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The dark side of paradise is exposed when a terrified couple reveals their daunting experience on a remote island to their rescuers—only to realize they’re still in the grips of the island’s secrets—in this intense and startling debut in the tradition of Into the Jungle and The Ruins. When a Navy vessel comes across a yacht in distress in the middle of the vast Indian Ocea The dark side of paradise is exposed when a terrified couple reveals their daunting experience on a remote island to their rescuers—only to realize they’re still in the grips of the island’s secrets—in this intense and startling debut in the tradition of Into the Jungle and The Ruins. When a Navy vessel comes across a yacht in distress in the middle of the vast Indian Ocean, Captain Danial Tengku orders his ship to rush to its aid. On board the yacht is a British couple: a horribly injured man, Jake, and his traumatized wife, Virginie, who breathlessly confesses, “It’s all my fault. I killed them.” Trembling with fear, she reveals their shocking story to Danial. Months earlier, the couple had spent all their savings on a yacht, full of excitement for exploring the high seas and exotic lands together. They start at the busy harbors of Malaysia and, through word of mouth, Jake and Virginie learn about a tiny, isolated island full of unspoiled beaches. When they arrive, they discover they are not the only visitors and quickly become entangled with a motley crew of expat sailors. Soon, Jake and Virginie’s adventurous dream turns into a terrifying nightmare. Now, it’s up to Danial to determine just how much truth there is in Virginie’s alarming tale. But when his crew make a shocking discovery, he realizes that if he doesn’t act soon, they could all fall under the dark spell of the island.


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The dark side of paradise is exposed when a terrified couple reveals their daunting experience on a remote island to their rescuers—only to realize they’re still in the grips of the island’s secrets—in this intense and startling debut in the tradition of Into the Jungle and The Ruins. When a Navy vessel comes across a yacht in distress in the middle of the vast Indian Ocea The dark side of paradise is exposed when a terrified couple reveals their daunting experience on a remote island to their rescuers—only to realize they’re still in the grips of the island’s secrets—in this intense and startling debut in the tradition of Into the Jungle and The Ruins. When a Navy vessel comes across a yacht in distress in the middle of the vast Indian Ocean, Captain Danial Tengku orders his ship to rush to its aid. On board the yacht is a British couple: a horribly injured man, Jake, and his traumatized wife, Virginie, who breathlessly confesses, “It’s all my fault. I killed them.” Trembling with fear, she reveals their shocking story to Danial. Months earlier, the couple had spent all their savings on a yacht, full of excitement for exploring the high seas and exotic lands together. They start at the busy harbors of Malaysia and, through word of mouth, Jake and Virginie learn about a tiny, isolated island full of unspoiled beaches. When they arrive, they discover they are not the only visitors and quickly become entangled with a motley crew of expat sailors. Soon, Jake and Virginie’s adventurous dream turns into a terrifying nightmare. Now, it’s up to Danial to determine just how much truth there is in Virginie’s alarming tale. But when his crew make a shocking discovery, he realizes that if he doesn’t act soon, they could all fall under the dark spell of the island.

30 review for Deep Water

  1. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    This was one of my most highly anticipated books of 2022. I love survival stories and was thrilled to be approved an early arc. Yippee! Now one would assume a survival story on the high seas of the Indian Ocean would be a nail biting thrill ride but one would be wrong. Better yet, I would be wrong. This was a snoozefest if ever there was one. 🥱 It starts so promising when a navy vessel in the middle of the Indian Ocean starts to receive mayday calls from a catamaran. The caller claiming her husba This was one of my most highly anticipated books of 2022. I love survival stories and was thrilled to be approved an early arc. Yippee! Now one would assume a survival story on the high seas of the Indian Ocean would be a nail biting thrill ride but one would be wrong. Better yet, I would be wrong. This was a snoozefest if ever there was one. 🥱 It starts so promising when a navy vessel in the middle of the Indian Ocean starts to receive mayday calls from a catamaran. The caller claiming her husband is in need of urgent medical care. What in the world are they doing all the way out here is what Captain Tengku is thinking. Upon arrival they find a malnourished woman hovering over her blood soaked husband. He's in a bad way but alive and they are able to transport them both back to safety. From here the woman, Virginie, tells Captain Tengku exactly what happened to them starting off with "It's all my fault. I killed them." At this point I was all in and my mind was whirring with all sorts of creepy scenarios. Then we flash back to before and all that leads up to the present. For 40% of this book nothing happens except sailing talk. I am not a sailor so all of this detailed information meant nothing to me. I appreciate that the author is clearly an experienced sailor and knows what she's talking about but for the average person this will become mundane very quickly. Then they arrive on the island of Amarante only to realize they aren't alone. All I could think is "now we're getting somewhere!" Again, I was wrong. Yes, there are other people. Yes, things do go wrong. Yet it wasn't thrilling, suspenseful, creepy, or memorable. The most thrilling part of this book was turning the final page knowing it was finally over. 2 stars! If your looking for adventure, excitement, thrills and chills on a secluded island then I highly recommend the recently released Reckless Girls or one of my 2021 favorites of the year Stranded. Thank you to Edelweiss and Gallery Books for my complimentary copy.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Hmm, okay, not bad but not so perfect either: When I saw the alluring cover and mysterious blurb, I was already drawn into this book! I thought it was something between Lost, Deep Calm movie ( 1989: you can see younger Kidman with less face-lifting and Botox! Huge Yay! And fantastic Sam Neal: triple yay! ) or something between Lord of the flies and Caprio’s Island! Trapped in a haunted island troupe always promises unputdownable, riveting thriller theme with lots of twists! Let’s start with the Hmm, okay, not bad but not so perfect either: When I saw the alluring cover and mysterious blurb, I was already drawn into this book! I thought it was something between Lost, Deep Calm movie ( 1989: you can see younger Kidman with less face-lifting and Botox! Huge Yay! And fantastic Sam Neal: triple yay! ) or something between Lord of the flies and Caprio’s Island! Trapped in a haunted island troupe always promises unputdownable, riveting thriller theme with lots of twists! Let’s start with the beginning of the book: was it exciting? Yes, absolutely! A navy ship approaches near a yacht in the middle of Indian Ocean to help the people inside after they hear Mayday call. They found a man with serious head wound and a thin, fragile woman in bikini. We’re not exactly sure the yacht belongs to them. The woman tells them the wounded man and she are married. Their names are Jake and Virginie. She confesses she did something real bad! Navy Ship’s captain Daniel wants to make sure the woman is telling her the truth so Virginie starts to tell their story from the beginning. Then we move back and forth to see how the couple starts their exotic journey: how they found an isolated island in Malaysia and how they realized they were not the only people who discovered that beautiful place. There were bunch of people including sailors also decided to spend their vacation time on the same place! Then something dramatic happens to turn their heavenly island into nightmarish place! Virginie blames on herself! The captain listens to her story, deciding if she’s telling the entire truth and in the meantime he tries to resist the deadly spell of the island. Well, I must say the storyline was good enough for me to dive into this story. As I mentioned before the beginning was also promising enough for me to go on but after that the story was dragged and wobbled. At most of the chapters nothing important happened. When the big secret revealed, it already lost its charm. So the entire execution of this promising concept was way too much slow burn and a little boring for me. So I gave my solid three stars: neither I hated nor I liked kind of semi-satisfying reading for me! Special thanks to NetGalley and Gallery Books for sharing this digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest thoughts.

