In the Deep by Loreth Anne White is a psychological thriller with a hint of courtroom drama, set in Australia.
Martin Cresswell-Smith, a real estate mogul, is found dead in a remote area of the Australian coast. His wife is on trial for his murder. From there, the story doubles back into the past. As it unfolds, we see how Ellie (a real estate heiress in her own right) and Martin met in Canada. After a whirlwind romance, they marry, and set off for a new real estate project in Australia. But clearly, things don’t go according to plan.
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In the Deep by Loreth Anne White: My Thoughts
I loved the back-and-forth timeline in this story. It piqued my curiosity right away, and then slowly gave me glimpses into what was truly going on. Except, even then, there’s more to the story than meets the eye.
I know I talk about setting a lot, but it’s a really important part of a story for me. And this one was fabulous: the wild Australian coast, filled with wild kangaroos, flying foxes (a.k.a bats), and underwater creatures in the canals. I’ve always been fascinated by Australia, and this book totally fed into that fascination. (I wish it would’ve focused on the setting even more, but I understand that wasn’t the main point of the story.)
One of the only reasons I didn’t love this as much as I hoped: I had a hard time connecting with the characters. (Except maybe Constable Lozza.) Additionally, I found my interest waning somewhat toward the middle. But that twisty and explosive ending grabbed me again!
If you’re looking for a psychological thriller with complicated characters and a cool setting, pick this one up!
Rating: 4 (out of 5) stars
Publication date: October 27th, 2020
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