The Heatwave - Katerina Diamond

Reading Challenge Category: Free ARC from NetGalley

Official Blurb:

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.

My Thoughts:

This was a slow-burner of a read. It took me quite a while to get into it. However, once it gets going, it is a killer of a book and certainly worth persevering through the start!
We are alternating between now and then chapters. In the ‘now’ chapters, we are following Felicity, a very troubled character. She has seen something on the news that has set the hairs on the back of her neck off. She knows this means she is going to have to revisit her past but will she get all the answers?
The ‘then’ chapters are following Jasmine, another morose character, telling us the story of both hers and Felicity’s past. What happened that summer that changed everything?
I really didn’t know what direction the book was going to take. I guessed one of the surprises, but the reasons for this I had no clue and they came out of left field and hit me over the head. I just didn’t see them coming at all. At this point, I was devouring the book so fast to get all the answers I think I finished it in record time.
It was brilliantly written. It gets you hooked slowly and builds up the story, so you are getting to know the characters. At one point with all the school friends, I was getting a bit lost of who was who but the main characters were easy to keep up with. The ’then’ and ‘now’ was clearly marked and wasn’t confusing at all.
Overall, a brilliant and engaging read that I’m glad I requested on NetGalley after only having read one other book by this author. I will certainly be reading more.

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The Heatwave
by Katerina Dimaond
Date Started
16th May 2020
Date Finished
18th May 2020
Rating
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