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    Absolutely Brilliant!

    I am a huge devotee of the Adrian Miles and Imogen Grey series by Katerina Diamond and I think this could possibly be the one I have most enjoyed so far. The Woman In The Water is a dark and gritty police procedural with real characters and a punchy story-line. In this sixth instalment, Adrian Miles is travelling home when he spots a body submerged in icy water, and is shocked to find she is alive. The battered woman is taken to hospital where she refuses to give her name and says that she cannot remember what happened to her. When a second body, a young male, is found further down the river, the battered woman disappears from her hospital bed. Detectives Adrian Miles and Imogen Grey follow their only lead to Reece Corrigan's home looking for answers. They receive an unpleasant surprise when they arrive, to find that the woman Adrian rescued is no other than Corrigan's wife. The author's writing was powerful, and often graphic as the story-line encompassed all kinds of evil from murder, domestic violence, sexual assault, and physical violence. Whilst some scenes were quite difficult and disturbing to read, the tone was full of empathy for the characters. Primarily the focus is on the woman found in the water, but a great deal of attention is also centred on DS Miles. He is vulnerable as dealings with the Corrigan family transpire, revealing his weaknesses and a difficult childhood, so that I became totally engrossed in the way events were affecting him. I loved that Imogen's loyalty to him was unwavering, especially as Adrian became something of a liability. The two story-lines are interlinked; if Adrian hadn’t stumbled across the woman in the water then he wouldn’t have found himself falling to pieces until he is no longer able to recognise himself. This was a remarkable and captivating story albeit an emotional, heartrending one and the twists and turns were brilliantly executed with heaps of surprises and reveals throughout. The ending was explosive and totally unexpected. This super series continues to go from strength to strength and is up there with some of the most thrilling reads in the genre. If attention-grabbing, dark, and twisted crime thrillers are your thing, then Woman in the Water must not be missed! I longingly await book number seven. This review was written voluntarily and was not influenced by the fact that I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel from Avon Books via NetGalley.
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    chilling and disturbing crime novel

    This was an excellent crime novel, that – apart from being a fast paced, riveting read – brings up some very disturbing subjects. You may forget the individual police characters (not that they are under-developed, or lacking in any way at all), but what happens in the book will remain with you a very long time. A woman is found, severely beaten and nearly drowned in the water. Another body (not so lucky) is found nearby. She won’t tell the police who she is, who he is, or what occurred. She disappears from hospital – then pops up again, looking like nothing has happened. You think you know what is going on – domestic abuse, bad husband, cop taking it all too personally – but that is not the half of it. Throughout all the book is a pervading sense of fear. No-one will talk. The victims – and there are many – are broken by what they experienced (if they are still alive). They blame themselves: for not fighting back, for not taking warnings seriously, for not living up to expectations …. The horror of what the victims go through – not just the actual crime(s) which are thankfully not dwelt on so much, but the never-ending aftermath – is dealt with by the author with so much empathy, that you are forced to take part of it into your own being. “Back then, I didn’t know the depths of R’s evil. I still had a rose-tinted view of him, as if somehow if I loved him enough that would change him, but it never did. All it did was change me into a person I can barely stand to look at. I am all but erased – changing a little each day to accommodate his demands but never being quite good enough” The person behind the crime is one of the most evil people ever to appear in a crime novel. He believes himself to be invincible – and you feel that way too. All though not everything is wrapped up at the end (could it ever be?), I could not have ever forgiven the author if she had not ended it the way she did. An outstanding book – but a really distressing read. I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
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