REVIEW - Depth by Lev AC Rosen

In a post-apocalyptic flooded New York City, a private investigator’s routine surveillance case leads to a treasure everyone wants to find—and someone is willing to kill for.

Depth combines hardboiled mystery and dystopian science fiction in a future where the rising ocean levels have left New York twenty-one stories under water and cut off from the rest of the United States. But the city survives, and Simone Pierce is one of its best private investigators. Her latest case, running surveillance on a potentially unfaithful husband, was supposed to be easy. Then her target is murdered, and the search for his killer points Simone towards a secret from the past that can’t possibly be real—but that won’t stop the city’s most powerful men and women from trying to acquire it for themselves, with Simone caught in the middle. 

I could have quite happily have read this book without the mystery in it!

The setting of this novel is just phenomenal and I did not tire reading about it, Depth is set in a New York of the future, a New York where the water level has risen and not just a couple of feet.  

The ocean has turned New York in to an island, cut off from the mainland, the water has risen up and covers everything below 21 stories.  New Yorkers are nothing but resilient and they continue to thrive above the water line living in the heights of the remaining towers or residing in boats.

There was something just incredibly mesmerising about the whole setting it was like Blade Runner without the replicants set in Venice (if that makes sense!), there is something incredibly eerie about sunken buildings, empty rooms full of memories hidden from sight, never again seeing the light of day.

Anyway I digress I'm totally forgetting that there is a story here! PI Simone Pierce is one of NYC's best investigators and her current case is a potential unfaithful husband but her investigation turns in to a murder with Simone near the top of the list of suspects.

However she carries on, determined to prove her innocence she finds her case growing arms and legs.  As well as the unfaithful husband she has been a "tour guide" for a young man visiting from the EU, he believes that despite the flooding that there is tunnels and dry areas below the water line, and if this is the case there could be something interesting there.

Her cases prove to be linked and the deeper she delves, more bodies mount up and more danger comes her way, all leading to a incredible finish.

So I hope I have given you a gist of the story, the city seems so dark, damp and foggy, the perfect setting for mystery novel and Simone is the perfect character, kick ass and relentless.  

I would love to read more about this world, I don't know if more books are planned but I think there is a lot more to be discovered in this very wet yet intriguing New York City.

Thank you to Regan Arts for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review

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  1. Combing post-apocalyptic and then also having a murder mystery? Whoa, this sounds like my kind of read! I love a mystery but there needs to be another element in there to keep me entertained, and having it cross two genres is good enough for me :D

    1. This was an epic read, plus the setting of extremely flooded New York was just amazing!


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