Craig Macklin was a teenager when his headteacher told him he was heading either to prison or the grave. Instead, Craig left the north of England, saying goodbye to his friends and family to start a new life.
Thirteen years on, redundant and separated from his wife, he returns to his hometown for the first time.
It's Christmas: markets in full swing, lights twinkling, shoppers shopping, revellers revelling.
Manchester has seen a revolution. The buildings soar higher, the shopping centres sprawl wider. New industries have replaced old and yet, away from the glitter, the tinsel, the hot spiced cider and the enormous inflatable Santa, some things will never change.
Despite the seasonal sense of jollity, there are secrets from which Craig cannot escape and, when debt-collectors call on his parents' house, Craig realizes the teenage hell-raiser he left behind might not be so buried after all
Well I have to start by saying I am a HUGE Kerry Wilkinson fan. I love his Jessica Daniel series of books.
Here we have a stand alone. Craig is home from London after a good few years away he's back to Manchester. I love how I can visualise most of the places Kerry writes about, as I'm familiar with the area. I don't know what it is, but I always find this adds to the story for me. I also enjoy how Kerry's books always seem modern and up to date.
In this book we flit from Craig as a teenager and a grown up Craig now. It helps you piece together a lot of his history, and how his friendships with Mark and Kimberley were formed. I think the timeline of past and present really helps build the atmosphere for this book, it really does add to the edginess off the story. It gives it the air of suspense that leaves you wondering what the hell is going on.
As I stated, Craig is back from London to a Manchester he doesn't exactly recognise. He has returned and wants to help his mother and father who have become caught up with owing money to well, lets just say not so nice money lenders. Well with just that info it's quite clear that things are not going to end happily ever after, and sometimes just paying the debt in full with cash just isn't an option.
Overall I really enjoyed this book. I did think it a little slow right at the start, but as soon as I got into it, it ramped up a gear. I have just finished it at silly o clock in the morning as my neighbours house alarm woke me at 3am, I thought I'd just finish the chapter I was on, but 3 hours later it was time to get up just as I finished the book.
There is just something about Kerry's books that scream at me that I have to read them, no matter what they are about.
If I'm honest I didn't even read the blurb for this book. As far as I was concerned it was a Kerry Wilkinson book so it was a must read. And it is.
Treat yourself and get lost in a cracking story. But try and start it on a day you have nothing else to do, because it's easy to get lost into the story.
I so can't wait for more from Kerry Wilkinson, and I'm eagerly awaiting the next Jessica Daniel instalment.
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