  3. 5 out of 5

    LIsa Noell "Rocking the Chutzpah!"

    My thanks to Gallery/Scout Press, Emma Bamford and Netgalley. So, I love books like these. Not all. Actually, I find that I love the concept more than I do the actual books. No worries here! From the start I was freaking hooked. This was everything I wanted it to be, and so much more! I'm just one of those oddballs that would be absolutely fine with a scenario such as this! It may be a wee bit hot, but I'd adjust! What was really fun though, is when things started going haywire. "Gotta love that!" My thanks to Gallery/Scout Press, Emma Bamford and Netgalley. So, I love books like these. Not all. Actually, I find that I love the concept more than I do the actual books. No worries here! From the start I was freaking hooked. This was everything I wanted it to be, and so much more! I'm just one of those oddballs that would be absolutely fine with a scenario such as this! It may be a wee bit hot, but I'd adjust! What was really fun though, is when things started going haywire. "Gotta love that!" A death. An engine failure. "Dum, dum, dum!" Between heaven and a very quick goodbye? Stuff gets real. I liked how the ending picked up for some 4 years or so down the road. It felt complete.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Faith

    The newly-married Jake and Virginie decide to spend all of their money on a yacht on which they will live and explore out of the way places. On a remote island they encounter a group of people who have also decided to leave their jobs behind. Into that mix sails a luxury yacht owned by Vitor who is accompanied by his beautiful mistress. Jake and Virginie are both bland, dumb, mopey and uninteresting. In that way they are well matched. It takes a certain kind of stupid for a woman not to see how The newly-married Jake and Virginie decide to spend all of their money on a yacht on which they will live and explore out of the way places. On a remote island they encounter a group of people who have also decided to leave their jobs behind. Into that mix sails a luxury yacht owned by Vitor who is accompanied by his beautiful mistress. Jake and Virginie are both bland, dumb, mopey and uninteresting. In that way they are well matched. It takes a certain kind of stupid for a woman not to see how smarmy Vitor is, or for a man who is afraid of the water to decide to live on a boat. The blurb makes it sound like this will be suspenseful. It is not. The characters are certainly not “in the grips of the island’s secrets” and no one is “under the dark spell of the island”. There is no dark spell or sinister atmosphere. This is not a thriller. The very slight action comes at the end of the book. Really, whoever wrote the blurb for this book should be ashamed. I did manage to finish the book with some skimming. 2.5 stars I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rachel the Page-Turner

