- File Size: 1120 KB
- Print Length: 175 pages
- Publication Date: March 20, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XNV8989
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,615 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Below the Surface (The Witness Series Book 5) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Lena has escaped the anguish of her past and is distancing herself from that anguish as much as possible, until her sister is taken by the same people that once held her.
Jeff is the detective investigating the local human trafficking ring who soon realizes that the beautiful barmaid is possibly the key to shutting down the whole organization.
When I read the synopsis, I figured I knew the angle the author would take. After reading the first paragraph, I was even more convinced that I was right in my assumptions. Boy oh boy! Was I wrong? This was nothing like what I expected.
“I look terrible,” I mumbled as I scrutinized my reflection in the mirror. Who would want to hire me? I look like I just went a few rounds with a baseball bat. I sighed as I dropped my chin to my chest and let my shoulders sag. I was running low on funds, and if I didn’t get a regular job soon I was going to be back at the shelter. That thought alone propelled me into motion. Melissa had been a godsend, but life in hiding and running is not something that I ever want to go back to. The ladies at Thrive made me feel like I could do this. I can survive on my own, and I will make it. I just need to find a place that doesn’t ask a lot of questions.
Below the Surface, the 5th book in Witness series was intense, shocking, suspenseful and addictive, but the thing that set it apart from the other books was its darkness and edginess. It is a well-written story with fascinating characters and a captivating plot that made this a difficult book to put down.
Lena, having experienced unspeakable horrors had no trust when it came to men. Haunted by painful memories, but with the will to survive she sets out to reclaim her life. However, demons from her past had other plans and now her sister was in grave danger. To save her sister would mean returning to a fate worse than death. I admired her inner strength and selflessness. The fact that she was willing to go back to the world that broken and destroyed her mentally, emotionally and physically to save her sister spoke to who she was as a person.
The story moved between the past and present, making easy to relate to Lena’s traumatic experience. It took place at around the same time as book 4. However, reading book 4 before reading this installment is not a requirement. The story is easily read as a stand-alone. There were scenes that gave me an uncomfortable feeling; however, I was curious to see how the events would unfold. This is definitely not for the faint of heart. Not only that, it had me on edge throughout most of the story.
Despite me liking the story, I believe a few areas needed more development. I had a hard time accepting that Lena’s sister could so easily get over her experience after being in such a hell hole. Her actions were not typical of someone who experienced trauma making that aspect of the story somewhat unbelievable. Then there were the secret Jeff, the male protagonist was keeping. To be honest it was not what I expected and it left me feeling disappointed. I was hoping for something with a little zing. Honestly, I did not believe that his family being well off was that big of a deal and besides I did not see where it added any value to the story. Furthermore, he did not have a relationship with his family. I was hoping for a reconciliation, but the author did not explore that angle Nevertheless, I loved the role he played in the story. He is patient and protective, especially with Lena
I don’t want to say much about the plot because personally, I believe one should go into this story blindly. If you only knew how tempted I was to skip the pages to see how it played, but I am, glad I did not yield, as that would have ruined the experience for me. One thing I will say though is that I liked how the events played out.
I do not think there is anything else I can say to convince you to read this book. All I can say is this if you enjoy stories that are intense, suspenseful, edgy and semi-dark then this book is for you.
I was pulled right into this story. The story flowed well and kept me interested in the story. The story has laughs, secrets, abuse, suspense, and heartbreak.
If you have not read the below I would recommend reading those books(s) first:
Being Nobody (Witness, #1)
Becoming Somebody (Witness #2)
Promise Me Tomorrow (Witness #3)
Say You Remember (Witness #4)
This is Lena and Jeff’s story. Lena survived hell. She was abused and held captive of r years before she could escape. She is finally back on her feet and moving. She has friends and physically she is doing good. She still has emotion issues and might always. But she must no go back and face hell again. They have captured her sister and what to make a trade. Her sister for her. She knows she is going to do it but she also knows she needs help. Jeff is a detective that is investigating the people who have her sister. They must work together to not only get her sister back but to keep Lena safe and take down the bad guys. Can they work together and can she fully trust him with not only her life but the life of her sister?
I felt I could connect with the characters and the story was a great read.
I highly recommend this book.
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5 Stars from Brianna!
Heather D'Agostino is back in the Witness series with the next standalone installment... one that will have you on the edge of your seat, literally, cover to cover, eating up the pages as fast as you can.
Below the Surface was an addicting and gripping read packed with action, suspense, and smoldering heat. D'Agostino delivers on all fronts and left me wanting those pages to keep turning long after the story was over.
This book was so so good... and sexy and sweet mixed with a whole lot of everything else giving me quite an unforgettable journey. I got lost between the pages, devouring Jeff and Lena's story, rooting for these two to make it. Gah! These two... oh yeah be ready to have your heart stolen... definitely the best of the Witness series!
I loved and breathed every single moment in this book... even the more dark and twisted times gripped me, pinching my heart. The heat and passion in this story mingled with so many twists and turns, it'll leave you breathless and your heart beating just a little but faster.
I highly recommend this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wow, what a brilliantly written emotional rollercoaster of a book!
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