source: free review copy via AmazonVine
title: In at the Deep End
author: Kate Davies / Twitter
first line: One Saturday morning last January, Alice pointed out that I hadn’t had sex in three years.
rated: 4 out of 5 stars
A fresh, funny, audacious debut novel about a Bridget Jones–like twenty-something who discovers that she may have simply been looking for love — and, ahem, pleasure — in all the wrong places (aka: from men)
Julia hasn’t had sex in three years. Her roommate has a boyfriend—and their sex noises are audible through the walls, maybe even throughout the neighborhood. Not to mention, she’s treading water in a dead-end job, her know-it-all therapist gives her advice she doesn’t ask for, and the men she is surrounded by are, to be polite, subpar. Enough is enough.
In at the Deep End by Kate Davies was an AmazonVine acquisition. This one has been compared to Bridget Jones. I remember reading Bridget Jones. I read that book twice and watched the film many times. I always get a kick out of Hugh Grant. Anyway, this story centers on twenty something Julia who has been single and lonely for the past three years. She lives in the U.K. with her roommate Alice. Julia always wanted to be a dancer but after an injury she took a job as a civil servant. She thinks sex is overrated and wonders if she will ever find passion and true love. She also misses dancing since it is such a part of who she is.
After a disastrous date and sexual encounter with a guy she meets on a night out Julia decides to venture out and see if she enjoys dating women instead of men. She starts going to gay clubs and putting herself out there when she finally falls in love. However, her new love interest is polyamorous and wants an open relationship and she tells this to Julia pretty early on. Much of the storyline then revolves on Julia’s new relationship and the changes it brings into her life.
The story is set in the U.K. and I enjoyed being taken there by the descriptive writing.
“Spring had finally turned up in London, fashionably late and a bit reluctant, like a teenager meeting her parents for dinner. I went for a walk to Finsbury Park after work; the birds were singing and the cherry trees were frothy with blossoms, far too pretty for the streets of N4. The trees looked like pom poms; they were cheering me on, I decided, in my new lesbian life.” -p. 84, In at the Deep End by Kate Davies
I was surprised at how quickly I read In at the Deep End considering my trade paperback copy is 320 pages long. The story is infused with humor throughout and I laughed out loud and sometimes I cringed but there was not a dull moment. This one is not for the faint of heart, the sex scenes are very graphic. Julia goes to a SM club at one point.
I loved how the author wrote the dialogue. The supporting cast of characters, Julia’s friends and family, all added to the story as they weaved in and out of it. There’s themes of love, family, friendship, obsession and manipulation in relationships and I wondered how it would all turn out. As the book came to an end I thought it could have been be done fifty pages or so sooner but it all wraps up nicely.
In at the Deep End was well written, funny, entertaining and at times raunchy and shocking and I really enjoyed it.
“But the city was beautiful-the buildings looked as though they were posing for photographs, turning their best sides towards the light, and as I looked out at the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey from my office window each morning, I felt lucky to be where I was, in London and in love. ” – p.168, In at the Deep End
I love this quote:
“It’s hard to accept that you’re the villain of someone else’s story.”- p.308, In at the Deep End
Disclaimer: This review is my honest opinion. I did not receive any kind of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. I am under no obligation to write a positive review. My free copy of In at the Deep End by Kate Davies arrived courtesy of AmazonVine. Some of these links are affiliate links.