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…
OMG!! What a thrilling ride!! I've loved all this author's previous books, however this must be her best to date. It had me hooked from start to finish.
"I often wonder what would happen if everything we hid under the surface showed on the outside."
That's how this brilliant chilling thriller by one of my favourite authors, Sibel Hodge, starts. Makes you think, eh? With this sentence the author drew me into the story straight away and I found myself unable to stop reading till I reached the very last page.
Holly Gold has just returned from London leaving behind pain and disappointment. She's now in Ashfield, her hometown, writing features for a local magazine.
One day the town is rocked by devastating news. A teenage boy, Dean, slaughters his parents in a frenzied attack and then takes his own life at home. Everyone in Ashfield is shocked by this horrible event. The boy's mother was Holly's best friend. Urged by Dean's grandmother to find out the truth as to what really happened in the Hudsons' household, Holly begins her own investigation. She can't believe Dean could do something as terrible as this. Did he really do it? Or was someone else involved? If he did it, why? What happened? What was the trigger that made a normal boy, a bright student, snap like that, obliterating his entire family? When another teen commits suicide soon after, Holly starts looking for any links between the two tragedies. But someone is not happy with her snooping about and will do anything to stop her in her quest. Holly could never have imagined the consequences of her investigation.
This book is not just your usual investigation-into-a-murder-case kind of book. It goes much deeper and is more thought-provoking than that. I certainly wasn't expecting the direction the story took. Thanks to her clean, articulate writing, the author kept me intrigued and took me on a chilling ride that made me literally shiver at times... and think. I won't say much more about the plot for fear of spoiling it to other readers. I'll just say that this is a fast-paced story of corruption, fraud, scandal and murder. It is the story of a woman seeking justice. A courageous woman who finds herself alone against an invincible enemy. But she will do anything to dig deep for answers, even if that means losing everything she holds dear in the process.
Well, 'Beneath the Surface' is a totally shocking, believable, alarming story that gave me the chills. It is a fantastic work of fiction with a very disturbing (and quite realistic) notion at its centre.
I really enjoyed reading this book, I think it's brilliant and I highly recommend it. Well done Ms. Hodge. Bring on the next one!
With thanks to the author for an ARC of this book which I voluntarily accepted to read and review.
Sibel Hodge is the author of the #1 Bestsellers Look Behind You, Untouchable, and Duplicity. Her books have sold over 800,000 copies and are international bestsellers in the UK, USA, Australia, France, Canada and Germany. She writes in an eclectic mix of genres, and is a passionate human and animal rights advocate.
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 International 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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