Hello, Book Dragons! Today I would like to welcome you all on my stop of the Audio Blog Tour for The Heatwave By Katerina Diamond and I would like to share a review, with all of you. Thank you very much to Ellie from Harper Collins (Avon) for the invitation. Please do show some love to all the wonderful book bloggers on this blog tour by following and sharing their work. 🙂
Thank You very much to the publisher – Avon for the review copy of the audiobook.
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Release date: 25 06 2020
Price*: Kindle £0.99 (GBP)/ Paperback £4.50 (GBP)
Kindle $1.99 (USD)/ Paperback $15.99 (USD)
Pages: ~ 400
My rating: I really liked it
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What I learned from this book: Choose your friends carefully.
Description of the book: 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 community, Felicity fled, knowing more than she let on.
But sixteen years later, her new life is shattered by the news that a second girl has gone missing in her hometown.
Now Felicity must go back, 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.
How this book made me feel: The blurb really attracted me to this book, so it was a no brainer in agreeing to be on this blog tour. It was a true pleasure to listen to this novel, narrated by Charlotte Worthing. The narrator really made this novel come to life, and I thoroughly enjoyed her voice and reading technique.
The protagonists in this book were Jasmine and Felicity, and the story was told from their perspectives. Felicity is telling the story at the present day, she has to go back to her home-town where she grew up, to find a girl that has been kidnapped. Because “only she knows how to find her”. Felicity is a very troubled character, she has a drinking problem, and suffers from quite a few mental health problems. Jasmine and Felicity were best friends at school, and Jasmine is a person who tells the story from the past. I really liked Jasmine’s story, it is more intriguing and gripping compared to Felicity’s.
The narrative was very well balanced, in my opinion. Felicity keeps kindling the suspense with “her big secret” and “what have I done?” moments, making me restless to find out what this huge secret is. And Jasmine is telling a really absorbing story, leading very cleverly to all these huge discoveries. The topics discussed in this book were alcoholism, teenagers and their behaviour, mental health issues, forbidden romance and many more.
I really enjoyed the author’s clever writing style. The book feels quite calm and smooth, there is no police involved and it is only alone, an ordinary woman trying to uncover what actually happened. But at the same time, this book is carrying a shroud of mystery, that my curious side could not wait to unravel. The chapters felt quite short, and the dual perspective made this book very entertaining. The culmination of this novel did not disappoint me, I was not expecting the “Big Secret” to be this awesome. 😀
So, to conclude, this novel is a very smartly written psychological thriller, filled with complex characters, as well as very absorbing, twisty and well-balanced plot, that kept me curious and guessing till the last chapter. I really enjoyed this book, and I recommend not only to read it but to listen to it as well if you have the chance, of course. I absolutely loved the narrator, I think she has done an amazing job on this book. 🙂
Thank You for Your time. ❤
About the author: Katerina is the author of the Sunday Times Best Selling Exeter based crime thriller series – starting with ‘The Teacher’ and followed by The Secret, The Angel, The Promise and Truth or Die Katerina is currently working on her seventh novel which is a standalone.
Katerina also runs the Facebook book group CRIME SUSPECT with several other crime authors.
Katerina currently lives in East Kent. Katerina was born in Weston-super-Mare and has lived in various places since including Greece, Cyprus, Derby, East London and Exeter. Katerina watches way too much TV.
Facebook: @katerinadiamondauthor / Twitter: @TheVenomousPen / Instagram: @katerinadiamondauthor
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