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I hope you don’t find him. And if you do, I hope he’s dead and that he suffered… Real-estate mogul Martin Cresswell-Smith is the best thing that has ever happened to Ellie. After her daughter’s devastating death, a divorce, and an emotional breakdown, he’s helped her move as far as possible from the grief, the rage, and the monsters of her past. Ellie imagines her new h I hope you don’t find him. And if you do, I hope he’s dead and that he suffered… Real-estate mogul Martin Cresswell-Smith is the best thing that has ever happened to Ellie. After her daughter’s devastating death, a divorce, and an emotional breakdown, he’s helped her move as far as possible from the grief, the rage, and the monsters of her past. Ellie imagines her new home with Martin in an Australian coastal town will be like living a fairy tale. But behind closed doors is another story—one that ends in Martin’s brutal murder. And Ellie seems almost relieved… Naturally, everyone thinks Mrs. Cresswell-Smith is guilty. Senior Constable Lozza Bianchi has reasonable doubt. She sees evidence of a twisted psychological battle and a couple who seemed to bring out the worst in each other—adultery, abuse, betrayal, and revenge. If anything Ellie says can be believed, that is. As the case takes twist after spiraling twist, Lozza can’t shake the gut instinct that she’s being manipulated. That Ellie is hiding something. That there are secrets yet to surface. Lozza has no idea.


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I hope you don’t find him. And if you do, I hope he’s dead and that he suffered… Real-estate mogul Martin Cresswell-Smith is the best thing that has ever happened to Ellie. After her daughter’s devastating death, a divorce, and an emotional breakdown, he’s helped her move as far as possible from the grief, the rage, and the monsters of her past. Ellie imagines her new h I hope you don’t find him. And if you do, I hope he’s dead and that he suffered… Real-estate mogul Martin Cresswell-Smith is the best thing that has ever happened to Ellie. After her daughter’s devastating death, a divorce, and an emotional breakdown, he’s helped her move as far as possible from the grief, the rage, and the monsters of her past. Ellie imagines her new home with Martin in an Australian coastal town will be like living a fairy tale. But behind closed doors is another story—one that ends in Martin’s brutal murder. And Ellie seems almost relieved… Naturally, everyone thinks Mrs. Cresswell-Smith is guilty. Senior Constable Lozza Bianchi has reasonable doubt. She sees evidence of a twisted psychological battle and a couple who seemed to bring out the worst in each other—adultery, abuse, betrayal, and revenge. If anything Ellie says can be believed, that is. As the case takes twist after spiraling twist, Lozza can’t shake the gut instinct that she’s being manipulated. That Ellie is hiding something. That there are secrets yet to surface. Lozza has no idea.

30 review for In the Deep

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sheyla ✎

    First off, I love Loreth Ann White's books. She is a must-buy for me. Her books always flow naturally and take me to a big reveal that inevitably leaves me with my mouth wide open. In the Deep, Mrs. White brings to life a very broken female character, Ellie. Ellie Tyler is the well-known heiress of the Hartley empire in Canada. When the story begins, she has been invited to dinner by her father at their hotel. After having a blow-up with him, she and her friend Dana, decide to start drinking at t First off, I love Loreth Ann White's books. She is a must-buy for me. Her books always flow naturally and take me to a big reveal that inevitably leaves me with my mouth wide open. In the Deep, Mrs. White brings to life a very broken female character, Ellie. Ellie Tyler is the well-known heiress of the Hartley empire in Canada. When the story begins, she has been invited to dinner by her father at their hotel. After having a blow-up with him, she and her friend Dana, decide to start drinking at the bar. After Dana leaves, Ellie is going to the lady's room when she meets a man that makes her feel alive again. After a short courtship, Ellie marries Martin Cresswell-Smith and move to Australia to start a new life. Ellie's past has not been a bed full of roses. Her mother committed suicide when Ellie was nine. Her father lacked empathy. Her daughter, who was just three years old, drowned at sea. Her first husband cheated, sending her into the path of benzodiazepines, alcohol, and a very public mental breakdown which ends with her being institutionalized. After meeting Martin, Ellie believes she can finally achieve some well-deserved happiness. But just a few months into their marriage, Martin is found tortured and murdered and the prime suspect is none other than Mrs. Martin Cresswell-Smith. The jury must decide if she is guilty or not. __ Ellie frustrated me. Between her lorazepam and her drinking, she was a lost cause. It irritated me to no end that she was never sure of what was happening around her or to her since she repeatedly was in a benzo and booze stupor. She was unreliable, I wanted to shake her and scream at her: "pay attention, you dimwit." As always, between a masterful scenery description and a hard to put down storyline, Mrs. White has created another excellent book with an OMGosh twist. In my opinion and If I want to be hypercritical, I would say that the last scene with Senior Constable Lozza Bianchi was unnecessary. Cliffhanger: No 4/5 Fangs MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ceecee

    Don’t you just love it when a book has several twists you don’t see coming? This book is soooo good! This is the story of the Cresswell-Smiths. The action starts in Sydney at the trial for the murder of Martin Cresswell-Smith and then backtracks to the story of Martin meeting his future wife Ellie in Vancouver in 2019. The story is told from the point of view of Ellie, policewoman Lozza interspersed with the trial. From the minute the book starts I was all in. The settings are fantastic- much of Don’t you just love it when a book has several twists you don’t see coming? This book is soooo good! This is the story of the Cresswell-Smiths. The action starts in Sydney at the trial for the murder of Martin Cresswell-Smith and then backtracks to the story of Martin meeting his future wife Ellie in Vancouver in 2019. The story is told from the point of view of Ellie, policewoman Lozza interspersed with the trial. From the minute the book starts I was all in. The settings are fantastic- much of the story takes place in New South Wales at the Agnes Basin where Martin is developing a marina and luxury resort. The descriptions are vivid especially of Australia, the atmosphere is captured brilliantly and you feel like you an eyewitness to the dramatic events. The storyline has all the essential ingredients of a thriller - it’s well written, a great plot, a fast pace, a ruthless, vicious character you can hate, a victim, duplicity and cheating, counter cheating, hate, rage, lust, love and loads of twists and turns some you see coming and some you definitely don’t. The ending is excellent- a real wow! There’s plenty of creepiness, tension and suspense, in places it’s very exciting and in others it’s terrifying. Overall, an excellent read that had me gripped in its clutches from start to finish and an easy five stars for me! With thanks to NetGalley and Montlake Romance.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥

