The Diary by Vikki Patis

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Goodreads rating: 3.70 with 175 ratings (as of 12/12/18)

‘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.   …more

200 Word Review

I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book so I could give an honest review.

Lauren left home as soon as she could after Hannah died, She never visited. It’s been ten years since Hannah’s death and Lauren returns home for Hannah’s memorial service. Upon returning, she begins to receive text messages. After learning all of Hannah’s friends have been getting them, they try to figure out who wants their childhood secrets known.

We all make mistakes, do things we regret, and hope no one ever finds out. Returning home, Lauren is faced with the possibility of her greatest regret coming to light. Just thinking of that possibility is terrifying. Your life, as you know it, could be over.

By switching between two timelines, now and then, Vikki Patis shows Lauren and her friends were not perfect children nor perfect adults. They grew up and apart. Suspicion and doubt forms. Who can anyone trust?

SPOILER ALERT The title is misleading. I expected the diary to have a major impact to the story, but it didn’t. If all references of it were removed it could have been called “Homecoming” or “The Memorial” and it would have not lessened the story.

The story is worth reading and I added Vikki Patis to my “want to read” list.

Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Print Length: 294 pages
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Publication Date: November 26, 2018

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