    Oh this book was so good! I saw very mixed reviews from my Goodreads friends, so I wasn’t sure what I was getting into. It definitely met my expectations, if not surpassed them. The story starts off with a naval ship finding a stranded catamaran in the Indian Ocean; aboard is a woman and a gravely injured man. The woman is hysterical, with quite a story to tell about how she ended up on this boat that she claims isn’t theirs. She also claims that she “killed them all”. I was immediately hooked… Th Oh this book was so good! I saw very mixed reviews from my Goodreads friends, so I wasn’t sure what I was getting into. It definitely met my expectations, if not surpassed them. The story starts off with a naval ship finding a stranded catamaran in the Indian Ocean; aboard is a woman and a gravely injured man. The woman is hysterical, with quite a story to tell about how she ended up on this boat that she claims isn’t theirs. She also claims that she “killed them all”. I was immediately hooked… The story then flashes back to the woman’s story: Virginie and her husband, Jake, poured their savings into a sailing boat, and are headed off towards Asia. While on a stop for provisions, they meet a man who tells them of a remote island called Amarante. The island is days away from any other land, very isolated and very unknown. Immediately, Virginie wants to change their plans and head to Amarante, despite her husband’s initial efforts to dissuade her. So, away they head to this remote piece of paradise. When they arrive, they realize they aren’t alone, but the small group of people already there are welcoming, and soon the island feels like home. They plan on staying until monsoon season, and their adventure begins with lots of coconut hunting, fishing, and spending the evening with the new friends they have made. The author did a good job of painting the picture of these people, all of whom have different reasons for escaping to a secluded island. In a typical “locked room” mystery way, things soon change for the worse. Another couple arrives, and while Virginie and Jake briefly met them before heading to the island, they are strangers who seem to have secrets. They have a lot of money, a lot of alcohol, and a lot of issues. Soon, things turn from a peaceful commune to a group divided. Illness strikes (not good when it would take almost a week to reach civilization), and Virginie and Jake’s engine dies, leaving them with no power or way to make water, and no way of leaving without help. Is help really wanted, though? The ending of this was tied up with a pretty bow, and that was the only part that I wasn’t mesmerized by. The entire book is fantastic, and the ending is good, but the beginning is the real show-stopper. You know something bad is going to happen, but when? What? How? I found myself desperately trying to get to the end to see how they ended up stranded on somebody else’s boat. I think the beginning was so strong that the end just couldn’t compete, but it still remains a four-star book for me, leaning towards 4.5 stars. It’s one I couldn’t wait to find time to read, and one I’ll keep thinking about for awhile! I highly recommend this nautical thriller. (Thank you to Gallery Books, Emma Bamford, and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for my review.)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bandit

    If your dream of a perfect life is a small tropical island in the middle of nowhere with no accoutrements of civilization, just perfect weather, ocean, sun, leisure time…well, prepare to have that dream be put through the visceral and vigorous paces of brutal reality. Because, of course, the no civilization thing sounds nice on paper…until you need something. And the characters of this book find themselves very much in need, indeed. And short on friends. But wait, let’s rewind…in the middle of a If your dream of a perfect life is a small tropical island in the middle of nowhere with no accoutrements of civilization, just perfect weather, ocean, sun, leisure time…well, prepare to have that dream be put through the visceral and vigorous paces of brutal reality. Because, of course, the no civilization thing sounds nice on paper…until you need something. And the characters of this book find themselves very much in need, indeed. And short on friends. But wait, let’s rewind…in the middle of an Indian ocean a woman is found aboard a luxury yacht. A woman is covered in blood, but coherent enough to have correctly send out the signal flare. There’s an unconscious man on board too, her spouse. The woman is rambling, something about guilt, something about having killed… Let’s rewind some more – books are great for that. Meet Virginie (Vee) and Jake. The happily married couple who decide to test the mettle of their new vows but setting off to live on a boat in an exotic locale – Jake’s dream realized. Vee is all too ready to leave her world behind anyway, a world all too busy with memories of a domineering father and domineering first marriage he orchestrated for her. Jake’s nothing like those men, Jake’s kind and considerate and much more of an equal. Right? Well, we shall see. After all, it’s easy to be nice in clement circumstances. Vee and Jake hear about a distant island, Edenic uninhabited island, days away from civilization, a place where you can live on your own schedule and by your own rules, become enamored with the idea and go there. And sure enough, the island is lovely once they get there. There are a few other people, but friendly enough, easy to live with, so long as you follow some basic communal rules. Because apparently even in the middle of nowhere people need rules, despite the fact that the entire goal of going there was to get away from rules and judgements of others. Anyway, whether friendly or vaguely sinister, they all manage to get along…until their boat craps out and then a tragedy strikes and then it’s every man/woman for themselves. Enter the real trial of Jake and Vee’s marriage. If they can survive this, they can survive it all. There have been a number of thrillers set at high seas from Ruth (Christie wannabe) Ware’s Woman in Cabin 10 to Catherine Steadman’s Something in the Water, just to mention a recent couple. Understandably so – it’s a genuinely exciting setting for a genre that has thrill in its name. And this book is a near perfect rendition of a high sea thriller. It helps that the author really, really knows what she’s talking about, having experience not only as a writer, but as a sailor. This isn’t a story just a story about boats and seas – it places you there as much as a book can. It teleports you to sun-beaten decks and wave-beaten shores. You can practically hear the whooshing of the ocean in your ears. And then there’s the suspense element of it, the smartly and expertly crafted suspense that builds and builds toward the inevitable tragedy. You know this vacation doesn’t end well from the get-go, but it’s still a wild and crazy ride getting there. So, great writing, dynamic pacing, engaging characters, twists, turns, surprises…it’s all you can ask for in a thriller. So much fun to read, I enjoyed this one tremendously. I read tons, and tons of it are thrillers, and this one stood out easily and assuredly. A most excitingly auspicious or auspiciously exciting fiction debut. Sail away if you dare. Recommended. Thanks Netgalley. This and more at https://advancetheplot.weebly.com/

