Book Review: Trick or Treat by Katerina Diamond

October 6, 2021 in Mystery & Thriller

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Trick or Treat
by Katerina Diamond

Publisher: Avon
Date of Publication: 14th October 2021
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Format: eBook (404 pages)
My Rating: Liked it! 👍

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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?

Content Warnings

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

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.

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