Dean Hudson didn’t look evil…so what could drive an ordinary boy to kill?
When the teenage son of Holly Gold’s school friend brutally murders his parents before killing himself, her sleepy home town is rocked by the sudden tragedy.
Appalled, Holly investigates. What could have caused the happy-go-lucky boy she remembers to commit such a heinous crime? When another teen commits suicide, she uncovers a horrifying link between the recent deaths and a dark conspiracy to hide the truth.
But someone doesn’t want Holly asking questions and, as she hunts for evidence to prove her theory, she’s dragged into a nightmare that threatens her life and her sanity. Then tragedy strikes again—and this time it’s closer to home…
Beneath the Surface is a gripping psychological suspense-thriller from the bestselling author of Duplicity, Look Behind You and Where the Memories Lie.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
I have to admit that this is my first book by Sibel Hodge so now my reading pile just got bigger because I have a lot of catching up to do. This is a book that makes you take a step back and think that this is more than a possibility and so that makes it scary.
When Holly Gold returns to her home town with a failed relationship in the gutter and her journalist career in tatters she obviously feels on a bit of a downer but after hearing the terrible news that her old school friend’s son has wiped his whole family out it sort of makes her get a grip on reality. She knows that there must be a cause for him to have done this, something that was out of his control so it gives her a new purpose. Somethings in life you just can’t fix you can only try to find out why something happened.
The murder story in this small town over shadows the growing number of teenager suicides that is taking place but Holly’s digging begins to shine a light on some similarities that link them together. The trail is one that brings danger too close to home with devastating consequences. This is an hornets nest that once poked with a stick just won’t go away and Holly had one hell of a big stick.
This story has that could happen feel with it, which in itself is scary. The characters are solid from the insecure Holly competing with her obnoxious brother, to the teenagers that still see their priority being to preserve their own reputations and not see the bigger picture. The research that has gone into this is very obvious with even additional recommended information obtainable from the back of the book.
This story was full of surprises for me. Loved the shock impact of the start and the gradual build after. Highly recommended.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Her work has been nominated and shortlisted for numerous prizes, including the Harry Bowling Prize, the Yeovil Literary Prize, the Chapter One Promotions Novel Competition, The Romance Reviews’ prize for Best Novel with Romantic Elements and Indie Book Bargains’ Best Indie Book of 2012 in two categories. She was the winner of Best Children’s Book in the 2013 eFestival of Words; nominated for the 2015 BigAl’s Books and Pals Young Adult Readers’ Choice Award; winner of the Crime, Thrillers & Mystery Book from a Series Award in the SpaSpa Book Awards 2013; winner of the Readers’ Favorite Young Adult (Coming of Age) Honorable award in 2015; a New Adult finalist in the Oklahoma Romance Writers of America’s International Digital Awards 2015, and 2017 Thriller Writers Award finalist for Best E-book Original Novel. Her novella Trafficked: The Diary of a Sex Slave has been listed as one of the top forty books about human rights by Accredited Online Colleges.
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