story, proving that trust was something that had to be earned, especially when danger seemed close at bay. Factor in a twist that eases into the story and The Child in the Photo turned out to be a terrific page-turner, intriguing from beginning to end.

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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BLOG TOUR REVIEW 

Review for 'The Child In The Photo' by Kerry Wilkinson. 

Read and reviewed via NetGalley for Kerry Wilkinson, Bookouture publishers and Bookouture anonymous 

Publication date 14th June 2021.

This is the second book I have read by this author. I have previously read 'The Child Across The Street' which is I would also recommend reading. 

I was originally drawn to this book by its gorgeous eye catching cover and its intriguing synopsis and title. The synopsis stated that this book is 'Perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train, Lisa Jewell and Shari Lapena.' I am a huge fan of Lisa and Shari so am looking forward to seeing if this lives up to this statement. I am also a huge fan of Kerry and if this is as good as 'The Child Across The Street' it is sure to be a good read. I must admit I was also biased due to the publisher being Bookouture. I have yet to read a book published by Bookouture  that I haven't enjoyed. Hopefully this won't be the first... Watch this space! (Written before I started reading the book).

This novel consists of 52 chapters. The chapters are short to medium in length so possible to read 'just one more chapter' before bed...OK, I know yeah right, but still just in case!

This book is based in a fictional town based in England, UK 🇬🇧. The bonus for me of books that are partly or fully based in the UK is that I live in the UK and have sometimes visited places mentioned in the book which makes it easier to picture. I have actually visited England on several occasions so am looking forward to seeing if I recognise anywhere that Kerry has based the book on.

This book is written in first person perspective and the main protagonist is Hope Taylor. The benefits of books written in first person perspective are as long as they are well written it makes you feel that you are being spoken to by the protagonist and it can create more of a bond between yourselves and them. If there are several protagonists you also get to see more of what is going on.

Well, well, well Wow!!! What an absolute cracker of a book!!! This book sucked me straight in from beginning to the explosive ending. It was very well written with excellent descriptions which put me straight into the storyline. The blog and the cover suited the book perfectly. 

The storyline was fast paced and filled with drama, lies, twists, family, shocks, deceit and suspense. A sadly and scarily very believable storyline which kept me on edge throughout. I loved all the twists and turns and throughout it kept me guessing what was going on and who was doing what. I would NEVER have guessed at the ending so a MASSIVE WELL DONE to Kerry . I have read many thrillers and it's getting harder and harder for me to be surprised so great job there. I loved the storyline and just loved everything about it. It was all done perfectly!! I loved the fact that everything was tied up and explained at the end and there were no loose strings. An absolutely addictive page turner that kept my heart in my throat on the edge of the seat and absolutely absorbed me. 

THE characters were fantastic, solid and completely believable, or are they?? You just have no idea who to trust and wow was I blindsighted! They all had such different and strong personalities and all suited the storyline perfectly. I really liked Hope, she had such a strong personality and never let her situation get her down, she just kept on going. I absolutely adored Mr Bonner and Stephen, they both had such HUGE personalities. They both made me laugh in several occasions, especially some of the things they came out with. Their relationships with Hope were absolutely adorable and I would love to have people like them in my life!!! 

Kerry well done on another fantastic storyline!!! I hope your busy writing your next explosive page turner as I cannot wait!!! 

Overall a compelling, page turning, mind blowing psychological thriller that will keep you up late at night.

Genres covered in this novel include Thriller, Mystery, Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Noir Fiction, Psychological Fiction, Police Procedural and Crime Fiction amongst others. 

I would recommend this book to the fans of the above as well as fans of Lisa Jewell, Shari Lapena and C. L Taylor. 


318 pages.

This book is just £1.99 to purchase on kindle via Amazon which I think is an absolute bargain for this book!!! 

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Imagine how it would feel to be happily living your life, only for it all to come crashing down around you in the blink of an eye. Everything you thought you knew, you now question and the ones you love and trust the most, could just well have been deceiving you for the last 30 years.

Family, secrets, lies and deceit all play a part in this wickedly woven tale that will have you on the edge of your seat as you become trapped in the pages. I became invested in the story and with its characters, desperately wanting all the answers. Kerry Wilkinson definitely knows how to grab his readers attention and where we are spoilt for choice with similar tales, he really knows how to make his interpretation stand out above the rest.

