A Deep Thing by A.K. Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Got this rather cheap, the blurb read interesting. Also at the end with the notes about the author I discovered it was a female author, which is always a plus for me. Except for the romance.
Solid 4* for a debut. Contains too much romance for my taste. Some scenes where way too long and not to spoil the end, while I thought it would take a turn into SF, it was more fantasy. And this way also more like James Rollins, what with the trust-no-one vibe and the conspiracy theories. Felt also a bit too long for me, as I took altogether too long to finish it, a sure sign it was not as suspenseful as I hoped.
As I read Hans Hass and Jacques Cousteau in my youth and despite my disability I swam then (Baltic Sea sometimes or when the family went to a swimming pool), the diving was what interested me most in this book and the short passages where rather interesting and felt real, like the author had experienced this kind of cave-diving herself.
With a debut or when other pieces fall into place I tend to overlook some things, so others might consider this a 3star book. But I saw no mistakes, not in the logic of the story, nor in the writing (grammar etc.) - sometimes in speech it felt like I would have said it with a word or two more, but maybe I am just more used to some UK expressions, from a different English-speaking-country (I am a foreigner, German born&breed, still living here).
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