Today is my stop on the blog tour for Katrina Diamond’s new novel, The Heatwave. Big thanks to Avon Books inviting me to take part in the tour.
Publisher: Avon Books
Publication Date: 25 June 2020
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.
The Heatwave is the new standalone novel from Katerina Diamond.
In Sidmouth, Devon, best friends Felicity and Jasmine are typical teens doing what typical teens do – underage drinking, smoking, boys… However, something happened that fateful summer that changed their lives forever. Fast forward 15+ years and Felicity now lives with her husband and two children in the Lake District. Despite moving to the other side of the country, she has not managed to outrun the shadows of her past. When a girl goes missing, Felicity finds the memories of that summer flooding back and she heads back to her hometown to hopefully banish those demons once and for all.
The tale is a dual narrative, see-sawing between past and present. The reader is gradually led to understand what happened all of those years previously and how those events are connected, if indeed they are, to the recent disappearance.
Written in an engaging style, there is an overriding air of menace to the story and the hot, muggy weather described by the narrators adds a sense of heaviness and claustrophobia. I found myself quickly drawn into the tale.
This is a book full of twists and turns, with a shock or a surprise around every corner. Whilst some elements may have seem somewhat farfetched, it certainly makes for a great story! The book is intense, dark and very compelling.
The Heatwave is another great book from Katerina Diamond and I fully expect it to be one of 2020’s top summer reads.
Big thanks to Avon and Netgalley for providing me with an advanced review copy of this book.
About the Author
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. Katerina watches way too much TV.