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In Too Deep [Paperback]

Bea Davenport
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1 Jun 2013
'... The window's so small I can't see what happens next. But what I do know is that Kim is dead. And I know this, too that I helped to kill her. Kim, my lovely, only, best friend.'

Five years ago Maura fled life in Dowerby and took on a new identity, desperately trying to piece her life back together and escape the dark clouds that plagued her past. But then a reporter tracks her down, and persuades her to tell her story, putting her own life in danger once again.

Layer upon layer of violence and deceit make up the full picture for Maura to see and the reporter to reveal. Hidden secrets are uncovered that have been left to settle, for far too long. But in life some things can't be left unsaid, and eventually the truth will out. Whatever the consequences.


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Legend Press Ltd (1 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1909395293
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909395299
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 666,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bea Davenport is the writing name of former print and broadcast journalist Barbara Henderson. Her first crime/suspense novel, In Too Deep, was a runner-up in the Luke Bitmead Bursary and is published by Legend Press. A second novel in the genre, This Little Piggy, will be published by Legend Press on 1st October 2014.
Bea spent many years as a newspaper reporter and latterly seventeen years as a senior broadcast journalist with the BBC in the north-east of England. She has a Creative Writing PhD from Newcastle University where she studied under the supervision of award-winning writer Jackie Kay and renowned literature expert Professor Kim Reynolds. The children's novel produced as part of the PhD, The Serpent House, was shortlisted for the 2010 Times/Chicken House Award and will be published by Curious Fox in June 2014. Bea has also won several prizes for short stories.
Originally from Tyneside, she lives in Berwick-upon-Tweed with her partner and children.

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A tense and suspenseful debut --Margaret Murphy

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something different. 3 May 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought this yesterday because I heard it was by a local author and I thought I'd maybe read it over the summer.
But I just took a quick peep first.
Well! Two hours later I was still reading, housework undone....
The story is told from a present in which the main character is living in poverty, under an assumed identity and in great fear of discovery. The present day narrative is interwoven with accounts of the past which gradually explain why.
Traced by a journalist, she is eventually persuaded to let the truth emerge, and to rebuild a life. It is well written, fast moving and I found it on the whole convincing. (I did wonder how she could leave her daughter behind, the only jarring note for me, but it is suggested that she suffered from post-traumatic stress. As she eventually confronts the horror, this becomes believable)
The characters seem real and I ended up liking Kim more than I expected. The author could have made her a stereotype but managed to make her more than that.
Having worked all my life with children and parents, I unfortunately found the depiction of domestic violence totally believable - as were the reactions to it of others.
I didn't know until I read the bit at the end that the author had been a journalist - hence perhaps the sympathetic treatment of them in the story.
This was well worth buying, an entertaining ang gripping read. I'll be looking out for her next one!
I realise I'm writing the first review of this book, which has not happened to me before - but I'm not a friend or relation! This was a happy chance, and I'm glad I stumbled upon it. I only wish I had bought a paper copy so I could pass it on!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense suspense all through the story. 21 Jun 2013
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This was a really good read which kept you in suspense right to the end. The story centres around what is quite a parochial event in a small town but which becomes all important to the protagonists and portrays what lengths supposedly ordinary characters are prepared to go to impose their will and the terrible effect this all had on the heroine and her only friend.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good first novel 10 Aug 2013
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In Too Deep is the story of Maura, who leaves her home in a small northern market town after the death of her friend and starts a new life, under a new name. She is hiding from something or someone and, after five years thinks she is safe...until a journalist comes knocking on her door. Told in the first person, this novel jumps back and forth, from the past to the present as the story unfolds and we understand just why Maura might be scared. It is a good story. It isn't great though. As another reviewer said, there just isn't enough to like about any of the characters. They aren't sympathetic. I didn't care enough for any of them. Saying that, this is a first novel and there is a lot to like. The style is easy to read, it flowed well, and the story was, as I said, good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good debut 23 Aug 2013
By Liz Wilkins TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Psychological Thriller - Thanks to the publisher and netgalley.

In Too Deep had an interesting premise - Hiding under an assumed name, Maura lives day to day life as quietly as possible. She is shocked therefore to discover that a reporter knows her true identity and wants to know exactly what happened in her previous life. Reluctantly but having little choice, Maura tells her story..

