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'Eerie, atmospheric' Louise Jensen
'A haunting tale of intrigue' Emily Freud
'Ruth Ware fans will eat this up' Publishers Weekly

If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, how much can you trust what you see?

When Maddy Wight is hired to ghostwrite the memoir of world-renowned cosmetic surgeon Angela Reynolds, she jumps at the chance to get her career back on track. But the deeper she digs, the more elusive the doctor becomes.

Confined to Angela’s glass-walled house in the Scottish Highlands, Maddy can’t shake the unsettling feeling of being watched. As a result, she is drawn ever closer to Angela’s enigmatic business partner Scott, whose mercurial moods change as quickly as the darkening moors outside.

Returning to London once the book is finished, Maddy is excited for their future together. But news of Scott’s death shatters the celebrations at the book’s launch party. Which is why, months later and still grieving, she is blindsided to see Scott entering a tube station just in front of her. And before she knows it, she is following him.

In this reimagining of Hitchcock’s Vertigo, jeopardy can be lurking where you least expect it…


Praise for Emma Bamford

'Powered by a subtle, ominous tension. I loved this book’ LEE CHILD
‘Paradise never felt so sinister’ RUTH WARE
‘An incredible debut’ B A PARIS
‘Suspenseful, evocative and beautifully written, I devoured it’ L V MATTHEWS
‘That most exciting psychological thriller in which the darkest dangers lurk in a suspicious mind and a guilty heart’ A J FINN
‘Gripping and pacy... A perfect summer read’ IMRAN MAHMOOD
‘A debut thriller that unfolds with the inexorable force of a nightmare’ JOHN CONNOLLY
'Had me gripped. I loved the subtle, sinister sense of tension that built through the book' BETH O'LEARY
'An amazing and evocative atmosphere of paradise that quickly turns sinister! A must summer read for all crime fans' VICKI BRADLEY

About The Author

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Emma Bamford is an author and journalist who has worked for the Independent, the Daily Express, the Daily Mirror, Sailing Today and BOAT International.She spent several years sailing among some of the world's most beautiful islands and wrote two travel memoirs about her experiences, Casting Off and Untie the Lines.A graduate of the University of East Anglia's Prose Fiction MA, she lives in the UK. Deep Water is her first novel.www.emmabamford.com

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (July 4, 2024)
  • Length: 448 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781398526914

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'I really enjoyed this eerie, atmospheric mystery' Louise Jensen, author of The Intruders

'A haunting tale of intrigue with stunning, simmering prose that kept me reading into the early hours. I devoured it!' Emily Freud, author of Her Last Summer

'Ruth Ware fans will eat this up!' Publishers Weekly

'A perilous and nuanced thriller on the dangers of the beauty industry and the lengths people will go to to get what they want... Highly recommended for fans of Vertigo and readers who enjoy the intricately plotted novels of Ruth Ware, Sarah Pearse and Riley Sager' Booklist

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