In Too Deep by Bea Davenport

In Too Deep

'... The window's so small I can't see what happens next. But what I do know is that Kim is dead. And I know this, too that I helped to kill her. Kim, my lovely, only, best friend.'Five years ago Maura fled life in Dowerby and took on a new identity, desperately trying to piece her life back together and escape the dark clouds that plagued her past. But then a reporter tracks her down, and persuades her to tell her story, putting her own life in ...

Details In Too Deep

TitleIn Too Deep
Release DateJun 1st, 2013
PublisherLegend Press
GenreThriller, Mystery, Fiction, Crime, Psychological Thriller

Reviews In Too Deep

  • Margitte
    Maura was one of those wallflowers: colorful enough to be sometimes noticeable, but most of the time so inconspicuous as to vanish into the bigger design of life on the wall, unless someone made the effort to take a closer look. Someone like her narcissistic husband, Nick.Growing up, in school:(view spoiler)["I (Maura) had the misfortune of being acceptable but not particular popular. I think, in a way, this is worse than being totally alone and ...
  • Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
    What's that? First review for this book? How lucky I am!This was a great read.When I think crime, I don't think summer read. But I've read this whole book in the sun in my garden. It works. The setting is great and I could picture Dowerby perfectly. Although I knew it was set somewhere inspired by Alnwick and other Northern market towns, I was picturing Dowery just like that anyway, and would have regardless. Maura was a rather frustrating charac...
  • Jane
    “The thought of going through it all again is overwhelming. Finding a new anonymous home, finding a new job where the boss won’t ask too many questions, remembering to answer to a new, made-up name. I don’t even know if I have the strength to pull it off a second time, and anyway, how many more times would it take?”I thought I’d found a book about a woman who had fled an abusive husband, and who feared that her husband had caught up to ...
  • Julie
    In Too Deep by Bea Davenport is a Legend Press publication and was released in the summer of 2013. I received a copy of this book from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Maura and Nick live in the small town of Dowerby. Things are underway for the annual Dowerby Fair. One of the traditions of the fair is a medieval tradition that only women are subject to and that is a dunking booth. Nick is very involved in the plannin...
  • Cleo Bannister
    This is one of those compulsive reads that draws you in from the start. In a small market town there is a man, his wife and their young daughter. The man is keen to make his mark and how do you do that in a small town? You join the annual fair committee of course and make it the most successful one to date. How do you do that? Well you invite the journalists into your town, hype the obvious big pull, the dunking stall, no matter if it’s sexist ...
  • ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
    3.5 starsThis is an interesting psychological thriller set in a sleepy English town that holds an annual reenactment fair of medieval times. As part of the tradition, there is a "ducking" tank, but only for "wenches." Kim, the new local reporter, becomes embroiled in a town scandal and quickly despised. The town doesn't like newcomers and resents Kim's city ways, her pluck, and her lifestyle. Quiet, meek Maura, married to the vile Nick, becomes f...
  • Geraldine
    This was her first novel, and I read it after I had read This Little Piggy - which is much better. That having been said, this is a good book; the difference between first and second is encouraging, and makes me want further works by her.It's a good story, set in a fictional Northumberland town. I figured out that that was Alnwick (market square, castle, tourists). At the end she said it was inspired by Alnwick, and other places - certainly, if i...
  • Melissa
    Maura is a young lady living with her husband and child in what seems to be a sleepy,flowery'Midsummer Murders' style market town living the life of a woman who is 'looked after', spending her time buying makeup, magazines and cooking dinner for the family.A newcomer,a bright, ambitious reporter arrives in town after a campaign to get more publicity for the forthcoming summer fair - Kim.Kim is a larger than life character with no morals.Probably ...
  • Bookread2day
    I really enjoyed reading In too deep it is a suspenseful page turner and takes readers through a tense, disturbing journey. Many readers will be able to sympathize with Maura the mail character. Bea Davenport has marvellously put this novel together showing us damaged lives. I would definitely recommend readers to read In to Deep and book clubs would definitely have lots of topics to talk about.The story starts in the past of five years ago. Maur...
  • Kerry sullivan
    OK I struggled with this book almost from the start, part off that is that it is the narrative is in the first person and as a reader always struggle with books written like this, but mostly because I just didn't connect with the protagonist I found myself asking why all the time like why if she was smart enough to make a new identity why was she not smart enough to leave her dick of a husband and where is Rosie her daughter and the biggest quest...
  • Linda Huber
    This is a very clever, very chilling book. Right at the start the reader is pulled into the story, wondering what on earth can have happened to make Maura behave as she does. Bit by bit we learn more as the story swings between past and present. The horrible inevitability of Kim's fate is both chilling and fascinating, and the reason for Maura's behaviour is something too many can identify with.In Too Deep is a book that stays in our heads long a...
  • Anna
    I found the plot of this book a little thin and there was something about the writing style that I didn't get on with, or maybe it was just the main character I didn't like very much. I didn't find her a sympathetic character and I was very annoyed by how wishy washy she was and her decision about her daughter. I kept hoping there would be more to it than there was but I ended up disappointed.
  • Charybdis
    This review may contain spoilers.So something really bad happened five years ago. The MC was there and knows all about it, but she won't tell us readers what it is till the book nearly ends. Why not? To keep us guessing, of course. This is a storytelling trick which may work when the reveal is about halfway through, but keeping it all to the end is just wrong. Suppose the story was told linearly: We meet MC and learn of her life with her husband,...