I enjoyed all the characters in the book, which again Kerry Wilkinson has excelled in their creation. Whether they are likeable or not, they all leave a lasting impression on you. In this case for me it was Stephen who is Hope’s best friend. Loyal and fiercely protective of her, all throughout I wished he was my friend!

Kerry Wilkinson has crafted another intriguing and gripping read that is addictive, suspenseful fast paced, twisty and just downright unputdownable! Let me tell ya, I was flicking those pages long into the night to see how it was going to unfold and I was not disappointed. So do yourself a favour and grab yourself a copy of this book today! like right this second. Go go go!

Thank you to Kerry Wilkinson, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Child in the Photo, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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A newspaper clipping of a missing child turns Hope Taylor’s life upside down when she thinks she just might be the missing baby. 

My first Kerry Wilkinson book and won’t be my last! The Child in The Photo is a quick and engaging read. Even though the premise is very clear, there are plenty of twists and turns throughout. I found the main character to be really well written and I especially loved her relationship with her best friend and neighbor. A great read! 

Thank you NetGalley & Bookotoure for the ARC!
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I’ve read and enjoyed other books by the author so was looking forward to The Child In The Photo. I read a lot of thrillers and this is offers what I’d expect from a good one; fast pace, well written characters, twists, turns and misdirection. I found this as quick and easy read and very engrossing. I felt some major plot elements are revealed too early but I kept reading to see how everything connected. This is the kind of book where you don’t know what’s going on and you need to keep flicking pages until it all makes sense. I thought this was terrific.
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When Hope receives in the mail a mysterious newspaper clipping of a missing baby 34 years ago, she's about to dismiss it when she looks at it a little more closely and sees a distinct and recognizable disfigurement that is identical to hers. In a matter of seconds Hope's mind is bombarded with thoughts as to whether her whole life has been a lie.

With the help of her friend Stephen, Hope is on a mission to seek the truth. But looking for answers brings more questions that she isn't prepared for. Chasing after every possible lead makes it hard for Hope to trust anyone. When she lets a stranger into her home, she doesn't realize the danger she just put herself in.

I liked the storyline and thought Hope was a great character who was selfless and compassionate, especially with Stephen and her elderly neighbor. The ending seemed kind of rushed, and I wish some things were elaborated more. Overall this is a good read and I look forward to reading more from this author.

Thank you Netgalley and Bookouture for the opportunity to read this book.
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Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. I really enjoyed  the style of writing and liked the characters.  I was hooked on the storyline from the beginning and found it hard to put down as I waited to see where it was going.  A really good read that I would recommend!
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I was lucky to receive an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review and opinions.  I was so excited to read this as the description sounded amazing and believe me it doesn't disappoint!  This is a fantastic story and kept me glued to the edge of my seat until I finished it.  Not too many authors are able to do that so THANK YOU for a great escape.  Can't wait to read more by Kerry Wilkinson!
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I was really excited to read the latest Kerry Wilkinson as he is one of my favourite authors. I was gripped all the way through and could not stop reading, the characters are believable and the plot was really interesting, sad in parts, it was suspenseful and had many twists which were classic KW. The only problem I had with this and I hate to say anything negative about my favourite authors was the ending. I was expecting a wicked OMG, I Can't believe it, moment but unfortunately their wasn't one. It ended too quick and it was a meh moment. I felt like it was rushed and their was more to the characters lives unsaid. All in all it's a great book, just a dead ending. I would like to thank Netgally and Bookouture for the ARC, I really appreciate it.
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Hope comes home to a pile of mail like any other day, but this day there is a piece of mail that is slipped in among the rest and it is a newspaper clipping from many years prior about a missing girl and this missing girl has a unique birth defect, just like Hope, what could this mean?

I love a good twisty turny mystery, but this one felt unique as one of the big mysteries is solved half way through the book, but then from there takes some interesting turns.  I appreciated that the story was more than the discovery of her link to the missing girl and that the author took it to the next level.  

I am always vague when reviewing mysteries and will do so for this one, just to avoid spoiling the book.  With that, I thought the way that this book unfolded was entertaining and it ended up being a quick read, but within the large bookshelf of mysteries that I have read it was just ok.  There were a few moments where I felt like the main character made some decisions and moves that didn't feel right and honest to her and maybe even some things where I rolled an eye or two!

