The Secret by Katerina Diamond



Spoilers ahead ladies and gentlemen.

Send help. Diamond’s last book, The Teacher, was fun and page turning, with interesting characters and an exciting plot. This, on the other hand, was not. I guess the plot was kind of thrilling, bent cops, kidnapping etc but everything just felt a little off the wall. Nothing felt real enough for me to get really into it. Let’s take Bridget’s situation. She basically witnessed the murder of two “friends”, ran away from the murder and then fell asleep on some grass when she was trying to escape the killer. Then she wakes up in a basement, thinking about her boyfriend Sam, but when an unknown man comes in, who she presumes is her captor, with her favourite foods and a soothing voice, she sleeps with him straight away? I mean please.

What happened to Grey and Miles? Actually what happened to all her characters?! Every one in this book acted so ridiculously juvenile and all conversations were embarrassingly unrealistic.

”Sam just kind of broke into my house.”
“He did what?” … “Did he hurt you?” … Adrian began to pace, this face dark and his fists clenched at his sides.
“No. Apart from scare the shit out of me, he never touched me.” …
“Am I allowed to hit him?”
“No, I don’t want to make a big deal out of it. I’m just going to head off to bed, if that’s OK?”

I mean come on. That’s not how a conversation goes when a guy who got your unborn baby killed breaks into your house and shoves you up against a wall. I’m going to put the blame on these silly conversations down to Grey. It annoyed me how tough-guy she was always trying to be. She’d run along to Miles and then act like nothing was wrong. She’d whinge and complain at him like he was causing her all this grief, just like a stroppy teenager. Just like Kevin the Teenager.

Also, she had a soft spot for a criminal so she let him cut some guys finger off in front of her without doing anything? Nice police work, love. Sorry, I just don’t like Imogen Grey.

There were too many pov’s in this and it could get confusing to remember who was who and what their relevance to the story was. It’s obvious that the story is going to merge together at some point, but until that very moment, there are no connections between each of the characters. When other books are written like this, you tend to find connection throughout each chapter that draws you closer and closer to the climax. This didn’t do that. This was all over the place until it suddenly wasn’t. I definitely think the layout of this book could have been rethought.

Also, I didn’t get how some of the plot connected up? MAJOR SPOILERS COMING! So when they found out the killer was Imogen’s half brother, and the baby was the missing girl’s, Isabelle’s, child they said “it connects to Bridget’s case” … but how? Because the guy cut the man in the same place as the prostitute? Really? I’ve read enough crime novels to know that’s purely circumstantial evidence! Please, someone, correct me if I’m wrong about this, but there was no connection between the two cases.

I’ll be honest with you and say I totally skim read the last 15% of this. I just couldn’t handle reading this anymore. It just kept getting sillier and sillier until I was actualy scoffing at what was happening. I’m sorry Diamond, I truly am. I loved the first DS Grey novel, but I hated this. I definitely will not be continuing with this series.

Thanks to Netgalley and HarperCollins UK, Avon for giving me the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest review.

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