I’m pleased to share my review for the second book called The Heatwave I have read this year. This book is written by Katerina Diamond, a new author to me. Thank you to Avon Books for a digital copy via NetGalley – my thoughts are my own and not influenced by the gift.
One summer. One stranger. One killer…
Two bad things happened that summer:
A stranger arrived. And the first girl disappeared.
In the wake of the crime that rocked her community, Felicity fled, knowing more than she let on.
But sixteen years later, her new life is shattered by the news that a second girl has gone missing in her hometown.
Now Felicity must go back, to face the truth about what happened all those years ago.
Only she holds the answers – and they’re more shocking than anyone could imagine.
The heatwave is back. And so is the killer.
This is a book which got darker the further I read it. We know from the front cover of the book that there was a killer and the story gives us lots of hints about who that could be.
Felicity, living in the Lake District with her husband and children, is suddenly driving back to Sidmouth in Devon, a place she left behind years ago after a girl went missing one summer. Her family don’t understand why she has to go back to a place she never talks about because a girl she didn’t know went missing.
As we follow her in Sidmouth, talking to old school classmates and to the friends of the latest missing girl, parts of the story of 16 years ago are shared. We find out about Jasmine and her family, with their new lodger Tim who appears to have lots of secrets, the teacher who tried to kiss Jasmine and her friends (including Felicity). But can the killer be back in town too?
I really enjoyed this thriller, plenty of twists and turns, and an ending I hadn’t expected. I predict that that this will be a popular read in back gardens and parks, whilst social distancing, in the summer of 2020. This book is published in June 2020.
Katerina is the author of the Sunday Times Best Selling Exeter based crime thriller series – starting with ‘The Teacher’ and followed by The Secret, The Angel, The Promise and Truth or Die Katerina is currently working on her seventh novel which is a standalone.
Katerina also runs the facebook book group CRIME SUSPECT with several other crime authors.
Katerina currently lives in East Kent. Katerina was born in Weston-super-Mare and has lived in various places since including Greece, Cyprus, Derby, East London and Exeter.