In Too Deep by Samantha Hayes

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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.


I’m a little on the fence with this one. Told from two perspectives: Gina and Hannah, the wife and daughter of Rick who has been missing for the past 4 months. Gina is not coping well. Having lost her son a number of years before and now her husband, it feels like her entire family is slipping away from her. Hannah is also not coping well, back from university it seems that there is more than just her missing father and failing studies.

Needing a break, Gina and Hannah take up a break which was booked by Rick before his dissapearance. Or was it? Slowly the lies are uncovered and truth about what really happened to Rick is discovered.

I liked the plot as the story was interesting – albeit predictable. However, I didn’t particularly like any of the characters as all were pretty weak. Gina was probably the most believable but to be honest all the other main characters – Hannah, Tom and Susan – are all decidedly 2 dimensional. This isn’t helped by the fact the pace is soooooo sloooooww. As for the ending….well, let’s just say that it was dissapointing and frustrating to say the least.

Overall, this is an okay read. Good story but let down by a slow pace and weak characters. However, there was enough substance to keep me reading to see if my guess at the plot twists were correct (they were).

In Too Deep is available on Amazon (affiliate link) for £6.99.

If you enjoyed this review, then why not check out the Book Club section of the blog for more recommendations.

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  1. I think I’d actually enjoy this one a lot! I’m sorry you were on the fence with it, great review!!

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