‘I will never forget the night I drowned…’
Seventeen-year-old Eleanor Parker wakes up cold and alone in the river that twists through her quiet village. She remembers a hand on her chest, another on her head, water in her throat, those final gasps for air…
Her brother’s girlfriend was drowned in the same river the summer before, held under the water by an unknown killer.
Determined to unlock the mystery of what really happened that night, Eleanor can't escape the feeling that something terrible links her to the previous summer's murder. But will she discover the shocking truth, before it’s too late?
A gripping and extraordinary coming of age novel that will keep you guessing until the very end.
What readers are saying about The Death and Life of Eleanor Parker:
‘ALL THE STARS! 5 across the board! Wow… I couldn't put this book down… OMG the ending! WHOA!... I LOVED IT LOVED IT LOVED IT!!!!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘WOW… grabs you straight away… a LOT of plot twists… fascinating… will make you doubt everything.’ It’s All About Books
‘I was hooked from the first page. I read this book in one and a half day, I just couldn't stop reading once I started... The mystery had to be solved!... It was heartpounding and so gripping…’ Journal of the Lost, 5 stars
‘WOW! This book had me hooked from page one… totally enthralling.’ AvidBookNerd, 5 stars
‘Gripped me from the beginning… I just couldn't put it down… had me captivated… will grip you… amazing cast of characters, an intriguing plot and a lot of twists and turns. The ending was perfect and just the whole leading up to it was brilliant.’ The Reader’s Corner
‘I didn’t want to put the book down… The twists and turns were great… definitely a shocker!... 5 stars read for me – very, very highly recommended.’ Donna’s Book Blog, 5 stars
‘Brilliant!... extraordinary!... Eleanor was such a likable character... I loved playing detective right along with her, everyone was a suspect...’ Audio Killed the Bookmark, 5 stars
‘A unique, chilling story! I felt like I was on the edge of my seat throughout… I love the mystery elements woven throughout!... fabulous!’ Brooklyn the Bookworm
‘Intriguing… compelling... I couldn't put it down. Every page drew me in. Loved it.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Engaging and brilliant… a mystery with a difference that will grab hold of you until the truth is finally revealed! Five stars from me!’ Rae Reads
‘One amazing book! A roller-coaster of a read! Thrilling and absolutely addictive!’ Renita D’Silva, 5 stars
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Is there Life After Death
Where to start with The Death and Life of Eleanor Parker? Where better than the cover and the title? The cover is very striking with the contrast between the leaves and the earth. And that title….such a twist on the established phrase and so fitting for this book!
I’ve only read one of Kerry Wilkinson’s books before but I really enjoyed it so I was intrigued when I read the blurb to The Death and Life of Eleanor Parker. I was totally intrigued why Ellie was still alive and how she could possibly be linked to a death a year previous. Being a teenager is hard enough without being dead!
Mr Wilkinson definitely played his cards close to his chest when he wrote this. Even at half way through, I couldn’t settle on a suspect. Everyone close to Ellie had a motive even if Ellie was finding these things out as she went along. Memory loss must be a pain when you’re trying to solve your own murder!
I found this rather an addictive read, it helped me escape the real world which had its own problems. Shadowing Ellie as she solved the problems in her life totally captured my imagination. I could see this as a drama on TV, similar to the epic Pretty Little Liars….but not quite as long.
It’s murder mystery with a difference, a touch of the paranormal. If you don’t like anything of that ilk, I wouldn’t suggest you read this. But if you keep an open mind, this is a cracking read. It may be a YA book but this not so young adult really enjoyed it. The YA label is such a wide-ranging genre, it can cover variety of topics so if you’re attracted to the blurb but put off by the label, give it a try; you might be surprised!
Fresh and different
Well this was a refreshing change - a mixture of genres that worked very well for me!
This is essentially a YA novel about Ellie, who finds herself in a river and realises that she is actually dead, although to everyone else she looks alive. Yes, you have to suspend belief, and once you do, then you're in for a wonderful read. The book is a whodunnit, with plenty of mystery and a smattering of the supernatural, which I thoroughly enjoyed.
I loved Ellie's character and her voice, I think, is perfect for the YA market, with plenty of wit and sassiness in the mix. The story flows along at a great pace, as we are led down all the blind alleys until we come to a gripping finale - and a twist that I did not see coming.
This is my first Kerry Wilkinson book and I'll definitely be reading more.