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Friday, February 5, 2016

Love Lies Beneath by Ellen Hopkins

Love Lies Beneath by Ellen Hopkins
"Tara is gorgeous, affluent, and forty. She lives in an impeccably restored Russian Hill mansion in San Francisco. Once a widow, twice divorced, she’s a woman with a past she prefers keeping to herself.

Enter Cavin Lattimore. He’s handsome, kind, charming, and the surgeon assigned to Tara following a ski accident in Lake Tahoe. In the weeks it takes her to recover, Cavin sweeps her off her feet and their relationship blossoms into something Tara had never imagined possible. But then she begins to notice some strange things: a van parked outside her home at odd times, a break-in, threatening text messages and emails. She also starts to notice cracks in Cavin’s seemingly perfect personality, like the suppressed rage his conniving teenage son brings out in him, and the discovery that Cavin hired a detective to investigate her immediately after they met.

Now on crutches and housebound, Tara finds herself dependent on the new man in her life—perhaps too much so. She’s handling rocky relationships with her sister and best friend, who are envious of her glamour and freedom; her prickly brother-in-law, who is intimidated by her wealth and power; and her estranged mother. However perfect Tara’s life appears, things are beginning to get messy."- summary from Amazon

I love Ellen Hopkins' books and I really enjoy her adult books. This was an interesting read and I liked it, but I felt the summary was really setting something else up that I was excited to read about but that concept never came to fruition. The climax takes an unexpected turn, which was intriguing, but the ending just felt off to me. It makes sense in the grand scheme of things, I guess, but I don't know. It was a little bit of a letdown; I was expecting a Misery-type book from the summary and from how Tara meets Cavin, but it didn't go that way at all. So it's not a bad book by any means, but I just felt a bit misled.

Overall, a slightly above-average book from a usually awesome author.

FTC: Borrowed book from local library. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.

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