This review is written with thanks to Harper Collins UK and Netgalley for my copy of The Secret.
Imogen Grey has just returned to work as a Detective Sergeant with Exeter Police. Her first case is the murder of a group of prostitutes and their clients, in which Bridget Ford escapes and is suspected missing. As the investigation unfolds, Grey realises that she must confront her own past and uncover some family secrets if she is to find Bridget and learn what happened to her.
In reviews for The Secret, Diamond has been described as the master of gripping literature, and it is easy to see why. She uses three narrative strands to create tension: a third person narrative of the present day, a third person narrative of a case on which Grey worked two years ago, and a first person narrative from the perspective of the perpetrator. Although at first, I found it difficult to piece together the strands of the plot, I enjoyed the way that the different narratives raised questions about each character, and drew me in so that I was eager to discover the identity of the perpetrator,
The Secret is full of twists, which increases the tension in the novel. I found this aspect of it particularly engaging, as it was difficult to predict what would happen next, and which secrets would be uncovered.
The Secret is the second novel featuring Imogen Grey, and I have not yet read The Teacher, which is the first novel in which she appears. I believe this may have been beneficial, as I found it difficult to connect with some of the characters and understand their motivations, which may have been easier with additional background information that I would expect to find in the first novel.
The Secret is published on 20th October and can be ordered from Amazon.