- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Headline Review (28 Jun. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0755325451
- ISBN-13: 978-0755325450
- Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 1.8 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 426,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Out of my Depth Paperback – 28 Jun 2007
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About the Author
Emily Barr has written columns and travel pieces for the Observer and the Guardian for several years, and her previous novels BACKPACK, BAGGAGE, CUBAN HEELS, ATLANTIC SHIFT and PLAN B were critically acclaimed. She lives in the south of France with her husband and two sons.
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Top Customer Reviews
The key for me were the characters.. the four friends weren't stereotypical, but complex, and flawed, and this made them very human, and very believable.
Set in the French countryside, which sounds wonderful, the story flicks back and forth between their school friendship, and the present day reunion, gradually revealing their past secrets, and how that had affected the people they were today. The author doesn't try to rely on humour, but rather simple good story telling.
I've read a few reviews that criticise the ending of this book, but for me it worked just fine, once again offering some rather realistic outcomes.
This is definitely an author that I will be looking out for again.
Extremely readable, my only criticism is that there were loose ends that could have been tied up better - the ending felt a tad rushed.
All in all though - another excellent offering from EB
I have just read Out of My Depth in the space of 4 days, I couldn't put it down. The characters are excellent and believable, although I feel more attention could be given to Tamsin as she was the only one I feel I didn't get to know very well. Initially you don't know why she is the member of the group everyone is wary of, wondering if she herself had been responsible for the friends drifting apart.
The book opens up well, setting the scene both in present time and back when the girls were at school. The sub-plot of the Barrons however is a bit odd, I thought it would end a lot more dramatically than it did, which makes me wonder really what was the point? That could have tied into the story to create a twist somehow which would have fitted in perfectly with EB's style.
The ending was a bit too soon. What happened next?!? An extra chapter of 6 months on would have been good. What about Susie's offer for Izzy to move to France? Is that withdrawn now she seems to have softened to Roman? Most dissapointing ending from an Emily Barr novel, but still a good gripping read that I would recomend.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really disappointing I usually love Emily Barr but I couldnt even finish this one. Really drawn out and boring. I had to skip the chapters about schooldays. Read morePublished 5 months ago by vicky Higginson
Emily Barr is a great tension builder, I have bought everything she has written and I suggest you will too !Published 8 months ago by Miu miu Lin
An excellent read that kept me hooked until the end (when I actually shed a tear!)Published 11 months ago by Judith W
An excellent novel with a good story line, and an unexpected ending. I read it in three days (goodbye housework!)Published 14 months ago by janet
Reunions are always the cause of disaster in popular fiction, and this novel by Emily Barr is no exception. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Kate Hopkins
I liked this book - it builds up the characters really well but this is the second Emily Barr book I have read that she has not finished and has left the ending open to your own... Read morePublished 17 months ago by AM