July 7, 2015

Love Lies Beneath

that we are essentially
water and wonder
how many eons
we squander,
every time
we allow
ourselves to cry." ~ pg. 51

Once a widow, twice divorced Tara is a woman who prefers to keep her past a secret. Following a ski accident, she begins to trust Calvin, her handsome surgeon. Tara is swept off her feet. But then she notices strange things: threatening texts, a mysterious van staked outside her home, a break-in and odd behavior from Calvin. Tara is housebound in recovery so there's nowhere she can go. Besides, there is no one to turn to, certainly not her envious sister, her prickly brother-in-law, her jealous best friend or her estranged mother. Tara's life may seem perfect but her past is catching up to her future. What's done in the dark for sure comes to light, sometimes not until the last minute.

"I'm stark, raving sane." ~ pg. 30

I expect certain things from certain authors. When I pick up an Ellen Hopkins novel, I expect beautiful prose. Not so when I looked at the first page of Love Lies Beneath. I saw paragraphs, chapters, punctuation! It completely threw me off making it hard to concentrate on the story. Sure, the story line was a great theme but it was hard for me to get past the standard novel format. Instead I only got a glimpse of six or seven poems that served to separate parts of the book. Love Lies Beneath would've been so much greater with Ellen Hopkins' signature poetic writing style.

"Tell stories, like the snow." ~ pg. 226

Love Lies Beneath is expected to be published on July 21, 2015. Hopkins fans, if you're like me and love her prose, hesitate on placing your pre-order. Download a free sample before purchasing the whole book. For those new to Hopkins, give her a try.

DISCLAIMER: This book was received directly from the publisher for review purposes only. In no way does it influence my review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Title: Love Lies Beneath
Author: Ellen Hopkins
Published: July 2015
Pages: 313
Edition: Galley
Rating: ♥♥♥


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