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The Secret

(DS Imogen Grey #2)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  4,897 ratings  ·  349 reviews
The Queen of Grip-lit is back…

‘A terrific story, originally told. All hail the new Queen of Crime!’ HEAT

‘A web of a plot that twists and turns and keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. This formidable debut is a page-turner, but don’t read it before bed if you’re easily spooked!’ SUN


Can you keep a secret? Your life depends on it
Kindle Edition, 417 pages
Published October 20th 2016 by Avon (first published October 10th 2016)
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Jody McGrath
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story begins with undercover police officer, Bridget, who is playing playing a prostitute in a sort of brothel.Two men break into her apartment while she is upstairs and murder two of the girls and one client. She narrowly escapes with her life and goes on the run. She ends up passing out and wakes up locked in a basement room. She doesn't know her captor and she keeps losing her memory. She has no idea how long she has been held hostage.

Meanwhile, DS Imogen Grey and her partner DS Adrian M
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Yes this was a WOW thrilling read for me.
The tension was non stop, the twists were OMG moments.
This is what I love reading.

Bridget Reid is in serious danger...
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Somebody wants her dead, she has a secret and these people will stop at nothing to find her.
That secret cannot be told.....

DS Imogen Grey has her own secrets too but even she isn't prepared for what lies ahead.
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DS Grey and DS Adrian Miles her new partner need to find Bridget and trying to do just that will unlock many of those
Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.
I enjoyed Katerina Diamond's debut novel The Teacher last year. With this follow-up, which had a different feel to it, she stepped up another gear.
We are reunited with Imogen Church and Adrian Miles, two detectives who each have their own personal issues and more baggage than you can count, but together make such a great team. I love their alliance.
It all starts out with the murder of two prostitutes in a house and the disappearance of a third woman, Bridget, from that same house.
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, thriller
The Secret is the second book in Katerina Diamond's Imogen Grey Series. There is a plot theme running throughout the first 3 books and it is best to read The Teacher first. While many subplots and characters have been introduced in the previous book, there is a specific case to this book with its own investigation.

This is a pacy story with many surprises and twists. The suspense and intrigue in knowing who to trust are very well delivered in this novel. The partnerships and interactions
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
I haven't read The Teacher by Katerina Diamond (yet), but this book was so tempting that I just couldn't resist agreeing to do a blog tour for the book. And, the beginning of the book was really captivating, and it was frustrating having to work when I wanted to read. However, I started to have some problem with the story as it progressed. The dialog felt terse and a bit contrived now and then. And, it bothered me because I found the story to be interesting.

We have three storylines in the book;
Joanne Robertson
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I recently shared my review of The Teacher again in preparation for the publication of The Secret as I wanted to remind myself and other of how gloriously gruesome and compelling it was! I said in that review that I was keen to see DS Imogen Grey team up again with DI Adrian Miles as it was their chemistry and intriguing backstories that really made The Teacher for me. I also followed the blog tour tour for that book where Katerina Diamond shared a little snippet of a short story featuring this ...more
Louise Wilson
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Bridget, an undercover policewoman, is working as a prostitute in a sort of brothel. Two men break into the apartment and kill two of the girls and a client. She escapes but goes on the run.

DS Imogen Grey & DS Adrian Myles are on the case looking for the missing police officer. Bridget's contact & lover DS Sam Brown is also involved in the investigation.

This is another action packed novel that's twists & turns will keep you gripped to the end.

I would like to thank NetGalley, HarperCo
4.5 stars

Note to publisher: the title of book #2 in the Imogen Grey series is missing an “s”. Secrets. Everyone’s got ‘em & some are real barn burners.
There are multiple plot lines in this story & they’re positively gordian, looping forward & back to weave the lives of these characters into a snug knot that is beginning to unravel. Some of them have cameo appearances as narrators but there are a handful who are central to the story.

Bridget Ford was fairly new at an Exeter brothel whe
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bridget Reid is in deep trouble. She has a secret that someone is willing to kill to protect. On the run, she barely manages to evade her pursuers. Cold, and afraid, the last thing she knows before passing out is safely making it to the place she agreed to meet her boyfriend, praying he gets to her in time. When she wakes she finds herself in a whole new nightmare, trapped in a basement room with a man who wants to keep her as his own.

Called in to investigate a triple homicide, DS Imogen Grey an

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FUUUUUUCCKKK this book is twisted! Honestly, whatever you expected when you read the's WAY BEYOND that! Do I mean this as something positive or negative. Well, it mostly depends on what you see as positive or negative. But there's also this 'small detail' called TWIST YOU DIDN'T EXPECT which is obviously something we like in fiction but hate in real life. But back to fiction and twists, boy...there's HUNDREDS of twists in this book! Honestly, I was
Three young girls living in a listed Victorian building. Each girl had their own buzzer so that they could tend to their own clients. Two girls per floor over two floors with a communal kitchen and lounge at ground level. The only sound that Bridget could hear was her flat mate, Estelle, in the room next door, entertaining her client. Mostly Bridget just provided dates, while Estelle was all about the extra- curricular as that's where the real money got made. Dee who lived in the upstairs apartm ...more
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Spoilers ahead ladies and gentlemen.

