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This author is fast becoming one of my favorite authors!!! This book had me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book! A great read!!!

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A great read which had me on the edge of my seat and turning the pages constantly.
A definite must read!

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I really enjoyed Wilkinson’s first Sleepover book, and this was a solid follow-up. it’s a popcorn thriller about a final girl, a fun story with enough to keep you hooked for an afternoon but got a little lifetime movie-ish for my personal taste.

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This is a psychological thriller novel. Leah had a sleepover 25 years ago and the other girls were missing by the morning. it's 25 years later, Leah is now a mom herself and 3 boys go missing. This story was so good, it had me at the edge of my seat the whole time, I couldn't put the book down. I gave it 5 stars.

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wow, what a heart stopping thrilling read. could not put it down. edge of the seat thriller. highly recommended.

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This book was a page turner from beginning to end.. Definitely was action packed towards the end with some twists I didn’t see coming. Would highly recommend. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

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This is the second book in the series. Even though it is the second book, you can easily read it as a standalone. This was an easy read.

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Absolutely loved this book didn’t realise it was part of a series though so will definitely be reading the first instalment.

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Blog tour organised by Sarah Hardy

http://ramblingmads.uk/2023/12/15/blog-tour-after-the-sleepover-kerry-wilkinson/

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Second book in this series
Three boys camping two of them go missing
Just like what happened twenty five years ago
Plenty of twist and turns
Will have you racing through the pages
Thanks NetGalley

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This was a great book. I loved every paragraph, every sentence and every word of this masterpiece! I read it in 12 hours, which is a lot for me to do! It had everything and more laid out in the novel! I sure hope There is more to come from this author! I am totally hooked!

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This was a tense and suspenseful thriller that explores the dark side of human nature, With its intricate plot and complex characters, this novel will keep readers guessing until the very end. It was sheer class!

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#AfterTheSleepover #NetGalley
Leah was famous in her town and everyone knew who she was and what had happened to her twenty five years ago. Leah had been to a sleepover with three of her friends at one of their houses. When Leah woke in the morning all three of her friends had disappeared. Twenty five years later the mystery still hadn’t been solved and still nobody knew what had happened to her friends that night. An old school mate of Leah’s called Jennifer had asked the police to bring Leah to her house as Jennifer’s son and two of his friends had gone missing. Leah wasn’t sure why Jennifer had asked for her as they had never been close but she didn’t feel she could say no. As events unfold Leah isn’t quite sure that Jennifer is telling her the truth about what has happened. When Jennifer’s son turns up on his own Leah becomes even more suspicious.
It's good. A bit slow at first but overall it's good.
Thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for giving me an advance copy.

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Very well thought out storyline and very good writing style, this story grabbed from the first chapter and had me intrigued till the very end, lots of suspenseful twists in this story which held my interest through out.
I look forward to reading more from Kerry Wilkinson. Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.

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This was a quick read and I finished it in a day. I wish I read the first book first. I just jumped in and didn’t realize it was the second one.
But I still really enjoyed it and would recommend. It had some good suspense!

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"Three teenagers disappeared. And it’s happened again…"

I can’t remember a time when I have read two instalments from a series almost consecutively, but that’s just how things panned out on this occasion. I had heard that the two books could be read as stand alone stories, however, it was good to find out just how closely, if at all, they were linked, especially after the last minute revelations in The Night Of the Sleepover. Whilst indeed this book could well be read in isolation of its predecessor, I would probably urge you to read them both in back-to-back succession, as, IMHO, they work much better as one long continuous story.

In that first story, I met the main protagonist Leah, some twenty-five years after the sleepover which found her, the only teenager to wake in the lounge of her friend’s house, with three empty sleeping bags for company. The brother of one of the missing girls had recently been in town to make a documentary about that night and events leading up to it, in the hope of resurrecting what had become for the police, a ‘cold case’. Leah, who still lived in the town, had become almost (albeit at an arm’s length) friendly with Esther, the older sister of one of the missing girls. The two women had their own secrets from those teenage years, which they had never revealed to anyone else, although little did Esther know, but whilst she had, in all good faith, revealed her own secret completely to Leah, Leah in turn had never been quite so forthcoming in divulging her own full version of the truth, which she aimed to take to the grave with her.

