Katerina Diamond, what can I say about her! She writes Crime which will twist your heart in painful ways and imagining the scenarios in her stories will leave you wishing for never coming across them. Her first book The Teacher, left me deeply frustrated towards the rule makers of the society and her second showed me how low human nature can stoop to. Her stories bring forth those facts and truths of our society which can be aptly described as the hidden secrets of humanity; hidden but clearly visible to one’s looking for them. You gotta read her books to see for yourself how a tiny spot of hope is still alive in the midst of ghastly crime.
#KeepTheSecret is the latest blog tour adventure being run by the talented folks at Avon Books UK for Katerina Diamond’s 2nd book – The Secret. You see, the identity of the blogs participating in the blog tour was kept a secret. The Avon Team posted clues on Twitter every day hinting at the next person to be on the blog tour. That’s the mystery, exciting part and I am right towards the end of the tour with one more host to go on 8/11.
If you follow or search the hashtag #KeepTheSecret on Twitter you can get hold of all the clues and have some fun guessing the touring Blogs. If you missed guessing any one, here’s a list of Blogs on the tour so far.
Title: The Secret
Author: Katerina Diamond
Publisher: Avon UK (A Harper Collins UK Imprint)
Published: October 2016
Profession of main characters: Police Detectives and Drug cartel and human traffickers.
City based in: Plymouth, Exeter UK.
Time period: Contemporary.
Book Buy: Kindle India
When Bridget Reid wakes up in a locked room, terrifying memories come flooding back – of blood, pain, and desperate fear. Her captor knows things she’s never told anyone. How can she escape someone who knows all of her secrets?
As DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles search for Bridget, they uncover a horrifying web of abuse, betrayal and murder right under their noses in Exeter.
And as the past comes back to haunt her, Grey must confront her own demons. Because she knows that it can be those closest to us who hurt us the most…
The Secret covers a fact of society which can be best described as an ugly truth hidden in plain view. Once you know it you will no doubt but look for indicators pointing towards it. Some time you will discover something nasty other times your mind, fear will make things up for you. You will at times interpret things rightly and some times blow it completely out of proportion. Well, The secret involves sex, drugs and money; more specifically how human beings react to these factors when in close contact.
The story revolves around the Exeter police department detectives searching for murderers in connection to deaths of local prostitutes and disappearance of an undercover detective. The identity of the one committing the physical act of murder is the secret kept,very well, hidden right towards the end.
Why is the undercover detective working in the midst of prostitutes, who makes her disappear and why the murderer is killing? Answers to these questions unravel in the story though the mystery and the kingpin’s identities are kept a secret. Their motives and passions are described in a quite manner and at first look they don’t seem so harmful.
It is a popular belief that sex, money and drugs will make you do unimaginable things. True. The characters in this story do things that will have you reach for something to hold on to while the nausea and disgust passes. Worry not, the writing is brilliant and will not make you leave it mid way. The criminals display a nasty, cringe worthy behavior and the victims will make you empathise with them. The nasty and hopeful is balanced well.
This story goes to show how your innocent, shy, reserved neighbour can be a monster and samaritan in one breath. There’s good and bad both around us and it’s not simple or easy to spot the evil lurking in our midst. While the neighbours in the story didn’t have a significant role or mention, but they certainly were good as well bad. The Secret addresses an age old crime prevalent in our society – Human Trafficking. There is no definitive solution to eradicate it and it will always exist as far as there are humans alive.
Saying I enjoyed reading the book may come across as insensitive to some. So let me say this – the secret brings to light the unsavory nature of human beings. That part is very well written and I have no difficulty imagining how easy it is for such things to happen in my backyard. There are also, law enforcement officers, a couple good Samaritans and vigilantes who help stop the evil or atleast prevent its spread. In the end, the secrets of human nature are gross, disgusting and scary but there is no foolproof prevention for it. The best we can do is to have hope for the goodness in humans to be stronger than the evil in their hearts. So read this heart wrenching story and try not to be too scared to venture out in the world.
Reviewed by Bharti