After years of undercover work in the Met, Detective Megan Thomas has relocated to Devon where she hopes that living with her sister will provide her with a much easier time than she has been used to. The discovery of a body in a septic tank triggers a panic attack, however, bringing back memories that she is desperate to suppress. Not knowing whether she is capable of doing this job any more, Megan finds the impetus to continue when another body is discovered. Feeling that the police were somewhat to blame, she must try to put her past behind her in order to get the justice that she feels is deserved.
I have read, recently, how some readers are not fans of a prologue. I am firmly in the other camp, liking the hints that this seemingly unconnected part of the book gives about what is to come. If you share my opinion, then you are going to love the prologue of Buried Deep. I was instantly drawn in by what I was reading, desperate to know how this linked to what came next. Although some aspects are revealed, Susan Wilkins has kept an awful lot back, hopefully for a subsequent book, as I am dying to know the full circumstances!
The book contains two main plots, each as gripping as the other. After the body of an unknown man is found in a septic tank, we are introduced to the ultimate dysfunctional household with numerous secrets that we are not yet privy to. It was apparent that, even without the discovery of the body, there was something very shifty going on, the author drip-feeding information throughout the book to build up a clear picture of what was happening. We meet some horrible characters whose wealth and status gives them the belief that they are untouchable, but just how involved are they with regards to the dead man?
My favourite part of the plot, however, was one that made me sad and furious at the same time. After a teenage girl is raped, we see her world begin to crumble around her, not just because of the act itself but because of how it is dealt with on social media. In a world where many young girls have the ambition of being a ‘Youtuber’, it was horrible to see how some of her so-called ‘friends’ used the crime to their advantage in order to gain likes and follows. It is a sad indictment of society that people’s traumas can be exploited like this, and I applaud the author for writing about this distasteful modern phenomena.
Megan is a great character with a backstory that we only skim the surface of. She understands what her flaws are, and although she is receiving help for what has happened in her past, she is aware that these flaws could prevent her from doing the job she wants to do.
Buried Deep is a very promising start to a new series; Susan Wilkins has definitely whetted my appetite for more!
With thanks to Noelle Holten, Bookouture and Net Galley.