There were years in my reading life when I solely read crime, thrillers, and mysteries. I’ve accumulated quite a collection of books in that particular genre and sometimes the need for something a little bit more mysterious comes knocking on the door, making it impossible to resist.
During one of those whims, I’ve requested «In Deep Water» by Sam Blake on NetGalley. Thank you to NetGalley and to Bonnier Zaffre for a free ARC of this book.
Frankly, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I was hoping to.
Cat Connolly is back at work. Struggling to adjust to the physical and mental scars, her workload once again becomes personal when her best friend Sarah Jane, daughter of a Pulitzer-winning American journalist, goes missing.
Her father is un-contactable, but her mother reports that he’d believed Sarah Jane was investigating something dangerous – yet the only records Cathy can find suggest that Sarah Jane was just involved in a seemingly innocent children’s project.
Sarah Jane was last seen leaving her workplace – a popular Dublin restaurant – but seems not to have made it home.
And then a body turns up, and Cathy fears they have failed to save her friend. But when it transpires that the dead woman is not Sarah Jane, she realises that this case is only just getting started . . .
Maybe I’ve brought it upon myself for not reading the first installment. However, this type of series usually does not require you to read any of the previous books, having a complete control of what you want to read and when.
With the Cathy Connolly series, it turned out to be slightly different.
Focused strongly on the main character, Cathy, the story provided just enough background for you to understand what happened previously, but not enough to connect with the character. Which, once again, is not usually something you want to do in crime novels anyway.
During the entire book, we spend a lot of time reading Cathy’s thoughts and memories and I was wishing for something slightly different.
- Yes, there was a missing person case (and very personal to Cathy at that); and
- Yes, there was a murder;
BUT! the feeling I got was that we were meant to care more about Cathy than about the case itself. She was described as a head-strong, intelligent agent, but that was not how she acted for the most part. Considering that the person who went missing was her dear friend, it attenuated the degree of recklessness showed by the main character but did not eliminate it completely.
The case that she was working on turned out to be more than just a missing-person case, englobing murder, human trafficking and sex slavery. But, yet again, the author was touching such important and largely concerning topics, and I didn’t feel like it was emphasized enough.
If you read the first installment in this series – «Little Bones», let me know in the comments down below! Do you think it would have affected my opinion on this book?