I enjoyed this book it has to be said, without completely loving it. Its possible that I have read so many psychological thrillers and crime stories lately that it has to be absolutely top notch for me to rave about it. Having said that it is extremely well written, with an interesting protagonist and it holds your attention - you will want to know what is going on.

The location is key here - a small village where everyone knows everyone elses business and yet can be reluctant to interfere, its easy to see how Maura got caught up in her problem. As we find out more about her in both her incarnations, things become clearer. Or do they? I think one of my problems with this particular story is I really couldnt see why Maura acted as she did, her character seemed stronger than her actions...

Domestic violence however is a difficult subject to tackle - who can tell how any one of us would act in any given situation?

To sum up I would say if you like this type of thriller you WILL enjoy this one, but I doubt you will find any surprises. I would like to read another book by this author - I feel that this was a great debut but not the greatest I have read. Elizabeth Haynes "Into the Darkest Corner" with its similar themes is definitely superior by quite a long way. BUT this is not a bad book by any means...if you are a crime and mystery aficionado I would definitely recommend giving this one a try.

Happy Reading Folks!
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling, readable, and thought-provoking 17 Jun 2013
Format:Paperback
I thought I'd found a book about a woman who had fled an abusive husband, and who feared that her husband had caught up to her. I had, but the story that unfolded had far more to it than that.

There was an abusive husband; a man who belittled his wife, a man who knew where he could hurt her and leave no marks, a man who always had an answer.

There was a small market town: an insular town where people were quick to judge, where they clung to tradition, where outsiders and new ideas were resented.

And there was a newcomer: a bright, ambitious reporter sent to the town after a campaign to get more publicity for the town's annual mediaeval fair.

The bright reporter and the downtrodden wife became friends. Real friends. Maura stood up for Kim when she made waves in the town, when she reported the negative news as well as the positive. And Kim took steps to rebuild Maura's self-esteem, taking her on as an assistant, and encouraging her to take steps towards a more independent lifestyle.

Maura's husband wasn't happy with her. The great and the good of the town weren't happy with Kim. And when things went badly at the annual fair - bad weather and bad publicity - things boiled over. On the final day there was a terrible tragedy. Maura felt responsible, and she fled.

But five years later a journalist found her, and she had to talk about the past, deal with the past, and look to the future.

Bea Davenport tells this story very effectively. The narrative moves quite naturally between Maura's story in the past and her telling of it in the present. And the prologue explained enough of what had happened that I could concentrate on exactly how events had unfolded without wondering who, where , when ....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutly Fantastic
Thank you so much for a brilliant book I thought it was Absolutely fantastic and could not put it down.
Published 3 days ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read
This is a well written book with believable characters. It kept me guessing about the ending until the very end which I love.

Well recommended
Published 6 days ago by MArksey
5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling read with a gritty but fiery believe able storyline
I found this book to be well written and the characters very real. It was a book which grabbed you and made you want to read more. I am looking forward to the next one by B.D!
Published 1 month ago by Stephen Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars In Too Deep
What an excellent and well written book. The plot keeps you enthralled from start to finish. Great psychological thriller. Would definely recommend.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. M. D. Evans
4.0 out of 5 stars Not wholly convincing lead character
A woman with a young daughter is trapped in marriage with a domineering violent husband. When she teams up with the new local news reporter, trouble erupts. Read more
Published 3 months ago by M. F. Cayley
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story
I had to read this in one go. Character development is very good. Author interview is great for new writers.
Published 3 months ago by E. Woodsford
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling read
I came across In Too Deep when I read an article by Bea Davenport about the frequent misrepresentation of journalism in crime fiction. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Wendy P
4.0 out of 5 stars I was in so " deep" l could not put it down
Really enjoyed this novel. Easy to read, good storyline with people , places and events l could relate to. Read more
Published 6 months ago by carole samouda
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
once i started reading i could not put it down best read for a while cant wait for her new one to come out
Published 6 months ago by irene nicholson
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
I bought the paperback after meeting the author in my local waterstones and wasn't disappointed. It is a great read and a real page turner. Read more
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