    Author Loreth Anne White has gifted readers with another complex, compulsive five star psychological thriller. Go ahead and pre-order In The Deep today as it's destined to be that book - the one everyone's raving about upon release in the Fall of 2020. From the courtroom in which heiress Mrs. Cresswell-Smith stands accused of the cold-hearted, grim murder of her husband Martin to the gruesome crime scene deep in the dark lagoons of coastal Australia, In The Deep unfolds at a brisk pace through e Author Loreth Anne White has gifted readers with another complex, compulsive five star psychological thriller. Go ahead and pre-order In The Deep today as it's destined to be that book - the one everyone's raving about upon release in the Fall of 2020. From the courtroom in which heiress Mrs. Cresswell-Smith stands accused of the cold-hearted, grim murder of her husband Martin to the gruesome crime scene deep in the dark lagoons of coastal Australia, In The Deep unfolds at a brisk pace through extraordinarily unreliable narrators and varying chapters of Then and Now. Courtroom testimonies and first hand opinions conflict. Some see a cunning, conniving black widow out for vengeance while others see a woman on the edge of mental collapse - a victim with a sad history of unbearable loss and grief. She once survived her worse nightmare to find happiness again with real estate mogul Martin Cresswell-Smith only to now stand charged with his horrific murder. What happened to her between Then and Now? Is she victim or villainess? Who will you believe? Author Loreth Anne White has a gift for delivering stories that are all-consuming for characters and readers alike and In The Deep is another compelling illustration of her limitless talent. Her signature descriptive prose mentally transports readers into highly sensual settings employing all five senses - the overwhelming sight, sickly smell and bitter taste of blood and death, the emotional turmoil forcing fear to escape the lips, the eerie sounds forewarning imminent danger - all wrapped up in a landscape of immeasurable beauty. All serve to propel readers through scenes and pages spiraling toward an unknown ending and fate. Sharp, tightly woven plot lines and deeply flawed characters lure readers through a maze of deception, betrayal, abuse, and vengeance. Through smoke and mirrors, readers are charged with seeking the truth - guilty or innocent? And just when you think you have it all figured out, the final shocker will be revealed! In The Deep is a dark, gripping tale of manipulation, broken trust, and emotional distress. White's story gives voice to the many stereotyped victims and survivors of substance, mental, and physical abuse and illness as well as to those who are or ever have been lost in the dark, bottomless pit of inconsolable grief. After finishing this book, I sat and thought about what I had read and came to the realization there are times in life when a person may find themselves adrift in the deep without an anchor. If you're ever lost there, I pray you'll see and reach for the light and become a survivor. Fans of mystery, suspense, and psychological thrillers are going to be over-the-moon over this book. It's shelved on my 2020 Favorites Shelf. Highly Recommended! *A special thank you to Author Loreth Anne White for an early arc of this book via Netgalley. **Reviewed at: Cross My Heart Reviews

  4. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Carden

    I’m going to do two things I usually don’t do in reviews. I’m going to start with the end of the book and compare it to another book. When a friend of mine finished--lets call the book, LBL--she called me screaming about the ending. I received similar calls from other books club members. They could not wait for our meeting to ask me if what they were reading was what they actually were reading. I had the same reaction for In the Deep, an ending with me jumping up and down, screaming how did she d I’m going to do two things I usually don’t do in reviews. I’m going to start with the end of the book and compare it to another book. When a friend of mine finished--lets call the book, LBL--she called me screaming about the ending. I received similar calls from other books club members. They could not wait for our meeting to ask me if what they were reading was what they actually were reading. I had the same reaction for In the Deep, an ending with me jumping up and down, screaming how did she do this? How did Loreth Anne White do this? I can’t tell you what she did, but she did it flawlessly. So let me write about what I can write about. The Hartley Heiress, Ellie Tyler, a woman with more grief than anyone should have to endure, thinks her life is leaving the darkness behind when she meets property developer Martin Cresswell-Smith. Martin takes her from Canada, first on a whirlwind trip to romantic destinations. Then after they marry, and Ellie packs up her old life, he whisks her off to their new home on Jarrawarra Bay, which is located in New South Wales on the south coast of Australia. Martin is looking to find financial backing for a huge property he is trying to develop. His original Chinese backers had to drop out. Soon after arrival, Ellie’s life once again spirals into darkness, drug abuse and violence. No wonder it is such a relief when Cresswell-Smith turns up as a floater. Unfortunately for Ellie, she becomes Senior Constable Lozza Bianch’s suspect #1. With good reason, as Ellie makes no bones about her relief that Martin is dead; a good look for him, he wears it well. If only the ravenous mud crabs had more time to dispose of Martin. The book begins with the murder trial, which has garnered world wide attention; with all the best parts, an heiress, drugs, domestic violence, kidnapping, and murder. What's not to love for a public voracious in wanting to know everything about the lives and private grief of the super-rich? White provides a little bit of magic with the characters as very few are likeable or sympathetic, but they are oh-so- compelling. Maybe some reluctant sympathy and admiration for Ellie: “I am woman, hear me roar.” No doubt she has had some tremendously bad years. Total cheering for Detective Constable Bianchi, she gets it. As for Martin Cresswell-Smith, more applause for his gruesome demise as he is a total slime ball. Ellie is lucky enough that Cresswell-Smith has rented a lovely house in a small town where she begins to make friends, despite her odd behavior. They are welcoming to Ellie as newcomers are fairly rare. This might be one of the strangest settings White has written about, but she does it perfectly. Jarrawarra Bay sounds stunning, but the beauty of the ocean, its cliffs and beaches don't sound like it would outweigh the mysterious sudden appearance of flocks of flying foxes (bats), mud crabs, jellies the size of volleyballs with venomous stingers, heavy humidity, murder threats and poisonous spiders. I’ve always heard most wildlife in Australia would soon as kill you as not. Reviewers will write about twists and turns, but none are lies or false trails. It’s not White’s fault if we miss clues and cues. It’s all before our very eyes. What the twists and turns do is lead the reader down a path of Linda Blair worthy head spinning. In the Deep is good to the very last drop. " Watch the shells closely, Ellie I say in my head, channeling my father’s voice…..……. because life is a shell game only the tosser wins. " Thanks to Montlake Publishing, Loreth Ann White and NetGalley for an ARC in return for fair and honest review. .

