The Dark Beneath by J. S. Law~ Mini Review


About the book:

A sailor is found dead on board a Navy submarine. 

Although it’s ruled a suicide, fearless star of the Special Investigations Branch, Lieutenant Dani Lewis, knows the man’s wife was found brutally murdered only days before. Now she must enter the confines of HMS Tenacity and interrogate the tight-knit, male-only crew to determine if there’s a link.

Trapped deep in the ocean – the only woman on board with a possible killer in tow – the pressure will rise quickly for Dani Lewis. And she may need to choose between the truth and her own survival if she’s to make it out alive.

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The Dark Beneath by J. S. Law

About the author:


J.S. Law joined the Royal Navy in 1993 as an apprentice and went on to serve for twenty years, the majority of that time spent in the Submarine Service. He rose through the ranks, taking a commission as an engineering officer in 2001, and serving as a Senior Engineer and Nuclear Reactor Plant Supervisor, where his responsibilities ranged from the safety and operation of the submarine’s nuclear power plant to hydraulic plants, fridges and toilets; it was the latter of these tasks that brought the majority of any pressure.
His final years in service were spent training future submariners in his role of Senior Lecturer in Nuclear Reactor Engineering.
Having written short stories and novels throughout his naval career, James completed an MA in Creative Writing at Portsmouth University shortly before leaving the navy in 2013, completing his debut novel, Tenacity, shortly afterwards.
James lives in Hampshire with his wife, Elaine, and two children. He spends what spare time he has riding his bike around the South Downs and travelling to Edinburgh to watch Scotland play rugby at Murrayfield stadium.

My thoughts:

The Dark Beneath, previously marketed as Tenacity by J. S. Law has been on my radar (no pun intended) since it was first released, but I hadn’t gotten around to buying it until recently! Having heard that there was a second instalment coming featuring Dan Lewis (The Fear Within), it was high time I bought this. I’m a huge thriller fan, and I love all things nautical/naval, so I had a feeling this would be one I’d enjoy. Couple that with the RAVE reviews from bookish friends, I had a feeling I’d enjoy it. And I wasn’t wrong.

In TDB, we meet Dan, a naval officer. In the prologue, she is face to face with a colleague, who also happens to be a killer. In the wake of the investigation, Dan is publicly shamed and denounced by her peers when a paper she has written is leaked. Fast forward to 2014, she is called on to investigate the apparent suicide of a naval officer, whose wife had been found murdered, on board Tenacity, a naval submarine. 

I’m not going to say any more about the plot because you NEED to read this book for yourself. Law’s writing is superb, and attention to detail is second to none.  I really enjoyed learning more about Naval protocols, and most especially about the submarine itself. I am a big fan of all things nautical, so The Dark Beneath was a no -brainer for me as regards reading it.

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Dan is a great female lead and I look forward to catching up with her in the next book. A cracking plot, one of the best prologues I’ve read in a long time and excellent characterisation means this book is just all kinds of great!

Highly recommended!

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