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Summary

One summer. One stranger. One killer....

Two bad things happened that summer: a stranger arrived. And the first girl disappeared. In the wake of the crime that rocked her hometown, Felicity fled, knowing more than she let on. But 16 years later, her new life is shattered by the news that a second girl has gone missing in Sidmouth. 

Now, Felicity must go home, to face the truth about what happened all those years ago. Only she holds the answers - and they’re more shocking than anyone could imagine. The heatwave is back. And so is the killer. 

Don’t miss the hottest thriller of the summer - perfect for those who loved The Holiday.

©2020 Katerina Diamond (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"I loved it - absorbing and wonderfully twisty. It keeps the reader guessing right up to the last pages." (Debbie Howells)

"Absolutely top-notch. So many twists it makes me dizzy thinking about it." (Jo Jakeman)

"Dark and twisted, but with sunshine and nostalgia to transport you." (SJI Holliday)

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Don’t bother!

I’d read good reviews of this book. I can only imagine they were written by people who can suspend their disbelief to a most incredible level.
I finished this book. It was like watching one of those terrible films that you keep thinking is going to get better soon. It didn’t.
The drawing together of threads and the ending is just all so unbelievable.
I am going to ask for a refund of my credit on this book.

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Preposterous claptrap

Started off well but degenerates into nonsense. I have really enjoyed all of Katerina Diamond's other books but this is very disappointing. Sloppy and insulting.

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Beyond belief

Poor and irritating. Struggled thru to the end just to see how it would pull together .... ridiculous ending.

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Enthralling

Captured my interest from the start and held it to the end. Tragic stiry though.

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Great Story

Great story. Gripping from start to finish. Lovely descriptions of Sidmouth x x x x

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Great twist

Really enjoyed this book. Although I found the start a little slow the twists and turns soon got me hooked.

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Bad book and this review is spoilery

This was a pretty terrible book. The prose wasn't too bad but there wasn't much else to say about it that was good. This review is fairly spoilery because the book was so bad I can't express an opinion without hinting at some things.

Firstly, an hour in I clocked one of the latter "reveals" but doubted myself because it was too ridiculous. To do what the main character did would need legal stuff, paperwork, NI numbers and a police investigation. Teachers would be involved. It was a crazy plot point.

Secondly the main characters are painfully stupid. If you suspected, and had evidence, that someone was a serial killer would you (A) call the police or (B) invite them to tea, tell them you think they're a serial killer and have them laugh it off then all go into different rooms so he can kill you one by one? If you picked (A) you're more intelligent than this character. If you saw someone being strangled by an unarmed man would you (A) try to stop that or (B) have a casual conversation about how they ended up becoming a serial killer as they kill someone. If you picked (A) you're more moral than the protagonist too.

The setting isn't particularly well described but the author grew up there so probably didn't realise how weird some of the references are without context.

Then there's this dumb framing device of two POVs: one in a then timestream, one in a now. The problem is nothing really happens in the now timestream until the very end. All the interest and excitement is in the then timestream. This means half of the already boring book feels even more boring, especially as the now timeline is constantly saying things like "That bit of info tells me more than she thinks because of what happened in my past... before it all fell apart..." Argh.

People, also don't talk like the ones in this story at all. If my daughter was missing and some randomer came up to me at my work and said "Tell me about the night she disappeared, do you remember what happened?" I'd tell them to fuck off not go through a police interview style discussion. Same with some teens she finds "Hi. You don't know me but were you friends with the missing girl? Oh, you were. Great. Can you tell me what she was like and everything you remember about her disappearance?" No way are teens going to respond positively and in detail to that. It was like the protagonist was treated like a police officer/Catholic priest at confession.

The protagonist is also an alcoholic and this interferes with her investigation a lot. This makes it exceptionally difficult to empathise with an already bizarre character. If a person's life depended on me I wouldn't be getting drunk. And saying that I just realised she could have saved the person days earlier while knowing she was likely being tortured.

The narration isn't anything special either. It's very slow and plodding with several sentence repetitions (3:21:01 & 5:12:44 that I recorded).

Honestly, this book was just bad. I had Teacher by Katerina Diamond in my wishlist before I read this. It's not there anymore.