Now, just after the premier of the documentary, Leah’s teenage son Zac, is shocked to discover that three boys from his year at school, albeit none of them his personal friends, have gone missing after camping out in a field on the farm where one of them lives. Despite not knowing one another, Dylan’s mother Jennifer calls Leah, who is now now a community support worker and asks for her help in coping with the situation she finds herself in. Against her better judgement Leah heads out to the farm, unprepared for the dilapidated state it appears to be in and equally aghast at the conditions in which fellow single parent Jennifer lives, whilst trying to raise her son and eke out a living for them both. At first, the two women are a little uneasy around each other, as each can see the other, reflected in their own circumstances and lives. Both had very dysfunctional and damaged mothers, abusive fathers and friends who seemed to lead perfect lives with loving families surrounding them. Jennifer confides in Leah, perhaps a little more than she should about her childhood and the long-held concerns she holds about her father’s behaviour following her mother’s disappearance. Some of her allegations seem so important that Leah feels compelled to pass on this vital information to the police investigation team, although Jennifer seems surprisingly at ease with facing further questioning, whilst trying to deal with the disappearance of her son and his friends. Leah becomes increasingly uneasy with the direction her relationship with Jennifer is taking. However, because she is unsure just how much Jennifer knows, or thinks she knows, about the events of twenty five years ago, she finds herself not only unable to walk away from the situation, but potentially and very involuntarily, revealing more about her past to Jennifer than she needs to know.

Meanwhile, more serious allegations emerge against a third party, which are unconnected directly to the disappearance of Dylan and his friends, but which do involve Dylan and have every bit as much power to rock the whole community anew. Events take an even stranger turn when, some days later, Dylan is found wandering the roads, seemingly unharmed. However, there is no sign of the other two boys and Dylan doesn’t know where he has been held, or why he has been released. Then the bodies start to stack up and alarm bells begin ringing loud and clear for Leah, who is convinced that she is being played by Jennifer, until such a time that the latter chooses to reveal both their secrets, which will potentially take them all down, including an unsuspecting Esther, whilst destroying the hub of loving and protective people Leah has built around herself.

Two missing trios, one girls, one boys, twenty five years apart…



Ooh! In many ways I actually enjoyed this second storyline much more than the first. I don’t really think there was any more of a sense of complete closure by the end, but the air of unspoken threat and menace throughout really held me gripped and unable to escape the intense atmosphere, which was so claustrophobic and suffocating it was like falling into a vat of treacle and never being able to fight my way to the surface.

There were so many strands to this well-constructed, multi-layered storyline, which author Kerry Wilkinson had carefully woven together and sprinkled with a liberal portion of red herrings, so that I had no idea of an eventual outcome, until he skilfully unravelled the secrets one by one and began dovetailing them together into a bombshell ending which rivalled, and probably for me, surpassed that of the first book.

Thankfully, Kerry had considered the emotionally draining and nerve jangling effect the book was going to have on its readers and had kindly broken down the chapters into a manageable size, which allowed me some short periods of respite and recovery, before taking another deep breath and getting sucked back into the manipulative clutches of the dour and lugubrious characters he had created.

I began to doubt myself in what I thought I knew about Leah’s background and the suspicions I had about Jennifer, when there were just so many suspects unknowingly lining themselves up, or being set up, for crimes I assumed they weren’t and could never have been, guilty of. Overall though, the entire cast of characters really didn’t inspire any positive thoughts from me, with the possible exceptions of Deborah and Zac, who were probably the only truly innocents. Everyone else either had so many secrets to hide, or personal axes to grind, that they were totally uncredible, even down to the rather ‘beige’ Ben, with whom Leah had been having a clandestine affair, which neither of their respective sons had any idea was going on and which really didn’t seem to be going anywhere, with neither of them having the energy or will to take things to the next level.

