Sunday 1 October 2017

The Secret by Katerina Diamond

The Secret (DS Imogen Grey, #2)The Secret by Katerina Diamond
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Time taken to read - 1 day

Pages - 417

Publisher - Avon

Source - Book shop

Blurb from Goodreads

‘A terrific story, originally told. All hail the new Queen of Crime!’ HEAT

‘A web of a plot that twists and turns and keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. This formidable debut is a page-turner, but don’t read it before bed if you’re easily spooked!’ SUN


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

Bridget Reid has a secret, one that could get her killed… If she can escape the man who is keeping her locked in a basement bedroom.

DS Imogen Grey is good at keeping secrets – truths she’d never reveal to her colleagues at Exeter Police. She worked hard to get where she is – she nearly died for it. Now her past is catching up with her…

As DS Grey and her partner DS Adrian Miles search for Bridget, they uncover a terrifying web of abuse, betrayal and murder. And they realise that some secrets are better left buried…

My Review

Bridget Reid is undercover as a prostitute when she goes missing, her partner is beside himself knowing just how bad the situation can be. The people she was living with are brutally murdered and she is nowhere to be found. DS Grey and DS Miles are on the case, Grey has elements of her past she would prefer to remain there but as they dig into the case and collaborate with Reid's team the past threatens to come out.

This isn't one for the faint hearted, the murders and violence are brutal, there are webs of deception overlapping and secrets a plenty. The timeline is duo flipping back to Grey's previous team and present day which took me a little while to settle into however it is well signposted. There is a lot of violence and sexual violence, some of the murders are brutal and graphic so it isn't one for the faint hearted. If you haven't read the authors previous book you can get away with starting on this one however if you can I would read it as you get your intro to Grey in book one.

The book deals with a number of issues, not just the case at hand, DS Grey's past and her very strained relationship with her mother, her past, and fellow colleagues. It is a page turner, the pace never drops and keeps the readers on their toes, 4/5 for me this time. Her new book has just come out, I will be buying it, I think this author is going from strength to strength.

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  1. This sounds very good but, as you note, a bit on the disturbing side. I have not read a book like this in a long time. I may try a couple that have a good reputation soon. I do find some realistic violence disturbing however.

  2. My goodness, don't Avon now publish some gritty books. I seem to remember their earliest books all being overly gushy romances.

  3. Might be too graphic for me, but I'm glad you enjoyed it. You still have me curious about this one though. Brilly review.


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