The Secret (Katerina Diamond)

30759153.jpgCan you keep a secret? Your life depends on it… Bridget Reid has a secret, one that could get her killed… If she can escape the man who is keeping her locked in a basement bedroom. DS Imogen Grey is good at keeping secrets – truths she’d never reveal to her colleagues at Exeter Police. She worked hard to get where she is – she nearly died for it. Now her past is catching up with her… As DS Grey and her partner DS Adrian Miles search for Bridget, they uncover a terrifying web of abuse, betrayal and murder. And they realise that some secrets are better left buried…

When I came across The Secret‘s beautiful and appealing cover, I didn’t know it was part of a series. I simply saw it was a mystery/crime novel, so I requested it right away. The Secret turned out to be a lot different from what I thought. I think the cover was a bit misleading, as I was expecting a psychological thriller or something along those lines. Instead, I got an excellent, unputdownable police procedural, one of the best ones I’ve read lately. Dark, twisted and thrilling.

When the book mentioned events from the past novel (The Teacher), I tried not to pay attention, since now I want to read that one as well. Explaining what this novel is about is a bit difficult. You see, when I’m reading a book and I’m enjoying it a lot, I always tell my boyfriend about it. This time, I tried explaining all the storylines featured in this book and he was looking me like I wasn’t making any sense.

Okay, so there are two cops (Imogen Grey and Adrian Miles) who’re trying to find a missing undercover policewoman (Bridget Reid). Then we have the POVs of that woman , Bridget, who’s been kidnapped by a mysterious man who seems to have some power over her. There’s also the POV of a young troubled kid who quickly grows into a psychopath. Then there are flashbacks from two years ago where DS Grey worked alongside Sam Brown (who happens to be Bridget’s boyfriend and the one who tells the detectives to look for her) and was supposedly betrayed by him. And the case from back then is connected to the one in the present. And Adrian’s ex-wife’s husband is acting suspiciously. And there’s also a young woman who seems to be hiding something.

And that’s not it. There are plenty of twists and surprises. I think that’s what I loved the most about The Secret. The novel’s structure was complex and you know how I love to solve puzzles, so this was right up my alley. I was interested in EVERYTHING that was going on and was super intrigued as to how everything would connect. The ending was great but it was clearly setting things up for the next instalment (which I’ll obviously read).

This is a pretty dark novel and the themes aren’t pleasant at all. Drugs, human trafficking, abuse, rape, violence… the whole package. So don’t expect this to be a light book, as it is actually pretty gruesome sometimes. I adored it anyway.

In the end, this was one of those books that by the time I reached the ending, I just wanted to keep reading. I wanted to know more about these characters and their cases… Maybe it won’t be for everyone, but I enjoyed it immensely. I think I might have found a new series to get addicted to! Don’t miss it.

Similar recommendations:
Triptych (Karin Slaughter)
The Girl In The Ice (Robert Bryndza)
Heartsick (Chelsea Cain)

Other reviews:
My Chestnut Reading Tree
NovelGossip
Little Bookness Lane

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Avon, 2016

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Annie

In a past life I was probably a tortured police detective with a dark and traumatic past. Right now, however, I'm just a twenty-something bookworm who loves to listen to old songs and watch American movies from the nineties. I enjoy reading mystery and crime, southern coming of age stories and historical fiction set in the last century.

18 thoughts on “The Secret (Katerina Diamond)

  1. I’ve read Amy’s review of this one as well, and since both of you didn’t read the first book and still absolutely loved it, what else can one do but read the freaking book? xD I’m going to hop on to the other two reviews you mentioned first (fabulous idea btw), though. Spreading the love and such! Fantastic review dear 🙂

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  2. I just started reading this book. Like you, I didn’t know that it was part of a series and that put me off at first. I also didn’t know that it was a police procedural so that also caught me off-guard.However, it is turning out to be a good read so far. Your review has gotten me more interested in the book and now I understand someone of the flashbacks. I was so confused by the past narrations concerning the detectives. Nice to know that it is all connected. Can’t wait to read some more pages after work today:-)

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    1. Hahaha I was confused at first but I love this type of stories so much that I think I understand them more easily than other types of storylines. For example, I what I did here is simply think: NO MILES IN THE PAST. So if Miles was there, it was the present hahaha There were so many things happening in the book! I didn’t even write about them all because of spoilers 😄

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  3. Other people made the same mistake not knowing it was part of a series! I requested a book once that was a sequel, and so I asked the author for the first book and he sent it to me. I think you should be able to get the first book of the series for free, too! Darn it! 😉

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