Release Date: June 03, 2019
Genre: Adult Fiction / Mystery / Thriller
Goodreads Average: 3.86 *as of 6/21/19*
Lucy gets the same bus every day. This Friday, her journey home will change her life.
She can barely afford her bus ride, tries to avoid eye contact, and, if she’s really lucky, she gets a seat and reads a chapter of her book.
But it’s a Friday – and the bus is always crammed at the end of the week. Personal space doesn’t exist. She keeps her elbows close and clings to a pole at every juddering stop.
When she gets off, something feels different.
An envelope stuffed with thousands of pounds is in her bag.
Is it the answer to her prayers, or the beginning of a nightmare?
Because, in the end, everything has a price.
What it’s about: Lucy is barely scraping by until one Friday, on her usual bus, she gets off only to find an envelope stuffed with money in her bag. She has no idea where it came from, or why it’s in her bag, but she desperately needs it. She doesn’t use it right away, but after a while she feels like she doesn’t have a choice. Once she starts using the money though strange things start to happen, like hearing her favorite song played from the apartment across from her even though she’s never seen anyone there… She also starts getting the strange feeling she is being watched. So now the question is who gave her the money, and why?
A Face in the Crowd had so much going on that I was always very excited when I had a chance to read it. It was also a super-fast read and I was able to finish it in just under 4 hours and 20 minutes. I gradually felt worse and worse for Lucy, and this definitely isn’t one of those books where you are going to hate all of the characters.
There are a whole lot of secrets that slowly unravel as you read, and I think I gasped a little every time something else happened. Maybe I’m just being dramatic, but I really didn’t suspect any of the twists until they were revealed, and a couple of them were quite surprising. I was pretty much on the edge of my seat the whole time wondering what was going to happen with Lucy and the money, and I would certainly say A Face in the Crowd is paced very well.
Final Thought: This book is such a solid book, and I am so glad I read it. I have never read anything by Wilkinson before, but I loved his writing style and his approach in this book. I can’t wait to read more by him, and definitely recommend checking out A Face in the Crowd if you like quick, compulsive mystery reads with a twisty ending.
MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5
Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an advance review copy of this book via NetGalley, all opinions are my own.