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Under Currents

by Nora Roberts

Books of the Month Books with reviews by our Reader Review Panel Relationship Stories Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on Under Currents

If you enjoy your relationship stories with a sharp spike of drama and a hefty dose of attitude then this could well be the book for you. A violent father terrorises his children, as Zane and his sister grow up, a particular incident changes their lives and sets in motion their future. While best described as romantic suspense, it does actually feel as though there are two stories here as Nora Roberts lays out the background to the trauma of Zane’s childhood before we then meet him as an adult. She really doesn’t pull any punches, yet manages to thoughtfully balance the aggression with love and support from outside of the immediate family. The suspense is handled nicely, with the reader being ahead of the game, and therefore squirming as the characters leave one particular avenue unexplored. While there is violence to be found between the pages, it is the later relationship tale that sits at its heart and turns this into a two-part tale. Under Currents is an engaging, hard-hitting read, sitting within a very romantic relationship tale. 

Liz Robinson

Under Currents Synopsis

Every town has its ugly little secrets...

From the outside, the house in Lakeview Terrace looks perfect and the Bigelows seem like the perfect family: the respected surgeon father, the glamorous, devoted mother and two beautiful children. A perfect family, in a perfect house living their perfect lives.

But perfect surfaces can hide dark undercurrents and behind closed doors lies a very different story. Teenager Zane and his younger sister, Britt, are terrorised by their violent father and dysfunctional mother. Too afraid to speak out, Zane does his best to protect his sister and counts the days until they can finally be free.

One dark, brutal night when their father's temper takes a horrifying turn for the worse, the perfect facade is exposed for the lie it is and Zane and Britt manage to escape. With the help of their beloved aunt, they rebuild their lives a day at a time, creating new families and putting their past behind them. But a childhood like that can cast a shadow the length of a lifetime. Can Zane and Britt ever be free of their past? Or will those dark undercurrents rise to the surface, forcing them to fight for their lives once again...

Under Currents 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.

A comprehensive and readable account of the effects of hidden domestic abuse. Full review

maxine broadbent

Undercurrents by Nora Roberts is a great way to while away the time, especially during these restrictive days of coronavirus. A great read, full of detail and suspense, yet another successful novel Full review

Glenda WORTH

I was utterly engrossed in this brutal and hard-hitting romantic suspense story, so much so that there were times I could barely blink as the tension ratcheted up. Full review

Miriam Smith

Fab book, well written, great characters and I read it in no time at all just so I could find out what would happen. Full review

Krissy Rix

Under Currents by Nora Roberts starts off with a bang and tapers to a steady story about abuse of power in the beginning to the repercussions of those in a sleepy town. Full review

Riki Bill

An enjoyable read from Nora Roberts with a cast of likeable characters who pull you along on their journey. A more challenging theme throughout the book rather than it being romance-led but the usual Robert’s charm nonetheless. Full review

sheila robertson

A very good read. Full review

Celia Cohen

This had me hooked from the first page - a great read Full review

Alison Bisping

A renowned author I now need to explore romantic, suspense not too dark - not afraid of tackling difficult issues and writing well. Recommended read. Full review

Jane Brown

One of those books where you think, I'll just read another chapter and then it's suddenly 2am! Full review

Sarah Jones

I loved the plot, storyline, descriptions of people and places, characters and landscaping business. Fires the imagination. Full review

Andrea Stordy

Under Currents Press Reviews

If you're after the perfect pick-me-up, take-me-away-from-the-world read, then she's your woman - Guardian

The most popular novelist on Planet Earth - Washington Post

Nora Roberts is a superstar - New York Times

I love Nora Roberts - Stephen King

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ISBN: 9780349421940
Publication date: 14/05/2020
Publisher: Piatkus
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780349421940
Publication date: 14th May 2020
Author: Nora Roberts
Publisher: Piatkus
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 544 pages
Genres: Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, Relationship Stories, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Thriller / suspense, Adult & contemporary romance,

About Nora Roberts

With more than 280 million copies of her books in print and over a hundred New York Times bestsellers to date, Nora Roberts is indisputably the most celebrated and beloved women’s fiction writer today. She is also the author of the bestselling ‘In Death’ suspense series written under the pen name J. D. Robb.

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