When troubled teen Connor moves to Exeter from the US to escape his past, he finds himself embroiled in a world of popular kids and easy girls. Everyone wants to be his friend, but they don’t know about what he did…and they don’t know about his father. As Connor’s life in England begins to unravel, DS Adrian Miles and his partner Imogen Grey are working up against the clock to catch a serial killer who dates his victims before he kills them. Determined to uncover the truth, Imogen is forced to act as bait – but will she take it too far and risk her own life?
The Promise is the fourth book in the Imogen Grey & Adrian Miles mystery series and this is really a series that I can’t get enough of. To be honest, I think they get better with each new book. This last installment was as exciting and as addictive as always and although the mystery storyline wasn’t my favorite, the storyline focused on Imogen and Adrian was the absolute best.
The team is investigating a serial killer who takes the victims on a date before killing them. And when they find out he chooses them while playing a mobile app, Imogen decides to act as bait. She’s not living a good moment after a romantic breakup and neither is Adrian, who had his heart broken in the last book.
The relationship between Imogen and Adrian has always been one of my favorite parts of this series. It’s not romantic, or at least it isn’t yet, and it’s so complex and beautiful that I would read about them for many more years. In this book, their relationship is more special than ever and their scenes had me on the edge of my seat.
As it is common in Katerina Diamond’s novels, we have multiple perspectives here. This time, the three voices are from Imogen & Adrian, a young troubled teenager called Connor who’s new in town, and the mysterious young woman from the journal pages. As you can expect, there’s a connection between them, and while there’s not a twist as there was in The Angel, the plot was thrilling and I read about 75% of The Promise in one sitting.
This book is everything you can expect from a cop procedural. The mystery is amazing and I care so much about these characters that I can’t wait until the next book is out! Hopefully soon.
‘Was she sexually assaulted?’ Sarah said, her body tense, as though she almost didn’t want to know the answer. ‘Did he rape her? I asked but no one would tell me.’
‘There were signs of sexual activity, but at this point there is no evidence of sexual assault, we will know more when we get the post mortem.’
‘You think they met before? She wasn’t the kind of person who would sleep with someone on the first date.’ Imogen handed her the box of tissues that were on the table; the girl took one and clutched it to her, ready for the tears to come out. ‘Is there a possibility it was someone from her work at the recruitment agency?’ Imogen asked gently. Sarah shook her head. ‘No, she kind of hated everyone there, she was looking for another job anyway. I don’t think so.’
‘Did she have any hobbies? Go to any clubs? Any cafés she went to regularly?’ Imogen said. ‘No, she used to get lunch in the theatre; they did these sandwiches she liked and she never had to wait because no one else ever thought to go there for
lunch. It was always empty.’ ‘What about your parents? Is she likely to have told
them anything?’ Adrian said. ‘Our dad lives in Spain with my stepmother; we aren’t very close. Mum died five years ago.’ ‘I’m sorry to hear that,’ Adrian said, inclining his head. ‘Is there anything else you can tell us that might help find out who she was with?’ Imogen asked.
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 on the East Kent Coast with her husband and children. She is a Sunday Times and Kindle bestseller.
Thanks to the publishers for providing me a copy in exchange for an honest review