Beneath the Water Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Sarah Painter writes novels which sometimes have historical elements or touches of magic, but always have an emotional core. Her debut novel, The Language of Spells, became a Kindle bestseller and was followed by a sequel, The Secrets of Ghosts. Her last book, In the Light of What We See, was also a bestseller and a Kindle First pick. Sarah lives in rural Scotland with her children, husband, and a grey tabby called Zelda Kitzgerald. She drinks too much tea, loves the work of Joss Whedon, and is the proud owner of a writing shed.
- ASIN : B071JXWXGS
- Publisher : Lake Union Publishing (February 8, 2018)
- Publication date : February 8, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 3652 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 330 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #141,637 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Sarah's books leave me wanting more. To me, that is a sign of a good, steady writer. In her acknowledgements, she gives props to DAVE - well, if Dave's love has offered her the ability to write books like this one GOOD ON YOU DAVE. Keep it coming and we will love you, too!
On to the next!
I had previously purchased & read The Language of Spells by her and I liked it enough to purchase another of her books, The Secrets of Ghost, but I have to say I did enjoy this so much more. It could have just been the historical fiction is more my thing than anything else, though my taste really is all over the place when it comes to books. I was expecting more magical realism when I added this to my “want to read” list a few months back, but this turned out to be something totally different than my previous experience with Sarah’s stories and I was not disappointed.
Set in Scotland [my favorite place to read about & #1 in my to travel to someday list] we get a little history, small-town gossip, and mental health issues, among other things. I really enjoyed this book & look forward to reading some more of her work.
I found this book to be more of a romantic mystery albeit a rather obvious one. The formula has been seen before many times, mysterious house with mysterious owner and rediscovered old letters. If you enjoy this read the book, if you are expecting any magical realism as in her trilogy you will be disappointed.
Honestly I thought it was rather generic and could take it or leave it. It is not likely to be a book I will remember in a months time.
Top reviews from other countries
When we meet Stella she is still heartbroken and reeling from her break-up with Ben. Desperate to get away for a while she travels up to the north of Scotland to a little village called Arisaig, to visit her friends from university who are now a married couple. Whilst up there her friends decide it would be good for her to stay for a while, so apply for a job in Munro House on her behalf. Eccentric aspiring author Jamie Munro, lord of the manor, employs Stella as his assistant and it is not long before he is making wacky demands and his character known to her. Stella begins reading through old letters in the archive from a Victorian woman discussing her husband, Dr James Lockhart, and Stella begins to see eerie similarities between James and Jamie. Stella begins to find herself attracted to Jamie (OK we did see that coming) but things are never easy as the village folks keep alluding to the “bad history” associated with Munro House.
Painter weaves the two stories from different centuries together seamlessly with her lyrical prose. The writing just seemed to flow so well and Beneath the Water is just one of those books to completely immerse yourself in. The author sets the scene perfectly as descriptions of the house and the village are so vivid, the words showered over me so that all of my senses were stimulated at the one time.
There is this underlying tension to the story though that seems to increase every day. A dark, menacing undercurrent that is like the gothic Munro House itself. The characters were all multi-dimensional and believable. I especially liked how Stella had had a heart condition that made her fragile like a bird, and as for her friends, Caitlin and Rob? Some friends they turned out to be!! My senses were piqued almost immediately with them as I knew something was off.
I didn’t just read this book, I experienced the whole journey. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical Fiction with an air of mystery.
As well as having problems with the prose, I also found the main protagonist a total wimp. Woman up!
I wouldn't recommend this book. At all.
I loved the setting of Arisaig and the descriptions of the landscape. The story started off well, and I was intrigued by the letters from the past at the start of each chapter. The slow burn of the relationship between the two main characters is well done, but the dramatic ending was a bit odd.
The character of Rob was a bit of a mystery, why was she so chummy with him if he was such a horrible person?
The ice bath thing was a bit strange, too, and I thought the hero was a bit of a tool, to be honest.