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The Heatwave

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Intense and immersive, this psychological thriller is suspenseful and twisted. Told from dual points of view Felicity in the present and Jasmine in the past it reveals a shocking story of betrayal and horrific crime.

Felicity has anxiety and keeps secrets about her past from her husband and children. An incident in her hometown draws her into the past. Felicity is an unreliable protagonist. Jasmine is a young girl confused by her feelings. The dual stories twist as they gravitate together. 

The pacing increases with the impact of the reveals. The similarities between the past and present increase the suspense and make the story claustrophobic in its intensity.

The final twists in the past and present unify the viewpoints in a climactic way.

 Psychological suspense tinged with noir.

I received a copy of this book from Avon Books UK via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
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Absolutely bloody brilliant, could not put it down. This author has the power to get you so gripped to this story it is amazing. Definitely a best seller again.
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This is a crime mystery. It features two timelines by two narrators that of Felicity in the current timeline and that of the author set 16 years ago about the arrival of Tim.

Felicity hears of another disappearance in her old hometown, which is similar to the one that had happened 16 years ago so she decides to go back to help as she feels she can now.

I found the central character of Felicity well developed by the author as despite having a lot of emotional scars left by what had happened in her past, she preserves to build herself and gets a new life. Due to the fact she is stabled, she feels she can deal with her past when something similar happened. 

I liked how the author gave two narratives because it makes you have a greater understanding of all the characters, and it created suspense that kept me hooked. The author also used dialogues and realistic descriptions to interest her readers especially that of the kidnapping.
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This book was not what I expected it at all and I could never have predicted the ending. 

The characters cleverly linked together for a very dark reveal and a visit to Felicity’s past.

If you like unputtdownable fast-paced thrillers then this is the book for you.

Another great book from Katerina!
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📖BOOK REVIEW📖⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
#thefoundling heheatwave by @katerinadiamondauthor @avon_books 

OVERALL- a twisty and suspenseful ride! 

REVIEW- following a crime that rocked her community, Felicity fled hanging onto her secrets. Sixteen years later, her new life is shattered by the news that another girl had gone missing in her home town. Felicity decides she must go back to face what happened all those years ago. Only she knows the answers and they are more shocking than anyone could imagine...
I’m a big fan of the authors other book series so was looking forward to this her first stand alone. And it didn’t disappoint. The story is lead through Felicity in the present day and best friend Jasmine in the past. The narration works seamlessly drip feeding you just enough information to keep you turning the page. The locations are excellent, just enough detail for the imagination but not all the blanks filled in so your head makes up the creepy dark sinister corners. The plot, not original, but presented and executed excellently coming to a satisfying conclusion. Some parts were predictable but I actually really enjoyed watching the parts I had predicted play out and found it very enjoyable!
I found the first few chapters a little hard to follow, Felicity seemed a bit scatter brained and a bit unrealistic and although as the book drives forward you become more accustomed to this, I really struggled at first to relate to her. I felt this continued on some level throughout the book, you were never allowed to fully immerse with the main character, always being kept at arms length but now completing the book I think that this was intentional by the author, very clever and worked well in the context of the story. I also felt Felicity’s part of the story was at times a bit waffly and definitely by the climax of the action you more than ready for that to be happening. However it wasn’t at any part boring and that is the main thing for me I was more than happy to continue reading. 
Really enjoyed this book. Will definitely be on the look out for more by this author! Also want to say thank you to @netgalley for an advanced copy of this book! 
-Emily 

