Today I’m really excited to be sharing my review, as part of the blog tour, for Woman in the Water – the newest in the DS Imogen Grey series by Katerina Diamond! Read on to find out more about the book and what I thought!
I’m alive. But I can’t be saved…
When a woman’s body is found submerged in icy water, police are shocked to find she is alive. But she won’t disclose her name, or what happened to her – even when a second body is discovered. And then she disappears from her hospital bed.
Detectives Adrian Miles and Imogen Grey follow their only lead to the home of Reece Corrigan, and when his wife Angela walks in, they immediately recognise her. She’s the woman from the river, with her injuries carefully masked.
The more they dig into the couple, the less they understand about them.
Why have people in their past been hurt, or vanished?
And why doesn’t Angela want to be saved?
Woman in the Water is a really impactful novel that sees the return of much-loved detectives Adrial Miles and Imogen Grey. I feel like you can still enjoy this novel as a standalone read, though there are various references that you won’t get if you haven’t read the previous ones. I don’t think it would affect the enjoyment of this riveting read, though, as I haven’t read all the books before myself – including the first one – and I really enjoyed this book.
I love the characters in the police team – especially Imogen and Adrian. Although they’re very different, they’re both really interesting and likable, and the relationship between them as colleagues and people has really changed.
The plot is as gripping and well researched as previous novels in this series. It’s a little different to many other books in this genre, because you know who is to blame, but everyone is trying to prove it before someone else gets hurt – this takes a bit away from the usual suspense and mystery, but it’s a bit of a different twist!
There are some really dark parts to this novel – one scene in particular which you’ll know when you read it – and I found myself feeling really shocked, which doesn’t happen that often, but I feel like it was portrayed in a respectful, undramatised way by the author. It certainly draws attention to a type of assault that is perhaps not included as much in most books, including crime novels.
This series always appeals to me as it does a great job of blending police procedural elements with character-centred plots. It’s not just Imogen and Adrian (and the rest of the police team) that we follow and find out more about – we also delve into the lives of the characters involved in the case, and their backgrounds, and it all makes for hugely entertaining and addictive reading. I raced through this novel in no time and am already really looking forward to book number 7!
Many thanks to Avon Books for providing a copy of this novel, on which I chose to write an honest and unbiased review, and for organising the blog tour.