Published by Avon
Available in ebook & paperback (11 July 2019)
Source: copy received from publisher for review
ABOUT THE BOOK
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?
My thanks to Sabah for the invitation to take part in the blog tour and for providing the review copy.
I do love this series but am a little out of sync – I’ve read all except for book 3 (The Angel) – we are now on book 5 and here the story appears to refer more to events which I’ve missed, although for anyone else who hasn’t read that one, or indeed other books, don’t worry – this one can be read on its own.
The story begins with a young student’s death and as you would expect from this author, the death toll never lets up! For those that like their crimes a little on the gory side, have no fear, your wish is catered for! The story centres around a university where an increasing amount of murder victims provides Grey and Miles with one of their most baffling and testing cases yet. In addition, Miles is personally implicated in a crime with potentially devastating consequences.
One thing I love about this pairing is the way the working relationship between the two detectives has grown over the series. They are both complex personalities and at their core are damaged, but the trust and reliance they place on each other really comes through. Both are struggling with their own personal losses but they do really care for each other and have each other’s backs. This book focuses more on their personal relationship and it will be interesting to see where the author goes next with this.
Some aspects might take a little more convincing if you want to be really very picky but nonetheless I was absolutely glued to this. The ultimate reasons behind the crimes were absolutely sickening. The dynamics of the investigation team – including Gary, the IT genius makes the police procedural part interesting and, add into the mix possibly one of the most sympathetic serial killers in fiction and you have an engrossing and thoroughly entertaining crime thriller. I can’t wait for the next one and in the meantime I’m going to make sure I catch up with book 3 and see what I’ve missed!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Katerina Diamond was born in Weston in the seventies. She moved to Thessaloniki in Greece and attended Greek school where she learnt Greek in just 6 months. After her parents’ divorce, they relocated to Devon. After school, and working in her uncle’s fish and chip shop, she went (briefly) to university at Derby, where she met her husband and had two children. Katerina now lives in the East Kent Coast with her husband and children. She is a Sunday Times and Kindle bestseller.