Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Beneath the Shadows by Sara Foster
There were nice moments of suspense in this book, but overall, it didn’t live up to the potential the storyline really had.
The book has an almost gothic feel to it with a good build up of atmosphere. The creepiness in the small town and the people living in it really establish a good momentum that is, unfortunately, not taken advantage of in the main plot line.
The main character, Grace, is a woman whose husband disappeared one day after heading out for a walk with their daughter. So we expect Grace to be distraught and a bit paranoid, but she is not nearly as traumatized as we’d imagine. I would have like to have read a bit more about Adam, since he is hardly described or filled out for us. It would have made everything much more suspenseful if we’d had flashbacks or something to show a bit more about him.
But really, the biggest problem is that it wasn’t a very original twist at the end. I won’t reveal it, but the reader can see it coming about half way through the book. That’s the most disappointing thing, especially when the author did such a nice job of setting a particular mood for us.
If you like mysteries, this one is probably not for you because you’ve most likely read very similar stories.