In The Wake by Helen Trevorrow – Book Review

In The Wake by Helen Trevorrow – Book Review


In the Wake is a crime thriller set in contemporary London with dark ‘me too’ themes and a distorted vision of who is good and who is bad. Kay Christie, a successful career woman, navigates a professional catastrophe under the shadow of an old traumatic event that resurfaces violently and refuses to leave. When a body is found in the Royal Albert Dock, Kay is sent to quiet the media, but things get complicated when it emerges that she knew the victim.

As events spiral out of control, Kay discovers that those close to her may be harbouring another secret – the story of a missing girl. Kay needs to discover the truth before her life unravels and she loses everything. It questions whether we can ever truly leave our pasts behind and explores the lengths that we will go to please the people that we love.



This is a thriller, but not just a thriller. The writing is so descriptive at times you really can picture the scene and feel the chaos that surrounds Kay. 

Told in the present, with some chapters that look to the past, to build the overall picture.

There has been a murder and Kay knows the victim and she decides to discover why they’ve ended up dead. But at what cost? As events start to affect her own life, should she leave this well alone.?

I found this to be a slow burn of a read, one to take your time over as you enjoy the murder mystery, tension, secrets and lots of intrigue to make this an engaging and entertaining read.

Thank you to Kelly At Love Books Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour, for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review. 



Helen Trevorrow is a graduate of the 2016 Faber Academy creative writing programme. She studied at Leeds University and has worked in marketing and public relations in London. She is a specialist food and drink PR.

Helen’s debut novel IN THE WAKE is a feminist crime thriller about family, unrealised trauma and alcoholism. Helen has ghost-written many articles for newspapers, magazines and websites. She lives in Brighton, Sussex with her wife and child.


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