don’t know where you are…
I don’t know what I’ve done…
Teenager Abigail Ryder is devastated when she gets home from school to find her family gone. Nothing makes sense. Things are missing from the house and her stepsisters’ room is completely empty. But the police think she’s trouble, and when grandmother Eleanor tells her to forget them all and move on, there’s no choice other than face the future – alone.
Fourteen years on, Abi and Adam are a happy couple on the verge of parenthood. But when the past comes back to haunt Abi, the only way forward is to go back and uncover the truth – and reveal the dreadful secrets a mother has been hiding all these years.
Having just finished this book, all I can say is wow!
Beneath The Surface is one of those stories that gently draws you into it and then all of a sudden before you know it you are so caught up with the characters that it is impossible to put the book down. I actually read this in one sitting as I had to know why a mother would take two children and suddenly disappear leaving one child behind.
It is hard to actually say much about the story itself as I fear I will give parts away and wouldn’t want to spoil this fabulous story for anyone else.
Abi (Abigail) is a character who you can’t help but have empathy for. At sixteen to have your mother suddenly disappear with the two youngest children is just unimaginable. It is obvious that Abi has struggled with her life since the disappearance of her family. Abi’s parts of the story are actually told through her letters to Adam which is something her therapist has recommended her to do to help deal with her situation.
My favourite character has to be Hannah. She is such a strong and independent young lady. The relationship between her and Lauren was just so lovely to read. The closeness between them both is probably not one that many siblings share and I very much enjoyed reading the parts with the girls in.
Kathryn I have to admit to never warming to. She is such a weak character and as a mother as well as a daughter, I could not relate to her at all.
Beneath The Surface is a story that is filled with secrets and lies. I really did not see certain things coming and it just enthralled me in the story even more. The second half I found quite emotional in parts and at the end I couldn’t stop the tears from flowing down my face.
A highly recommended read.
Many thanks to the author for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.
Beneath The Skin is out on the 24th of March, you can pre order a copy from Amazon.