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Title: Love Lies BeneathDNF Book Image
Author: Ellen Hopkins
ISBN: 9781476743653
No. of Pages: 320
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Origins: Atria Books
Release Date: 21 July 2015


“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.”

Love Lies Beneath by Ellen Hopkins

I love Ellen’s YA novels. They are so powerful and almost always tackle difficult topics. I was hoping her adult novels would be equally compelling. I found that this one was not so. Instead, I felt like I was reading a rehash of Fatal Attraction/Sleeping With the Enemy but with a main character who is utterly selfish and oblivious to other people’s problems. This may have one hell of an ending. I didn’t care enough to find out if it did.

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