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  • A Super New Series

    Buried Deep is the opening instalment in the Detective Superintendent Megan Thomas series set in the normally quiet, picturesque county of Devon. Megan has relocated there to be nearer to her sister in the seaside town of Berrycombe, having served several gruelling years working undercover for the Metropolitan Police. Her decision to move was for a better lifestyle and it has cost her dearly, including her marriage. On her first day as the new member of the Major Investigation Team, she is assigned to investigate a murder following the discovery of a body that was left in a septic tank. Still wrestling with the PTSD caused by many years as a dedicated undercover officer, Megan is dubious about working as part of a team again as she has worked alone for eons. She also finds herself investigating the rape of a teenage girl who is unwilling to name her attacker. This was a brilliant start to what promises to be an excellent new police procedural series. With its well executed plot, the twists were plentiful with frequent meandering turns and a there was a great use of misdirection overall. I took an immediate liking to Megan; her vulnerable state and insecurity were touching and emotive though she was still able to deliver when the need arose. I was really impressed by the techniques Susan Wilkins used to keep my interest in the story; the clever plot without being overly complicated; the timely reveals that ramped up the tension; the unexpected developments. It will be a long wait for the next novel in this super, stylish series and I have no hesitation in recommending Buried Deep. I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel at my request from Bookouture via NetGalley and this review is my unbiased opinion.

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  • Great character study as a start to a new series

    Damage Done is the first book in a new series by author Susan Wilkins, featuring DS Megan Thomas. Megan Thomas has been posted as DS in the Major Crime Team in South Devon, after a five years stint undercover for the London met. Although she has been awarded the Queen’s Police Medal, we get from the start that this mission ended badly for her, and she’s obviously damaged goods. Plagued with PTSD, she sees a therapist, and routinely swims in cold water in the mornings to be able to face her day. She got divorced not long after her return from her undercover job and is living with her sister and family. She feels lonely, with no partner, no friends, and no social life. She thinks that her time undercover made her forget how to be a detective, and basically ruined her life. Or, maybe that it wasn’t that great to begin with. How she sees herself is affecting her work, and even drives her to paranoia, especially as to how her colleagues see her. Back to back events send Megan and her team on two parallel investigations. A body is found in a septic tank on the property of a formerly famous actress, daughter of a renowned one. And, we witness a weird dynamic among this family, obviously hiding secrets. Then, comes an assault on a teenage girl whose family is as much dysfunctional, and whose a seemingly toxic relationship with a « BFF » classmate adds to the misery. Secrets seem to abound there, as well. Megan is comforted in her self depreciation when her DCI takes ownership of the murder investigation, and later brings a DI to supervise the team. They think Megan gets too much emotionally invested and fact is, they aren’t wrong. A large part of the book is a character study, and DS Megan Thomas is indeed an interesting character to get to know. However, this approach impairs the rhythm of the book at first. But, at the halfway point, a major twist makes the story shift gears, and it then becomes pretty much unputdownable. Ultimately, the investigations yield results, but the story doesn’t end there. Flimsy evidence, skilled lawyers, and shifty characters make it difficult for the team to close the deal, and this last part of expert police work makes for a very satisfying final act. Thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for the ARC provided in exchange for this unbiased review.

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  • Buried deep

    Extremely well written, had me engaged from the beginning. Very insightful character creation. Loved it.

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  • Great read

    A speed read. Liked the characters and the story line opened up and frantic end. I will be reading another for sure.

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  • A great start to a new series

    There is nothing like a new fresh series to sink your teeth into and Buried Deep fits the bill perfectly. Set against the beautiful landscape of Devon, Susan delivers a thrilling read that will have you gripped and enthralled right from the beginning. Susan has created a plot that had me instantly hooked. The story follows Detective Megan Thomas as she moves to Devon leaving behind a five year career which was spent working undercover for the Metropolitan Police. Now working for the regular crime unit, she is barely settled in on her first day, when she is called to the scene of a murder. But this triggers her to have a panic attack and with it brings back memories that leave her questioning whether she is able to do her job. When another body is found, Megan must pull herself together if she is to solve the crime and stop the killer before they strike again. I really enjoyed all the characters in the story and main protagonist Detective Megan Thomas makes for a great lead. She is tough but not without her own flaws and issues which are touched on briefly and I look forward to the layers being peeled back as we learn more about her. Buried Deep is an addictive read. It is well structured, has an interesting plot, well developed characters that Susan brings all together with writing that is fluid, engaging and captures the reader in its prose. A new author for me, Susan is now on my radar and I look forward to reading more books in this series in the future. It was an absolute pleasure to read and review Buried Deep which I highly recommend. Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Susan Wilkins for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Buried Deep which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

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