The One Who Fell by Kerry Wilkinson

Published: April 17, 2023


Genre: Thriller

Pages: 357

KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received a copy of this book for free, and I leave my review voluntarily.

Kerry Wilkinson is originally from the county of Somerset; Kerry spent way too long living in the north of England, picking up words like ‘barm’ and ‘ginnel.’ When he’s short of ideas, he rides his bike, hikes up something, or bakes cakes. When he’s not, he writes it all down.

In the seaside town of Whitecliff, everyone looks out for each other. Everyone knows your name. And everyone knows your secrets…

Moonlight falls on the figure of the girl standing on the red-tiled roof. Her white dress and blonde hair flutter in the freezing night wind. And suddenly – she is gone.

Volunteering at the local nursing home is Millie Westlake’s one escape from the rumours that swirl around Whitecliff about her past. But speaking with elderly resident, Ingrid, as they play board games, Millie gets chills at her strange story about a young girl being pushed from a roof, somewhere across the valley…

Everybody thinks Ingrid is confused: but Millie knows how it feels to not be believed. Her parents died a year ago, and the residents of Whitecliff – such a quiet place, other than crashing waves and cawing seagulls – are convinced Millie killed them.

Desperately searching for evidence to find the girl Ingrid saw, a broken roof tile could prove Ingrid was telling the truth. But when strange footprints appear in Millie’s garden, she’s certain someone out there is watching.

Have Ingrid and Millie stumbled across something terribly dangerous? And with the town against her, will Millie have to face up to her own secrets to solve the mystery before it becomes deadly?

“And then someone started screaming.”

Millie is pretty reclusive, not by choice but by necessity. If it weren’t for visits with her her son, Eric, and her best friend Jack, she would most likely not see many people. Volunteering at the retirement home helped ease some of the loneliness. Until one of the residents tells Millie, she witnessed someone being pushed off a roof. Now, Millie is curious and in search of the truth.

I enjoyed this book. It opened with a scene discussing cheese, which was fantastic. I love how the groundwork has been laid for this series.

Millie is an interesting character. I like her, and I think she will be a good character. I like Guy, too. He uses comedic elements excellently in the story, and I like the balance between him and Millie. I also found Jack endearing, and I look forward to getting to know him more as the series continues.

The way this story unfolded, I had my assumptions and was wrong. I love how Kerry tells a story. He can bring so many elements into bringing the narrative to life, and his characters are always excellent.

I am invested in this story, and I love that it’s a story within a story. I have so many questions, so I must jump into the next book immediately.

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