DEEP WATER By Emma Bamford @simonschusterUK @EmmavBamford @Likely_Suspects #DeepWater #BookReview

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Lies can be buried… Secrets always come to the surface

Amarante is paradise...
An uninhabited, unspoilt island somewhere in the Indian Ocean.
Only those who know it exists can find it.

But paradise comes with a price...
Virginie and Jake sail to Amarante for their honeymoon, but they are not alone.
They have to adjust to life on the island with five strangers.

And not everyone will live to tell the tale
Dark secrets surface and their dream abruptly turns into a nightmare.
Removed from society, they find out what they’re truly capable of.


I was really looking forward to diving into this one, especially when it’s set in Malaysia which sounds like a nice place to be right now, or more exactly the Indian Ocean. The beginning of the book hooked me in right away as a frantic Mayday call is being relayed to a naval vessel in the middle of the Indian Ocean. The female caller is saying her husband is badly injured and needs immediate medical attention. Captain Tengku can’t help wonder what they are doing in the area they are at. But when his crew boards the catamaran they find a woman who is malnourished, and she is clinging to her husband who is bleeding heavily. But the catamaran doesn’t belong to them, where is the owner?They transport them back to safety, where Virginie goes on to tell Tengku what had happened on the beautiful island known as Amarante.

The story then flashes back to jake and Virginie’s arrival to when they arrive to get their boat which they have bought from a Dutch couple. They have given up their jobs, sold their house to sail and be free, but what’s starts out as an adventure becomes a nightmare. Whilst preparing the boat for their journey they meet Terry in the yacht club he talks about this paradise island known as Amarante. They hadn’t planned on going there but Virginie talks Jake into it. When they initially arrive on the island two other boats are there as well. A short while later a catamaran arrives onboard are two people they had met briefly before setting sail. Why has the catamaran come?

The initial part of the book was good but then when it got to the sailing bit to Amarante and the group meeting the tension dipped, sadly it was readable but it didn’t have you quite as gripped, then later in the book the tension picked up again and drew you back in, it was just a shame that the middle but was slightly disappointing. However, if you are into yachting, sailing the ocean it may interest you throughout.

The characters are well rounded, relatable, believable. The story whilst it dips a bit in the middle it’s still engaging. The beginning and end are both engrossing as you want to know what happens to all of the characters. I give this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and definitely look forward to what the author writes next.


Emma Bamford is an author and journalist who has worked for the Independent, the Daily Express, the Daily Mirror, Sailing Today and BOAT International.

She spent several years sailing among some of the world’s most beautiful islands and wrote two travel memoirs about her experiences, Casting Off and Untie the Lines.

A graduate of the University of East Anglia’s Prose Fiction MA, she lives in the UK. Deep Water is her first novel. Her next thriller is due for release in 2023.

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