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    The premise seemed so promising but it just fell flat for me. I felt bored the majority of the time waiting for the action which barely came. It felt like nothing was happening for the majority of the book of the book and I’m honestly amazed I finished it. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this arc in exchange for my honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    Review coming soon.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    I was immediately interested because I love claustrophobic “stuck on an island” stories.. and I’m a Survivor fan! It didn’t start off as an easy read, with the words I don’t know and names I can’t pronounce. When we get to Virginie recounting her story to the Navy man a few chapters in, I was hooked! Virginie and Jake are newly married. She works at a boat museum and he works on boats. Suffice it to say, they are boat people. Their dream is to leave their possessions and 9-5 lives behind and tra I was immediately interested because I love claustrophobic “stuck on an island” stories.. and I’m a Survivor fan! It didn’t start off as an easy read, with the words I don’t know and names I can’t pronounce. When we get to Virginie recounting her story to the Navy man a few chapters in, I was hooked! Virginie and Jake are newly married. She works at a boat museum and he works on boats. Suffice it to say, they are boat people. Their dream is to leave their possessions and 9-5 lives behind and travel the sea so they set out to do just that. They scrapped their original plan when a marina friend tells them about a beautiful and mostly uninhabited island called Amarante. Virginie cannot resist its allure and convinces Jake to go. When they finally arrive a few weeks later, there is another couple on the island for the season, Pete and Stella, and an older man with his dog. They all hit it off immediately and Roly, the elder, explains the rules to them. Just basic things like where not to fish and how to pitch in. 3 is company but 4’s a crowd when another boat rolls in. It’s Vitor and Teresa, a couple they’d met at a port. Virginie hit it off with Vitor but not Teresa, she’s reserved, and Jake thinks Vitor is annoying and pretentious. As they settle into island life, things are really fun and it was actually super sweet and romantic. I felt like I was there with all the vivid descriptions of sights, sounds and smells. Things start to unravel after a few blissful, but sweltering, weeks. Just like the civilized world, there are politics and trade embargoes. The boat is having trouble, food and water get scarce, and people are starting to take inventory of each other and their worth. Despite the best of intentions going into it, not everyone can make it away from Amarante unscathed. Maybe everyone should have just followed the simple rules. “Here’s paradise, bringing you pain.” Thanks so much to NetGalley and Gallery Books for the chance to set sail on this adventure!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Juli

    The blurb for this book reminded me a bit of a true story -- the murders on Plumyra Atoll. Wealthy couple sails their boat to an Atoll to enjoy a few days in the sun, only to discover there are already two other people there. The two younger people sailed to the Atoll to escape drug charges and their boat motor conked out. They coexist for awhile....then things turn bad. Several weeks later, the druggie couple sails into port with the wealthy couple's boat. The wealthy couple is never seen again The blurb for this book reminded me a bit of a true story -- the murders on Plumyra Atoll. Wealthy couple sails their boat to an Atoll to enjoy a few days in the sun, only to discover there are already two other people there. The two younger people sailed to the Atoll to escape drug charges and their boat motor conked out. They coexist for awhile....then things turn bad. Several weeks later, the druggie couple sails into port with the wealthy couple's boat. The wealthy couple is never seen again. The story in Deep Water is similar but different. A naval ship encounters a boat at sea sending out distress signals. An injured man and his wife are on board. The woman confesses to doing something bad and killing people. She agrees to tell the whole story.....they sailed to an isolated island to enjoy the beach only to find there was a group of sailors already there. Things go fine for awhile.....but when it goes bad, it goes bad quickly. This story was just ok for me. The pacing was a bit too slow, and I felt like I was reading a reworking of a true story/earlier book by another author. I expected a bit more excitement. Slow burn is sometimes too slow when there really isn't an exciting moment until the very end. The ending just didn't pack enough power to justify the slow, slow pacing. It just took to long to get there for me. I'm glad I read the story, but it did disappoint me a bit. **I voluntarily read a review copy of this book from Gallery Books. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    I enjoyed this book. It centers on newlyweds Jake and Virginie who sell their belongings to buy a boat and embark on a dream trip to a secluded island. There are already others there, though, and not everyone is who they seem. The book is so detailed and atmospheric that I felt like I was right there with them. There was a innate creepiness to the deserted island that I felt even when nothing creepy was actually happening. The book is a bit of a slow burn but the writing is so good that it seemed I enjoyed this book. It centers on newlyweds Jake and Virginie who sell their belongings to buy a boat and embark on a dream trip to a secluded island. There are already others there, though, and not everyone is who they seem. The book is so detailed and atmospheric that I felt like I was right there with them. There was a innate creepiness to the deserted island that I felt even when nothing creepy was actually happening. The book is a bit of a slow burn but the writing is so good that it seemed like I was on the precipice of something big happening even when nothing did. The way that the story is told, first from the rescuer’s POV, then from Virginia’s, and then back to the rescuer, worked for me. I liked the ending and felt that it tied things up well and gave me a glimpse into what was to come in the lives of these characters. All in all, a really enjoyable book even though it wasn’t quite as fast paced as I expected. Despite the large volume of details, I was never bored and felt fully immersed in the world that the author created. I’d recommend this one to those who like creepy deserted island stories. Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jaksen

