Kate Davies doesn't shy away from sex and for that I'm glad - if you're going to write a book about a youn woman in her mid-20s navigating her sexual orientation, you've almost certainly got to get frank about bedroom action. And In At The Deep End nails how intense sexual connections can skew your perception of a relationship when you're young... It's as fortcoming as Fleabag and actually feels of-the-time.
This is a clever book and one that will doubtless be commercially successful because Davies is careful to hold her readers by the hand as she leads them through various exotic terrains. There’s always a joke to be cracked and the safe haven of Julia’s nice flatmates to return to, or another visit to her middle-class parents in Oxford, who have French windows and eat champagne-and-prosciutto-flavoured crisps. Sometimes I wished Julia would stop being so witty and let herself cast off into the world of raw desire.