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Okay! I surrender! When I heard this book is very twisty ride, I gave my entire attention and worked my sixth spidey spider senses ( my super 4s power) overtime and caught the upcoming big surprise but ending was still jaw dropping! Applause! Applause! Applause! This story includes so many triggering, sensitive issues: I got really tensed during my read because the victim seems like the most disgusting scumbag: a cheat, manipulative aggressor, physical and mental abuser! Ladies and gentlemen: may Okay! I surrender! When I heard this book is very twisty ride, I gave my entire attention and worked my sixth spidey spider senses ( my super 4s power) overtime and caught the upcoming big surprise but ending was still jaw dropping! Applause! Applause! Applause! This story includes so many triggering, sensitive issues: I got really tensed during my read because the victim seems like the most disgusting scumbag: a cheat, manipulative aggressor, physical and mental abuser! Ladies and gentlemen: may I introduce you Martin Creswell Smith whose brutally killed and tortured body has found and his wife gunned with her powerful lawyer team, acting like poor victim but when we read her narration, we witness she already plays innocent victim and with her legal teams’ help, she’s planned to get acquitted! You think who is the perpetrator from the beginning right? But how can we trust her she’s telling us the truth! She is one of the most unreliable narrators you may ever meet! We’re moving back and fourth between the trial and Ellie and Martin’s meeting. Ellie is already a mess, a trust fund lady who lost her mother when she was so young, craving for her father’s attention when she was growing up. After her three years old daughter has drowned at the accident, she completely loses herself, becoming addicted to drugs, consuming more alcohol, getting institutionalized after she tries to stab her cheating husband. So when she meets with Martin, she feels like she has second chance for her HEA! But as soon as she moves to Australian Coastal Town, funding her new husband’s dream project, she realizes she may have made the worst mistake of her life! I’m stopping right here! This is great example of domestic thriller meets psychological thriller. Get ready to play mind games! If you’re good at it, you’ll enjoy this book so much! I was planning to give four unreliable, surprising, mind blowing, twisty stars but after reading the explosive ending, I added half more stars and I’m rounding up 4.5 stars to 5 psychologically challenging stars! This is truly one of the best works of the author!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    It’s Personal. That’s the theory behind a grizzly murder. A statement. But, what comes next? In this sublime psychological thriller, a back story and the who, why, and how the missing pieces fit together as a murder trial convenes. Is she guilty? I wanted to like our main character Ellie but I wasn’t sure. Talk about an unreliable narrator! The drugs, alcohol, and psychosis almost dig her grave yet I was invested and pulling for her. She’s an expert at being a victim but does she possess the craft It’s Personal. That’s the theory behind a grizzly murder. A statement. But, what comes next? In this sublime psychological thriller, a back story and the who, why, and how the missing pieces fit together as a murder trial convenes. Is she guilty? I wanted to like our main character Ellie but I wasn’t sure. Talk about an unreliable narrator! The drugs, alcohol, and psychosis almost dig her grave yet I was invested and pulling for her. She’s an expert at being a victim but does she possess the craftiness of a perpetrator? These were the questions I was asking myself as I sped through this book. Alternating timelines and character viewpoints keep this moving and although the courtroom scenes don’t comprise the majority of the book, a fantastic twist takes place there with others interspersed throughout. This was a buddy read with Debbiecat but I was so glued to this book I started and finished early. The epitome of the perfect psychological thriller, I would recommend it to anyone liking the genre.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    “Life is a shell game, and in a shell game, only the tosser wins. You’re either the tosser or the loser.” This quote cleverly sets the stage, as figuring out the tosser and the loser in this book is not as straightforward as it appears. You know that saying, "If anyone needs me, I'll be reading. Please don't need me." This sums up exactly how I felt while reading In the Deep. Wow! My second introduction to Loreth Anne White surpassed my first by leaps and bound - part psychological thriller, part “Life is a shell game, and in a shell game, only the tosser wins. You’re either the tosser or the loser.” This quote cleverly sets the stage, as figuring out the tosser and the loser in this book is not as straightforward as it appears. You know that saying, "If anyone needs me, I'll be reading. Please don't need me." This sums up exactly how I felt while reading In the Deep. Wow! My second introduction to Loreth Anne White surpassed my first by leaps and bound - part psychological thriller, part courtroom drama, and one hundred percent twisted. Following a whirlwind romance, heiress Ellie Hartley marries Australian real estate mogul, Martin Cresswell Smith. When newlywed Ellie joins Martin in Australia, her life begins to spiral out of control. After frequent, unexplained blackouts (blamed on the use of alcohol and drugs), Ellie finds herself the prime suspect in her husband’s murder. The investigation is spearheaded by Detective Lozza Bianchi and quickly takes on a life of its own, with flashes into the backstory of Ellie’s life, including her first marriage, her mother's death and her tumultuous relationship with her father, and her descent into seeming madness. It culminates in the murder trial of Martin, and that is where the craziness really takes off. The story is told in three timelines set a little over a year apart, with a mixture of first and third person POVS. The characters are all interesting, in that none of them are very likable (apart from Detective Bianchi), but their awfulness made the plot work. I generally tire of boozy, sloppy, drug-addicted protagonists, who continually make bad decisions while strung out, but in this book it is brilliantly executed. It did take me a few chapters to get into it (I think because of the changing viewpoints), but once I did, I raced through it! I read so many thrillers that when a book promises a "surprising twist," I'm usually skeptical and often disappointed; however, this one did not disappoint - the ending is a stunner! Perfect cover and flawless atmosphere combined with colorful characters makes this one worthy of all the stars in my opinion.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    Loreth Anne White's "Angie Pallorino" series is one of my all-time favourite series and her stand alone novels are just as good. This is the story of Ellie who is in the depths of despair after suffering the devastating loss of her child, quickly followed by divorce. Once meeting Martin she feels she may be able to find happiness again. Ellie moves to Australia with Martin where she begins to see his dark side. Suddenly he disappears and nothing is as it seems. A unique storyline, complex and capt Loreth Anne White's "Angie Pallorino" series is one of my all-time favourite series and her stand alone novels are just as good. This is the story of Ellie who is in the depths of despair after suffering the devastating loss of her child, quickly followed by divorce. Once meeting Martin she feels she may be able to find happiness again. Ellie moves to Australia with Martin where she begins to see his dark side. Suddenly he disappears and nothing is as it seems. A unique storyline, complex and captivating characters, dangerous and intense situations, and intriguing twists and turns result in "In The Deep" being a fantastic novel in this genre. Thank you to NetGalley and Montlake Romance for a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    A.

