Review: ‘In The Wake’, by Helen Trevorrow #LoveBooksTours


When a body is found floating in London’s Royal Albert Dock, successful public relations expert Kay Christie 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. Can Kay discover the truth before her life unravels and she risks losing everything?

In the Wake questions whether we can ever truly leave our pasts behind and explores the lengths that we will go to protect the people that we love.

My Review

Thanks to Kelly of Love Books Tours for organising this blog tour and the author for sending me a copy of this novel.

I have to entirely honest, I struggled to get started with this novel, but once it got going, it was a real roller coaster of events and the plot rocketed along with murder, sexual assault, unwise affairs and a missing nurse.

Kay is a deeply confused and complex character dropped into a painful situation. Her life is totally out of control, especially when she thinks her dad isn’t her dad, and she realises she can’t really trust anyone. Even those she has known for decades can betray her.

Because they love her.


You never really know people.

Love is a complex thing, life is complex. I found the complexity of the relationships and Kay’s turmoil very attractive as a reader, and it was that which drove the plot. The author’s background in PR has clearly been useful in the writing of this novel. I am so glad I never had the inclination to go into that sort of job, it just sounds stressful.

I loved the ending, with the promise of hope and moving on from a painful past.

The plot was strong and writing fluid Once I was into it, it was very easy to get lost in the story and read to the end.

I wasn’t too comfortable with the sex scenes, but that’s a personal preference – I don’t think sex is necessary in crime novels and rarely add to the plot. Maybe one of the passages in this book was necessary to the plot and none of it was particularly gratuitous, but just to let people know there are scenes of a consensual sexual nature and sexual assault.

About the author

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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Hi I'm Rosemarie and I like to write. I write short stories and longer fiction, poetry and occasionally articles. I'm working on quite a few things at the minute and wouldn't mind one day actually getting published in print.

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