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The Heatwave

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When I heard Katerina Diamond had written a stand-alone I was keen to read it to see another element to her writing. I love the authors writing style and found this stand-alone to be very well written and tense throughout and  as good as her series. 

Full of suspicion and a great storyline which I found creepy at times, I liked the duel narrative which was well interwoven through the storyline. 

I loved the characters. I connected to the past characters well and recognised many references to my childhood. I loved this and the fact I’d guessed a couple of elements this made the story tense as secrets were unveiled. 

Fantastic book and would love to read another of this authors stand-alone novels.
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Many Thanks to Net Galley, Avon Books UK and the author for a chance to review this book.

Kindly do yourself a favor guys, go blind into this one. 

You believe you know where the story is going, 

You think you know the twists

You feel this is the reveal 

BUT NO, NOPE and definitely NOT!!! 

A handsome and sinister lodger, two BFF’s Jasmine and Felicity, one whose home is a disaster and another whose life is as charmed as can be, a killer who waits 15 years, the story moves at a shocking pace that keeps the reader glued to its pages. 

Addictive and riveting, The Heatwave by Katerina Diamond is a must-read thriller for this summer and I can’t recommend it enough!
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Felicity left home sixteen years ago.  She lives in the Lake District with her husband and two daughters. She has tried to forget the events that happened, but she can't. Her life had been turned upside down when a stranger moved into her home town and a girl disappeared. But now another young girl has disappeared. Felicity knows she must return to Devon and face the past.

The story jumps back and forth in time. The pace is steady with many twist and turns. Felicity feels she can solve the mystery behind the young girls disappearance. The story is told in the past by Jasmine and Felicity in the present day. I was quickly caught up in the story. I needed to know if there was a connection between the two girls who had disappeared. Thisnis a new standalone from Katerina Diamond and it does not disappoint.  A dark, gripping and page turning read.

I would like to thank NetGalley,  Avon Books UK and the author Katerina Diamond for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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The Heatwave by Katrina Diamond 
I enjoyed this book, it is the story of two friends told in a then and now format, the story starts to unravel with each chapter. 
A girl has gone missing and this brings back a lot of memories from the past for Felicity,  and she must go back to see if she can lay some ghosts to rest. 
I enjoyed the storyline and format of the book, and have previously enjoyed other books by this author. 
This book is a great summer read.
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I found this book very intense throughout as I tried to work out just who the murderer could be and if it was related to the incident in Flicks past. I could not have ever guessed the reveal. Quite a disturbing read but definitely worth it.
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To be honest, I have some rather mixed feelings about this book. Told in "then" and "now" sections, the seaside town of Sidmouth provides the backdrop for both. In the now, a wife and mother abruptly returns to her childhood hometown when she learns that a young woman is missing. The past sections go back to the summer about sixteen years earlier, when a different young woman went missing. The pacing for both sections is quick - especially since it seems that the narrator in the present has some big secrets with roots in what really took place that summer in the past.

While the plot is definitely interesting and holds attention, the writing itself just feels a bit clunky. Large sections of the dialogue feel totally unnatural. And the characters are not deeply developed at all. Combined with the stiff dialogue, it almost feels like reading the advanced script for a Barbie storyline acted out with the dolls. And while the plot certainly does include some surprises, the characters feel too unrealistic so it really detracts from those plot twists. The book has its moments, but I just wish that its execution had been a bit stronger...
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Wow this book was great, I read it in one four hour sitting!

Set in Sidmouth Devon a teenage girl goes missing and it draws Flick back home as it happened before and she thinks she can help.

The book alternates between current day and 16 years ago, the last time Flick was there.  What happened all those years ago and why does Flick think its related to what has happened now?

The story is fast paced and there were reveals along the way, some that I had guessed and some that I didn’t.  There was only one thing that I’m left wondering about!
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Felicity's life is suddenly disturbed when she sees a TV news bulletin about a missing girl from the place she grew up. The similarity to what happened 16 years ago is such that Felicity  feels compelled to return to find out what happened. From this point the narrative alternates between past and present. The real mystery is why she is so bothered about something that happened so long ago unless she knows something that wasn't revealed at the time. No trace was ever found of the missing girl. 
There is a big shift half way through when something becomes clear and from then on the tension mounts until the final showdown.
Katerina Diamond certainly knows how to keep you hooked. This standalone is just as good as her Imogen Grey series. Highly recommended.
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As a Katerina Diamond fan, I was excited to get the opportunity to read an ARC of The Heatwave and I was not disappointed.
This cleverly written novel about the then and now pulls you in wanting to know what happened that summer and why Felicity is desperate to put the past behind her. 
On hearing the news a young girl has gone missing from her home town, Felicity drops everything and goes back to the town she left behind 16 years ago. Whilst there she battles the demons and actions that took place during that hot summer and confronts what she has kept hidden all this time. 
A real page turner with twists and turns. Definitely worth reading. Another great from Katerina Diamond. 
Thank you to Netgalley and Avon Books UK for this ARC and honest review.
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"The Heatwave" is intriguing and fast-paced. Short chapters help to make it a compulsive read. The story unfolds across dual timelines, twisting the reader in knots throughout. Read in one sitting and loved it.
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I admit that I was curious about The Heatwave as soon as I first read the blurb, and after reading the first positive reviews I couldn't resist requesting a copy. I still think that both the blurb and the premise of this story are rock solid, and The Heatwave is by no means a bad read... But somehow, even though I can't put my finger exactly on the why, the story didn't manage to convince me completely in the end. I'll try to explain below why.