    Shame on me for doubting the awesomeness of this book. I couldn't stop wondering around the middle why there was such a fuss over it. I mean, it was very good, the writing was flawless and the story was interesting enough. But so many five-star ratings? And then that major plot twist happened... That thing with the (view spoiler)[perspective switch in the courtroom (hide spoiler)] ? You are very, very clever Ms White. I understand now the meaning of this quote: We crave the deception. We want to Shame on me for doubting the awesomeness of this book. I couldn't stop wondering around the middle why there was such a fuss over it. I mean, it was very good, the writing was flawless and the story was interesting enough. But so many five-star ratings? And then that major plot twist happened... That thing with the (view spoiler)[perspective switch in the courtroom (hide spoiler)] ? You are very, very clever Ms White. I understand now the meaning of this quote: We crave the deception. We want to see our world as a tiny bit more fantastical and awesome than it is... And that final twist... I can't wait for this: :))))

  10. 5 out of 5

    Malina Skrobosinski

    Loreth Anne White could write an instruction manual and I would read it. Quite honestly, it would probably be the best written instruction manual ever. No one does descriptive writing quite like Loreth Anne White. When you read a Loreth Anne White novel, you ARE THERE! You become transfixed, you feel the wind blowing through your hair, the salt water misting your face, the sun heating your skin. I don't know... it's simply amazing how she sets the scene. You're not simply reading one of her nove Loreth Anne White could write an instruction manual and I would read it. Quite honestly, it would probably be the best written instruction manual ever. No one does descriptive writing quite like Loreth Anne White. When you read a Loreth Anne White novel, you ARE THERE! You become transfixed, you feel the wind blowing through your hair, the salt water misting your face, the sun heating your skin. I don't know... it's simply amazing how she sets the scene. You're not simply reading one of her novels, you're living it. So, this is one of those novels that I feel you can't give too much away. I went into this one blind, because well, it's Loreth Anne White, DUH! I think not knowing what to expect made it all the better. So, this will be one of those reviews where I'm not going to give you anything. I think the synopsis says enough. What I will say is that in some ways, it's kind of a slow burn. You're sitting there, thinking... "where is this going?" When it's over... bring on the slow clap. I want to thank NetGalley, Montlake Romance and Loreth Anne White for allowing me the chance to read this novel in exchange for my review. I am a fan for life!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Farshana ❤️rainnbooks❤️

    Many thanks to Net Galley, Montlake Romance and the author for a chance to read and review this book. WOW....WOW......Double WOW... It's been really a long time that a book has left me utterly speechless and gasping for breath as if I have been underwater after the final chapter was done. The story begins with a court scene in New South Wales and a picture is formed of a wife accused of murdering her husband. We are then introduced to the main characters to the story, Ellie Hartley, the heiress t Many thanks to Net Galley, Montlake Romance and the author for a chance to read and review this book. WOW....WOW......Double WOW... It's been really a long time that a book has left me utterly speechless and gasping for breath as if I have been underwater after the final chapter was done. The story begins with a court scene in New South Wales and a picture is formed of a wife accused of murdering her husband. We are then introduced to the main characters to the story, Ellie Hartley, the heiress to the Hartley Empire who is recovering a very public meltdown with her ex-husband and court mandated institutionalization after the loss of her 3 yr. old daughter to drowning. As always at loggerheads with her father, craving for attention, she meets the very mysterious Martin Cresswell-Smith and falls hard. A whirlwind romance, and a impetuous marriage followed by a promised grand adventure in Jarrawara Bay, Ellie's castles comes tumbling down. The 3 parts of the story that details the NOW scene of the murder trial, the THEN of Lozza Bianchi as she becomes involved with the case and the THEN of Ellie whose crazy spins leaves us with a sense of foreboding. Jarrawara Bay is described beautifully, but the Australian town doesn't spell any warmth, the humidity, the spiders, the flying bats the swamps giving it a feeling of dreaded menace. This is my first book by Loreth Ann White and if this is how good she has been writing I am sorry that I have missed reading them. There's level of manipulation of the reader's minds that is completely mindblowing that the twists and turns in the story feels like an impregnable tunnel. There are enough cues mentioned at random but we are led to believe a particular trail of crumpets before that final reveal in the court and then to shock one's senses with another twisty morsel that felt like WHAT, WHAT in the world was that? Believe ME, this book has to be read to understand the total mindf**k that the author has orchestrated and I can keep going ON and ON, but without any doubt one of the best this year for me. This review is published in my blog https://rainnbooks.com/; Amazon India, Goodreads, and Twitter.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jayme

