Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Blog Tour: The Death and Life of Eleanor Parker by Kerry Wilkinson [review]


Title: The Death and Life of Eleanor Parker
Author: Kerry Wilkinson
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Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: 26th July 2018
Rating: 5 stars

Tell Me About It
‘I will never forget the night I drowned…’
A village with something to hide.

Seventeen-year-old Eleanor Parker wakes up cold and alone in the river that twists through her quiet village. She has no memory of how she got there. But she does know that another girl was drowned in the same river the summer before, held under the water by an unknown killer…

A community torn apart.

Eleanor is a normal, every day teenager. She argues with her mum, spends her days with her best friend, and is looking forward to a carefree summer of sunshine and music. Who would want to hurt her?

A shocking secret.

Determined to unlock the mystery of what really happened to her, Eleanor can't escape the feeling that something awful links her to the previous summer's murder. But will she find out the truth before it’s too late?
My Thoughts
When Eleanor wakes up in a ditch at the side of the road she has no idea how she got there, or what happened to leave her in such a state. She somehow makes her way home, but soon realises that things aren’t OK, because Eleanor is dead.

Having already read and loved plenty of Kerry Wilkinson’s books I knew not to expect the expected, and especially after reading the synopsis for The Death and Life of Eleanor Parker, I knew it wasn’t going to be an easy mystery to solve.

One thing that really stands out in the pages of The Death and Life of Eleanor Parker is how it’s not a typical ‘coming back from the dead’ story. Yes Eleanor died, but she has come back to solve her death, but not as the typical ghost. She can still function as a human (mostly) but as the days go on she comes to the realisation that not is all as it seems. When Eleanor first wakes up she has no idea what happened, but as the days progress bits and pieces start to come back and she tries to connect them all and solve her murder.

I liked getting to see the process Eleanor goes through to figure it all out, from making lists, and talking to people to try and jog her memory...which doesn’t always bring back memories she is looking for. Eleanor has no idea who to trust, especially when she remembers things she shouldn’t have done, and wonders if that was the trigger that lead to her death.

I loved every single page of this book, from the characters, the plot, and the twists and turns that I was taken on to reach the final chapter. I enjoyed the journey that we take with Eleanor to solve her murder, and I never knew who was responsible for it all.

The Death and Life of Eleanor Parker can’t really be placed into one genre, its a hybrid of several, all rolled into one to make an interesting read. The Death and Life of Eleanor Parker is a must read for mystery lovers, and paranormal lovers.

Memorable Quotes

I suppose being dead doesn’t stop someone from being a complete bitch.
Never trust a person who eats a gingerbread man arm-first.

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About the author

Kerry Wilkinson has had No.1 bestsellers in the UK, Canada, South Africa and Singapore, as well as top-five books in Australia. He has also written two top-20 thrillers in the United States.

As well as his million-selling Jessica Daniel series, Kerry has written the Silver Blackthorn trilogy - a fantasy-adventure serial for young adults - a second crime series featuring private investigator Andrew Hunter, plus numerous standalone novels. He has been published around the world in more than a dozen languages.

Originally from the county of Somerset, Kerry has spent far 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 or bakes cakes. When he's not, he writes it all down.

Upcoming US releases:
Behind Closed Doors (Jessica Daniel 7): Out now
Two Sisters (standalone): Out now
The Girl Who Came Back (standalone): Out now
Crossing The Line (Jessica Daniel 8): Out now
Scarred For Life (Jessica Daniel 9): Out now
One Cloudy Night (standalone): 2018
The Death And Life Of Eleanor Parker (standalone): July 2018
For Richer, For Poorer (Jessica Daniel 10): Out now
Nothing But Trouble (Jessica Daniel 11): August 2018

Recent and upcoming UK releases:
Eye For An Eye (Jessica Daniel): Out now
Last Night (standalone): Out now
The Death And Life Of Eleanor Parker (standalone): July 2018
To Have And To Hold (standalone): October 2018

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