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Deep State

by Chris Hauty

Action / Adventure / Spy / Espionage Books with reviews by our Reader Review Panel Crime / Mystery Debut Books of the Month Star Books

LoveReading View on Deep State

A booky health warning should be stamped on this cover… once you start you won’t want to stop! I read right through to 03:30am, until I had devoured every single and absolutely wonderful last drop. Hayley Chill, ex-military and champion boxer, is a new West Wing intern in the White House. When she finds the body of the Chief of Staff, she also finds a clue that it wasn’t the reported heart attack, and everything now points to an assassination plot on the president. The first few pages really sum up Hayley Chill, she is courageous, honourable, and can kick some serious ass. In other words, she is someone you would most definitely want on your side. Chris Hauty has the ability to highlight a life in just a few sentences, adding to the vivid overall picture in my mind. Deep State is a fast-moving, full-on adrenaline hit. Please, please tell me that this is the start of a new series, because I want more! Chosen as a Liz Robinson pick of the month and LoveReading Star Book, because Deep State really is that addictive.

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Deep State Synopsis


A covert state hidden within a government;

a secret organisation of high-level operatives;

exerts control through manipulation and a culture of pain and fear.

It is entrenched.

It is hidden.

It is deadly.

Who can you trust?


The White House Chief of Staff is dead, discovered collapsed in his home. Paramedics say it was a heart attack, but something's not right - and only his intern, Hayley Chill, can see it.

After her fears are dismissed by police, Hayley uncovers an organisation buried in the furthest reaches of government. Now she has no way of knowing who she can trust.

Then things get really dangerous.

There is a plot to assassinate the president, one they are ruthless about hiding. They know that someone is on to them, and soon they will know that it's her. So Hayley must work like the Deep State:


Trust no one.

Kill - or be killed. 

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Deep State Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

Mind stopping, heart racing - you'll love the tension on every page. Brilliantly written, and you're with Hayley every step of the way. Full review

Elizabeth Anne Rhodes

A gripping political thriller with a feisty female protagonist - don’t underestimate Hayley Chill! Full review

Annie Day

Well written, with a fast-paced plot, this is a book you will want to stay up to finish. Full review

Pauline Braisher

Deep State Press Reviews

'Full of twists and unexpected switchbacks, this one will keep you hooked to the very end' JAMES SWALLOW Sunday Times bestselling author of Nomad 


'Deep State has just become the first author since Sarah Pinborough to completely floor me with a pitch perfect unexpected resolution. Brilliant'

'This one had great twists and turns. When I thought we were headed in one direction, it would veer off into another and I loved it'

'This is going to be THE book for 2020' 'Somewhere between David Baldacci's Absolute Power and Vince Flynn's Tern Limits. Timely set ups makes this page turner unputdownable . . .'

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781471185618
Publication date: 23/01/2020
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781471185618
Publication date: 23rd January 2020
Author: Chris Hauty
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 384 pages
Genres: Action Adventure / Spy, Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, Debuts of the Month, Debuts, Liz Robinson's Picks of the Month, Star Books,
Categories: Political / legal thriller,

About Chris Hauty

Chris Hauty is a screenwriter who has worked at all the major movie studios, in nearly every genre of film. He currently lives in Venice, California, in the company of a classic Triumph motorcycle and a feral cat. Deep State is his first novel. Photograph by Lauren Ehrenfeld Chris Hauty is also on Instagram @chrishauty Our first Author of the Month for 2020 is Chris Hauty. His debut novel Deep State is an addictive, action-packed, espionage thriller that has not only been selected as a Debut of the Month but has also been a Liz Robinson's Pick of the ...

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