  • Ray
    I really waited for there to be some heat, some intensity. It felt like watching embers and wanting to see an inferno. It felt like a story from a bystander rather than a passionate telling from a friend. I found it flat and in the end unfullfilling. I recommend you chose something else.
  • Heidi
    3.5Drawing on her experience as a real life crime reporter, Bea Davenport has written a taut and suspenseful psychological thriller which marks her as a writer to watch and an exciting new voice in crime fiction.For five years Maura Wood has been living a reclusive life under an alias, working menial jobs which allow her to stay under the radar, keeping to herself and careful not to let her true identity slip. It comes as a huge shock to her when...
  • Bames
    A very absorbing book that is set in a small English town called Dowerby which is known for its annual fair. The story is centered around Maura, mother to Rosie and wife to Nick. She is a very quiet person who does not really have many friends simply because she is more comfortable being alone. Her husband Nick heads the committee that organizes the annual town fair. The fair is probably the most important event for the town as it brings a lot of...
  • Liz Barnsley
    Psychological Thriller – Thanks to the publisher and netgalley.In Too Deep had an interesting premise – Hiding under an assumed name, Maura lives day to day life as quietly as possible. She is shocked therefore to discover that a reporter knows her true identity and wants to know exactly what happened in her previous life. Reluctantly but having little choice, Maura tells her story..I enjoyed this book it has to be said, without completely lo...
  • Taylor
    The publishers sent me a copy of this in return for an honest review.Maura Conway, an introverted, quiet, seemingly dull woman lives an average day to day life as a stay at home mother and loyal wife to her husband Nick. Until, a new reporter arrives in the small town of Dowerby. Her name is Kim, and she is gorgeous, ambitious, spunky, and full of life. Maura and Kim become close friends, but the rest of Dowerby isn't very fond of her. When Kim a...
  • Ann
    This debut novel deals with the challenging subject of domestic violence. Whilst it is not in the class of Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes it is a pretty good attempt. The main protagonist Maura has, for the last five years, been living in London under an assumed name having fled an abusive husband. Her true identity is uncovered by a reporter and the events which led to her situation are gradually revealed. The action switches betwee...
  • Wendy Percival
    I came across In Too Deep when I read an article by Bea Davenport about the frequent misrepresentation of journalism in crime fiction. She hoped that this book would go some way to setting the record straight.In the novel we meet Maura, through whose eyes the story is told. At the start of the book Maura is living under a false name and hiding from her past - a past which is about to catch up with her.The clever use of tenses weaves together the ...
  • Sophie Bristow Harris
    Great Cover enticed me to read this!, 23 July 2013This review is from: In Too Deep (Kindle Edition)When I saw the cover of "In Too Deep" it really enticed me into wanting to read this thriller by Bea Davenport. I love the gnarled branches of the tree and the blue balloon really stood out on the grey background. I guess the balloon is depicting the need for freedom but is caught up in the branches with the fear of bursting at any given moment....W...
  • Sarah Johnston
    Lately I have been reading for my writing course and my book choices are lead by that. I chose this book as it is written by a local author, a writing course tutor and someone who will be presenting a talk at my writers group tonight. My expectations were for something 'meh' however I was surprised actually go as far as say very impressed. The plot moves quickly with attention to all the detail. The characters are realistic and flawed but with a ...
  • Emma
    In Too Deep is the story of Maura, who leaves her home in a small northern market town after the death of her friend and starts a new life, under a new name. She is hiding from something or someone and, after five years thinks she is safe...until a journalist comes knocking on her door. Told in the first person, this novel jumps back and forth, from the past to the present as the story unfolds and we understand just why Maura might be scared. It ...
  • Carol Wilson
    I found this a bit obvious, and I really couldn't take to Maure, the main character. One moment she is portrayed as bright, intelligent and sparky, but the next she is downtrodden and weak. There are hints at the beginning that her husband is controlling, constantly talking her down, but no reason is given as to why he suddenly started to hit her - after, presumably, at least five years of marriage. And, sorry, the whole idea that she would take ...
  • Kris
    This book was really good. It was well written with lots of suspense. Set in small town England sometimes words were used that I was unfamiliar with, but the meaning was crystal clear anyway. Never once did I have a google a word! Oddly, this is the second book I've read recently by a British author where the main protagonist is a mom who walks away from her family. Both books have different reasons but it makes me wonder if this is something tha...
  • Michael Cayley
    A woman with a young daughter is trapped in marriage with a domineering violent husband. When she teams up with the new local news reporter, trouble erupts. Subsequently she seeks to hide under a new identity. The book held my attention, but Idid not find the lead character wholly convincing - I felt someone as bright as her would have sought help, or found a way out of her situation, much earlier.
  • Sophie Johnson
    Very good read, engaging characters and plot line. Sometimes wanted to give Maura a shake to wake her up a bit, even when she was free she was still being used, but triumphed in the end. Looking forward to Bea davenports next offering.
  • Jan Adkins
    It was a very good book for a first time author. It moved a bit slow for me and seemed repetitive at points. Later in the book I was sometimes confused by the switching of time.
  • Jane Isaac
    A compelling and absorbing psychological thriller with an original twist.
  • Chicktrisch
    Wow, what a book... Gripping, scary, disturbing!