Review: In Too Deep by Samantha Hayes

In Too Deep by Samantha Hayes

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.

I was thrilled to receive a copy of In Too Deep via The Book Club. I have read a couple of Samantha Hayes books in the past and really enjoyed them so I was very much looking forward to starting this one.

From the first pages of this novel I was completely hooked. In the opening chapter a man and a woman argue, one pushes the other and it appears that the one who fell is dead. From this point on this book is near impossible to put down!

The premise of In Too Deep is great, the idea of someone’s husband going out for a newspaper one morning and never coming back is immediately intriguing. I was suspicious about most of the characters in this book at one point or another as none of them seem to be completely honest and you don’t know who is keeping the biggest secrets. I wondered how much I could trust Gina and what she was saying about her relationship with her husband because as the book goes on we find out snippets about their relationship that don’t quite tally with what she says. Their daughter Hannah has secrets of her own that she seems determined not to share with anyone, and because her mum is so wrapped up in her dad’s disappearance she doesn’t really notice what’s going on in Hannah’s life. Susan was an intriguing character too but because we don’t know anything about her to begin with it wasn’t easy to weigh her up for a good while. 

Rick’s disappearance was the second trauma to befall this family. A few years earlier their son Jacob had been killed in a hit and run, and the driver was never found. This increases the mystery of this novel as it adds another level of intrigue to the twists and turns within the story.

I read a lot of psychological thrillers, and I’m finding it increasingly easy to work out what is going on but I have to say that with this book even as I reached the halfway point I still hadn’t worked it out and I loved that! Any thriller that can keep me in the dark for that long is a winner in my opinion. Once I passed the halfway point I did start being able to piece things together and my suspicions about certain characters, and what might really be going on began to grow. I couldn’t read this book fast enough to find out if my suspicions were correct. 

I thought the ending of this book was brilliant; it fitted the story perfectly and allowed the characters to remain true to who they had been throughout the whole book and I appreciated that.

In Too Deep is fast-paced, unpredictable and utterly thrilling! I rated this book 4.5 out of 5 and highly recommend it.

I received a copy of this book from Net Galley via THE Book Club in exchange for an honest review.

In Too Deep is due to be published by Random House on 5th May.

12 thoughts on “Review: In Too Deep by Samantha Hayes

    • It was such a good read, it had me completely engrossed. If you decide to give it a go, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I love finding books on blogs that I hadn’t heard of before too.

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