Date of Publication: 28th March 2018
Date of Review: 28th March 2018
There’s blood on the windscreen and bonnet – but it’s not hers and there’s no sign of anything or anyone she might have hit. The last thing she remembers is being in a hotel on a business trip but now she’s miles away.
Back home and her daughter’s boyfriend is missing. The last thing he did was argue with Rose over money. He left no note, no text, no clue as to his whereabouts.
The police have questions – and so does Rose’s family. But those are little compared to the ones she has for herself.
What happened last night? And, perhaps more importantly, does she really want to know the answer?
Domestic noir is my favourite genre at the moment, so intrigued by both the synopsis and the eye-catching cover, I couldn’t wait to get to this book on my Advance Reader Copy pile. This is the first novel I’ve read from this author, but will I be reading any more. Read on to find out!
True to its genre, Last Night is full of paranoid characters and red herrings. The first thing that struck me as odd was right at the beginning when the protagonist wakes abandoned in the middle of nowhere and with her car covered in blood. The first thing most people would do is call for help. But does Rose do that? No. Her husband actually phones her but she doesn’t even mention it. The sense of unease has already struck! Her actions are even more bizarre when she returns home. I don’t want to spoil what she does, but I was beginning to think she was a right weirdo.
Then just when you are starting to think she’s made stupid mistakes, something happens and you think: ah, maybe she was right to do that.
The way Kerry Wilkinson has structured this clever, twisty first-person narrative, means that nobody, and I mean nobody, is beyond suspicion. But just who is the mystery antagonist? You’ll just have to read this novel and find out. I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
It’s just as well there are few more books by this author that I haven’t read yet. I’m not sure I can wait for him to write another one.
Thank you to the publishers Bookouture, and to Netgalley for providing this ARC.
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I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars