The Heatwave by Katerina Diamond

Wow, just wow. What a twisty, gripping and clever thriller. This was hard to predict with intriguing characters and an excellent setting.

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.

I loved this. Right from the start it was intriguing, although it did start off exceptionally fast and suddenly. At first I felt a bit surprised by the sudden action but I soon really got into this as the Felicity was an excellently written character. She was clearly nervous, clearly hiding something and desperate not to reveal it. This knowledge that she was definitely hiding something hooked me right from the start but Diamond’s writing is clever. She teases the reader, not letting up and definitely not revealing anything before she wants to. I liked the premise of this, that Felicity knew something about a crime from the past. Her level of knowledge and involvement was impossible to guess and again this is credit to Diamond’s excellent writing.

While the chapters from Felicity’s perspective are fascinating and gripping, the ones from Jasmine’s point of view are seriously interesting. I couldn’t figure out where she fit in to the story for a while and wanted to know what happened to her in the present day. I have to admit, I did actually guess an element of Jasmine’s story but it didn’t take away from the story for me. If anything, I was more intrigued than ever to know if I was right and what could have led to that happening.

As the book went on, this book seriously built up the suspense more and more. Although some of the characters were suspicious, my instinct was to not trust it… I felt that it wouldn’t be the obvious person, but didn’t have any clue who else it could be. I have to admit then, I was seriously shocked at the ending. It was everything I was hoping it would be – shocking, compelling and impossible to tear my eyes from until I’d finished reading. Diamond turned everything on it’s head at the ending, not relenting with her fast-paced and gripping writing until the very last page.

This truly should be the thriller of the summer. The sleepy town with horrifying hidden secrets will hook you in until the very end.

The Heatwave
Katerina Diamond
Avon, 25th June 2020

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