First of all I have to stress that a 3 star rating by no means turns this psychological thriller into a bad read, but rather represents my personal reaction to The Heatwave. It might just be that it's time for me to take a little break from this kind of psychological thrillers, as I'm still not sure why I didn't enjoy the story as much as I thought I would. The elements are definitely there, with an interesting premise, lots of secrets, plenty of lies and a missing girl cold case from 16 years ago. The story uses a dual storyline structure, where it switches between the present and flashbacks to 16 years ago to slowly discover more about what happened that summer. The past and present are linked both through the main characters and the two different missing girl cases... And it was interesting to see the two storylines collide and develop over time.

That said, I did found part of the plot to be quite cliche or at least nothing new, and especially the flashback chapters were slowgoing and could get pretty frustrating. Likewise, I didn't like the present POV all that much either, as the main character was simply too frantic and mysterious about why she HAD to go back after 16 years away. I know the lack of explanation is used to try and add more suspense as well as increase the effects of the plot twists, but I failed to connect to the main character as a result and it made me enjoy the story less. I also thought that the final reveals were a bit over the top and they didn't really match the pace and intensity of the rest of the story. Sure, they were shocking and mostly unexpected, but I didn't really think it was a credible outcome to be honest...

I mentioned the main character and my lack of connection to her before, and this is basically what happened with every single character in play. I wasn't sure about their development either, mostly because with more than one there were cliches involved and I wondered about the credibility of their actions and reactions to events. The whole seducing/grooming a minor in the flashback chapters left me with a bad taste in my mouth and overall the characters didn't exactly make it easier to stay invested and properly enjoy The Heatwave.

In short, while I confess that still struggle to properly point out all of my issues, somehow I sadly wasn't all that impressed by The Heatwave despite the promising premise. It might just be me having read too many similar psychological thrillers and needing a break from the genre, but it is what it is I guess.
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A great read. Katerina writes a gripping story with many unexpected twists and this book is typical of her.  The characters are extremely well described and easily related to. I can highly recommend this book and indeed any books by this author.
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4.5 stars 

This is 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.

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, 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.
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Thank you NetGalley and Avon for a copy of The Heatwave by Katerina Diamond. This is a dark,thriller with twists at the end that you do not see coming.

It was well written and I couldnt put it down. The only snag I had with this book was some words were repetitive but it is minor. would recommend
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I’ve enjoyed other books by Katerina Diamond so jumped at the chance to read this one. 
Felicity is shocked to hear about a missing teenager in her hometown near Devon and tells her husband she needs to go back there. 
She packs a bag that night and travels down there with little explanation to her husband and children. 
The story is then told by ‘Then’ and ‘Now’ chapters and we gradually learn what happened when Felicity was a teenager. 
It’s clear she was close to her friend Jasmine and the story revolves around the two girls and what they discover. 
This is a great mystery thriller that had me hooked. 
Thanks to Avon Books and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book.
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Absolutely gripping, once I got started with this I found it almost impossible to put down. I was just desperate to get to the end to find out how it all fit together and what was going on.

The story is told from two POVs, there's Felicity in the current day, who has come home to Sidmouth after she hears about a girl being kidnapped in the news. She fled her home town years ago, when the first girl went missing. She's convinced she's the only one who can find the newly abducted girl, but she's afraid to face her past at the same time.

The other POV is in the past, at the time of the first abduction, and features Felicity's best friend Jasmine, her parents and their new mysterious lodger Tim, who Jasmine is both drawn to and afraid of.

I found I preferred Jasmine's story, it felt like it advanced the plot more, whereas Felicity's narrative just raised more questions all the time. The more time we spent with her though, the more desperate I was to know what had happened, and the cutting between the two helped keep the tension high. 

There are plenty of twists and turns and sudden reveals in this book, some of which took me completely by surprise! I wish the ending had been a bit longer, as I'd have liked to have spent more time with the fallout of the final reveal, but this was a great tense twisty thriller.

My thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for the e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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Felcity- also known as Flick-has a lot of secrets.  Secrets she's never told her husband who doesn't understand why she feels compelled to go to Sidmouth when a young girl named Mandy goes missing,  This is told in past and present- by Flick and by Jasmine 16 years before.  Jasmine's parents, who take off on charity work, have allowed Tim to take up residence.  Jasmine wants to know what his story is,  Something bad happens, things change, no spoilers from me as to how everything hooks up.  Flick isn't especially likable but you'll eventually understand her motivations.   Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.   It's twisty.
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I requested this book because I heard a lot of good things about the author...BUT...This book was very repetitive and the writing was so pedestrian. The same thoughts and words were regurgitated over and over to the point of boredom. I really tried to like this book, I read the whole thing, willing to give it a chance, but it was just not for me. The characters were underdeveloped, unlikable and I could not relate to what little was there. Cliche to the point of being insulting, much like the flat title. I understand this author is widely acclaimed and I am sure she is worthy of the acclamation, but this is obviously not her best work.
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A hot mess of a crime, a great summer set thrilling read. 16 years on a second girl goes missing And Felicity is forced to confront her past. Full of twists and turns this is a real psychological thriller that kept me in suspense. I couldn’t wait to find out how it ended.
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This is a decent 'whodunnit' thriller / murder mystery.

A girl disappears from Devon and the lead character of the novel, Felicity, sees the news and realises that the disappearance is from her hometown and relates to her past.
She leaves her husband and children to get to the bottom of this mystery and what follows takes us back to Felicity's childhood whilst having chapters designated to the present time, in both the voice of Felicity and her childhood friend, Jasmine.

It does maintain interest, although, for me I found it a slow moving read that was quite hard to progress in parts.

Overall though, a decent strong 3* and I'd recommend as a good read.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for the opportunity to preview.
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