The Diary #BookReview

Written by Vicki Patis


150 hrt


Your sister is gone, but she left a diary. Now someone knows your secrets…

Lauren has spent years running away from her home town, her childhood and the memories of her stepsister and best friend, Hannah.

Until Lauren’s father begs her to return home for the tenth anniversary of Hannah’s death. It should be a quick visit, just so Lauren can pay her respects, but Hitchin is a small town and it’s not long before she’ll have to see the friends she abandoned: the beautiful, confident young girls who once meant everything to her.

Just when Lauren thinks she might be getting closure, she 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?

A compelling and suspenseful psychological thriller about the secrets we share with the people we think we can trust. Perfect for fans of The Sister, The Girl on the Train and We Were Liars.








Absolutely Terrific!  5-stars


I recently won a copy of this book, thanks to a friend who tagged me on a facebook competition. A completely new author to me, and a fascinating and gripping read!

Lauren now lives in Cornwall; she hasn’t returned to the family home in Hitchin for many years and there is obviously something behind it all – but what? When her father asks her to return, she decides it’s time and sets off for an extremely eventful week . . .

This is a novel which sucks you in and surrounds you very quickly; I began reading in bed last evening and had to force myself to lay it aside when I reached the 39% mark. A gripping read, and an absolutely enthralling one! With a current mystery to solve alongside the reader finding out what happened – and why – all those years ago, I was glued to the pages. Well written and extremely well plotted, this is an absolutely terrific read, and one I’m so happy to have had the opportunity to read. A stunning debut, and I look forward to reading much more from Vicki Patis in future. A very worthy five shining stars!

My very grateful thanks to the author for my prize winning copy for which I have given my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: psychological thriller
  • Format: ebook, paperback, audio
  • Size: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Bookouture
  • Publication Date: 26 November 2018
  • Purchase Links: Google Play
  •                                 Kobo
  •                                 amazon




Meet the Author


Vikki Patis


Vikki Patis is an author and blogger, as well as an avid reader and book reviewer. When she isn’t working as a Regulatory & Compliance 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. Her debut novel, THE DIARY, was published by Bookouture in November 2018.




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