    Ellie Hartley is a wealthy real estate developer’s daughter with a sordid past filled with tragedy and heartache. She is determined to stop self-medicating with prescription drugs and alcohol, but often finds it difficult to overcome her depression and malaise. However, when she meets Martin Creswell-Smith, a real estate developer, she is swept off of her feet in a whirlwind romance. They soon marry in Vegas after a very short courtship and move to Australia to develop land funded by Ellie’s fat Ellie Hartley is a wealthy real estate developer’s daughter with a sordid past filled with tragedy and heartache. She is determined to stop self-medicating with prescription drugs and alcohol, but often finds it difficult to overcome her depression and malaise. However, when she meets Martin Creswell-Smith, a real estate developer, she is swept off of her feet in a whirlwind romance. They soon marry in Vegas after a very short courtship and move to Australia to develop land funded by Ellie’s father. Is Martin the fairytale husband she has been searching for? When Martin is brutally murdered, all fingers point to Mrs. Creswell-Smith. This is the second book that I have read by Loreth Anne White and I was fully absorbed in both from start to finish. The short chapters narrated by alternating characters through multiple time lines serve to build the suspense from the very beginning. Throw in a murder trial and you have a formula for an intense, well-paced psychological thriller. There are a couple of twists that are cleverly played, but while I wasn’t completely blindsided with these turns in the plot, they definitely had me questioning everything I just read. In the Deep is wild ride of a thriller that will keep your attention all the way until the very last page. 4/5 stars

  13. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review. This is an intricate mystery-thriller-suspense and you have no idea who the baddie is or why until the very end. The plot has you looking in all different directions while it performs a slight of hand trick. I'm not going to say much about the plot, but if you liked "Gone Girl", this book is so much better. Ellie suffered a tragic event when her daughter died and her husband lef Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review. This is an intricate mystery-thriller-suspense and you have no idea who the baddie is or why until the very end. The plot has you looking in all different directions while it performs a slight of hand trick. I'm not going to say much about the plot, but if you liked "Gone Girl", this book is so much better. Ellie suffered a tragic event when her daughter died and her husband left her. She spiraled into drug addition and depression. The will to climb out of that hole was weak, at best, but with each day it got a little better. One step, then another, until she was slowly moving forward. A chance meeting with a devastatingly handsome man has her wanting to live again and build a new life with him in an Australian coastal town where he is developing an new resort. After her arrival, her new life quickly spirals out of control and now she is facing murder charges in the death of her husband, Martin Cresswell-Smith. How she got here is the stuff of nightmares, or hallucinations.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Caz

    I've given this an A at AAR. Loreth Anne White is one of my favourite authors, and I’m always ready to get stuck into a new book by her.  Her latest novel, In the Deep, is a fabulous read, a superbly constructed, clever thriller surrounding a murder that takes place in the Agnes Banks area of New South Wales, and I was pulled in straight away and hooked until the very end. The book opens on the dramatic scene of the arrival of a murder suspect at the court where she is to be tried for the murder o I've given this an A at AAR. Loreth Anne White is one of my favourite authors, and I’m always ready to get stuck into a new book by her.  Her latest novel, In the Deep, is a fabulous read, a superbly constructed, clever thriller surrounding a murder that takes place in the Agnes Banks area of New South Wales, and I was pulled in straight away and hooked until the very end. The book opens on the dramatic scene of the arrival of a murder suspect at the court where she is to be tried for the murder of her husband.  The car is greeted by angry crowds calling for justice, reporters, photographers, people waving mobile phones  - and when she and her lawyer exit the car, they’re surrounded by journalists eager for quotes.  It’s hard for her not to react to some of the horrible things being shouted at her, and as she’s swept inside, she can’t help asking herself how she’s come to be here.  When did it begin? We then skip back to just over a year earlier, and to the discovery of a dead body in a swampy channel off the Agnes River.  Senior Constable Lauren – Lozza – Bianchi has reason to believe it to be that of property developer Martin Creswell-Smith, who was last seen heading out to sea in his boat four days earlier.  Which begs the question - if he’d gone overboard at his last known position ten klicks out to sea, how has his body come to be tangled up in a clump of illegal crab-pot lines in the Agnes Basin?  When Lozza and her fellow officer inspect the body more closely, they can see it’s been mutilated – clearly Creswell-Smith’s death was no accident. Skipping back almost another year, we meet Ellie Hartley, a young woman whose life fell apart following the death by drowning of her three-year-old daughter Chloe.  Ellie blames herself for what happened; her marriage broke down under the weight of grief and guilt and Ellie became dependent on drugs and alcohol.  But she’s gradually emerging from that dark place of tragedy and despair and now, at the beginning of a new year, is determined to make a new beginning for herself. That new beginning gets underway quickly after Ellie meets the handsome, charming Martin Creswell-Smith.  He’s in Vancouver seeking investors for his latest project – the development of a luxury resort in New South Wales – and over the following months, Martin drops in and out of Ellie’s life, whisking her away on exotic, romantic vacations at a moment’s notice, his attentiveness and understanding making her feel special  and wanted.  After they marry – at Ellie’s suggestion  - while they’re in Vegas on one of their whirlwind trips, Ellie packs up her old life and moves with Martin to Australia. Which is when things start to go very, very wrong. You can read the rest of this review at All About Romance .