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Loved this book so much, the end of each chapter just made me want to carry on reading. It had the right amount of suspense and kept you guessing until the end. A brilliant book.
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An excellent read that kept me on the edge till the last page.
It's gripping and entertaining, fast paced and full of twists and turns. I loved the plot and the great characters.
It's the first book I read by this author and won't surely be the last.
Highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine
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The Heatwave is a compelling suspenseful book you may just finish in one sitting. It's fast-paced & keeps you turning pages till the end. There are many good twists & turns that left me shocked. And its been a while since I saw a really good twist. I loved how the book started, the prologue reels you right in. The stories of Felicity & Jasmine got more & more intriguing as they developed. Although some lines at the start were confusing, it all makes sense after the big reveal. The characters were great & the plot was superb. The ending was shocking yet amazing, definitely didn't see that coming. I just had some unanswered questions at the end that left me feeling a bit disappointed as I like my stand-alone stories to be tied up in a knot that makes sense in the end. This was a good one-time read & I liked the author's style of writing.  I will keep an eye out for Katerina Diamond's other books. In all, I would recommend picking up this book! 

Thank You, NetGalley, Avon Books & Katerina Diamond for an arc!
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A dark and twisty psychological thriller packed with suspense


When a teenage girl went missing from her hometown when she was a teenager, Felicity fled her old life and vowed never to look back. Several years later, while happily married with two children, she sees on the news that another girl has vanished from the same small sleepy Devon coastal town. Knowing that she is the only person who realises the truth about what happened during that summer, Felicity decides that she must face her fear and return to Sidmouth to investigate the disappearance and confront the dangers and darkness of her past.


I am a massive fan of this author and have read every book in her ongoing series featuring DS Imogen Grey, so when I picked up her first standalone novel, my expectations were high. I am pleased to say that I was certainly not disappointed. There are two narratives, present-day; guilt-stricken Felicity. That summer during the titular heatwave; memories of her sixteen-year-old best friend, Jasmine, back in the summer of the first disappearance. Gradually the suspense builds as more is uncovered about what happened. 

As the novel progresses, Felicity’s reasons for feeling so invested in the missing girls become gradually more and more disturbingly clear, and how Jasmine fits into it all adds to the tension. The characters are well-written and believable, and the author manages to include many false alarms and red herrings so that when the twists start coming, they are genuinely unexpected and shocking. The suspense builds well to a very fast-paced and disturbing ending that left me reeling with surprise.


I found the characters, on the whole, to be empathic and realistic, although some aspects of their personality were a little disjointed. For example, Jasmine’s behaviour didn’t always tie-in well with some aspects of her personality, particularly in her attitude towards Tim, her family’s lodger. Some of the plot, was a bit far-fetched and unrealistic. On the other hand,  that added to the shock factor of the story. Overall, the characters are not quite as well fleshed out as those in the author’s series of books. Still, she does a fantastic job of building their personalities in a short time so that the reader empathises with them and understands their actions.


In conclusion, this was an excellent psychological thriller with a tense and gripping storyline that was full of brilliantly crafted twists. I would highly recommend both this book and author and will eagerly await any more novels from her, either standalone or part of her brilliant series.


Daenerys


Elite Reviewing Group received a copy of this book to review.
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What a scorcher of a book. The flip between time lines, the bond between mother and child and the creepy atmosphere of the house add up to a best seller of a book. The suspense and the heat both drip from the pages making it very compelling all the way through. Once started i was reluctant to put it down as i was itching to know what happened to all involved. The finale was heartbreakingly poignant and left me feeling wrung out after all the emotions i had felt throughout.
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This was a slow burner that did not really get me interested until nearly three quarters through and then it was just a bit too far fetched. So on the whole I was disappointed as her other novels were far better. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to review it.
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Katerina Diamond is one of my favourite authors and her latest book, The Heatwave sits alongside her fabulous DS Imogen Grey series. The Heatwave is for you if a book that has mystery, crime, suspense and heat in spades floats your boat. It drew me in from the outset and I was desperate to see how the plot would conclude.

