Monday, April 6, 2020

BLOG TOUR - Buried Deep

Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for Buried Deep by Susan Wilkins.


Megan has to climb round and step across the body to get a proper view. What’s left is like a chalk white mask in the rough shape of a face. The innocence is still there, and a hint of the cheekiness. But perhaps she is imagining that.

Detective Megan Thomas spent years undercover. It cost her marriage and her peace of mind, but she got the job done. Now she has to decide if she can go back to her life before, to a regular crime unit alongside other cops who have no idea about the fear that haunts her dreams. She’s still running from her memories. She doesn’t know how to stop.

Moving to Devon was meant to be a fresh start. She’s staying with her sister and swimming in the sea daily, battling the tides and letting the waves wash her past away. But she can’t outrun everything. First, the discovery of a body in a claustrophobic crime scene triggers a panic attack. And then, when she gets too emotionally involved in an attack on a local teenager, her boss pulls her off the case entirely.

When a body is found on the stretch of beach where she swims every day, Megan remembers why she joined the force, and what she’s fighting for… But how can she find justice for others, when she’s no longer sure of herself?

A completely gripping new series from bestselling author Susan Wilkins, introducing the tough and determined Detective Megan Thomas.

Title:   Buried Deep
Author:  Susan Wilkins
Series:  Detective Megan Thomas #1
Publisher:  Bookouture
Genre:   Mystery/Thriller
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   325
Date of Publication:   April 6, 2020
My Rating:   4 Stars

From undercover work back to being a detective. That is a simple description to the complicated situation Detective Megan Thomas is dealing with. Four years undercover came with cost to Megan. Having lost her cover and almost her life brought that job to a crashing end. Her marriage was ruined and she is overwhelmed with stress.

Hoping for a lighter workload, Megan hopes to ease into her new duties. One of the most relaxing things Megan to do at this point is swimming in the sea. This is a very cathartic activity, no matter how cold the water. When a body is found in a bunker near where she swims, the gruesome discovery has tainted the one thing that truly calms her. Just as Megan is about to dive into her first case, a second body is found - this one far too close where she takes her daily swim.

While Megan attempts to work the case, she immediately suffers a panic attack. Dealing with PTSD and the related trauma that goes along with it knocks her to her knees. The stress of working this crime is triggering for Megan. 

As Buried Deep is the first book in a new series, no doubt readers will be able to see Megan's growth with regard to her feelings and how she copes with her triggers. I also look forward to see her progress with her new job and team. I love detective fiction especially when the primary protagonist is a real person with emotions and actions are easy to connect with. I look forward to the next book in the series.

Buried Deep was a well-written book that kept me interested and seeking clues, while I was unable to work things out on my own. I love when I am able to be surprised in a book and Susan Wilkins did a fine job with keeping me on my toes.

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


Susan Wilkins also writes as S.J. Wilkins

Susan worked for years in television drama, wrote for shows including Casualty, Heartbeat, Coronation Street and Eastenders and created the London-based detective drama South of the Border.

Her gritty, Essex-based gangster trilogy - THE INFORMANT, THE MOURNER and THE KILLER - has been compared to Martina Cole and Kimberley Chambers and described as "blazingly brilliant" (Sunday Mirror).

IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME, her fourth book, is a twisty psychological thriller, featuring police detective Jo Boden, an ambitious cop still grieving for a murdered sister.

For 2020 a completely gripping new series from Susan introduces the tough and determined Detective Megan Thomas. For fans of Ann Cleeves, LJ Ross and Mari Hannah, this will keep you hooked from the first page to the last.

Writing as S.J. Wilkins, A KILLER'S HEART - a tense and timely political thriller, is now available on Kindle.

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  1. This looks like a book I would like.

  2. I checked Goodreads to be sure but I've not read this author before, thanx for bringing her to my attention. I know I would enjoy this

  3. I’m not big on detective stories but this does sound interesting. Something about bodies found in the water creeps me out and interests me (in fiction).

  4. Love detective stories and glad that you enjoyed this one.

  5. I've never read her work but I do like the sound of the book. Great review.

  6. I’m glad you enjoyed it! Great review!

  7. I truly delighted by all the characters in the story and main protagonist Detective Megan Thomas makes for an incredible lead. She is intense however not without her own imperfections and issues which are addressed quickly and I anticipate the layers being stripped back as we become familiar with her.

  8. Amazing review Robin, this book looks and sounds like an fantastic book and right up my alley as well. I am really glad you fully enjoyed reading this book. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.