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A Deep Thing

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  135 ratings  ·  29 reviews
What was her husband hiding in the jungles of Mexico?

Rocked by her husband’s tragic death, Kendall Jackson strives to put her life back together. But Ryder, her nineteen-year-old stepson, is bitter and wants nothing to do with her. And she can’t keep the grief at bay. Sometimes, it’s so strong, she wonders if life is worth living.

A call from a cave diver in Mexico gives h
Kindle Edition, 372 pages
Published December 19th 2016 by The Wild Rose Press
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Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook-thriller
A lovely exciting read that you should take the time to read. It deserves the 5 stars I am giving it because it stayed with me and kept me picking back up the book time and again. When you can't walk away from a book, it is a real winner.

I am posting the full review on The Page Turner during Mystery Thriller Week which takes place in February. MTW is the annual event to celebrate mystery and thriller authors, bloggers, and fans.
He was gone and all Kendall had were the memories of one of the finest men she had ever known, her best friend, her safe place from the storm of life. Tim died in a freak diving accident and with him went much of Kendall’s will to live until a call came from Mexico. That call would present Kendall with a challenge and a reason to live again, as she discovers there was so much about her husband he had kept hidden. He had planned a diving expedition that Kendall would now use to hopefully repair t ...more
Chasing Away Reality
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Readers Copy of this book.

What a fabulous debut novel! This was a beautiful, mysterious, and thrilling ride. A.K. Smith expertly wove this story together, dropping little morsels of secrets and past moments shared with Tim that I savored while wondering if it was a clue to the mystery surrounding this special dive trip. She laid an intricate web of intrigue that kept me guessing who to trust and what was to be discovered till the very moments all was revealed i
Jeannie Guthrie
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was excellent. Beautiful descriptions of the landscapes and very suspenseful. I did not suspect the ending.
Joy St John
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
A good read!

I could not put this book down. Although it was largely predictable, I couldn't help myself trying to get to the end to see if I was right. Lovely characters. I found the book highly entertaining!
Sam - Spines in a Line
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thank you to the author for a copy of this book! You can find my full review at

This one is billed as a thriller but something in it stuck out to me that really made this book stand out in its genre. Maybe it was that I was able to connect more with the characters than I find in more traditional thrillers, where so much of the writing is focused on the fast-paced adventures. Here, the author gives us time to understand and learn about who's involved in the stor
Garfield Whyte
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A Deep Thing is a very compelling story of love, loss and the pursuit of truth. One of those stories you cannot guess what’s coming up. I was engrossed in the story and felt almost a part of it. A well-paced story that made me appreciate how real the characters were, especially how Kendall and Ryder would not let go until they knew the truth about the death of Tim (wife and son, respectively). Who should be trusted in helping Kendall getting to the truth about her husband’s death. Secrets there ...more
Joannes Rhino
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This novel by A.k. Smith hit me hard right from the first chapter. I experienced the same situation a few years back. My dad passed away three months after he remarried, and left me with my step mom. Therefore, I am really familiar with the tension from the broken relationship between Kendall and Ryder.

Having such personal attachment with the story triggered my curiosity of how the relationship between those two would go on. However, that is not the main point of the book. The main focus is to
Bonnye Reed
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-or-pdf
GNAB I received a free electronic copy of this novel from Netgalley, A. K. Smith, and Wild Rose Press, Inc in exchange for an honest review. Thank you all, for sharing your hard work with me.

A Deep Think is an intricate dance of cause and effect, the mystery surrounding the cenotes in Belize and Mexico, and the concept of family love. It does not read like a first novel - A. K. Smith does a really good job of catching and holding our attention with this fast paced tale of daring do. I would rec
Tonya Plank
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of suspense
Wow. The author's masterful descriptions of the underground caves of the Yucatan were so powerful, this book made me want to go there, despite the dangers in the plot! I felt like I was right there with Kendall, the main character, as she cave-dives, searching for clues to her husband's supposed death. The mystery was also very well-executed. There were so many twists and turns, the book had me guessing what happened right up until the end!
Pat Williams
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I truly enjoyed this story that educated me about the underwater caves in the Yucatan. The characters were true to life and it was easy to relate to their situation. As the story is revealed you are challenged to figure out and solve the mystery behind a freak diving death. A great first time work!
Kurt H. Cushwa
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I usually read science fiction. This was a good diversion.

(Also, I would be more inclined to write a review if you did not have a minimal word requirement .)
InD'tale Magazine
Not a traditional romance, Kendall’s relationship with her late husband is what binds the mystery together.

Read full review in the 2017 February issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
Book – A Deep Thing
Author – A.K. Smith
Series – None
Cliffhanger? - No
Publication Date – December 19, 2016
Genre – Suspense
Type – Stand-Alone
Rating – 4.5 out of 5 Stars

Complimentary copy generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

My Thoughts - Story
Wow…what a great start to a promising career as an author! A great debut book that held my attention from the beginning to the end. This was a complex story that entwined love, suspense, and a journey to find the truth.

