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  • Disappointing...

    “The Heatwave” is written by the very popular author Katerina Diamond and is a stand-alone thriller set within a dual timeline. Although most recent reviewers of this book praise it highly, I’m afraid I must be the loner on this one, as for me it just didn’t work. “One summer. One stranger. One killer…Two bad things happened that summer: A stranger arrived. And the first girl disappeared” Basically that is it. ‘Flick’ returns to her hometown after sixteen years when she discovers a second girl has gone missing. The ‘now’ part of the story involving Flick returning home was a non starter for me and it was literally the last ten per cent of the book that we are privy to why she had to return home. She’s flawed, cliched and totally unrealistic and a character I just couldn’t relate to at all. I did however enjoy the ‘then’ story and was interested in what happened all those years ago but the denouement and revelation of the killer for me was just too far fetched and utterly implausible. A few inconsistencies for me including a brown car and the sound it made that Flick recognised after sixteen years, spoilt it for me. I’m sure readers who love slow burn stories with flawed characters will like “The Heatwave” and although I would read more by this author again I can’t give this book more than 2.5 stars. 2.5 stars

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  • Torrid thriller

    Felicity (Flick) ran away from her home in Sidmouth at sixteen and never wanted to return to face the memories that haunted her. When she left she quickly settled down with Chris and they started a family however Flick has always held a part of herself back from them as she could never explain her past for fear of losing them. A news report about a missing girl from Sidmouth compels her to return as she senses she holds to key to finding her. Told in two time frames it features Flick now and her friend Jasmine back in the summer Flick fled Sidmouth and the story that gradually unravels is bone chilling. This has quite a few characters however the basic story is easy enough to follow, it’s the way it leaves you guessing that keeps you glued to it. I felt like I read this in no time as I was so engrossed and although I guessed a small part of it the truth was horrifying.

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  • Too Repetitive

    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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  • Takes the Right Turns

    In The Heatwave, Felicity sees a girl has gone missing from the hometown she fled 16 years earlier. It is far too similar to a disappearance that sent her happy life off the rails all those years ago. She returns to face what she knew would eventually come up again. The story shifts back and forth between about 2003 and 2019. Jasmine lives with the perfect parents. That is why she is surprised when they bring home a drifter and allows them to live and work in their home. Tim is trouble from the start. Jasmine is convinced he is not who he claims to be. Still, she falls under his spell. Her best friend, Felicity, does, too. And for a time this seemed to be pretty petty between the two girls. I often write about the line between a good twist and a bad twist. A bad twist either comes from nowhere or is so obvious that it isn't really much of a reveal. A good twist is some thing you sense coming. You see glimpses of it and you can follow the clues to a point. When the truth is revealed it merely brings all of this threads together. This book was a good twist kind of book. The entire story does come together. Though during the reveal, it sometimes feels like the author over explains. But even though the reader may put together some of the mysteries before the author explicitly tells us, they story still works.

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  • 3,5 stars

    Felicity is living a seemingly happy life in the Lake District with her husband and two kids but when she learns about the disappearance of a young girl in her hometown she decides to leave everything inmediately and go there as she suspects that disappearance may be related to another missing girl 16 years ago. Told in dual lines, we follow Felicity in the present time as she tries to uncover what happened to the missing girl and Jasmine, her best friend, in the past line, when we learn baout everything that happened when the girls were teenagers. From the beginning it's made clear that Felicity has many demons and is hiding lots of things. While both lines held my attention I think the past one dragged along a bit around the middle part. It's not till the last 20% that everything starts to unravel and then we got twist after twist after twist (some of them I guessed, some I didn't). One of the problems I found was that the resolution, although answered all the questions, felt little credible (that confession conversation sounded anything but heartfelt and come one, I'm sure the author could find a better motivation than a difficult childhood!). Anyway, in spite of all this, it was a fast and entertaining read so I will check some of the author's previous work. 3,5 stars

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