    Well a good enough book for someone who has read every possible thriller there is out there. But I haven't run out of thriller-type or mystery/crime books yet. Was very disappointed. Characters are rather flat. Scenario been done dozens of times before. Maybe I've just read too many book as I AM getting 'up there.' I kept waiting for something - a little something, a big something, an anything something, but alas, never happened. But for those who enjoyed the book, wonderful. I am always supportiv Well a good enough book for someone who has read every possible thriller there is out there. But I haven't run out of thriller-type or mystery/crime books yet. Was very disappointed. Characters are rather flat. Scenario been done dozens of times before. Maybe I've just read too many book as I AM getting 'up there.' I kept waiting for something - a little something, a big something, an anything something, but alas, never happened. But for those who enjoyed the book, wonderful. I am always supportive of other people's happiness. Still, for me, a major let down. People on an island, check. Normal ppl meet sort of odd ppl, check. Part of the island is creepy and strange, getting better! Don't fish OVER THERE. I got it. (At this point IRL I'd be heading to Fiji or Tahiti and do not tell me they don't have a dozen or hundred islands between them that are pristine and lightly - or not at all inhabited. But the book is not about me.) The tension, what there is of it, is a slow build. Too slow, even for a book of medium-length. I didn't like Virginie, one of the leads, or her 'can't swim' yet I'm a sailor husband. (In fact, he's actually afraid of water. Okay, these ppl do exist. I think.) So the entire set-up rang false for me, and I do read fantasy and horror, too, so I can think outside the 'is-this-really-real?' or not box. Two stars. And thank you, Goodreads! I won this through your program and am always happy and grateful when I get a chance to read a new book!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Diana N.

    I was hopeful for this book, but ended up just wanting more out of it than I had gotten. The plot definitely lends itself to the thriller/suspense genere with the whole being on a secluded island, but that was about it. I just didn't get the feelings of that eerie something that isn't right until a lot closer to the end even though it was shown as a preview at the beginning. I did like the allure of visiting a secluded island, but I really wanted more of the Amarante history/backstory. I feel like I was hopeful for this book, but ended up just wanting more out of it than I had gotten. The plot definitely lends itself to the thriller/suspense genere with the whole being on a secluded island, but that was about it. I just didn't get the feelings of that eerie something that isn't right until a lot closer to the end even though it was shown as a preview at the beginning. I did like the allure of visiting a secluded island, but I really wanted more of the Amarante history/backstory. I feel like the characters were mostly the ones creating their own suspense instead of the eerie setting. Overall I enjoyed the plot, but just wasn't blown away by it. It was more of a beach read than suspense for me. Thank you to Simon & Schuster and Netgalley for providing me a copy of this ARC for my honest review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Steven

    Thanks to Netgalley and Gallery/Scout Press for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Sadly, an honest review is what I have to give. I didn't care for this one. It opened with a fantastic hook, but quickly jumped back in time and then spent countless pages on mundane details like fixing up the boat, sailing, spending time on the water, etc before any of the meat of the story happened. I feel like this would have been a better hour and a half movie, rather than a book that too Thanks to Netgalley and Gallery/Scout Press for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Sadly, an honest review is what I have to give. I didn't care for this one. It opened with a fantastic hook, but quickly jumped back in time and then spent countless pages on mundane details like fixing up the boat, sailing, spending time on the water, etc before any of the meat of the story happened. I feel like this would have been a better hour and a half movie, rather than a book that took more hours than that to read. I also feel like I've seen this movie and read this story before, but executed better. The only character I found really likeable was Gus, the dog. The rest were either unlikeable or not fleshed out enough to cause me to invest. The setting was good, but was definitely underused, and the details of the history of the island were a huge waste of words. The specific plot "twists" were all predictable. I did like the "much later" epilogue that closed out the story decently. Overall, it was a bore with a few random redeeming qualities, such as the setting and the hook. So, two and a half stars rounded down.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Octavia (ReadsWithDogs)

