The Secret by Katerina Diamond

23rd October 2016

What the publisher says:

Can you keep a secret? Your life depends on it…

When Bridget Reid wakes up in a locked room, terrifying memories come flooding back – of blood, pain, and desperate fear. Her captor knows things she’s never told anyone. How can she escape someone who knows all of her secrets?

As DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles search for Bridget, they uncover a horrifying web of abuse, betrayal and murder right under their noses in Exeter.

And as the past comes back to haunt her, Grey must confront her own demons. Because she knows that it can be those closest to us who hurt us the most…

 

 

What I say:

Wow.  This was my first thought after finishing this book. Katerina Diamond has done it again and produced a story so compelling it was difficult to put down.   I even took  my kindle to work to read at lunchtime so that I could keep up with what was happening.  The story develops the relationship between Miles and Grey just as I hoped would happen in The Teacher as they seek to uncover who is responsible for the disappearance of one of their colleagues.  Interspersed with the current story are flashbacks from more than one characters point of view, which has the potential to be highly confusing, and I have to admit that for a couple of pages I lost my way and couldn’t understand the relevance of some of them.  New villians are introduced and there is a little more delving into Imogen Grey’s background.  There is even a touch of romance for the prickly, defensive DS.  Everything comes together in the end though, along with a tantalising glimpse at Miles’ personal life which presumably is a hint towards the next novel.  All in all this is a mesmerising novel from a new crime author who will certainly be one to watch in the future.  One tiny criticism – the use of the word precinct jarred a little as sounding too American but all in all if the only thing I can criticise is the use of one word then I can only describe this novel as superb.

 

Rating 5 out of 5

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