  15. 4 out of 5

    Donna Hines

    I hope you don’t find him. And if you do, I hope he’s dead and that he suffered… Well, now this ain't nice is it?... Ok, but look Martin wasn't the best husband in the world for Ellie and so be it, or shall we say, "It is what it is.." Right?! Gentlemen?... My word, what did you expect would happen when you lie down you get fleas. Those fleas hop from one to another. But, this dirty dog has a host of fleas that may need to be exterminated, STAT! Lozza-constable- on the case- has her work cut out for h I hope you don’t find him. And if you do, I hope he’s dead and that he suffered… Well, now this ain't nice is it?... Ok, but look Martin wasn't the best husband in the world for Ellie and so be it, or shall we say, "It is what it is.." Right?! Gentlemen?... My word, what did you expect would happen when you lie down you get fleas. Those fleas hop from one to another. But, this dirty dog has a host of fleas that may need to be exterminated, STAT! Lozza-constable- on the case- has her work cut out for her. This was topsy-turvy and exhausting in the best of ways and the deep blue sea shall taketh away... OR shall it? Well, either way it's Mrs. Cresswell Smith's turn to speak...give the gal the mic! and then...watch the sparks fly! Thank you to Loreth for this fascinating read as I can't wait to see what Loreth has scheduled next for her readers.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Madeline (always_reading1)

    Wow what a wonderful book! I loved it and could not put it down. It is an interesting story line that contains some courtroom drama and the ending had a curve ball. This had many clever twists and you never knew who to trust-- and I read many thrillers (love them). I highly recommend it!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Maranda

    Another great suspense crime drama by Loreth Anne White. Its detective Lozza Bianchi on the trail of of Mrs. Martin Cresswell-Smith for the murder of her husband. Did she do it? Great Twists and Turns on these pages. "A copy of this book was provided by Montlake via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."

  18. 4 out of 5

    Christina McDonald

    Smart, compelling and flawlessly plotted, with red herrings sprinkled in like little dashes of chilli, In The Deep is seriously entertaining. And that ending! I’m still running it through my mind the next day! We start with a woman’s murder trial after she’s been arrested for the chilling murder of her husband. Flashback to a year ago, Ellie has suffered more grief than anyone should have to. She’s just putting her life back together when she meets property developer Martin Cresswell-Smith. They Smart, compelling and flawlessly plotted, with red herrings sprinkled in like little dashes of chilli, In The Deep is seriously entertaining. And that ending! I’m still running it through my mind the next day! We start with a woman’s murder trial after she’s been arrested for the chilling murder of her husband. Flashback to a year ago, Ellie has suffered more grief than anyone should have to. She’s just putting her life back together when she meets property developer Martin Cresswell-Smith. They marry after a whirlwind relationship, and that’s when the sh** hits the fan. He’s abusive. Manipulative. He gaslights her. Ellie quickly spirals back into depression. She’s glad when he dies. Which of course makes her suspect number 1 when Detective Lozza Bianchi shows up. But did she really kill her husband? White deftly explores subjects of domestic violence, trauma and drug addiction against a story in which we don’t know where our allies lay. Everybody is a suspect, and every page reveals something new. With a vivid setting in Australia and peppered with some seriously creepy animals (giant poisonous spiders, flying foxes, jellies the size of volleyballs, mud crabs), In The Deep is atmospheric and tightly plotted with a twist at end that is so flawlessly executed I had NO idea it was even going to happen. Absolute perfection!

  19. 4 out of 5

    debbicat

    Thank you Susan for bringing this book to my attention. Starting a buddy read with you today and I just noticed the author is a winner of a Daphne duMaurier award! She is one of my longtime favorites so I am very excited to be reading this. I was not familiar with this author at all before. I really love my friends on GR. Such a happy place to be in the world right now.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    An absolutely stunning twist. So well done, so unexpected, and so awe inducing that I can't not give this book 5 stars. The beginning is a bit slow and tedious. None of the characters are likable. And to be honest, I very nearly threw in the towel early on. I'm so glad I hung in or I'd have missed one the most brilliantly laid out twists I've read in ages. The feeling I had when I finished this book, is exactly why I read thrillers. I'm absolutely giddy with delight. This had a different feel than An absolutely stunning twist. So well done, so unexpected, and so awe inducing that I can't not give this book 5 stars. The beginning is a bit slow and tedious. None of the characters are likable. And to be honest, I very nearly threw in the towel early on. I'm so glad I hung in or I'd have missed one the most brilliantly laid out twists I've read in ages. The feeling I had when I finished this book, is exactly why I read thrillers. I'm absolutely giddy with delight. This had a different feel than most of Loreth's books and it took a bit for me to get comfortable and recognize that what makes her novels all shine was still there. That atmospheric scene setting, strong characters, and the ingeniously plotted twists. You can keep your eye on the target but the only winner of a Shell Game is the tosser. 😉

