Back of the book :
It all happens so quickly. One day you’re living the dream, commuting to work by riverbus with your charismatic neighbour Kit in the seat beside you. The next, Kit hasn’t turned up for the boat and his wife Melia has reported him missing.
When you get off at your stop, the police are waiting. Another passenger saw you and Kit arguing on the boat home the night before and the police say that you had a reason to want him dead. You protest. You and Kit are friends – ask Melia, she’ll vouch for you. And who exactly is this other passenger pointing the finger? What do they know about your lives?
No, whatever danger followed you home last night, you are innocent, totally innocent.
What I think :
James (Jamie) Buckby feels really lucky, his commute isn’t like everyone else’s. His commute is by river bus. He has really bad claustrophobia and had to stop taking the train and the tube and leave his job in marketing because of it. He now works in a cafe, which he is happy with and isn’t really looking for another job. His girlfriend Claire is wealthy with her own business and owns the house they both live in, in a posh area of London. He really doesn’t have to worry about Money (but if you spoke to Claire she’d probably tell you a much different story – she sees his cafe job as a stopgap and wants him to get a better job) But all in all he feels he has got it made.
On Dec 27th 2019 Jamie is returning to work after the Christmas break, Claire and Jamie have spent Christmas with Claires family in Scotland so he hasn’t been around or even switched his mobile on. He notices that his friend/travel buddy Kit isn’t on the river boat as usual. He really doesn’t think much of it because he has probably got a hangover after all the festivities and is throwing a sicky today. However when they reach destinations end there are two police detectives waiting for him and want to question him about Kit’s possible disappearance. He hasn’t been seen for a couple of days and his wife Melia is worried and has reported him missing. Jamie and kit had drinks together just before Christmas and apparently he was the last person to see him, does that make him a suspect … ?
Jamie has a secret that could blow his life apart if it ever comes out …
What happened to Kit after the drinks ?
Was Jamie really the last person to see him ?
I really look forward to Louise’s books and I was lucky enough to have been sent a review copy by the lovely folk at Simon & Schuster. So after doing a happy dance around the living room I settled in to read this brilliant book and wasn’t disappointed.
The book kept me on the edge of my seat, with plenty of twists and turns, it’s really was a rollercoaster of a ride. I thought that this book was slightly different to the authors other books. I don’t know whether it was because we zipped back and forth from the start of 2019 to the end so it was on a couple of timelines and we usually just stay in the here and now or it was because of the police procedural element. But anyway it just seemed like she was going in a different direction, which in my opinion is no bad thing. I liked it !!
The characters are down to earth and quite believable, apart from the main character who I didn’t like at all, who I thought, for a middle aged man was rather spoilt and easily led.
But anyway, I really enjoyed the story and give it 8/10 (5 stars)
Published on 25/06/20.
The biggest Thank you to Jess Barrett at Simon & Schuster for the review copy of the book in return for an honest review.