10 August 2016

Review #501: In Too Deep by Samantha Hayes

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.”

----George Washington

Samantha Hayes, an English author, has penned a gripping psychological thriller in her new book, In Too Deep that narrates the story of a woman and her daughter, whose husband and father goes missing one fine day and things start to fall apart months after the disappearance, and soon deadly secrets come knocking at their doorstep that can destroy the lives of two women.


The compelling new psychological suspense novel, from the author of Until You're Mine, Before You Die and You Belong to Me. Perfect for fans of S J Watson and Sophie Hannah.

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.

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.

After Rick's disappearance, Gina receives a phone call from a mysterious woman named Susan who is calling to confirm a hotel booking made by his missing husband for their wedding anniversary weekend. Eventually Gina decides to make that trip with her teenage daughter, Hannah, who has apparently gone crazy with all her mood swings, but little did Gina knew that Hannah has some dark secrets and that she would bring her baggage of dark secrets that can destroy lives, also the hotelier family seems mysterious with each passing day.

The author's writing style is fantastic and the readers will be immediately pulled into the depth of the story right after the turn of very first page. Although the story builds up at a snail's pace, but gradually the story picks up momentum and in no time, the readers will be introduced to one twist after another, without giving a second to react. The narrative is highly absorbing, although the protagonists are bit reckless. The author has penned the story with through descriptions that will let the readers get a clear depth of the whole story line.

The mystery is multi-dimensional and is concocted real tightly with unforeseeable twists and turns. The author unwraps the mystery one layer after another, thereby making the reader anticipate the story till the very last page and also keeping them glued to every page of this book. The edgy suspense and raw tension will definitely make the readers turns the pages of this book frantically.

The characters from this book are very much well-developed, as the main characters reflect realism through their demeanor. Their flawed yet complex mindset will grip the readers minds psychologically thus leaving an imprint long after the end of the story. both Gina and Hannah are so twisted and so much wrapped up in their own worlds, that they did not find any time or resolution to face the challenges with a brave face. The darkness that underlies a human soul is very well captured by this author that the authenticity will strike the readers till the very end. All the other characters are also very well etched out and properly projected into the story line.

In a nutshell, this is a compelling, riveting and extremely dark family thriller that will not let the readers to look away from the story line even for once.

Verdict: A must read psycho-thriller.

Courtesy: Thanks to the author, Samantha Hayes' publishers for giving me an opportunity to read and review this book.

Author Info:
UNTIL YOU'RE MINE is the first of three books in my series featuring married detectives DIs Lorraine Fisher and Adam Scott. It's available in the UK and USA as well as lots of other countries around the world.
BEFORE YOU DIE is the second in the series, and YOU BELONG TO ME the third. All are creepy psychological thrillers and available now.
Oh, and don't forget to look out for the four standalone thrillers I wrote under the name Sam Hayes - Blood Ties, Unspoken, Tell Tale, and Someone Else's Son.
I do hope you'll love getting stuck into my books and enjoy reading them as much as I love writing them. And do let me know what you think - it's great to hear from readers!
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