I loved t
Augustine Sam
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Delightful Read

This is an outstanding debut, beautifully written, and stacked with amazing knowledge of the setting and the characters. Imbued with the Maya mythology, it is a fascinating blend of sci-fi and thriller, which immediately stirs the reader as it meanders on with delicate fluidity, from the elegant quarters of Maryland—through the crystal waters of Mexico—to the diving paradise of Yucatàn. But, don’t go diving yet, for beyond the magic of nature portrayed here and the biological di
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Kendall Jackson is having a terrible time dealing with the sudden and tragic death of her husband. Ryder is a tv star on a soap opera and wants nothing to do with Kendall who apparently is his stepmother, Tim, Ryder's father was planning a trip for them to both go diving however the trip was postponed a few times already cause of Ryder's schedule and with his father dead will he still go to honor his father's memory as it seemed to mean so much to his dad? And why did his dad want him to go with ...more
Aug 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
**Warning: this text may contain spoilers** I really did not like much about this at all. To start, the book begins with the main character Kendall trying to take her own life - without success - because her husband died 14 months ago. When she realises she is still alive, she sees this as a "sign" to start living again and her grief/suicidal urges are cured. This felt very cheap to me and soured me right from the start.

When Kendall finds her husband Tim's in-case-of-emergency letter and then h
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Got this rather cheap, the blurb read interesting. Also at the end with the notes about the author I discovered it was a female author, which is always a plus for me. Except for the romance.
Solid 4* for a debut. Contains too much romance for my taste. Some scenes where way too long and not to spoil the end, while I thought it would take a turn into SF, it was more fantasy. And this way also more like James Rollins, what with the trust-no-one vibe and the conspiracy theories. Felt also a bit too
Susan Daugherty
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm so happy that I discovered this gem of a book! The premise was so intriguing and it truly followed through to deliver what it promised: adventure, mystery, thrills, and coping with complex emotions of love and loss. It was very easy to dive right in and not come up for air (yes, that is a scuba pun!) I learned about the exciting world of scuba, cave diving, cenotes, the jungles of Mexico and ancient mysteries of the past. The author is clearly an expert and wrote an believable and intriguing ...more
Donna Hromada
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic first book! What a great read!

This book took a considerable amount of research. It was so well done that it's hard to believe this is the author's first book. A great read for anyone who enjoys a story full of conspiracy theories, with love and adventure thrown in. The author weaves a beautiful tapestry that induces imagination, curiosity and excitement while leaving one to ponder; what if? Could this be true? Fact or fiction hmm...
Loved the ending even though I was sad this story ca
T.P. Warren
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is awesome!! I was hooked right away. I love books with secrets to discover, and this one was that kind of book. It's very fast-paced, and I found myself holding my breath a lot. I loved Kendall and was sympathetic to her. The issues with her stepson, Ryder, were so real to life and the author did a great job of playing that out. And, it was so cool that he was a reality star. I am obsessed with reality shows, so that really added to my enjoyment. Plus, he's hot! LOL. If you love suspe ...more
Suzanne Sotzing
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars!

A great read full if intrigue, adventure, and mystery!
Imagine the film National Treasure meets National Geographic!

Beautiful descriptions of cenotes in Mexico coupled with a government cover-up. This was such an enjoyable read! Wonderfully written and a definite page turner I couldn't wait to see how it all turned out in the end. Highly recommend this one!
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, thriller
I received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.

I was unable to finish this.
I found the plot to slow and the characters lacked depth.
This was not for me.
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
AK Smith is a talented writer with a vivid imagination
The ending is quite a surprise. This book held my attention from the first page
marilyn d. buehler
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book, interesting, informative, entertaining, witty, great characters, drama, flowed smoothly, and had a happy ending. If this is the author's first book, I can't wait for the next one.
Coleen Martin
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adventure, mystery, love
A page turner. An awesome book that visually takes you from the secretive woods of Camp David to the exotic jungles of the Yucatán and more. Now I'm wanting to go cenote diving. Loved the characters and their compelling story. A very good read!
T.M. Raskin
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Friend
I struggled rating this book because there's so many things that I loved but there were many things I didn't.
Let's start with the things I loved. I love many of aspects of the writers perspective, the way she described the scene felt like I was there. I love the development of the characters she help me care about what was happening to Kendall and I was thoroughly pissed off by Ryder. I love the location she chose for the diving excursions. It didn't hurt that I've been to those places. I've sw
Amanda Uhl
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced reading copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

If you've never experienced the natural beauty of a cenote, underwater caves found in the Yucatan, then this book is the next best thing. The author's love of the great outdoors and exotic locales shines through the narrative. A DEEP THING (The Maya translation of cenote) tells the story of Kendall Jackson, who has recently lost her beloved husband, Tim, in a diving accident. As Kendall grieves her husband's dea
M.G. Ryan
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I had the opportunity to pre read this book prior to release to provide a review and was pleasantly surprised to find a well-paced suspense novel which has been brilliantly written and left me captivated from start to finish.

‘The Deep Thing’ draws you in with a kaleidoscope of description, then captures your attention at the end of the first chapter with a massive hook. From there you follow the journey of the main character Kendall, as the life she thought she knew starts to fall apart around h
Darren Smith
rated it it was ok
Mar 06, 2018
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A.K. Smith is the author of debut fiction novel, "A Deep Thing" ( from the Wild Rose Press). She loves all things jungly, beachy and mysterious. Her mission is to write thrillers, suspense, and romance, that have the power to make you stay up late.

A new scuba diver, she counts diving in a cenote (underwater caves in the Yucatan) and surviving-- one of her biggest achievements. Mexico has a special

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