What they say: Your husband goes out to buy a newspaper. He never comes back.
Months later, an unexpected phone call puts you and your daughter in unimaginable danger.
Even if he were still alive, your husband can’t save you now.
He told you way too many lies for that.
The Review: Firstly can I just say how much I love blurbs such as this that give you nothing and allow you to delve into the story yourself? It makes the most lovely change from trying to avoid hints and bits of information that somebody put in to try to throw you off track! Anyway, enough of that! So, In Too Deep opens with the narrator being followed by a person who is upset and looking for answers. Said narrator’s voice grabs you, there’s darkness there, although you get the impression whatever they did they are sorry for it.
We then move to a different narrator (you all know how much I love multiple narratives and this book definitely ticked the box for me!), Gina, whose husband, Rick has been missing for four months and who is hoping that every phone call, every knock at the door is him. She feels like she’s driving everyone crazy, constantly harassing the police (as you would) and unable to think about anything else. She is constantly analysing everything that happened on the Saturday morning he went out and never returned:
‘Did the front door bang a little harder than usual when he left, meaning he slammed it, indicating he was unhappy, that he had planned on leaving? Or perhaps it was just the wind-a downdraught down the hall. But that would only happen if I had the kitchen window open a crack, perhaps if I’d burned the toast. Did I even burn the toast that day?’
And then to add to the intrigue – ‘That Saturday was the second-worst day of my life.’
We also meet Hannah, her daughter, who is grappling not only with her dad’s disappearance and her mum’s struggle to cope, but also with a secret she can’t share with anyone.
The backstory that was missing stayed in my mind as I tried to piece together the mysteries that were thrown up as I read. Would you believe I read this while in hospital through drooped eyelids and yet could not put it down. It wasn’t one of those headachy type thrillers but you did feel slightly edgy as you moved along with the characters, trying to figure out what Rick had been doing, where he disappeared to, and the link of another family to theirs, all while looking between the past and present. A change in location in the story was great, with beautiful descriptions of dark residences that added to the intrigue. There’s a lot of who can you trust, and who’s telling lies and I loved that about it. While I couldn’t stop reading, the story was a little dragged out in places but in general I really really enjoyed, especially the ending which was very well done in terms of tying everything up.
Basically I will most definitely be looking out Samantha Hayes’ books again and very much recommend In Too Deep. Thanks to Netgalley for the copy of this ebook in return for an honest review.
Note: Just to let you know the Amazon.com link only seems to lead to a paperback as opposed to ebook and paperback.