Shell Senseless - Book Blogger

In The Wake is a well written debut thriller that is packed full of suspense. The pace is just right as the story gradually unfolds.

One thing that I think is important in a good thriller is fully fleshed out interesting characters. There were no tropes here- our protagonist Kay is strong willed, and someone I could definitely empathise with. She was struggling with past events that she had never fully dealt with as well and that was a strong theme throughout the book- can the past ever stay buried? It is also worth noting that Kay is gay, and I felt like that was important as LGBTQ+ characters aren't particularly prevalent, especially in the thriller genre. 

I felt like the author was really careful of how she dealt with certain themes in the book such as addiction and sexual assault. These themes were never used as just plot points. If you enjoy thrillers, but want your read to have a little more substance then In The Wake should be your next read.

Psychological thriller + LGBTQ+ characters + feminism = YES PLEASE!

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helen trevorrow