    Deep Water has the unfortunate likeness of sharing a title with a Patricia Highsmith novel, so I think that will confuse people, but it's a bit similar in that it's an excellent suspense novel! I've never been sailing, but after reading this book I think I could probably sail a ship if I had too because it was so through and well-written in the descriptions of nautical stuff. If you've ever wanted to sell your belongings and just set sail for a life at sea Deep Water might make you change your mi Deep Water has the unfortunate likeness of sharing a title with a Patricia Highsmith novel, so I think that will confuse people, but it's a bit similar in that it's an excellent suspense novel! I've never been sailing, but after reading this book I think I could probably sail a ship if I had too because it was so through and well-written in the descriptions of nautical stuff. If you've ever wanted to sell your belongings and just set sail for a life at sea Deep Water might make you change your mind...but first it will completely enrapture you with the story of spending time on a deserted island. I could almost imagine I was there even though I read this in the dead of winter! You want to go in mostly blind for this book, but just know it's got trouble in paradise, a pirate-like mix of expat sailors, a strong as heck female protagonist, some multiple points of view and a satisfying ending to wrap up this unsettling mystery! Deep Water was everything I wanted Reckless Girls to be, but much much better!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of Deep Water. When I read the premise, I imagined an adventure story like Captain Phillips or Adrift but it wasn't anything like that. I was prepared to read about something out of my comfort zone. Full disclosure: I don't like boats. I don't like cruises. If someone invited me to go sailing for a day, I'd go but I wouldn't recommend going on a boat for fun. ** Minor spoilers ahead ** The narrative is pretty formulaic; a young couple, Virginie and Jake, give Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of Deep Water. When I read the premise, I imagined an adventure story like Captain Phillips or Adrift but it wasn't anything like that. I was prepared to read about something out of my comfort zone. Full disclosure: I don't like boats. I don't like cruises. If someone invited me to go sailing for a day, I'd go but I wouldn't recommend going on a boat for fun. ** Minor spoilers ahead ** The narrative is pretty formulaic; a young couple, Virginie and Jake, give up their home and worldly possessions to live on a boat and travel the world. Okay, sounds fun. Not something I'd do but to each their own. They meet a sophisticated couple, including an older gentleman, Viktor, with a dubious background. Virginie is naive and easily falls for Viktor's charm and elegance. Virginie is a ninny. As events progress, Viktor shows his true colors and Virginie and Jake find themselves in peril and at Viktor's mercy. Obviously. Then, there would't be a story. But, it takes a long time to get to this point. Filler details include the people Jake and Virginie meet that are just like them, living on a boat, getting away from other people, living their own lives. The biggest problem: Virginie and Jake. Virginie is beyond naive and sheltered; she's in her thirties but acts like a teenager. Her thoughts, her actions, her flirtations reek of someone desperate for attention, which makes sense considering her background. She spends a lot of time reminiscing over her failed first marriage and her gruff father who was unsupportive of her artistic ambitions. Paging Dr. Freud! Someone has daddy issues! Next, Jake enjoys boat building and sailing but he's afraid to swim? This was so contrived, a vulnerability the author added so she could bring it up again at the end to demonstrate how much Jake loves Virginie. Isn't that like a person who's scared of heights going sky diving? Or some other analogy I'm not smart enough to think of? I enjoyed the narrative as it was told from the captain's perspective but overall, the story wasn't exciting or suspenseful. I guessed exactly what would happen the minute Viktor appeared. Come on, it was so obvious. It's the most simple, basic plot taught in Creative Writing 101 classes. The plot thread that bothered me the most was when Jake and Virginie are fishing in an area that was off limits. Wouldn't they have been told the reason that area was off limits? That made no sense. If someone told me you can't do something or fish at a certain area, my first question is always 'why?' The characters and the story bored me, but if you are into sailing, you might enjoy this if only for the nautical terms and sailing lingo and experience of being on a boat.

  17. 4 out of 5

    AndiReads

    I love dark paradise and vacation novels! Deep Water did not disappoint! In this novel a Navy vessel intercepts a distress call and find a terrified couple on a small yacht at sea. The wife relays to the crew a shocking story of death and destruction on a small uninhabited island. The Navy crew must determine the truth in the story and if others are still need of help. The story is enthralling and you feel fully there on a break from life living with the yachts that have docked at the island. As I love dark paradise and vacation novels! Deep Water did not disappoint! In this novel a Navy vessel intercepts a distress call and find a terrified couple on a small yacht at sea. The wife relays to the crew a shocking story of death and destruction on a small uninhabited island. The Navy crew must determine the truth in the story and if others are still need of help. The story is enthralling and you feel fully there on a break from life living with the yachts that have docked at the island. As the story unravels, it's clear that there is a villian, but are they on the boat? If you liked the Ruins, you will love this beautiful descriptions of danger in the jungle thriller. #DeepWater #NetGalley

  18. 5 out of 5

    switterbug (Betsey)

    “Paradise ends when guilt begins.” Vee (Virginie) and Jake are newlyweds who decide to get off the rat race of life, so they buy an older yacht to sail the Indian Ocean, and hear about a remote island named Amarante, with no technology or modern civilization--nothing but raw beauty. They decide to sail there and stay for two months before the monsoon season sets in. The opening pages start toward the end of their journey. They have SOSed a Malaysian navy ship, and are rescued by a Captain with a “Paradise ends when guilt begins.” Vee (Virginie) and Jake are newlyweds who decide to get off the rat race of life, so they buy an older yacht to sail the Indian Ocean, and hear about a remote island named Amarante, with no technology or modern civilization--nothing but raw beauty. They decide to sail there and stay for two months before the monsoon season sets in. The opening pages start toward the end of their journey. They have SOSed a Malaysian navy ship, and are rescued by a Captain with a dark, sad past. Jake is unconscious and wounded, and Vee is traumatized and crying that it is “all my fault.” The narrative then reaches back as Vee tells the story of how the island paradise went sideways into tragedy. There’s plenty of potential in this tale of suspense and adventure. The island is historic and beautifully described, and the small cast of characters are colorfully depicted. However, there was a bit of a slow slog in the middle portion of the book. I enjoyed the day-to-day life on the island, but it periodically slowed to a crawl. Moreover, Vee, who had been married before, and is considered fairly cosmopolitan, possessed an implausible naïveté that was not credible. There were also events the writer intended to be suspenseful and thrilling that were predictable and clichéd. On the upside, there were a few twists that I didn’t see coming, and the history of the island proved haunting and exquisitely detailed. You could feel the scorching heat and the challenge of adapting, the laidback timelessness and remote beauty. It was cinematic, but Bamford’s formulaic plot wasn’t concealed by the exotic locale. However, I’d give this author a go again. Thank you to Scout Press/Simon & Schuster for sending me an advanced copy for review

