The Suspect – ARC Book Review

Title:- The Suspect

Author:- Kathryn Croft

Date published:- will be published on 8th February 2023

Publisher:- Bookouture

No. of pages:- 359 pages

Genre:- Psychological Thriller


Plot:- 5/5

Writing:- 5/5

Overall rating;- 5/5

My family said he killed my mother. They lied…

I was just a little girl, fast asleep in my stroller, the day my mother was killed. I don’t remember anything about the sunny day that turned so dark.

But now, twenty years later, when the man walks towards me in the shadows of an empty street, his eyes on me for just a fraction too long, a shiver goes down my spine. I recognise his face from the picture in the papers. He killed my mother.

I try to run but he wants me to listen. He says that he is innocent, that the police got it wrong, and that my family have been lying to me for years.

My father and sister tell me to stay away from him. They remind me that because of him my mother never got to tuck me in at night or ease me through my first heartbreak. My boyfriend begs me to ignore him and says he could be dangerous. But when he is found dead, I am shaken to my core. Who needed to keep him quiet?

I won’t feel safe until I find out what he wanted to tell me. And when I go to his flat and find a photo that proves he was telling the truth, I suspect that the person who killed my mother is far closer to home than I could have imagined. What dark secrets are the people I love hiding? And if I search for the truth, am I placing my own life in danger?

Twenty years ago, Jess was in her buggy when her mother was murdered in the park. She had no recollection of who killed her mother at that time. Now in the present day, a man approaches towards Jess. Jess immediately recognized him as the man who was accused of her mother’s murder but when the man tells her that he was innocent, Jess was confused. Her family seemed to have lied to her and Jess is determined to uncover the truth about what really happened to her mother and who actually did murder her mother.

The story divides between past and the present, the present mainly told in Jess’s POV and the past mainly told from Lori’s Jess’s mother’s POV and is set in 1993. This was very intriguing to read and I was hooked into the story from the start of the chapter till the end. Lori’s part was interesting as she finds that she had been in a relationship with a married man and she was going to start a new life by enrolling into a university thus taking her daughter with her. There were moments in the story where you were put on the edge, there were some twists and turns and the ending was an unexpected twist! Overall, there is whole bunch of family drama in this book, which made this book more compelling to read.

So if you are looking for an unputdownable thriller with a bit of family drama in it, then try reading out this book. Worth five stars!

Many thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for the ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion only.

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