The Secret is exciting, thrilling and brutal, but sadly disappointing!
The Secret is the second book in the DS Imogen Grey (the first being The Teacher).
Bridget Reid has gone missing after finding her flatmates murdered. She wakes up confused in a locked room with no way out, no sure how long she has been there and seems to have feelings for her captor. He captor seems to know a lot about her and she is having terrible memory flashbacks.
DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles are tasked with finding her but start to uncover lots more than they bargained for. Imogen is forced to face her past with the arrival of Sam Brown, who she believes was responsible for her getting stabbed on a previous case. She is also forced to confront a family secret that she was unaware of.
As they search for Bridget they find layers of abuse, torture and murder which again brings danger for Imogen.
Overall, The Secret was intriguing and thrilling but let down by a very disappointing ending that I felt didn’t resolve much leaving it all for the next book. Up to that point, the book had an interesting storyline that left you in suspense, filled with violence and murder. Although with Imogen falling for one of the “baddies” she was investigating didn’t quite have a good feel to it.
At times I felt the story was rushed and slightly disjointed with all the flashbacks of different characters which all came together to create one case.
The story itself was good and it was a thrilling read but I was very let down by the ending. I felt it could have been resolved a lot better, while still leaving the way for the next book. It just ended rather abruptly, without resolving very much.
After reading both books in the series, Katerina Diamond is a good writer but unfortunately The Secret was quite good until the final chapter that could do with being reworked. If you like stories that end with a cliffhanger then The Secret does the job, if you prefer stories that end with some kind of closure then this doesn’t deliver. That said, it is still very much worth a read.
RRP: £7.99 (Paperback) / £2.16 (Kindle)
Available to buy from Amazon here.