Truth or Die by Katerina Diamond
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Time taken to read - 2 days
Publisher - Avon books
Source - Review copy
Blurb from Goodreads
‘All hail the new Queen of Crime’ Heat magazine
Their darkest secrets won’t stay buried forever…
The butchered body of a professor is found in a private office of Exeter University. It is the first in a spate of horrific murders that shakes the city to its core.
Who would target a seemingly innocent man, and why? DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles turn to his students for answers, but their investigation turns up no leads. Someone must know more than they’re letting on…
As the body count rises, the police have to look into the past to uncover the person responsible before it’s too late.
But are they brave enough to face up to the truth?
When a professor is found brutally murdered and butchered, Imogen and Miles are on the case and turn to the students for information. As more people die the team have to pull it together to see what they have in common and someone must know more than they let on. Fling into the mix additional pressure when an accusation is cast all whilst Imogen and Miles try and ignore their blooming feelings.
So this is book five in the series and up to this point I would have said you could pick up any of the others as standalone I would advise reading the previous books before this one. There has been so much happened in the previous books that I think you need all of the back story to appreciate this instalment and all that has gone before.
There is a lot of history in this one, particularly between the officers so aswell as death, investigation, police procedural there is a lot of focus on the personal side of those characters. Particularly Imogen as she is dealing with grief, bereavement and family matters.
I really liked the pace of this one, a death quickly, the investigation but more personal stuff before it gets into the brutality we have come to know from Diamonds killers. Not for the faint hearted, I do think she creates some fabulous multi layered tellings and Truth of die is no exception. I cannot wait for book 6 to see what is in store next, 4.5/5 for me this time. If you have loved the first 4 books, clear your schedule as you won't want to put this one down.