AN EXTRAORDINARY NOVEL OF LOVE, SUSPENSE, AND HORROR
Annabel is a troubled young woman trying to put her life back together. She takes a trip to the Suffolk coast to clear her head and get away from her stifling mother. When she arrives in the little seaside town she discovers a series of grisly murders have taken place.
Then a fateful meeting with Jude, a fascinating man who lives in a world of faded grandeur, takes her on a journey of self-discovery. Although Jude is supportive and kind, Annabel is not sure whether her feelings for him are reciprocated. Yet she finds some peace in his beautiful country house which shelters other damaged souls. But Jude comes under suspicion from the police, and the idyllic community is threatened.
Can Annabel escape her past or is her destiny sealed? And why is she haunted by horrific visions when she seems on the verge of finding love and happiness?
This is Betsy Reavley’s astonishing debut novel which will take you on a shattering journey through Annabel’s dreams and nightmares. It contains scenes some readers may find disturbing.
This book seems to have received a lot of mixed reviews, after reading it in a way I can understand why.
If like me you are a fan of this authors books, it won’t come as any shock to know by now that her books very much veer on the dark side. This one though seems to be even darker and I have to admit it probably won’t be everyones cup of tea.
The first two thirds of the novel follow Annabel who is trying to get her life back together after being in a mental institute. Obviously her mother and brother are concerned for her welfare but she is determined to prove to them that she can do it and the only way is to move out.
After a chance meeting with Jude, an opportunity arises for Annabel to move into his home which is almost like a commune. There arn’t that many people that live there but they all have their places and seem to fit together well. Annabel feels very much at peace there apart from her feelings towards Jude which confuses her.
Jude is one of those people that I think people just draw towards him. He is very much a free spirit and doesn’t answer to anyone. I think this unattainable side to him attracts a lot of the females who all seem to have a bit of a soft side for him and think they can change him.
Everything seems to be going well for Annabel until the third part of the novel which is where the story takes a very disturbing direction. It’s hard to say to much about this part of the story with out giving to much away but it certainly isn’t one for the faint hearted and does become quite uncomfortable in parts to read. Saying that though it all felt right in the way that the author handled it and I thought the ending was really within keeping to the whole story.
As long as you go into this book with an open mind, it really is a good one. Yes it’s uncomfortable and slightly disturbing but I think for readers who like to have their boundaries pushed, it’s perfect. Beneath The Watery Moon is a bit like experiencing someones nightmare for yourself. By the end I had goosebumps and it made me feel glad to be wrapped up at home, safe and warm.
Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.
Beneath The Watery Moon is available to purchase from Amazon.