Kathryn Croft: The Suspect

Today I am taking part in the blog tour for The Suspect. My review is written with thanks to the team at Bookouture for inviting me on the tour and for my copy of the book.


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.

She’d be so happy for me now, twenty years later, with my dream job as a photographer, and I’m sure she’d love my new boyfriend, Gabriel. But all my happiness vanishes in a heartbeat when the man from our past walks towards me, his eyes on me for just a fraction too long.

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, and that my family have been lying to me for years.

My father and sister tell me to stay away. They remind me that because of him my mother never got to tuck me in at night or ease me through my first heartbreak. Gabriel 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. But when I find that my father has lied about the past and Gabriel has hidden photos of my mother under his bed, I realise I can’t trust anyone. I want the truth. But if I find it, will my life be in danger?

An absolutely addictive read that will have you racing through the pages and questioning everything you thought you knew about your family. Perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train, Lisa Jewell and Shari Lapena.


When I read the blurb and tag line for The Suspect, I was immediately intrigued. The premise for this novel is something quite different to the books I’ve read recently and my interest was piqued from the outset. 

The Suspect is written with a dual timeline, with chapters both in the present day and the early 1990s. The chapters in the past helped me to build a picture of Jess’ parents and her wider family and I quickly became involved in the story and I wanted to know more about the events that had led to Lori’s death. In the present day, I was rooting for Jess to find the truth because I wanted to know too! At times, the reader is aware of what happened slightly ahead of Jess and this adds extra tension to the novel. 

Kathryn Croft is a talented writer. Her writing is fast paced and I raced through the pages of this novel! I was suspicious of almost everyone the whole way through and I had no idea who I (and Jess) could trust! There were times when I was reading, I thought I had everything worked out, but I did not guess how it would all come together. 

The Suspect is available from Amazon.

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