I would like to try more from this author to see if how I felt during this book was unique to this experience or common for his writing.  I would love to experience another one and see if the things I liked remained.
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Wow! Really great book! I was hooked from the beginning. The storyline was gripping. I liked the characters and the style of writing.
It was my first book by this author but certainly not the last!

Many thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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First, I want to thank Kerry Wilkinson, Bookouture and NetGalley for providing me with this book so I can bring you this review.

WOW!!! WOW!! WOW!!! OH SNAP!!! Kerry Wilkinson DANG I smell Best Seller list for The Child In The Photo for you sir!! It was an incredible read that satisfied my craving for a good missing person case but in such an amazing creative and twisted way! Oh I must know how you came up with this storyline!! This is the best book I have read of yours!! 

Ohh this book hooks you instantly!! This book is jam packed with suspense, thrilling and powerful ending! 

Kerry’s book dealt with questioning who the characters really were and where they came from. No doubt about it that these characters were incredibly strong. There were a ton of hidden secrets, lies, betrayal, tragedies, shocking revelations, and heartbreak. 

As you were reading this fast paced book you could not help but think this would make an incredible series on Netflix! 

The Graphic Design team needs kudos for their amazing cover! I admit I was instantly drawn to the cover, Kerry's name, then the blurb. From there I was sold. The cover was just totally spot on to the main aspect of the storyline.
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I really enjoyed this book.  The relationship between  Hope and Stephen was special.  The only negative, I thought , was too many characters to keep track of.
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All the best lies are based on truth                   

Kerry Wilkinson returns with this thrilling, unputdownable tale of identity, friendship, lies and deception that rockets along and has more plot twists and turns than a roller coaster.

The story is written entirely from the perspective of our main character Hope Taylor who is thirty - four and organises The Creators' Club at the local community centre with her best friend Stephen. Having broken up with her boyfriend Aki, Hope's life had settled into a bit of a routine, the highlights of her week being the two evenings of the week that she spent at the club. But, as in reality, the fickle finger of fate had decided that Hope's life was going too well for its liking and decides to throw a spanner into her life in the form of an envelope that contains a newspaper clipping. The article is about little Jane Craven who was only six months old when she was stolen from the back seat of her mother's car and subsequently vanished, without a trace. The photo of the baby is fuzzy, getting and grainy but despite having no idea who Jane or her mother Penny are, there is something about the article that to Hope feels familiar and yet also doesnt. When she looks more closely at the photo, she spots something that sends shock waves pulsing throughout her body, something that causes her to question everything that she was told about her past and confront the shocking possibility that the photo is actually one of Hope when she was a baby. She begins a search for answers that will result in her confronting some uncomfortable truths about her past, deception and lies from people she trusts and coming into contact with some very unscrupulous individuals.
Who had sent Hope the article and what were the motives behind their actions?

I thought that Hope was a fantastic, very likeable character, I loved her sense of humour and her interactions with her loveable, elderly neighbour Mr Bonner who saw himself as her surrogate dad. Our pasts and identities are a very important part of who we are and I can't even imagine the conflicting emotions and feelings that would be caused by discovering that everything that you thought you knew about yourself could possibility be a pack of lies. I must admit that I thought Hope was rather naive in trusting the Stella character as quickly as she did but her actions could also be contributed to the events that were overshadowing her life. I also thought that Stephen was a wonderful character, I loved the interactions and banter between him and Hope. There was a scene in which the two friends were winding up some other characters that was really funny but the friend's actions backfired spectacularly for Stephen. They had a really close relationship and he appeared to be a really trustworthy individual but as all readers who love reading this genre know very well, people are not always who they appear to be. Was Stephen as trustworthy as he appeared to be or was Hope destined to be betrayed by her closest friend and confidante.

Omg, wow....just wow and wow again, I really really loved this captivating, fast paced, unputdownable page turner that had me hooked in and glued to my kindle from the first page. I would have read this addictive thriller in one sitting but my old eyes had other ideas. It's a gripping read that has a cast of realistic,diverse characters, some likeable,some not so likeable and packed full of twists and turns. I would give it many more than five stars if I could. This is Kerry Wilkinson at his very best,very very highly recommended and definitely going to be one of my favourite reads of this year.
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I really enjoyed this book, it moved along at a good pace and kept me gripped - I finished it in a few hours as couldn’t put it down!
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