Once again Kerry has unashamedly infused the storyline with many of the more disturbing social mores which are unfortunately part of the fabric of our modern times, allowing them to play out without outwardly contriving an outcome, making them realistic and immersing me in Leah and Jennifer’s disturbed and distorted worlds. Both victims of the of hate and vitriol that existed between their respective parents, both left motherless, then, unable to commit to a lasting relationship, both finding themselves single parents to teenage sons. Leah had however contrived to find the love she yearned for in her later teens and had, with help, built a strong relationship with her son, Zac, who had thus far steered a path on the straight and narrow. Whilst Jennifer had carried the hate and hurt with her into adulthood, passing it on to her son, Dylan, who was now totally adept at manipulating a situation for his own benefit, whilst his mother was always on hand, appearing to encourage his deceitfulness and need to stand out from the crowd, as if it was his entitlement.

The question of an adult having sexual relations with an underage minor, is also thrown into the spotlight when social media accounts are examined for one purpose, only to reveal another crime which might have remained undetected in perpetuity. That it involves multiple adolescents and a person of high moral standing and influence in the community, only adds to the overall problems of trust and truth this town suffers.

The one small niggle I had with this storyline, was much the same is it was with the first book, in that there was no real sense of time or place, where I could pin my colours to the mast and identify a location. I only know for certain that we were somewhere in England and few more hints in this story gave away the fact that we might be somewhere quite close to the coast. Not entirely satisfactory for a confirmed ‘armchair traveller’ like myself, although there were some good detailed and descriptive passages relating to the farm and its locale, which meant that not all was lost.

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2.5⭐️
Thank you, Netgalley and Bookouture, for allowing me to read, After the Sleepover, in exchange for an honest review.
It's been a year since the events in The Night of the Sleepover and the documentary has had its premiere. It's also been 25 years since Leah woke up to find her friends missing during a sleepover.
In this book, the concept was to mimic the first book but with a twist. As in history is repeating itself in their small town. I didn't enjoy this as much as I enjoyed the first book. The plot fell a bit flat for me, and while there was a somewhat ominous ending, it didn't drive my curiosity to know more.

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I deliberately didn’t read the blurb on this book as I didn’t want to know anything before I started to read it. I also wasn’t aware that there was a book before this called
‘The Sleepover.’ I am going to read this one next as I am keen to find out more about Leah’s past and what happened to her as a child. This book works well as a standalone but it has provoked questions in me regarding what had happened twenty five years ago to Leah.

Leah was famous in her town and everyone knew who she was and what had happened to her twenty five years ago. Leah had been to a sleepover with three of her friends at one of their houses. When Leah woke in the morning all three of her friends had disappeared. Twenty five years later the mystery still hadn’t been solved and still nobody knew what had happened to her friends that night.

An old school mate of Leah’s called Jennifer had asked the police to bring Leah to her house as Jennifer’s son and two of his friends had gone missing. Leah wasn’t sure why Jennifer had asked for her as they had never been close but she didn’t feel she could say no. As events unfold Leah isn’t quite sure that Jennifer is telling her the truth about what has happened. When Jennifer’s son turns up on his own Leah becomes even more suspicious.

A great read and full of surprises. I would definitely recommend this book. Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for an advance copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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After the Sleepover by Kerry Wilkinson is the sequel to The Night of the Sleepover and, as soon as I finished the first book, I couldn't wait to start this one.

I felt After the Sleepover was a bit of a slow burn compared to the first but still enjoyed the continuation of Leah’s story and the twists and turns especially the end

I would like to thank Bookouture & NetGalley for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest and fair review.

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This book was a good read but unfortunately I didn't realise it was book 2 of a series so feel that I didn't truly appreciate this story as I hadn't read the first book.

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