EXCERPT: ‘Lauren, please!’ Her cries followed me out of the front door. They haunted me in the days after her death. They followed me to Plymouth, to Cornwall. They live inside my head. Hannah talks to me in my sleep; she lies down beside me and whispers in my ear. She comes back over and over again to remind me of what I did. Because I don’t deserve to forget.
ABOUT THIS BOOK: ‘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?
MY THOUGHTS: There was the occasional flash of brilliant writing in The Diary, but mostly I found it slow, repetitive and overly angst-ridden. I applaud the author’s motivation for writing this book – she features the eternal problems of bullying and suicide, but I found her treatment of them somewhat heavy-handed.
The premise for the plot was good, but it just never seemed to develop its full potential. Likewise there was little in the way of character development. The characters remained one dimensional, and I had trouble feeling anything for any of them. The fact that it took me 4 days to read this relatively short book is also telling.
I was going to rate this book 2.5 stars. But for those very occasional flashes of brilliance which, at one point, had me briefly convinced that the author had found her stride, that is the rating it would have received. Those moments earned an extra 0.5 star.
Despite my criticism, I think this author shows promise and I will be putting my hand up for her next book.
Love the cover!
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.
DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Bookouture via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of The Diary by Vikki Patis for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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