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The Heatwave

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I received an advanced reader’s copy in exchange for an honest review 

The plot sounded so interesting but the mystery was flat and took so long to develop I had long since stopped caring. Not even an entertaining guilty pleasure
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It would be hard to imagine the devastation a Tsunami would reek upon a sleepy Devon coastal town. That exotic monster more at home in the Pacific Ring of Fire, that superimposes itself on the twice daily ebb and flow of the sea. Lulling us until the very sea pulls back like the pulling of a rug ‘neath our feet, destabilising whilst we gaze in awe and dread at that wall of water set to engulf us. So it was with The Heatwave by Katerina Diamond the majority of which was like the summer susurration of a pebble beach until the sea pulled back. As unlikely as a Tsunami might be on a Devon coast, so was the climax, the glue which gave the novel a purpose and in a way the solvent which lost it credibility. You must forgive my extensive use of metaphor because it would take but a sentence to spoil the plot.
If you like a novel which all hangs on the last couple of chapters, then this one is for you.
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What a book! This was SO enjoyable, I raced through it! I'm a fan of Katerina Diamond and an a fan of the DI Imogen Grey series so was looking forward to this anyway but it did not disappoint! 

It kept me guessing until the reveal - which doesn't often happen! 

Couldn't recommend this more.
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Wow, wow, wow. As always Katerina Diamond has not disappointed! This book had me gripped right from the beginning. I must admit I do love a book that jumps back and forth from past to present. I find it keep me interested. Fantastic twist at the end that I did not see coming. Would 100% recommend 😁
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4.5 stars 
Since I read my first book by the author last fall, I’m now addicted to anything that she’s writing. 
Who wouldn’t want to know anything about a missing person if they appear on the news? Was she found? Is she dead? Was the killer caught? All these questions and so little answers so many times. 
I enjoyed this book in one sitting because I got caught up in the story so much that I couldn’t stop until the last page. And what a whirlwind ending! 
I had so many theories in my head along with the chapters but none as even close to the truth and that’s the best thing that I’m looking forward in my mystery/crime /thrillers. 
Another gripping edge of your seat story from a favourite author
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Katerina Diamond is a brilliant author! I was drawn in by the enticing premise, and I wasn’t disappointed. I found the beginning a bit difficult to get in to, but it soon picked up. Will look for others by Ms Diamond!
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Thank you Netgalley for this ARC of The Heatwave by Katerina Diamond.

When Felicity hears that a girl has gone missing in her home town, sixteen years after fleeing, she feels responsible to return.  This is not the first time a girl has gone missing in the town she grew up, but she feels deeply responsible for the first disappearance.  Have her old ghosts returned to haunt her.  Is digging into her past going to put her in danger?

I would give this a solid three stars as far as this kind of suspense/thriller.  It was perfectly fine, enough to keep my interest, but nothing that blew my mind.  The dialogue was a bit cheesy, and the ending especially was a bit groan worthy, but again, it was readable and easy.
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This is the first book I have read by this author and it is smashing!
I hope I will find time to read more books by Katerina Diamond.

I want to thank NetGalley and Avon books for an ARC copy of this book.

Everything in this book appealed to me and kept me interested/hooked from beginning to the end.

The characters are well developed, very well and you can't tell at any point of time if they are all bad, guilty, turned innocent, then again switch to being the guilty party, etc. They simply and effectively intervene with each other that you can just be in awe how every piece of a puzzle finds itself in the right place even though you didn't see it coming.

And the story! It is told in the present and the past, it's not confusing to follow the story and with every chapter you get a little glimpse of the whole picture and I had to devour the book in 2 nights to find out what is going on!

The twists - they are not what you would think at all! The story is constructed in that way that you can see that everyone has secrets, that everyone is maybe guilty, makes you choose a guilty party and then crashes everything you ever knew about thrillers because the twists are just brilliant!

They come one after another and the whole truth hits you and I had a goofy smile on my face over 40 minutes because I was in genuine awe of author's writing. Even though it is a horrendous story I could not not admire what great writing does to you. :)

It was so easy giving this book a perfect score.
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I was excited to read this book and Katerina Diamond is one of my favourite authors and this new book certainly did not disappoint. 
I was drawn in by the characters and plot, and raced through the pages desperate to find out the ending. 
There were lots of twists and turns, especially at the end to keep me guessing. I would recommend this book.
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Katerina Diamond is one of my favourite authors at the moment. This novel is a stand alone and is very different to her Imogen Grey series - however this one didn't disappoint in any way.
This book flits from past to present and is easy to follow. 
When a person goes missing Felicity is made to face her past - going back to where she grew up she must find the answers to questions she still has - can she move forward without them. 
We meet Felicitys school friend Jasmine and her parents and also the mysterious Tim who is there lodger. Jasmine is more reserved whilst Flick is out there and wanting attention from boys. We learn about their school days, growing up in 2 different families - neither are perfect - but what really happened all those years ago - how is the missing girl linked to all this! 
I read this novel in 2 nights - addictive reading
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The story is told in past and present bringing it to a conclusion that I definitely didn't see coming!!, 
Felicity lives in the Lake District but when she hears about a missing girl in Sidmouth where she grew up she leaves immediately to go back there, it appears she has her suspicions and then the past unfolds through the eyes of Jasmine. A missing girl, a strange lodger who she is suspicious of, her best friend Felicity is the only person she trusts. I spent the whole book wondering what happened to Jasmine was very shocked when realised what had happened.
Will Felicity find the truth before it's too late for the missing girl and can she lay her demons to rest
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Well I started this Wednesday and im not a fast reader but this book, wow! i loved every second, you kept me guessing and lots of twists and turns. i love your Miles and grey books and now I love this one. i can see i am very much on your wave length as i slip into your books like a comfy pair of slippers after a day on your feet. Top marks and I cant wait for more books from you well done katerina xxx
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The story is told of Felicity now and Jasmine then 16 years ago. Jasmine and Felicity were best friends at 16 years old. Felicity's Mum is an alcoholic and as such she would prefer to spend all her time at Jasmine's house. 
Jasmine's parents usually go away every Summer helping out charities in third world countries, but this year they're not going so Jasmine gets to stay home and enjoy Summer by the beach with Felicity. Jasmine's parent's have a lodger staying in the garden house called Tim. Jasmine is drawn to him but she's unsure why and not sure whether she should be scared of time or to trust time.
In the present day Felicity is drawn back to the town she ran away from 16 years ago after that fateful Summer. Another young girl has gone missing and Felicity thinks she is the only person who will be able to find out what's happened even though she now lives miles away. As she goes back to her helm town, secrets are revealed slowly.
I really enjoyed the twist that arrived at the end of the book, and the easy read made this a good choice.
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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. 

