Posted in 2020, ARC, Contemporary Fiction, First Read, Karol Ann Hoeffner, literary fiction, Novel, Review Copy

Knee Deep by @KarolHoeffner

Named after a hurricane, Camille is the rebellious sixteen-year-old daughter of a New Orleans bar-owner who grows up in the shadow of Bourbon Street, raised on stories of hauntings, lusty encounters and voodoo magic.  And even though her family loses their home in a hurricane, she counts herself among the lucky until she discovers that her eighteen-year-old neighbour whom she secretly loves goes missing in the storm. In Camille’s own words: “This is the story of what happened to me on Fat Tuesday, how I ended up on the steps of St. Mary’s, the hem of my pirate’s petticoat soaked in somebody’s else’s blood. Although I know the story to be true, I don’t totally believe it myself. Like all good tales born out of the bayou, mine involves the dead, the living and the one trapped in the brackish waters between heaven and hell. It is the story of true love and true disaster, and at the end of it, I’ll leave it up to you to decide which is the harder to survive.”


[You know how people are always saying ‘what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas? Well, what happens in New Orleans mainly gets ignored]


@RegalHouse1, 25 September 2020, 219 pages, e-book, #ARC from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed)




I really wanted to read this book when I read the blurb. It just sounded like a good read. I’ve also not read many books set in New Orleans which was also a selling point. This a coming of age book which deals with first love, loss and a little bit of voodoo thrown in. I got quickly lost in the book and kept turning the pages. This is very well written and a great read. I look forward to seeing what else the author has to offer as this was pretty terrific.


I live in Glasgow in the UK with my partner. I work in the Financial Services. I like reading especially Joyce Carol Oates and Stephen King. I write fiction and poetry. I enjoy watching TV (Grimm, Torchwood, Doctor Who, Lip Service, The L Word etc). I like to play video games and am a fan of survival horror especially the Silent Hill franchise. I like to watch movies especially horror and anything where someone dies.

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