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    I found this to be an enjoyable read, but not at all what I was expecting. If you are going into this thinking it will be like The Ruins (as described in the summary) you may be disappointed. It’s about newlyweds Virginie and Jake who decide to give up the city life, buy a boat and sail to a remote island called Amarante to start their new life together. They meet fellow travelers and experience the adventure of living on a boat on a remote island. What could go wrong? The book pulls you in pret I found this to be an enjoyable read, but not at all what I was expecting. If you are going into this thinking it will be like The Ruins (as described in the summary) you may be disappointed. It’s about newlyweds Virginie and Jake who decide to give up the city life, buy a boat and sail to a remote island called Amarante to start their new life together. They meet fellow travelers and experience the adventure of living on a boat on a remote island. What could go wrong? The book pulls you in pretty quickly at first, but then becomes a slow build thriller that is at times too slow. I was bracing myself for a little more excitement based on the description, but overall it was a fun storyline with a few twists. The island setting and descriptions were so vivid that you could almost feel the ocean spray on your face. Everything came together at the end which I liked. A solid 3 stars. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for an advanced copy of the book!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Richard

    Not a review of the book; just first two chapters. Another treat from World Book Day. Via NetGalley and publishers Simon and Schuster UK a chance to read a sea based mystery from a new author to me. I got two chapters this time which whetted my lips they even tasted of brine. But can such a brief teaser ever allow you to judge a book? Well, sufficient to say it interests me - the cover, production blurb etc, before reading the first page and after two chapters intriguing enough to want to read on Not a review of the book; just first two chapters. Another treat from World Book Day. Via NetGalley and publishers Simon and Schuster UK a chance to read a sea based mystery from a new author to me. I got two chapters this time which whetted my lips they even tasted of brine. But can such a brief teaser ever allow you to judge a book? Well, sufficient to say it interests me - the cover, production blurb etc, before reading the first page and after two chapters intriguing enough to want to read on - but not today. A navy patrol boat picks up an SOS in the middle of the Indian ocean; at least four days sailing to the nearest port. Establishing radio contact it appears not just a phantom radar blip but a human voice of a young woman whose partner is critically injured. More mystery is spun as this is fiction and the author has baited her plot hook. How Jake was hurt is not explained; Virginie seems to have no answers, (shock?). Their yacht seems fine but they must transfer back to the navel vessel to give any chance to the causality, in urgent need of medical attention. Yet the woman seems to have no ties to the boat or have any possessions, clothes or personal papers to take with them. This mystery is left as a cliff hanger and as stated the reader is set up to want to read on and discover some tangible explanation for this event. Of course all ideas can be embraced and the story lies in the telling of debut author Emma Bamford. No book is a satisfying read just a couple of chapters in. There is the back story of Jake and Virginie to tell. How credible is this and the disaster that overtook them? Plus hints have been made regarding the captain’s own past and personal experience of loss. Nicely poised; enough to get a green light but does the finished book reflect this early promise? I would read it but alas not today.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Thank you NetGalley and Gallery Books for the copy of Deep Water. This was a really slow starter, and nothing much happened for the first 50% of this book. We learn so much about daily life on the island it gets tedious. When things finally started to pick up I got more interested, but by then I was a little burned out with the story. The story was all focused on Virginie and I think it lost its way when it turned into Tengku’s story too. The book description talks mainly of Tengku, so the focus Thank you NetGalley and Gallery Books for the copy of Deep Water. This was a really slow starter, and nothing much happened for the first 50% of this book. We learn so much about daily life on the island it gets tedious. When things finally started to pick up I got more interested, but by then I was a little burned out with the story. The story was all focused on Virginie and I think it lost its way when it turned into Tengku’s story too. The book description talks mainly of Tengku, so the focus of most of the book being Virginie just didn’t make sense to me and just throwing him in at the end was puzzling.

  22. 5 out of 5

    LianaReads blog

    3.5 stars Full RTC , a bit confused about this story…

  23. 4 out of 5

    Meghan (TheBookGoblin)

    ARC received in exchange for an honest review. I did really enjoy Deep Water, but it bore so many similarities to Reckless Girls by Paula F Hawkins that I found myself getting a little bored. It's too bad really because I actually think Emma Bamford's writing is better, but since Reckless Girls came out first I was tainted by it. For anyone who hasn't read Reckless Girls I would suggest reading this instead. ARC received in exchange for an honest review. I did really enjoy Deep Water, but it bore so many similarities to Reckless Girls by Paula F Hawkins that I found myself getting a little bored. It's too bad really because I actually think Emma Bamford's writing is better, but since Reckless Girls came out first I was tainted by it. For anyone who hasn't read Reckless Girls I would suggest reading this instead.

