REVIEW: 'Deep Water' by Sarah Epstein Is My Newest Unsettling Obsession
Hello Fellow Readerholics,
Today is a good day. It is the start of a new month (thank goodness), the sun is shining and another great #loveozya book was released today!!! As some of you probably remember, ‘Small Spaces’ by Sarah Epstein was my favourite book of 2018 and for good reason. It was witty and suspenseful and it just captivated me (it was also the first ever review I did on this blog, so it was kind of important, read my review here. ). For me, ‘Deep Water’ was much of the same and it held so much suspense and character, I highly recommend it. I’d like to give a hug thank you to Allen & Unwin for providing me and ARC to review.
Henry Weaver is missing.
Three months ago, thirteen-year-old Henry disappeared from The Shallows during a violent storm, leaving behind his muddy mountain bike at the train station.
Mason Weaver is trapped.
While Mason doesn’t know who he is or what he’s capable of, he knows the one thing binding him to this suffocating small town is his younger brother, Henry.
Chloe Baxter wants answers.
Why would Henry run away without telling her? One of Chloe’s friends knows something and she’s determined to find out the truth.
As Chloe wades into dangerous waters and Mason’s past emerges, a chilling question ripples to the surface: how far would you go to keep a secret?
This book stressed me out. I was automatically suspicious of everyone due to my history of being being TERRIBLE at predicting what’s happening. And guess what? I still didn’t work it out and I had a list of ‘clues’ on my notes app!
I couldn’t help but love the characters in this book. Throughout the novel, we follow Mason and Chloe during the events leading up to Henry’s disappearance and following it. Mason’s story is told in the past tense, whereas Chloe narrates in the present. I absolutely adored Chloe. She was so generous and caring towards others and I wish she was real because I think she’d be a pretty great friend. I felt as if Mason was supposed to be ‘unlikeable’ but I couldn’t help but want to give him a hug and tell him everything will work out. I felt so much empathy for these characters throughout the book as even though they were somewhat unified by their heartbreak over Henry’s disappearance, they all had their own personal struggles which actually made for a really compelling plot.
Speaking (or writing, I suppose) of the plot, it was done really well with the ‘big idea’ being that of ‘how far would you go to keep a secret?’ because pretty much every person in this random small town, is hiding something and that’s scary. The thing about these secrets is that many of them related to Henry and his disappearance which was really interesting because it made almost everybody a suspect. I was genuinely surprised by the outcome of the story because it wasn’t at all what I expected. Prior to reading this, I (like many others, I’d assume) thought that this would be another ‘true crime’ type plot in which there is some murderer somewhere and you have to work it out. Without giving too much away, it wasn’t like that at all which sort of threw me because it isn’t what I expected but the outcome was so much more enthralling that way.
I also found Henry and Mason’s life before the disappearance to be such an interesting and important part of the story. Henry and Mason both live with their mum, Ivy, who is an alcoholic and deeply resentful of her children. She is often violent and Mason is left to pick up the pieces. I found this not only tragic but the themes of resentment were particularly interesting to me. Mason feels resentment for Henry because he is the one left to protect him but he also resents the people in his life for not recognising his actively collapsing family life. This deeply the notion of not really knowing what happens behind closed doors and is perfectly woven with everybody’s individual secrets.
Overall, this book was sinister, mysterious and above all, gripping. I’m rating it a 4.7/5.
*Deep Water releases today and is available at most bookstores (preferably shop online). It is launching online although I’m not exactly sure when so keep your eyes peeled
*I’ll also be posting an interview with Sarah later today so make sure to look out for that as well!
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