  21. 4 out of 5

    Loreth White

    A STARRED review from PUBLISHERS WEEKLY for IN THE DEEP! (thank you!) This stunning thriller from White (The Dark Bones) opens in February 2021 at the New South Wales, Australia, supreme court, where Ellie Cresswell-Smith is about to stand trial for the murder of her real-estate mogul husband, Martin. Flash back 16 months to the Agnes Basin, New South Wales, where senior constable Lozza Bianchi retrieves Martin’s stabbed, mutilated body from the sea. In another flashback, to early 2019, Ellie an A STARRED review from PUBLISHERS WEEKLY for IN THE DEEP! (thank you!) This stunning thriller from White (The Dark Bones) opens in February 2021 at the New South Wales, Australia, supreme court, where Ellie Cresswell-Smith is about to stand trial for the murder of her real-estate mogul husband, Martin. Flash back 16 months to the Agnes Basin, New South Wales, where senior constable Lozza Bianchi retrieves Martin’s stabbed, mutilated body from the sea. In another flashback, to early 2019, Ellie and Martin meet in Vancouver, Canada. Wealthy Ellie, who’s recovering from the drowning of her three-year-old daughter and a divorce, is smitten. Ellie marries Martin in Las Vegas, Nev., and they move to New South Wales, where she invests heavily in his resort development there. Meanwhile, she must deal with giant bats, poisonous jellyfish, and spiders, as well as Martin’s physical abuse and probable infidelity. The trial, Lozza’s investigation, and the events leading up to Martin’s murder are told in superbly imagined alternating narratives. Convincing character development and a denouement worthy of Agatha Christie make this a winner. White has outdone herself. Agent: Amy Tannenbaum: Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Oct.) https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-... And THANK YOU KIRKUS for the fabulous review! ' A satisfyingly creepy psychological thriller. ' "A troubled heiress is charged with the murder of her newlywed husband. Two years after the drowning of her young daughter and the subsequent collapse of her marriage, Ellie Tyler is beginning to put her life back together. She meets Martin Cresswell-Smith, a property developer, in the lobby of the hotel her family owns in Vancouver following a disastrous dinner with her father. Martin seems to offer all that Ellie needs: a second chance after years of self-medicating through her depression and a bit of romance. Ellie ignores slight indications that Martin might not be all he claims to be and offers to become an investment partner in his struggling plans for a resort development in Australia, which she can fund because of her father’s wealth. The two marry quickly, but once Ellie arrives in Australia, everything unravels. Death threats toward the couple signal the resort is clearly not wanted by the community, and Martin becomes abusive. Ellie suspects he might be drugging her to disorient her. But before she can determine what to do, Martin’s brutally stabbed and tortured body is found floating in the marsh he owns, and Ellie becomes the prime suspect. In her latest thriller, White deftly shifts from the present-day murder trial to flashbacks of Ellie and Martin’s relationship, as well as from Ellie’s point of view to that of Lozza Bianchi, the local police officer investigating the murder. This page-turner is tightly written with a moody sense of place in the small coastal community, but it is the numerous twists that will keep readers thoroughly absorbed. A satisfyingly creepy psychological thriller. " https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-re...

  22. 4 out of 5

    Krista (A Crease In The Spine Book Reviews)

    From the moment i read the summary I was all in. Then i start and i was captivated even more especially when the twists came. The descriptions are vivid especially of Australia and the atmosphere of each place mentioned was captured brilliantly and you feel like your roght there in the story. The storyline has all the makings of a thriller - it’s well written, a great plot, fast pace, a ruthless, vicious character you dont like, a victim, and a cheating husband and loads of twists and turns you From the moment i read the summary I was all in. Then i start and i was captivated even more especially when the twists came. The descriptions are vivid especially of Australia and the atmosphere of each place mentioned was captured brilliantly and you feel like your roght there in the story. The storyline has all the makings of a thriller - it’s well written, a great plot, fast pace, a ruthless, vicious character you dont like, a victim, and a cheating husband and loads of twists and turns you dont see coming. A great read that had me gripped from start to finish.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Taylor

