Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Review - Under Currents by Nora Roberts

Under Currents by Nora Roberts
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: July 9, 2019
Date Read: July 7, 2019
Length: 448 pages
Source: Publisher
★★★★☆
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author, a novel about the power of family to harm—and to heal.

In a perfectly kept house in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, young Zane Bigelow feels like a prisoner of war. Outsiders see his parents as a successful surgeon and his stylish wife, making appearances at their children’s ballet recitals and baseball games. But Zane and his sister know there is something terribly wrong.

As his father’s violent, controlling rages—and his mother’s complicity—grow more oppressive, Zane counts the days until he can escape. He looks out for little Britt, warning her Be smart. Be careful. In fear for his life, he plays along with the insidious lie that everything is fine, while scribbling his real thoughts in a secret journal carefully hidden away. When one brutal night finally reveals cracks in the fa├žade, Zane begins to understand that some people are willing to face the truth, even when it hurts. As he grows into manhood and builds a new kind of family, he will find that while the darkness of his past may always shadow him, it will also show him what is necessary for good to triumph—and give him strength to draw on when he once again must stand up and defend himself and the ones he loves.
My Review

I had a great time with this book.  I read quite a few books written by Nora Roberts years ago but had not picked up any in recent years.  I am now questioning my decision-making skills because I have clearly been missing out.  This was a book that started with a bang and was nearly impossible to put down.  I honestly enjoyed the experience of reading this book.

The book opens in Zane's childhood.  He is a teenager that shows a lot of promise in baseball.  He hopes to use his skill in the sport to escape his home life.  Things are not as perfect at home as they might appear to be to others in their little town.  His mother has served as the school's PTA president and his father is the chief surgeon at the area hospital.  Zane, his sister, Britt, and their parents live in the largest home in town and have a very large lifestyle.  Unfortunately, the reality of their family includes child abuse and domestic violence.

I was completely captivated by this book at the start.  The descriptions of everything Zane and Britt had to endure in their home were so vivid that they felt real to me.  I felt the pain right along with this group of characters and prayed that things would work out for them.  The book then jumps in time and it was nice to see Zane and Britt as adults.  Well adjusted adults with new problems to face.

Darby is ready for a new start.  She is a skilled gardener and landscaper and wants to start up a new business in town.  Her first client happens to be Zane's aunt.  Darby forms bonds with the people in town very quickly and is soon an important member of the community.  When she starts working on Zane's house, things heat up quickly.

I really liked the characters in this book.  Zane and Darby have both overcome terrible events from their past.  They seem to fit together almost perfectly and have great chemistry.  I liked how honest these two were with each other and how they seemed to know when to give the other some space.  Zane is part of a huge family and I really enjoyed seeing those characters both in the early scenes during his teen years and the section that took place in his adulthood. 

This book was exciting.  Maybe a bit too much in a way.  I really did enjoy the story but I felt like some of the things that happened were just too unlikely.  I guess everything in the book could be possible but it felt like more was going on than was necessary.  It is a work of fiction so I just ran with it but I couldn't help but think about how remarkable it would be to have all of these things happen in such a short time frame.

I would highly recommend this book to others.  This book does deal with both domestic violence and child abuse so it might be a difficult story for some readers.  I thought that the situations in the book were vividly told and handled very well.  I definitely plan to read more from Nora Roberts! 

I received a review copy of this book from St. Martin's Press.
About the Author

NORA ROBERTS is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels, including Come Sundown, The Obsession,The Liar, The Collector, Whiskey Beach, and many more. She is also the author of the bestselling In Death series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print. She lives in Keedysville, MD.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook 

8 comments:

  1. I have like read one of her books, one! And that was an 80s. I am behind

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  2. I love the gorgeous colours on the cover and the scenic view!

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  3. I have not read her in a while. She is good.

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  4. I've been curious about this one and it sounds pretty good. Thanks for the great review!

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  5. I'm planning to read this series - I have them all on audio now. Great review

    Anne - Books of My Heart

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  6. It's been a while since I haven't read one of her books

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  7. Oh this sounds good! I had a big Nora Roberts reread earlier this year but her last few books haven't really grabbed me. This sounds perfect. I know what you mean about the too exciting part. It doesn't bother me because I enjoy her books so much but it can be a bit much sometimes.

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  8. I need to get back to her books. I always enjoy them. And I read another glowing review for this today too!

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