I have received a free advance PDF copy of the book “Beneath The Surface” by Heidi Perks to review. This is Heidi’s debut novel. To find out more about the author you may visit her website.
Here is the book blurb.
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.
The book starts with a short introduction from 14 years ago in 2001 when 17 year old Abigail finds that her mum and 2 year old twin sisters have disappeared from their London home.
We then move forward to 2015 and introduce the rest of the main characters. The twins Hannah and Lauren, now aged 16 are living with mum Kathryn in Mull Bay, unaware of Abigail’s existance. Grandmother Eleanor is in a care home suffering from dementia.
Abigail’s husband Adam wants a baby, but Abigail is secretly still on the pill. Adam books them an appointment to see a fertility doctor. Things spiral from that point on and Abigail tells her past in the format of a letter to Adam. She also wants to find Hannah and Lauren.
Meanwhile we see how unable Kathryn is at making decisions for herself, always relying on her mother. For instance, Hannah wants to know who her Dad is, a question Kathryn can’t cope with.
As a reader, I could tell we were heading for everything to collide, but there were plenty of interesting twists. And I needed my box of tissues when I reached the end. I won’t say any more, so as not to spoil it for you.
Beneath The Surface willl be published on March 24th and is available to pre-order on Amazon, currently priced at £7.99 in paperback or £3.99 on Kindle. I loved it and highly recommend it, Looking forward to Heidi’s next novel.
Disclosure. This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free. All opinions are my own.