Huge thanks to the author for my copy of this book. I’ve had this on my kindle for a while and finally got around to reading it!
About the book (via Goodreads):
I 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.
In the interest of honesty, I started this book last Sunday week, and up until yesterday I had only read 30-odd percent of it! Fellow bloggers had said they were hooked immediately but that didn’t happen for me at the beginning of Beneath The Surface. However, once I picked it up last night, I couldn’t put it down as I had gotten into it so completely.
Heidi Perks has written an excellent novel. It has a very intriguing premise, which sets the main characters and the reader on a quest for answers in the book and it doesn’t let up until the very end.
As a mother, these kinds of books make me maaaaaaaaaaaad! How on earth could a mother leave? And not only that, take two of her three children with her and leave one behind? It’s unthinkable!
Beneath The Surface is an intensely emotional read. I mean, it puts you through the ringer. I spent half of the book totally wound up from the tension. Told in past and present, and from different view points, the reader gets into all of the characters minds which works brilliantly as you get to know so much more about what’s going on.
The characters are complex and made even more so as new information comes to light during the course of the book. You cannot help but feel for Abigail; essentially abandoned at 14 when her mother took Hannah and Lauren away never to be seen or heard from again.
Beneath The Surface is a lesson in lies and betrayals and the effects they can have on families. It leaves devastation in its wake and the characters all have to pick up the pieces in the aftermath.
This is a great book for a debut! How far would you go to protect your loved ones? Loyalty and family are all tested in Beneath The Surface. It’s a really interesting premise for a story and I really enjoyed reading it.
I gave Beneath The Surface 4 stars on Goodreads. You can purchase a copy HERE
Happy reading! 🙂