AMARANTE IS PARADISE…
An uninhabited, unspoilt island somewhere in the Indian Ocean. Only those who know it exists can find it.
BUT PARADISE COMES WITH A PRICE…
Virginie and Jake sail to Amarante for their honeymoon, but they are not alone. They have to adjust to life on the island with five strangers.
AND NOT EVERYONE WILL LIVE TO TELL THE TALE…
Dark secrets surface and their dream abruptly turns into a nightmare. Removed from society, they find out what they’re truly capable of.
This was a readalong organised by Tandem Collective over on Instagram- thank you to them for organising and the publisher for the gifted copy of the book. I’m not sure what I expected with this book, I like a decent thriller, but trust me, this was so much more than that.
Jake and Virginie embark on the trip of a lifetime, selling up; they buy a boat, initially planning to sail to Thailand but getting ready to sail from Malaysia they hear about the remote; very remote uninhabited island of Amarante, described as paradise, it can only be reached by boat and its location mean few make the journey. Also in Port Brown they meet wealthy Brazilian Vitor and his gorgeous but younger girlfriend Teresa.
The voyage to Amarante goes well, time passes for the young couple, excited about their forthcoming adventure. Landing on the idyllic island there are two other boats and they quickly make friends with the 3 occupants. Vitor and Teresa show up shortly after and the 7 settle into communal life, adhering to the rules borne out of tradition.
But paradise is a myth and utopia a dream and things begin to sour between this loved up couple as the pressures of such remote and basic living take their toll. Other problems arise and things take a turn for the worse, spiral ending in tragedy and leading to disaster.
This book is well written, beginning with the end, so we are greeted with a catastropic scenario, the author then takes us back to the beginning of the trip and the story unfolds, not in any way how I expected. I can’t say too much about this because really I don’t want to spoil anything, but this book is really a great read, a page turner.
Packing in some historical information relating to British Colonialism, although this book and the location are fictional, I found the links to historical events interesting. The notion of utopia and all that means is always interesting and this book explored that well, I’m not sure that I would’ve followed this path and gone to such a remote location – distanced from everywhere else in terms of location but also in terms of no phone signal, no wifi etc.
Books such as The Beach and Lord of the Flies came to mind when reading this and I am sure if you enjoyed those you would enjoy this one, but equally fans of mysteries, crime and thrillers would also like this one as would fans of general fiction. So almost everyone actually, go on, what are you waiting for? Deep Water is available to buy now.
Thanks as always for reading.
About the Author
Emma Banford 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.