The Secret by Katerina Diamond
I really wish I was ending on 2016 on a blog high. I have read some wonderful books this year (A Little Life I’m looking at you) but sadly The Secret by Katerina Diamond is not one of them.
It didn’t start particularly well when I realised this was the second one in a series and I had not read the first. I thought maybe I could get away without reading the first. I’m still not sure if reading the first would have made any difference.
The Secret flips between so many narratives it gets really confusing and I’m still not sure if I understand what’s going on. So here’s my plot overview (whether this is actually what happens I don’t know).
Bridget Reid is an undercover cop working in a ring of female abuse. When her cover is blown she goes on the run and the police try and track her down.
Imogen’s story flashes between the past and the present, the former focuses on an attack she suffered, the latter on the consequences of her attack.
Then there’s cop Adrian’s point of view and then the most interesting – an unnamed teenager who follows his bullying dad’s lead and gets involved in his antics in a prostitute ring. He recounts tells of being forced to have sex with the girls, his dad beating them up and watching girls dying from overdoses.
When his sister dies, his dad steals another similar girl and a mass ‘Madeline McCann style’ search occurs but the parents end up going down for her murder when the police find a bloody tissues with the girl’s DNA on. The unmade teenager does have more empathy than his dad and tries to look after the girl. But after twenty some odd years their lies catch up with them and they are busted.
There are far too many narratives in the book with chapters which are so short making it so confusing. I was quite into it in the beginning but the introduction of characters with no background (probably due to the fact I hadn’t read the first book) left me drifting off while reading it.
Sadly this one will not be one of my books of the year.