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In the Deep by Loreth Anne White
Narrator: Sarah Zimmerman
Published by Brilliance Audio on October 27, 2020
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Length: 11 hours, 35 minutes
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.
In the Deep is a story told mostly by women. There is not much dialogue; we get mostly the stream of thoughts of the women. Primarily, Mrs. Martin Cresswell-Smith and a senior constable, Lozza Bianchi tell us the story. The Mrs. does not always seem to be a reliable narrator, either.
The blurb tells us about the young heiress who marries in a whirlwind and then joins him as a partner contributing to his development project. Her emotional swings and use of drugs and alcohol means her view of the facts is sometimes lacking. I do feel sorry for her, as like anyone, she wants to be loved and accepted, which is something one expects from their partner in life. She has a murky view of what he is doing with the project and with the finances. He doesn’t seem very considerate of her when she has been traveling and would naturally be tired.
She grows more suspicious of him with his travels and the way interacts with other women. She comes to believe he is cheating on her. She becomes friends with another local women who does counseling and helps her with weaning herself off medications and hiring an investigator to follow Martin to find out if he is cheating. She also looks into the project.
I won’t give any more information to prevent spoiling but this plot is very tricky and twisty. If you can listen to all the flashback story of how things get to the point of Martin being dead, the ending is powerful and fascinating.
This was my first experience with this narrator. Her voice was comfortable and understandable. A great deal of the story was female characters’ point of view in stream of thought rather than dialogue. The distinction between a couple female characters was somewhat limited, so it was a bit hard to distinguish whose thoughts they were. I was able to listen at my usual 1.5x speed .
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