Book & Author Details:
Woman in the Water by Katerina Diamond
Publication date: 11th November 2019
The Sunday Times bestselling author of The Teacher and Truth or Die is back with a new twisty crime thriller
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?
Smart, shocking and twisty – perfect for fans of Cara Hunter and Karin Slaughter.
Let me get the criticism bit out of the way first. For my tastes, the conversations between the various characters could have benefited from the addition of contractions, and sometimes it wasn’t always clear who was saying what. These things occasionally interrupted the flow of the story – but not my enjoyment of it.
When people use words like “gripping”, I worry that a story won’t live up to the hype. This one did. Gripping, unflinching, engrossing, edge of your seat storytelling.
The bad guy? Not a secret. But the route to the unveiling is an in your face, violent and provocative read. A book which may leave a lasting impression.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
I’m a crime thriller writer living in Kent. I write the DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles books, set in Exeter. Currently working on a standalone thriller out next year.
My publishing Journey started several years ago. I started writing when my son was a toddler as I was going a little stir crazy at home. Originally I tried my hand at writing screenplays but after more than ten years I gave that up. A friend of mine convinced me to come to a local women’s writing group. I moved house and was without internet for a month, in that month I managed to write 30,000 words of a story. I fell in love with my characters and decided I needed to write a novel with them. Then a local competition came up, it was £5 for a morning mentoring and then we had to write the opening paragraph of a book. I decided to write a new opening for the story I had created and although I had entered the competition a couple of times before and not placed. this time I won.
With the help of the judges from the competition over the next year I completed writing my book. I sent the book off to several agents and then (after four rejections) I signed with Diane Banks – Now Northbank Talent. After around twenty rejections I got a 2 book publishing deal with Avon Books. Avon changed the title of my book to The Teacher and the rest is history.