I am a big fan of Diamond's books and was looking forward to reading this however if I am honest, I was a little disappointed. We follow Felicity as she leaves her family in the Lake District and travels south to where she grew up. Her reason for travelling is another missing girl. I did think the book gets off to a bad start as Felicity is not fleshed out and we just follow this mysterious character as she leaves her family behind. I think a little more background was needed.

Then we begin the investigation as Felicity tries to find out the truth about the present day and what happened all those years ago. This is told in the present day and flashback chapters from the perspective of Jasmine. The whole way through Diamond builds a very good atmosphere and I knew something was going to happen and dark secrets would be revealed. However, this was missing some of Diamond's usual magic, there was just an element missing that meant it was not as thrilling as it could have been. This does have some very shocking twists and I truly did not see the ending unfolding the way it does which made for an enthralling ending. However, this read did feel too short to me and I think part of the problem was events were raced through and there was no time to build tension.

Personally I did not think Felicity was ever developed properly and I never quite got to know her enough. The other characters are just there and not really people who are given proper time to. Jasmine was the character I felt most connected to and the one I was rooting for the whole way through which in a way is strange, as you will find out from reading this.

'The Heatwave' is an intense read with a shocking twist. However it suffers from a lack of development and being too rushed.

Thank you to NetGalley and Avon Books UK for an advance copy.
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When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you "have nothing to do" while your place of work is closed,  superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today.

I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review.  

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.

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.

I love steamy beach reads and this one great beach book - a fabulous story, great characters and a murderer that is absolutely difficult to understand the motive of which makes it a great read from page one to end. It is thrilling, enticing and so freaking good - I loved it. I see that Miss Diamond has written many books (I think that this is the first of hers that I have read, but I may have read some: when you rad as much as I do, you tend to lose track!)

I would normally say take this book to the beach with a tonne of SPF1000 sunscreen as you will lose track of time and end up fried to a crisp as a result. BUT, since we may be in self-isolation until October or November, read it on the porch, balcony, backyard, or even your bedroom!)													

As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/Tik-Tok and YouTube  Millionaires/etc. " on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it 🏖️ 🏖️ 🏖️ 🏖️  🏖️   , OH WAIT.,.this is better given her last name: 💎💎💎💎💎
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Thank you to the publishers and Netgalley for the ARC of this book in exchange for a honest review.

Katerina Diamond is quite simply one of my favourite authors and I was very excited to see that she had a new book coming out soon and I was thrilled to be approved for it.

This book was really different to her others but just as enjoyable. The book kept me guessing throughout and I was never sure of where the story was going. When everything was revealed, my mind was blown! 

This is a fantastic book. I highly recommend this book as well as her other books.
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Katerina did it again with this stand alone. It was slow to start from what I’m used to from her but the suspense was there. The twist and turns were there. The plot twist was everything. I thought I knew who kidnapped Hannah and then Mandy but every time I did then boom another twist. This was definitely a well written book that I would recommend. I did not see that plot twist coming at all.
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This is the new standalone novel from Katerina Diamond,  more commonly known for her Grey and Miles series which I love.  The Heatwave takes place in two different timelines,  Felicity as a grown mother of two and Felicity and Jasmine as 16 year old best friends.  Jasmine narrates the "then" section of the story from her point of view. Felicity narrates the "now" section.  Jasmine's charitable parent's invite the mysterious Tim to be their new lodger cum handyman.   Her parent's are clearly taken with Tim but he makes Jasmine uncomfortable and suspicious.   In the present storyline,  Felicity has seen a news broadcast that a teenage girl has gone missing from her old home town.  For reasons that aren't made clear to the reader,  Felicity feels that only she can find her.  She tells her confused husband and kids that she's going on a short break and will be back in a few days.  She arrives to her home town and starts her own investigation.   I found this an easy read but I didn't love this book.  It was farfetched in the extreme in parts.  I also figured out the big twist about halfway through.   Thank you to Netgalley for my advance copy.
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I have been reading a series by Kat Diamond over the last couple years and have absolutely loved it, so when I saw she had a new book due out later this year and was a lucky enough to receive a copy early I was excited but still unsure as it was a departure from the characters I have to grown to love in her other books. 

Have no fear all of you Diamond fans because when the first big plot twist hits it is like a tornado that grabs you and won’t let go until the very last word of the book! It is one of the best crime thrillers I have read and I have read a ton of them and Diamonds creativity is brilliant!
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Oh wow! I had no idea I was going to love this book as much as I have!! It’s been impossible to put down! Filled with so many twists and turns, it’s definitely a book that keeps you guessing. 
I have really enjoyed this one, even been thinking about it whilst not reading. Definitely one I’d recommend! I can’t wait to read more by this author ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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