Good intentions can be deadly. 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 goes missing. Her mother reports Sarah Jane was investigating something dangerous – yet the only records Cathy can find suggest Sarah Jane was involved in a seemingly innocent children’s project. Then a body turns up and Cathy realises the case is only just getting started.
In Deep Water is the second instalment in the Cathy Connolly series by Sam Blake and it’s every bit as gripping as the first one.
When Cathy’s friend Sarah Jane fails to show up for a boxing session, she immediately fears the worst. Sarah Jane is normally incredibly reliable. When Cathy checks out Sarah Jane’s house and finds her room completely ransacked, she knows her best friend isn’t only missing but possibly in serious danger. What was she working on that could have attracted the attention from the wrong people?
What starts as a seemingly straight-forward missing persons case soon turns out into something way darker and disturbing. With the clock ticking, can Cathy find her friend before it’s too late?
Cathy is still struggling with the after-effects from events in the previous book. I really like how the author explores that and doesn’t just gloss over the mental and physical scars. It makes Cathy so much more human and realistic.
I won’t say any more about the plot, you’ll just have to read the book for yourself. Suffice to say there are plenty of twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the end. Gripping and compelling, it leads you through the streets of Dublin and its criminality. You’ll end up wondering who Cathy can trust and you’ll be rooting for her every step of the way.
In Deep Water is a worthy follow-up to Little Bones. Sam Blake has truly found her voice and I can’t wait to see where she takes us next.
Many thanks to Bonnier Zaffre and Netgalley for my advanced copy, which I chose to review.
In Deep Water is available now.