Thursday, August 9, 2012

Book Review: Beneath the Shadows by Sara Foster

Title: Beneath the Shadows

Author: Sara Foster

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Publication Date: June 2012

Genre: Adult Fiction/Gothic

Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone

Synopsis can be found here.
NetGalley Review.

Grace comes homes to a note from her husband. He's taken their baby, Millie, and will be right back. But time passes and Adam does not return. When Grace opens the door to find Millie there, sound asleep in her stroller, she knows something has happened to Adam.
Much later on, after a fruitless search and no leads, Grace returns to the cottage. She tells neighbors it's to pack it up and do some renovations, but really she's searching for Adam. What happened to him? He wouldn't just leave her, and their baby behind. Would he?
I was hoping to read a very creepy Gothic mystery, especially with all of the blatant Rebecca references.

There is a lot of darkness and mystery, surrounding this town away from civilization and the secrets her neighbors keep. I had a very clear idea of Meredith, Claire, Ben and Annabel. Foster did a great job creating characters that blended into the bleakness of the setting, as well as those who stood out like red flags against the white snow. But the best character in the book was the town. The woods, the cliffs, the general creepiness of this lost wonderland. When Annabel, Grace's sister, and James, Grace's friend, arrive for a visit, they are no less than warm breezes traveling into this stark world.

Grace's search is slow going and while it gently builds momentum, some of the frightening scenes weren't all that scary to me. Grace's character is also probably the least interesting of all of them, that is until she's been up there long enough to think she may be going crazy. While the ending did hold a pretty good twist, it wasn't shocking from all the hints left like breadcrumbs along the way.

Overall, I enjoyed Beneath the Shadows. But don't expect to see Mrs. Danvers.

Rating 7 Pretty Cool, Would Recommend

1 comment:

  1. I've been looking at this book for a wile i might just read it