The Diary by Vikki Patis
Today I am happy to be part of the Blog Tour for The Diary by Vikki Patis. Thank you to Noelle from Bookouture for the tour invite and copy of the book which I have reviewed honestly.
‘I know all your secrets, Lauren.’
Lauren has spent years running away from her home town, her childhood and the memories of her best friend, Hannah.
Until the tenth anniversary of Hannah’s death forces her to return home and to the group of friends she abandoned there. It should be a quick visit, just so Lauren can pay her respects.
At home, Lauren finds Hannah’s old diary. A diary full of secrets. The terrible things Lauren did, the lies she’s told, the reason she ran away. And she receives a message:
‘I don’t know why you’re back, but I know why you left.’
But no-one else has seen the diary, and Hannah’s dead, isn’t she?
A suspenseful psychological thriller full of twists and turns – you won’t be able to stop turning the pages of The Diary. Perfect for fans of The Sister, The Girl on the Train and We Were Liars.
Lauren has avoided her childhood home since the death of best friend and stepsister Hannah. However, she finds herself accepting an invitation from her father who wants Lauren to be there to attend the tenth anniversary memorial of Hannah’s death.
Hannah’s old diary is found in her bedroom, then Lauren starts receiving chilling text messages. Old friends are also receiving the messages and secrets from a decade ago threaten to surface. It seems that the demons that continue to haunt Lauren around Hannah’s death are not going to go away. In fact, they get much worse.
I found this an interesting, sometimes disturbing read with a great style of writing. The dual timezones kept me intrigued, the mystery element deepened as the story evolves and there were plenty of secrets revealed which I didn’t see coming. This is not a fast-paced thriller, but there is a gradual build-up of suspense which leads to a satisfying ending.
Vikki Patis is an author and blogger, as well as an avid reader and book reviewer. When she isn’t working as a Regulatory Affairs Manager, she can usually be found drinking tea, baking cakes, or taking walks in the Hertfordshire countryside. She lives with her partner and two cats.