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    The Diary

    In The Diary Vikki Patis takes the reader back in forth in time in our heroine's life, to when she was a teenager. Because of this at times it feels like a YA novel. Ms Patis keeps the reader guessing and gives us some edge of the seat moments. I was given an early copy to review.
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    Tense and emotional

    Wow, that was a powerful emotional ride and it really got me thinking about how horrible teenagers can be to each other and what a lasting impact that can have on someone's life! The author does a fantastic job of building up the tension in this story, mixing the past, which is ten years ago, and the present, until we find out exact what happened and how it has shaped the events of the present day. Hannah died ten years ago and it is a memorial event that pulls all of the characters back to the place where it happened, bringing back powerful memories of the events leading up to her death. The storyline covers a couple of serious topics, which I won't go into detail about in case I spoil the story for readers, but the author handles them with care and depth and weaves an emotional atmosphere that pulls the reader in. I loved the main character (and her dad!) and the story broke my heart in places and got me really fired up in others. I questioned who I could trust, who was telling lies, who was being genuine. It definitely had me puzzling over what was really going on. Loved it!
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    I was very riveted to the story.

    Lauren does the one thing she never, ever wanted to do. She responds to her father’s plea to visit him. Lauren had left her home in Hitchin years ago after her best friend Hannah committed suicide. When Lauren left, her friend’s loss was only one of the bad memories that she was escaping. It is the tenth anniversary of Hannah’s death and Lauren is reluctantly reunited with her friends from school. Not only are they all hiding secrets, they begin receding terrifying and threatening text messages. Shockingly, Lauren unearths a diary that Hannah had hidden. This diary, coupled with the messages, are certain to topple over the careful world Lauren has built. She really thought her carefully constructed life could erase the tragic memories of her past. The Diary is delivered from Lauren’s first person point of view and is told in both the present and the past. Her story reveals how she and Hannah got to know on another and in so doing details much about the angst-ridden young life that she and Hannah experienced. The tragic reasons and result of this teen suicide is sadly recounted. While Lauren’s past is replayed, the circumstances involving her high school friends and their lives then and now are presented and is more than often quite tragic. I found The Diary to be a compelling read. Not only is the story very tragic, it is rather thrilling with a definite edge of danger to Lauren and her former friends. It was very sad to see that Lauren’s memories of Hannah were even more dismal than she ever had imagined. It was also rather shocking to see the secrets and lies this group of young people shared while growing up, all while presently trying to bury such an awful past. It was indeed quite a mystery to imagine whoever could have been sending the horrible text messages and I was on the edge of my seat truly wondering if Lauren or any of the other characters that made up part of the group of people would experience even more tragedy. To discover that the author, Vikki Patis, is a debut writer was a true delight. She has a very persuasive manner of writing that kept me riveted to this story. It was well-paced, well-written. It is of interest to note that the author explains at the end of the book that she herself dealt with some similar experiences while she was growing up. Of course, this adds a touching sense of realism for her own life’s experiences to be fictionalized as she has done here. Vikki Patis is definitely an author to watch. Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.
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