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Trick or Treat by Katerina Diamond

October 6, 2021 in Book Reviews
Trick or Treat by Katerina Diamond - Book Review

AD • I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review however all opinions are entirely my own.

It’s time for a new book review! Today I’m going to be sharing my thoughts on Trick or Treat by Katerina Diamond which I’ll admit I did not realise was part of a series… But luckily, this stands alone really well! It’s a police procedural and the case is about a child who is abducted outside his home on Halloween and boy is it a dark twisty rollercoaster! If that sounds like your kinda book, read on to find out more.

Synopsis

TRICK OR TREAT?

When six-year-old Marcus is taken from outside his house on Halloween it shakes his quiet neighbourhood to the core.

Everyone was ready for a night of trick-or-treating. Now the unthinkable has happened.

TRUTH OR LIES?

As Detective Imogen Grey arrives to question Marcus’s parents, they tell her there has been a mistake. Their son is just fine.

But if that’s true, where is Marcus?

INNOCENT OR GUILTY?

Imogen becomes locked in a race against time to find the missing child and uncover the truth. Can she discover what’s happened to Marcus before it’s too late?

  • Child abduction
  • Murder
  • Body horror/gore and graphic violence
  • Discussion of male sexual assault – referenced throughout

Katerina Diamond was born in Weston in the seventies. She moved to Thessaloniki in Greece and attended Greek school where she learnt Greek in just 6 months. After her parents’ divorce, they relocated to Devon. After school, and working in her uncle’s fish and chip shop, she went (briefly) to university at Derby, where she met her husband and had two children. Katerina now lives in the East Kent Coast with her husband and children. She is a Sunday Times and Kindle bestseller. (from Avon Books)

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Book Review

First of all, I had no idea that this was part of an ongoing series so my opinions of this book are based on it as a standalone. As such, I might have felt differently about certain things had I read the previous books in the series beforehand. With that said, it did stand alone really well. I didn’t feel like it lacked anything. However, I did feel like it was overly heavy on the dialogue which didn’t really work for me.

Even though that one area stood out to me as something I disliked, there were a lot of positives. Firstly, the plot is deeply compelling. There’s enough mystery and suspense to keep you invested from start to finish. It was an interesting police procedural and quite frankly, very dark at times. And I really enjoyed how complicated and despicable the “bad guy” was. Nothing about this case was plain and simple or in any way obvious so I didn’t have the same reading mindset that I normally have while reading mystery/thrillers.

One other thing that I wanted to add is that even though the child abduction case is central to the story, it does deviate quite quickly. As such, it might appeal to readers who would normally avoid stories involving harm to children. And likewise, it might appeal less to readers looking for a twisty child abduction thriller.

What’s your verdict? Will you be adding Trick or Treat to your shelves? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Hayley @ Cosy Chapters

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I'm Hayley (she/her) and I'm more than a little bit bookish. Cosy Chapters is where I share all things book-related plus the occasional post about the cosy lifestyle. When I'm not reading, you'll find me spending time with my little family, rewatching sitcoms, planning the now somewhat elusive trip to Disneyland Paris and losing entire days playing ACNH.

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  • Stephanie @ Bookfever October 6, 2021 at 6:21 pm

    Does it take place during Halloween?

    • Hayley December 7, 2021 at 12:30 pm

      Kind of? But also kind of not. I think it starts on or around Halloween and then the case lasts for a few days? It wasn’t overly Halloween-y though.

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    I'm Hayley (she/her) and I'm more than a little bit bookish.

    Cosy Chapters is where I share all things book-related plus the occasional post about the cosy lifestyle.

    When I'm not reading, you'll find me spending time with my little family, rewatching sitcoms, planning the now somewhat elusive trip to Disneyland Paris and losing entire days playing ACNH.

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