The Diary – Vikki Patis

‘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 review

I always want to love every book I read because I can only imagine how much work is needed and how an author wants to please the readers. Nobody likes their ‘baby’ not to being liked, but unfortunately I have to admit this one was not my cup of tea.

I loved the cover and I was really looking forward to reading it, but there were so many characters that it became confusing. Somehow I could not seem to remember who was who.

I liked the way the story had alternating chapters in the ‘now’ and ‘then’ and I did not mind it being slow paced. I do feel that when the tension started to build up, it was not exactely the kind of plot I was waiting and hoping for.

I had the feeling that I did not know a lot more at the end of the book than what I knew at the beginning.

The pattern reminded me of ‘Pretty little liars’ and there was a feeling of suspense the whole way through. Here it felt like sometimes I did not remember what it was all about. I thought the title would explain everything, but I was kept hanging.

In my opinion it was a story full op potential, but it was not up my alley. I would suggest you read the book by yourself and make up your own mind.

I, for sure, am looking forward to reading the next book written by this author. This one gets 3 stars.

Thank you, Vikki Patis, Bookouture and Netgalley.


About the author

Vikki Patis is an author and blogger, as well as an avid book reviewer. She runs The Bandwagon blog. When she isn’t working as a Regulatory Affairs Officer, she can usually be found drinking tea, baking cakes, or taking walks in the Hertfordshire countryside. She lives with her partner and two cats.