This review is written with thanks to Avon Books UK and Netgalley for my copy of The Angel.
When a body is found following a fire at a disused signal box, Gabriel Webb admits he was present when the fire started, and is remanded in prison on suspicion of manslaughter. But to investigating police officers, Detective Sergeant Imogen Grey and Detective Sergeant Adrian Miles, there appears to be more to this crime than meets the eye, especially when an older couple are murdered and Imogen believes the cases are connected. To prove this, she must find evidence. What really happened on the night of the fire in the signal box?
The blurb on The Angel refers to Diamond as the !queen of grip lit." That's a huge title to live up to, but Diamond manages it with ease. This novel has everything: blood, violence, death, sex, and it all serves to give the reader a rollercoaster read, which kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. At times, the plot did feel a little disjointed, particularly as the two investigations came together, but the novel culminates in a huge twist that I never saw coming at all that left me reeling.
DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles are not your average detectives. They have both had life experiences which have made them vulnerable, and neither of them like to carry out investigations by the book. This makes them intriguing characters, and I hope they return in a future novel, so that the reader can see them grow.
Diamond's research for The Angel is impressive, especially her research into life in prison. Several chapters of the novel focus on Gabriel's experience of incarceration, and the insight Diamond gives the reader into the routine, the corruption and his relationships with other prisoners, drew me in and I wanted to read on to see how the situations in which Gabriel found himself would be resolved. The scenes in the prison also added to the overall tension in the novel.
The Angel is published on 21st September and can be purchased from Amazon.