  24. 5 out of 5

    bookishcharli

    What an absolute ride this book is! We open up with the coast guard getting a distress call from a yacht where Virginie, a female passenger, and her unconscious husband are aboard. Once they’ve been taken to the coast guard vessel and her husband, Jake, is receiving medical treatment to keep him stable until they reach the main land, Virginie begins to tell the coast guard how they ended up in this situation, including how they ended up on a yacht that isn’t theirs with the owner of it dead at V What an absolute ride this book is! We open up with the coast guard getting a distress call from a yacht where Virginie, a female passenger, and her unconscious husband are aboard. Once they’ve been taken to the coast guard vessel and her husband, Jake, is receiving medical treatment to keep him stable until they reach the main land, Virginie begins to tell the coast guard how they ended up in this situation, including how they ended up on a yacht that isn’t theirs with the owner of it dead at Virginie’s hands. The opening had me reeled in instantly and that didn’t change as Virginie told her story about sailing to the remote paradise known as Amarante, a secluded island about two weeks sailing from any land. We meet some very interesting characters in this book, including the deceased, and we find out exactly what happens on that island, and just what secrets some of the fellow sailors are hiding. But if Virginie and Jake can get through this, their marriage can survive anything. This incredible maritime thriller will keep you gripped from start to finish while keeping you guessing which of the characters you can really trust, and let me tell you, there’s a twist at the end you won’t see coming! I screamed a bit when it was revealed. Deep Water is out in July so go preorder your copy now! Thank you so much to Simon and Schuster UK for sending me a proof in exchange for my honest review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Hargrove

    Deep Water is Emma Bramford’s debut novel that follows a couple’s adventure on the island of Amaranthe, What should have been a lighthearted adventure turns into something sinister that will change Virginie and Jake’s lives forever. Sounds exciting, right? Unfortunately for me, this book lacked any sort of excitement. Just about nothing happens for about 60% of the book aside from some simple tensions amongst a group of travelers roughing it on the island. I thought there were going to be some sor Deep Water is Emma Bramford’s debut novel that follows a couple’s adventure on the island of Amaranthe, What should have been a lighthearted adventure turns into something sinister that will change Virginie and Jake’s lives forever. Sounds exciting, right? Unfortunately for me, this book lacked any sort of excitement. Just about nothing happens for about 60% of the book aside from some simple tensions amongst a group of travelers roughing it on the island. I thought there were going to be some sort of horror elements thrown in with the discovery of ruins on the island, but that ended up leading nowhere and I’m honestly not sure why it was included. Overall, this book failed to deliver what it promised and didn’t end up feeling like much of a thriller. I will say that it is written beautifully- I could easily picture the island and the people on the island. However, there is only so much time you can spend on scenery.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Annissa Joy Armstrong

    Jake and Virginie have decided to sell everything and buy a yacht to sail somewhere that they can get away from the family and work pressures!! They have everything plotted out and arrive at the yacht and prepare it to leave soon. They change their destination as they are told about a deserted island that sounds perfect for them. When they arrive at this island, they find a couple more boats there. There is a meeting and they are given a few rules so that everyone pitches in! Jake and Virginie h Jake and Virginie have decided to sell everything and buy a yacht to sail somewhere that they can get away from the family and work pressures!! They have everything plotted out and arrive at the yacht and prepare it to leave soon. They change their destination as they are told about a deserted island that sounds perfect for them. When they arrive at this island, they find a couple more boats there. There is a meeting and they are given a few rules so that everyone pitches in! Jake and Virginie have some engine problems with their boat and this is when things take a turn….one person is very ill and Jake does not want any help on his boat from anyone. A naval vessel is receiving a distress call from a boat out in the Indian Ocean. When they arrive, they find a badly injured Jake and an out of it Virginie. What had happened?? Where are the others??? Whose boat is this?? I listened to this debut thriller and the narration was very good!! Can’t wait to read the next book by this author.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Max

    The isolation of being stuck in the middle of the ocean was definitely compelling, but unfortunately, the rest was not. I would agree with other reviewers when they noted a lack of suspense, and I had a hard time staying engaged with a character dynamic that I feel like I've read many times before. But the ending still had some surprises, it just took a while to get there. The isolation of being stuck in the middle of the ocean was definitely compelling, but unfortunately, the rest was not. I would agree with other reviewers when they noted a lack of suspense, and I had a hard time staying engaged with a character dynamic that I feel like I've read many times before. But the ending still had some surprises, it just took a while to get there.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Gwendolyn Kensinger

    Rating & review coming soon

  29. 5 out of 5

    Doreen

    5/18/2022 Dire. Publishing professionals, please hire me to fact check your Malaysian-related books. Full review tk at CriminalElement.com. 5/18/2022 Dire. Publishing professionals, please hire me to fact check your Malaysian-related books. Full review tk at CriminalElement.com.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Corey

    3.5 stars that was almost a 4 BUT... One of my favorite books is The Ruins and when I saw the blurb stating this was akin to that I was SOLD. I don't want to spoil things too much but DO NOT read this book if you are expecting any kind of supernatural/creepy type happenings. It's just a more mundane story about misadventures when sailing and going off the grid. It was still a good read but nothing like I was anticipating getting into. I feel if this book was billed better it'd have better reviews 3.5 stars that was almost a 4 BUT... One of my favorite books is The Ruins and when I saw the blurb stating this was akin to that I was SOLD. I don't want to spoil things too much but DO NOT read this book if you are expecting any kind of supernatural/creepy type happenings. It's just a more mundane story about misadventures when sailing and going off the grid. It was still a good read but nothing like I was anticipating getting into. I feel if this book was billed better it'd have better reviews. The middle part is a bit dragging and I kept waiting for something spooky to kick off. It does not. Overall it's a gripping read but just not what I thought I was going to read. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an eARC copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

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