“I’m going to read thrillers FOR FUN!” I say, while stressing out 100% of the time.
This one left me turning pages anxiously to find the resolution. It’s one of those small town, Australian mysterious, where people are a bit she’ll be right mate as they softly look away from things that are off…but when 13-year-old Henry Weaver goes missing, Chloe is not going to sit back and let him be forgotten. He deserves better than that. Especially after what she did too…
The story is a “whodunnit” as well as a “missing person’s” case.
You want to know why Henry left AND where he’s gone. It’s told in three POVs: firstly Chloe, who is our very own Nancy Drew, with her own complicated family and out of control life leading her to be bossy and dogged, but also loyal and heartfelt. Then we have Mason Weaver, Henry’s older brother, who is known for his rough and brutish demeanour, his scary temper, and messed up home life. Lastly Henry has a few chapters scattered about, talking to a mysterious someone online.
I loved all the characters! But they were also…pretty unlikeable at times. Chloe is very judgemental and decides pretty much straight up that Mason is to blame. Mason is awful so much of the time, cold and violent. But then you peel back his layers and find out that he comes from a horribly abusive home life, that he’s been rejected and bitten down his entire life, that Henry is loved more than him and that he’s destined to become nothing because he can’t stop his rage and depression is eating him inside out. And like my heart BROKE for Henry. He’s literally just a kid, his mother’s a raging alcoholic, his brother cares for him but resents him, and he’s got no one….except Chloe who is like his surrogate big sister.
AND WHERE IS HENRY WEAVER!!!!
Me: *stress reading*
The style is quite addictive and I found myself devouring like 80% in one night.
It’s very character-focused, which is who I like my quiet thrillers to be. I care more about the how the mystery unravels when I care deeply for the characters. (There’s also an intriguing and sprawling epic friend squad in here…who are messy and complicated and very involved in the mystery.)
The mystery is also so well done! Lots of red herrings and clues that me, dumb as a brick, did not figure out at ALL. But when I got to the end I had the “lightbulb ohhhh it’s so obvious” moment. Proof it was set up very very nicely.
I also absolutely adored Small Spaces so obviously I just need Sarah Epstein to write more books, please and thank you.
Basically, DEEP WATER is the kind of book you need in your life.
It’s character focused and it has such a rich tapestry of backstory and motivations, of heartache and realisations. This sleepy town where people look away from hardship and these characters with their layers of secrets all felt so real. It’s not face-paced, but I found the slow unravelling of the mystery utterly engaging. Definitely loved this one!! And by “loved” I obviously mean, it hurt me.
Thanks to Allen & Unwin for the ARC! Deep Water by Sarah Epstein came out April 1st, 2020.
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?
tell me your favourite thrillers!? (I don’t read enough of them!) 👀 and do you like books set in quiet small towns or do you prefer the big busy cities settings?