Set in Sidmouth, Devon, the reader is introduced to a predator who has stalked the local area for many years waiting to pounce on their ideal prey. Currently living in The Lake District, Northern England with her husband and two daughters, Felicity is left reeling after she sees a shocking case of a missing girl, Mandy Green, on the news that hits alarmingly close to home for her, taking her back to her troubled past in sunny Sidmouth. Knowing this case is linked to another girl, Hannah’s, disappearance almost two decades ago, an obsessed Felicity hastily hightails it back to her hometown...

The story is narrated by Felicity in the present, and Jasmine (Felicity's best friend) in the past. With fabulous sub plots, and more than its fair share of red herrings, Felicity and Jasmine as adolescents had depth and there was loads going on. Secondary characters included a dubious lodger, an even weirder teacher, and errant parents. I could almost feel the tension wafting from the pages in both timeframes, but particularly from the chapters in the past, tracking Jasmine and Felicity. Although the pacing of The Heatwave is slower than I had been expecting it didn't interfere with my overall enjoyment of the story. In the later chapters the pace intensified, and I was rendered speechless when all was revealed.

This review was written voluntarily and was not influenced by the fact that I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel from Avon Books via NetGalley.
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I have never read a book by this Author before although I have heard a lot of good things! 
The beginning of the story was a little slow, and although I enjoyed it, I didn't mind putting it down. But the ending more than made up for it all - I ended up reading till nearly 2am because I could not put it down. Knowing that my kids would have me up at 5:30 was irrelevant - I just needed to know the ending.
The ending had a massive twist that didn't even cross my mind that's how it would end - I love it when a books ending can surprise me as I have read so many books, I can guess the ending of most.
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News of a girl going missing near her childhood home transports Felicity back sixteen years to a time when she was a carefree teenager. Carefree, that is, until another girl disappeared, and she fled, knowing more than she cared to let on. Feeling that this is the time to put this behind her once and for all, Felicity is compelled to return to her childhood haunts, using her knowledge of what happened then to help find the girl. Little does she know the full extent of what happened all those years ago and how much danger she is putting herself in by returning...


Having recently read and enjoyed Woman in the Water, the sixth book in the Imogen Grey series, I couldn't wait to read Katerina Diamond's latest standalone book, The Heatwave. I was instantly hooked, wondering what it was that happened that had made Felicity leave her home at such a young age, and what it was about the missing girl that had made her go back after all these years.


The Heatwave is told from two perspectives, the first being the aforementioned Felicity, as she returns to Devon to find the truth about the missing girl. It soon becomes apparent that something similar happened years ago, with Felicity fearing that the past has come back to haunt her. It is from the other perspective that we begin to build up the story of what happened as we meet Jasmine, Felicity's friend, her part of the story being set sixteen years ago, prior to the event that changed their lives forever.


Despite the girls being close friends, they had very different personalities and backgrounds, both of them damaged in their own way. There were many reasons to dislike Felicity and yet, at the same time, I had great sympathy towards her due to the life she was leading. It was easy to see why she was drawn to Jasmine, the girl from the stable home with charity-volunteer parents. All was not what it seemed with Jasmine, however, as we found out more about her past and the troubling time she has had at school.


The arrival of Tim, a lodger at Jasmine's home, definitely ramped up the tension. It was obvious that he was hiding something but, due to his actions in several different parts of the book, I found it difficult to determine what his motives were. What was he hiding and what was he planning to do?


The Heatwave is a book full of surprises with twists that I did not see coming. The events of sixteen years ago are slowly revealed, the plot becoming much more twisted than I could have ever imagined, with a shocking conclusion that made me gasp several times. I was genuinely taken aback by some of the reveals, some of them sickening and others heartbreaking, and I did not predict any of them!
This is one of those books which draws you in and refuses to let you put it down and I found myself racing through it, desperate to find out what had happened all those years ago. 

A gripping plot with some very shocking moments, The Heatwave is another great read from Katerina Diamond and I hope that we will see some more standalones soon.
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For a long time I did not now at all where this was going and the first third of it I found not particularly captivating. And then it got going and turned into something I really did not expect. The ending is what makes this book worth reading but it is twisted and sinister so not for the fainthearted. An enjoyable summer read.
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‘You really never know what’s going on inside people.  Even when you think you know them they turn out to be someone else.’

