Fiction & Drama
Lisa Rookes on the inspiration behind The Gallows Tree
Katerina was born into a large Greek family in Weston-super-Mare. She lived in several places including Northern Greece, South Devon, Cyprus, Derby and East London before settling down in East Kent with one husband, two children and three rats.
As a child, Katerina was an avid reader from an early age, with a particular affection for Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie.
Katerina is a big fan of television dramas, movies and world cinema. This led to her writing and co-writing several screenplays before joining a novel writing group. After beginning her first novel in 2013, Katerina entered a local writing competition and won. She is now the Sunday Times and Amazon bestselling author of a series of psychological crime novels set in Exeter. Her first novel, The Teacher, was longlisted for the CWA John Creasey Debut Dagger Award and the Hotel Chocolat Award for ‘darkest moment’.
Gail wakes in the middle of the night to everyone’s worst nightmare.
She can’t move, can’t speak and a stranger is standing over her. Then everything goes black.
Gail knows she didn’t dream it. Or him. But the police don’t believe her.
That was two years ago. She has tried to move on, forget what happened.
Until she meets his next victim.
This woman’s story is identical to hers. And the attack happened exactly one year later.
There is one week left until he will strike again.
Can Gail save the next woman from the same fate? And at what cost?
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?
Detective Imogen Grey returns in a completely addictive page-turner, perfect for fans of Cara Hunter, TM Logan and Shari Lapena.
‘It can’t happen here…’
But what if it does – twice?
In their sleepy seaside town, Jasmine and Felicity have only ever felt safe.
Until Jasmine’s parents invite a stranger to stay, and they sense something about him isn’t right.
Tim is watching them both.
And then their community is rocked by a disappearance…
Years later, a second girl goes missing in her hometown, and Felicity is forced to return to face the truth.
A predator is stalking the streets. And only she holds the answers.
The Heatwave is Diamond’s first standalone thriller, and was published by HarperCollins in June 2020.
When a woman’s body is found submerged in icy water, police are shocked to find she is alive. But she won’t disclose her name, or what happened to her – even when a second body is discovered. And then she disappears from her hospital bed.
Detectives Adrian Miles and Imogen Grey follow their only lead to the home of the Corrigans, looking for answers. But the more they dig into the couple’s lives, the less they understand about them.
What’s their connection to the body in the river?
Why have other people they know been hurt, or vanished?
And can they discover the dark truth of their marriage before it’s too late?
Woman in the Water is the sixth novel in the bestselling DS Adrian Miles and DS Imogen Grey series.
Let the games begin…
When Professor Hugh Norris is found brutally murdered at Exeter university, DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles turn to the students for answers. Who would target a seemingly innocent man – and why? Someone knows more than they’re letting on – and they’re playing a very sinister game. A game so dark, it will shake the university to its core…
As another professor is found butchered and the death toll begins to rise, the police have to examine their own pasts to uncover the person behind the killings – before it’s too late. But are they brave enough to face up to the truth?
The Sunday Times bestseller is back in a twisty new novel, perfect for fans of M.J. Arlidge and Angela Marsons.
When troubled teen Connor moves to Exeter from the US after a horrific school shooting, he finds himself embroiled in a world of popular kids and easy girls. Everyone wants to be his friend, but they don’t know about what he did…and they don’t know about his father. As Connor’s life in England begins to unravel, DS Adrian Miles and his partner Imogen Grey are working against the clock to catch a serial killer who dates his victims before he kills them. Determined to uncover the truth, Imogen is forced to act as bait – but will she take it too far and risk her own life? Katerina Diamond is back with a bang in this dark, twisted novel, perfect for fans of M.J. Arlidge and Karin Slaughter.
‘All hail the new queen of crime!’
THE TRUTH WON’T STAY LOCKED UP FOREVER When a burned body is found in a disused signal box, suspicion falls on lonely teenager Gabriel Webb. There’s no doubt he was at the scene of the crime, but does he really deserve what awaits him in prison? DS Imogen Grey is certain there’s more to the case than meets the eye. But while she struggles to convince those around her of the truth, her partner DS Adrian Miles is distracted by his own demons. When a brutal double murder is reported, their investigation is stopped in its tracks. Is the body in the box even who they thought it was? The duo realise Gabriel might have been locked up for a crime he didn’t commit. But with enemies watching Gabriel’s every move, they may be too late.
‘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!’
EVERYTHING YOU THINK YOU KNOW IS A LIE… Can you keep a secret? Your life depends on it… Bridget Reid has a secret, one that could get her killed… If she can escape the man who is keeping her locked in a basement bedroom. DS Imogen Grey is good at keeping secrets – truths she’d never reveal to her colleagues at Exeter Police. She worked hard to get where she is – she nearly died for it. Now her past is catching up with her… As DS Grey and her partner DS Adrian Miles search for Bridget, they uncover a terrifying web of abuse, betrayal and murder. And they realise that some secrets are better left buried…
‘A deliciously dark read, Katerina Diamond keeps her readers guessing throughout as she leads us on a very secretive, VERY twisted journey…everything I was expecting from a well-written, pacy thriller.’
— Lisa Hall, author of Between You and Me
The Teacher is Katerina Diamond’s psychological crime debut expertly told from several different perspectives including the police, the perpetrators and the victims of a series of violent crimes. Gradually, the reader pieces the story together like a jigsaw. The truth, however, presents a number of moral complications, leaving both the characters and the reader to judge right from wrong. Adrian Miles, a detective determined to redeem himself after a suspension, is joined by Imogen Grey, a reluctant transfer from another town. They investigate the disappearance of a local business man who appears to have embezzled a large sum of money and then left the country. On closer examination, however, the detectives discover that their case is tied to a series of brutal and seemingly unconnected murders. Seven men share a terrible past which they have kept secret for over thirty years and now, one by one, they are visited and killed. It transpires that the men were engaged in ritual torture and abuse of young boys, fed to them via a well-respected private boarding school, to ‘correct’ their suspected homosexuality. The detectives eventually find themselves pulled to the museum in the heart of the city – but the museum holds more than one dark secret of its own. The story also follows Abbey, a taxidermist at the museum, both in the present and in the past when she was raped at a party at university. Scarred by her experience, Abbey is a quiet girl who enjoys working alone until the mature PhD student Parker turns up at the museum to help her in preparation for a grand reopening. The two awkward loners become close and after seeing Parker’s scarred naked body Abbey discovers a centuries-old torture room hidden within the walls of the museum. A number of pieces fall into place as she realises that Parker must be involved with the recent spate of murders in the area.
‘Diamond is the master of gripping literature.’
— Evening Standard