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Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite
A Deep Thing by A.K. Smith is a suspense novel about a young widow searching for her lost husband's secrets. Kendall Riggs lost her husband, Tim, over sixteen months ago in a diving accident in a cenote. She is still feeling the pain of her loss and is unable to overcome the grief that wracks her being. Life holds no meaning for her anymore. One night, in a moment of intense pain, Kendall takes a handful of pills to end it all. Realizing what she has done, Kendall runs to the bathroom and empties her stomach. When she exits the bathroom, her wedding picture falls off the wall. Kendall takes it as a sign and recognizes it is time to start living again.
The next morning she starts removing Tim's items from the house. Keeping only the most important and meaningful mementos of him, she stores the rest. During the cleaning process, she discovers a metal briefcase hidden under a bookshelf. The same day, she receives a call from a dive shop in Mexico. A diving trip that Tim had planned two years ago is ready. They need Tim's confirmation of his arrival date. It soon becomes apparent that Tim had secrets that may have gotten him killed. Kendall now finds herself caught between two covert groups. They are contending with each other to acquire what they suspect Tim has discovered and hidden.
A Deep Thing by A.K. Smith is a suspense story that is as exciting as a James Rollins novel. Kendall travels between Maryland, the jungles of the Yucatan and the waters of Mexico to decipher and fulfill her husband's wishes. Despite the animosity and heartache her stepson gives her, she valiantly forges ahead to finish what her husband has charged her to do. The characters were outstanding, including the villains. I found them easy to relate to. The plot is interesting and the storyline is fascinating. This is a captivating and engrossing story and I loved every bit of it. Reading this story was a pure pleasure. I recommend it to anyone who loves a good suspense novel with some ancient legends mixed in.