The Angel is the third book in a crime thriller series from Katerina Diamond and you need to read the first and second books (The Teacher and The Secret) to appreciate the background and overall series storyline. Each book has a particular murder enquiry that the main detectives, DS Adrian Miles and DS Imogen Grey are working on but there are a number of other background stories and threads that are developed from the first book through to this one.
Gabriel is a young man wrongfully held on remand in prison and the writing gives a great sense of the fears and power plays in a prison and how threats to outside family and friends can dictate what happens inside. Miles, Grey and their computer wizard colleague Gary, spot a connection between the murder Gabriel is held for and other murders. Their investigation opens up a web of abuse and criminal activity on a much larger scale than this crime alone, dating back over many years. Deep down they know who’s behind it but getting the evidence before the criminals catch up with them is a race against time where many people will get hurt.
In my opinion, this book is the best of the 3, maybe because it brings everything together. The story writing has become more mature and settled into a groove with well-established characters and in particular how the relationship between Miles and Grey has developed. There is always an attempt to make the main detectives damaged in some way and typically with alcohol problems, but that’s not the line taken here. The other elements that add psychological risk and fear are believable and totally in-line with their careers and background. New characters are added to the main story and they are well drawn with plenty of suspicions and motivations that add suspense and intrigue.
I really couldn’t put this book down, it’s emotive, pacey, and captivating which keeps you gripped the whole way through. I would highly recommend this book.
The other 2 books in the series: The Teacher and The Secret