    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 Australia. But clearly 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 Australia. But clearly, things don’t go according to plan. 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! **Thank you Montlake/Amazon Publishing for the gifted ARC.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    I FLEW through In The Deep! This is a super twisty murder mystery that had me quickly turning pages. I couldn’t put it down! After a whirlwind romance, Martin and Ellie seem to have it all. Until Martin is brutally murdered and secrets start to reveal... This was so manipulative, and twisted, and fabulous! Every twist was perfectly timed and executed. Just when you think it’s over, the author throws another curveball your way. The suspense ramps up throughout the book and leaves the reader with no I FLEW through In The Deep! This is a super twisty murder mystery that had me quickly turning pages. I couldn’t put it down! After a whirlwind romance, Martin and Ellie seem to have it all. Until Martin is brutally murdered and secrets start to reveal... This was so manipulative, and twisted, and fabulous! Every twist was perfectly timed and executed. Just when you think it’s over, the author throws another curveball your way. The suspense ramps up throughout the book and leaves the reader with no option but to keep turning the pages. A compulsive, twisted story! My thanks to the publisher for the advance reader in exchange for my honest review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    4.5/5 “I hope you don’t find him. And if you do I hope he’s dead and that he suffered.” 👈 😱 I had to start with this line from In the Deep because it stuck with me and also, it’s being said by Ellie about her missing husband Martin. Ellie has a horrific and tragic past, her toddler drowned and her marriage unraveled and then she had a complete breakdown afterwards and basically lost everything. Now she meets Martin and she’s feeling hopeful for the first time in years. She’s leaving Canada for Au 4.5/5 “I hope you don’t find him. And if you do I hope he’s dead and that he suffered.” 👈 😱 I had to start with this line from In the Deep because it stuck with me and also, it’s being said by Ellie about her missing husband Martin. Ellie has a horrific and tragic past, her toddler drowned and her marriage unraveled and then she had a complete breakdown afterwards and basically lost everything. Now she meets Martin and she’s feeling hopeful for the first time in years. She’s leaving Canada for Australia with her dashing new husband and they’re set to build a resort. But as soon as they arrive in Australia things take a dark and sinister turn. Y’all, this one was SO good! You have multiple perspectives, Ellie in the past and during the murder trial and Lozza, a police officer working the case. The majority of the book takes place in Australia and it was highly atmospheric and very well drawn. It was a complex and tangled mystery with so many aspects I never saw coming. It’s one of those books that in hindsight, things seem obvious, but when you’re reading it, you’re just guessing again and again. This one was super dark and full of triggers, pretty much anything you can imagine, but I really liked it, it was such a smart thriller.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    This book had me gasping for breath! It starts with a murder trial where the wife of a wealthy businessman is on trial. Then we go back in time and meet Ellie, an heiress who is estranged from her wealthy father and suddenly meets Martin and falls head-over-heels for him. And now the fun begins. Ellie still struggles with pills as she mourns her young daughter who drowned on vacation even as she was a suspect as well. Will Martin be a second chance for her to find happiness? Lots of great action This book had me gasping for breath! It starts with a murder trial where the wife of a wealthy businessman is on trial. Then we go back in time and meet Ellie, an heiress who is estranged from her wealthy father and suddenly meets Martin and falls head-over-heels for him. And now the fun begins. Ellie still struggles with pills as she mourns her young daughter who drowned on vacation even as she was a suspect as well. Will Martin be a second chance for her to find happiness? Lots of great action scenes and quirky characters that eventually come together in an odd mosaic of deception and lies. And what a breath-taking ending! Thanks to Goodreads for this giveaway!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    In the Deep is a MUST READ! Wow! If I could give this book more than 5 stars, I would. This is a very well-written, fast-paced, page-turner with a shocking ending that I did not see coming. What more could you ask for in a book? A tight plot, excellent character development, and thrilling conclusion. I look forward to reading more from this author. If you are looking for a gripping thriller, I highly recommend this book. Thank you to NetGalley, Montlake Romance and Loreth Anne White for a copy of In the Deep is a MUST READ! Wow! If I could give this book more than 5 stars, I would. This is a very well-written, fast-paced, page-turner with a shocking ending that I did not see coming. What more could you ask for in a book? A tight plot, excellent character development, and thrilling conclusion. I look forward to reading more from this author. If you are looking for a gripping thriller, I highly recommend this book. Thank you to NetGalley, Montlake Romance and Loreth Anne White for a copy of "In the Deep" in exchange of an honest review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jayne

    IN THE DEEP was DEEPLY moving, suspenseful, and intriguing. Yes, this compelling "Wife-Accused-of-Killing-Husband" book was impossible to put down and never missed a beat. The story unfolds from two POVs....Ellie (the wife) and Lozza (one of the detectives investigating the murder).....during different time periods (before the murder and after the murder). There were many twists and turns and throughout the entire book, "what happens next" was always impossible to predict. The majority of the book IN THE DEEP was DEEPLY moving, suspenseful, and intriguing. Yes, this compelling "Wife-Accused-of-Killing-Husband" book was impossible to put down and never missed a beat. The story unfolds from two POVs....Ellie (the wife) and Lozza (one of the detectives investigating the murder).....during different time periods (before the murder and after the murder). There were many twists and turns and throughout the entire book, "what happens next" was always impossible to predict. The majority of the book is set in coastal Australia and the author's incredible attention to detail made readers feel like they were right there in Jarrawara Bay, too -- braving the humidity, spiders, flying bats, and kangaroos. I listened to the book's audio version and the narrator Sarah Zimmerman did a superb job. However, I felt that this book would have benefited from multiple narrators since the book was told in multiple POVs during different time periods and, at times, it was difficult to keep track of who was who. This was my first Loreth Anne White book and I look forward to reading this author's future titles.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Johanna Bixby

    Now that was a proper mind [email protected]&! I never saw that ending coming. This entire book was a slight of hand and I couldn’t put it down! Another 5 star read. Now that was a proper mind [email protected]&! I never saw that ending coming. This entire book was a slight of hand and I couldn’t put it down! Another 5 star read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Rodríguez

    Wow, what did I just read? The book is about Martin Cresswell-Smith, who is the best thing that happened to Ellie. Following the tragic death of her young daughter, and her divorce, she has been struggling to reintegrate into everyday life. Upon meeting Martin, Ellie feels like she can have a second chance for a new life. She is excited to move to Australia with him, just like a fairy tale. Martin is loving, cordial, and cute with her. However, not everything is perfect. A sudden event happens t Wow, what did I just read? The book is about Martin Cresswell-Smith, who is the best thing that happened to Ellie. Following the tragic death of her young daughter, and her divorce, she has been struggling to reintegrate into everyday life. Upon meeting Martin, Ellie feels like she can have a second chance for a new life. She is excited to move to Australia with him, just like a fairy tale. Martin is loving, cordial, and cute with her. However, not everything is perfect. A sudden event happens that will complicate Ellie's life again. The murder of Martin, in which everyone believes that Ellie had to do something. Senior Constable Lozza Bianchi sees evidence of a psychological battle and a couple seeming to bring out the worst in themselves. Lozza believes that Ellie is hiding something that she does not want anyone to find out. This book is easily one of the most shocking stories I have ever read. It made me feel intrigued by what would happen next. It was hard for me to stop reading because the storytelling in the book was excellent. As I could feel Ellie's suffering from her past life and was excited about her new life in Australia, but at the same time, I was afraid that something awful could happen to her. The plot twists in the book were so unexpected. I wasn't foreseeing them, and they made this story unpredictable. I thank NetGalley and Montlake Romance for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

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