Today I’m really excited to be a part of the blog tour for The Diary by Vikki Patis – read on to find out what I thought!
Title: The Diary
Author: Vikki Patis
‘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?
The Diary is a atmospheric slow-burner of a novel that is full of suspense but also an enjoyable, easy read – it would be perfect to take on holiday and completely lose yourself in!
The characters are a real mix – though some are less likable than others, all are entertaining to read about and Lauren herself seems like a great character. Her sister Hannah – who we only learn about through Lauren’s memories and some limited diary entries – seemed to be a tricky character when she was alive; many aspects of her personality jarred with me, but she had her own problems which I like – none of the characters are too black and white or overly simplified. I think that Vikki Patis has a great knack for creating realistic characters who you can imagine as actual people.
The plot is packed full of secrets and mystery, which I really liked; there are also some really complex issues laid out within The Diary’s pages. I don’t want to give too much away about the story, but I’m sure a lot of readers – especially females – can probably relate to at least some of the experiences that Lauren, Hannah, and their friends talk about or experience. It also had some great pop-culture references, and with Lauren being a similar age to me I recognised lots of references from films and TV programmes that I loved growing up, which was an added enjoyable element.
This was a fun, easy read with a definite touch of darkness lurking underneath the drama. I raced through it in no time and would definitely read future novels by Vikki Patis.
Many thanks to Bookouture for providing a copy of this book on which I chose to write an honest and unbiased review.
[About the Author]
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.
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