Send help. Diamond’s last book, The Teacher, was fun and page turning, with interesting characters and an exciting plot. This, on the other hand, was not. I guess the plot was kind of thrilling, bent cops, kidnapping etc but everything just felt a little off the wall. Nothing felt real enough for me to get really into it. Let’s take Bridget’s situation. She basically wi
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read the review in my blog >> When I came across The Secret‘s beautiful and appealing cover, I didn’t know it was part of a series. I simply saw it was a mystery/crime novel, so I requested it right away. The Secret turned out to be a lot different from what I thought. I think the cover was a bit misleading, as I was expecting a psychological thriller or something along those lines. Instead, I got an excellent, unputdownable police procedural, one of the best ones I’ve read lately. Dark, ...more
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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I have to start this review by admitting that I didn’t read the first book in this series, The Teacher. In the past, I would never read a series out of order, but within the past few months, I’ve stopped caring. I feel like I would miss out on too many great books if I skipped book four in a series because I didn’t read the first three. It’s been working out pretty well for me so far, but I think this time I may have screwed up by not reading book one first. Who
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Are you familiar with Katerina Diamond’s debut, 'The Teacher'? No? Well, you ought to know that she’s not shy where plot grimness is concerned, pushing her characters beyond the reasonable limits of day-to-day normality. 'The Secret' is no exception, only this time she gives ’em a damn good shove until they’re teetering on the edge.

I’ve been eagerly awaiting the return of the emotionally isolated Miles and Grey, and here they are – the detective duo with more issues than Reader’s Digest. They we
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
I am in the minority here regarding this book as I found it disappointing and just too far fetched. I absolutely loved ''The Teacher" but this fell rather flat. Two prostitutes are murdered and a policewoman who is working undercover, Bridget, manages to escape. So far, so good. But once Bridget gets away the next thing we are told is that she the fell asleep on the grass outside, really? I found this hard to believe. When she wakes (on the grass) she finds herself kidnapped and trapped in a bas ...more
Enjoyed this but found it a confusing read at times because of shifting timelines. Review to follow.
Tan Markovic
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I need to find out what happens next IMMEDIATELY.
Purple Country Girl (Sandy)
I received a copy of The Secret in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley, HarperCollins UK - Avon and Katerina Diamond for making this e-ARC available.

When her flatmate, her upstairs neighbor and a “customer” are murdered in the brothel where she’s been working for the past six months, Bridget Reid runs for her life. She makes a desperate call to her friend Sam for help but only gets his voicemail. She is alone and in danger and knows one thing for sure: she was the intended targ
Oct 19, 2016 rated it liked it
At last, I can present my review of The Secret by Katerina Diamond. We all loved The Teacher, which introduced Imogen Grey and Adrian Miles to the masses. They are back in The Secret.

The Secret very much fills in missing detail, in particularly relating to the lives of Grey and Miles. We get the back story to Imogen Grey and what happened to her in the recent past. Something big made her move from Plymouth to Exeter, and we see this all unfold. The main strand focuses on an undercover officer, B
Nov 24, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: three-star
Having enjoyed the authors best selling debut The Teacher, I was excited to read its sequel and find out more about the mysteriously intriguing Imogen Grey. I thought this was a good story as a stand alone, although if you loved the first book it's unlikely to live up to your expectations.

The first half of the book is much better than the second, when it all became far too complex. I liked the fact the book features a strong female lead, but Imogen often comes across as flaky and hypercritical.
Sally Whiteside
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a solid story that's letting us get too know these coppers and their lives. I am falling in love with this duo. My praise to Katerina Diamond.
Oct 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller, mystery, crime
The Secret is another good crime read in the DS Imogen Grey series. However, I did prefer The Teacher. Although I loved the beginning of this book, I did feel I started to lose interest in the second half, hence giving it 3 stars, rather than 4. I'm looking forwarding to reading the next book at some point.
Kat Dietrich
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

The Secret by Katerina Diamond is the 2nd in the Detective Imogen Grey series.

Series Background: (Warning – May contain spoilers from previous books)
DS Imogen Grey changed police precincts to escape the mess of the last one. She is now paired with DS Adrian Miles whose drinking habits were responsible for some evidence that went missing and had earned him a suspension. So although they are both top-notch detectives, they have their pasts to out-run. They have learned to rely on each oth
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another fantastic book I discovered through Annie @ The Misstery. The Secret is a well-plotted, smartly written, super dark novel and I enjoyed every minute of it.

This is the second book in a series, but I felt it stood really well on it’s own since I didn’t read the first book and I didn’t feel lost at all like I was afraid of. Detectives Imogen Grey and Adrian Miles are newly re-united partners investigating a double murder and a missing person. As the case progresses it begins to tie back to
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm a huge fan of this author - a big statement considering this is her second novel. She has creat d a really likeable main character in Imogen and I'm looking forward to book 3

The only criticism would be the time hopping - I had to check if it was present or 2 years previous because the two storylines had all the same characters.

Great story and I enjoyed the gruesome parts of the beatings and torture!
Charlotte Smith
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great book. Looking forward to seeing what the third book is like.
Keriann Davey
I read the teacher by this author and really didn't enjoy it at all, I only picked this one up because it was set where I live & I love books set in locations I know. this book was so much better than the teacher, my problem with the first book was although it was set in Exeter it seemed like the author had chose it at random and it wasn't actually Exeter, this one however seemed like she had actually visited and was a lot more true to the location.

the story itself was a lot better too, ther
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I received a free copy from NetGalley. Thank you, HarperCollins UK, Avon!
This series started really well with The Teacher, which may not have been for everyone, but I loved it. It now continues with another excellent, suspenseful installment that kept me glued to my Kindle. We get to read how Imogene Grey got the way she is, and we follow two cases: one in the past and one in the present. Grey is investigating both, and the fun is trying to figure out how they tie in together and how they turned
Jun 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
This is the second book in the series but can easily be read as a stand alone. The plot is full of action, gore and suspense and it held my attention right through to the end. However, I found some of the characters' relationships, actions and dialogue unrealistic and certain strands of the story were far fetched and unnecessary in my opinion. Nevertheless, the book is well written and gripping and I am sure many readers will enjoy it.
I'd like to thank Netgalley and the publishers for the advan
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