The story is about Felicity who hears about a teenage girl missing from Felicity’s hometown of Sidmouth.  This incident dredges up bad memories for Felicity and she feels the need to go back as she thinks she might hold the key to what has happened.  The story then unfolds through 2 timelines – the present day and Felicity’s teenage years.  Through her past we learn about her family life and that of her best friend Jasmine.  And then there is the mysterious Tim who has been employed by her parents to do odd jobs around their home but there is something about him which unsettles Felicity.
 
This is a very gripping storyline set during a heatwave which made the story feel more intense.  The character development was brilliant and just as you think you have sussed them out, something else happens which changes your opinion. 
 
I would never have guessed the ending!!  I felt a bit smug thinking I had figured out the guilty party but the final twist was brilliant.  It left me in shock!!  Totally recommend this book.  Thank you to @netgalley for my #gifted eARC.
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I have previously read Katerina Diamonds books and enjoyed them. This book was no different. 



I was a bit confused to begin with on where this was going, but it all explained soon enough. It flipped between the past and the present. It was all very well set out, it didn't just jump for no reason. 



I did have a idea about the characters but I wasn't sure. It became clearer later on in the story. 



There are some great characters in the book, you couldn't help but feel like you were friends with them. I enjoyed reading about them and imagining all the scenery that was described as well. 



I don't think any review i write for this book will do it justice.  



This book certainly lives up to the hype.
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This book was a good thriller, and I could not get enough. This was the first book I have read by Diamond, and I really enjoyed it. 

This book is fast paced and enjoyable. I had a lot of fun reading it. And I was shocked by the ending. I liked the story told from past to present. I really could not stop reading this book once I started. I will be picking up more from this author soon.
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The Heatwave is a gripping psychological thriller split into two different timelines.
Felicity Is married with two children and lives in the Lake District, whilst watching the news she sees a young girl has gone missing in Sidmouth, Devon. Felicity feels she can find out where this girl is as the circumstances sound very familiar to what happened when she was a young girl and lived there.
The story is told by felicity, now and Jasmine, then. This is a very twisty read, it left me for a while at the beginning what could possibly make you leave your family and head back to where you grew up and a place you haven’t been back to since?
Felicity and Jasmine were school friends but came from very different backgrounds but they were the best friends until Tim arrived. Tim was homeless and in return for doing odd jobs Jasmine’s parents put him up but he’s not who he makes out to be and causes the girls to fall out.
This thriller drew me in and I loved the twists along the way.
I would like to thank Netgalley and Avon Books UK for this ARC I received in exchange for an honest review.
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I enjoyed reading The Heatwave but unfortunately guessed one of the main plot twists early on. The ending does pick up quite a bit as we reach the climactic ending but I couldn't get on board with certain aspects of the book. 

The Heatwave is a good summer read. It is primarily set on the English coast and happens during a heatwave that heightens feelings and tensions over the course of the summer. The "then" and "now" accounts of Jasmine and Felicity reveal to us what happened "then" and how it is affecting what is happening in the present day.  

I didn't really like Jasmine or Felicity's characters which meant I wasn't fully invested in the book. It was a quick, easy read which no doubt will be exactly right for some readers out there, especially over the coming summer months.

Unfortunately, once I'd guess the plot twist, I spent the rest of the book looking for clues to see if I was right. The book has plenty of red herrings which means that for some readers there will be a few good shocks along the way. And I was genuinely surprised when I found out who the culprit really was. But the ending was a bit too far for me; without spoiling it for anyone, I just don't think it was believable the way things were wrapped up and resolved. 

Recommended for anyone looking for a quick, easy summer read. 

Thank you to NetGalley, Katerina Diamond and Avon Books UK for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.
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