Out Of Her Depth
A thrilling Richard & Judy book club pick of 2022
by Lizzy Barber
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 28 Apr 2022 | Archive Date 28 Apr 2022
Pan Macmillan, Pan
Patricia Highsmith meets E. Lockhart in Out Of Her Depth – a simmering summer thriller about the choices you make as a teenager, and what happens when they go horribly wrong.
'This book is, quite simply, sublime'- Lesley Kara, author of The Rumour
There are summers that could change your life.
There are summers that could end it.
An unassuming young woman from a quiet London suburb.
Picture the scene:
A summer job at the beautiful Villa Medici in the Tuscan hills.
A group of glamorous teenagers, used to a life of privilege.
Lavish parties, heady sun-soaked days, backstabbing and bedhopping.
Until someone goes too far.
And nothing will ever be the same.
Readers love Lizzy Barber's Out Of Her Depth:
‘Really believable characters, a great plot, a wonderful setting . . . felt like I was in Italy soaking up the sun’ *****
‘A tantalisingly written suspense . . . and a premise that delivers. Delicious.’ *****
‘A classic take on the unreliable narrator, a terrific page turner with themes of those with privilege versus those without’ *****
‘This is one of those totally addictive psychological thrillers that has you reading 'just one more page' and ignoring everything else you need to do until you finish it’ *****
Available on NetGalley
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I loved this book, it was well written with well developed and likeable characters and a well executed and gripping storyline.and a sun soaked setting. It was twisty, unpredictable and mysterious and had e turning pages at the speed of light. A really enjoyable read.
This is one of those totally addictive psychological thrillers that has you reading 'just one more page' and ignoring everything else you need to do until you finish it and are then disappointed there are no more pages to turn!
Rachel takes a summer job in Italy mainly to improve her Italian and escape her family. There she meets the vivacious, confident and scheming Diana, and Rachel becomes fascinated with her and her careless, entitled 'rich kids" attitude to people and life. Throw in the hedonistic and handsome Sebastian, lots of booze, drugs and the yearnings of youth and you have the perfect breeding ground for resentments, jealousies and manipulation.
Told from Rachel's perspective in alternate chapters between 'then' and 'now', the reader follows the events that led up to the reason Sebastian has spent the last 20 years since then in prison.
I was totally absorbed with the characters and trying to figure out the mystery behind it all.
A heat haze of a Summer in Tuscany, the sumptuous Villa Medici sits in glorious grounds outside Florence, champagne flows and people laugh and enjoy life. All is well. Or is it? A tantalisingly written suspense with an underlying undercurrent of simmering tension, a cast of realistic but mostly unlikeable characters and a premise that delivers. Delicious.
If you’re looking for the perfect escape book for summer, stop right now. This is it….
Out Of Her Depth is my favourite read of the year so far. Set in Florence, it’s a coming of age story which simmers throughout with tension and secrets. Well paced and with mature language, Lizzy Barber crafts an idyllic scene, tainted by tragedy, love and loss, I loved it throughout, one of those books you drink in and never want to end. Whether you’re sunlounger bound this summer, or grabbing a book for a hot commute, this is one not to miss.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for my ARC in exchange for my honest review.
A mind boggling read but excellent I have to say, the lavish lives and party going and bed hopping of the elite and then something goes badly wrong… brilliant book..
I really enjoyed this summer thriller and would be a perfect book to read by side a pool this summer. Full of twists and turns and different characters I read this in an afternoon it was great
Sultry summer thriller.
A duel time-line cleverly weaved between the present, when handsome, rich Sebastian is released from prison for murder, and the past when we find out what happened.
Rachel is a great narrator, easy to love and hate at the same time. And Diana the cool best friend we think we all want.
Gorgeous settings and gripping story-line.
Thanks to Pan Macmillan and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review =.