In Too Deep
By Samantha Hayes
Published by Century (5 May 2016)
Four months ago, Rick went out to buy a newspaper. He never came back.
His wife, Gina, is struggling to deal with her loss, and her daughter’s mood swings are getting worse. Then she receives a phone call from a woman at a country hotel, confirming details of a booking Rick made before he vanished.
Desperate to find out more about his disappearance, Gina and her daughter take the trip. But there is something very strange about the hotel, and the family that run it.
Soon Gina is unsure that Rick even made the booking – but one thing is clear: both mother and daughter are in serious danger.
In Too Deep is a gripping and highly addictive book that I read in one sitting.
There seems to be a trend at the moment for 'disappearance' books, but In Too Deep focuses on a missing husband rather than a child. It begins four months after Rick disappeared (with no apparent reason), and wife Gina and daughter Hannah are still struggling to cope. When they discover Rick made a hotel booking before he vanished, Gina wonders whether this could provide some answers. So she and Hannah pack their bags for a weekend break. But this certainly isn't a 'holiday of a lifetime' and they find more than they bargained for.
I raced through In Too Deep, determined to discover what had happened to Rick, and had to keep telling myself to slow down. The tension builds up as Gina and Hannah slowly uncover more about the hotel and the family who run it. The book is well written and fast paced, with characters that I could relate to easily. I had to force myself to put the book down several times, just so I could take a breather and ease the tension in my shoulders. But that didn't last long as I had an urge to pick the book up again to keep reading. Not many books have that effect on me.
The author kept me guessing all the way through. The various twists and turns meant I had no idea what had happened to Rick, even until the last few pages. And I'm sure I must have gasped out loud in several places.
This is certainly a psychological thriller that I'll be recommending.
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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