Hello and welcome to my stop on the audio blog tour for The Heatwave by Katerina Diamond. Thanks so much to Ellie Pilcher at Avon for the invite, and for a digital copy of the audiobook via the audiobook.com app. Before I share my review, here’s what the book is all about:
About the book: “One summer. One stranger. One killer….
Two bad things happened that summer: a stranger arrived. And the first girl disappeared. In the wake of the crime that rocked her home town, Felicity fled, knowing more than she let on. But 16 years later, her new life is shattered by the news that a second girl has gone missing in Sidmouth. Now, Felicity must go home, to face the truth about what happened all those years ago. Only she holds the answers – and they’re more shocking than anyone could imagine. The heatwave is back. And so is the killer.”
Available from: Audiobooks.com – Audible
Wow what a creepy, chilling audiobook! This took me to places I definitely wasn’t expecting to go! It was a very claustrophobic listen, just like the heatwave in the title!
The story was told from two points of view, Felicity in the present, and Jasmine in the past, 16 years earlier. I wasn’t too sure about Felicity at all and kept thinking she was a unreliable narrator, especially when she kept drinking so much during the day.
Jasmine was a bit weird, but was that just because she was a mixed up teenager full of angst about boys and feeling like she didn’t fit in anywhere? Tim the lodger was very strange and I agreed with Jasmine that he wasn’t a nice guy at all. He was really creepy and incredibly manipulative, definitely trying to stop her finding out about something.
This started slowly, but then the tension really got to me and I couldn’t stop listening. I really wanted to find out what was going on!
Charlotte Worthing was a new to me narrator, portraying all the different parts very well. I particularly liked her West Country burr for Felicity and Jasmine.
I highly recommend this one on audiobook if you enjoy a chilling, psychological thriller.