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Under Currents

By: Nora Roberts
Narrated by: January LaVoy
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Summary

The Sunday Times bestseller

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 façade 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...

©2019 Nora Roberts (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK

Critic reviews

"[Under Currents] is brilliantly plotted and unrelentingly propulsive. It is a beautifully written story about the fragility of life and the power of the past and the need to fight back... a highly recommended novel for this summer." (The Washington Book Review)

"...full of powerful, magnetic characters." (Publishers Weekly)

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Nora at her finest.

Loved it, even though I knew what to expect - still a great yarn. A relaxing listen - 3 stories in one.

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Excellent

This is an excellent story. One of the best from a really good author .
The characters are interesting and strong. The double plot is tense and thrilling.

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A lovely long listen

This is another cracking story. It has elements of other books, the author’s obvious love of gardens and dogs, and her enjoyment of small town America. The way she writes about these communities makes me want to up sticks and move countries! There were lots of storylines, but they all converged in the end. The characters were mostly believable, although sometimes the good are a bit too good to be true. Nora certainly knows how to suck the listener into the world she has created. The narrator was excellent as always.

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absolutely fabulous!

I only came to know about Nora last year and she's so talented and amazing,!

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Great book

Nora Roberts never disappoints and hats off to the narrator. Great story, really well told!

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great read as usual

loved it , great narration and plot 3 stories in one , nora at her best

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Good, but with an obvious plot twist

I loved the book; I loved the characters, I found the subject to be relevant to today's society (in general).
But, unfortunately, I saw the villain "coming a mile away".

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Great twists and turns!

I enjoyed the whole story, it kept me engaged and invested in the characters throughout!

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Complex family story

Narration throughout is excellent. The story starts with graphic detail of abuse. It’s not gratuitous, but it is difficult to hear which shows strength in the writing. All is far from normal in the home and this sets the scene for character development of the son and, in later life, his relationship.

It’s well constructed as the years pass and we learn how events have shaped those involved. Very much character driven although events in the latter part of the tale take a very different turn. I enjoyed this overall but attention flagged as some parts were a little repetitive.

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Very Predictable

Predictable and thin story line full of stereotypes and corny conversation that bore you to death

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