To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Under Ground Hardcover – July 16, 2015
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Top customer reviews
I was really drawn to the cover of this book. It's simple, eye catching and piqued my interest.
I found myself getting into the story pretty quickly and I enjoyed meeting and getting to know all the characters as they settled in, but I found it starting to drag a little in the middle. I'm not sure what it was that made it feel that way for me, perhaps the characters reactions to what was going on just didn't resonate. I didn't feel the sense of panic or action that I would have expected from the situation, their reactions weren't particularly what I would imagine happening. There was a lot going on but at the same time it didn't seem like there was enough going on considering their situation. The dialogue didn't feel natural, it was stilted and didn't come across as realistic at times. Very few of the characters had enough depth for me to really care about their outcome.
It started to pick up again nearer the end. The ending although it worked just kind of came out of nowhere. The guilty party just didn't sit right with me, it came out of the blue and had me thinking... What?
That being said, the atmosphere created worked well and I could imagine the claustrophobia and helplessness of being in such a situation but I am left with mixed feelings about the book. It held my attention in parts but other parts I just couldn't relate to or care about at all.
The inhabitants of The Sanctum are a wide ranging group and include gun crazed survivalist Cam Guthrie, with his racist, vicious bully of a son, a wife suffering from some kind of religious mania and daughter Gina, Jae-Lin Park and his parents, Tyson Gill, his young daughter, Sarita, and his South African au Pair, the rich and bossy Vicki Maddox and husband James, elderly couple the Dannhauser’s and their daughter Trudi and Will Boucher, who has arrived to help Greg. From the start, this ill assorted group – with their secrets and personal issues – are not destined to get along. However, when one of them is found dead, murder is suspected, and fear stalks those underground. For, although looking for safety, the group find themselves in a more dangerous situation than they could have imagined.
I have mixed feelings about this book. Although the general premise is an interesting one, most of the characters just seem so stereotypical that it is hard to warm to them and, also, much of the dialogue is stilted and unrealistic. I enjoyed the first half of the novel more than the end, which seemed rushed and confused, with too many possibilities and suspects. However, certainly the storyline showed some promise and I would try another book by this author, despite the weaknesses.
The Sanctum is build on an old military underground base, which makes sense if you want to save a ton of money digging a hole in the ground. The buyers were not all rich, but all are doom day preppers, and of course there would be a religious family in the mix, followed by a mixed race family, ultra rich DINK + dog and a few more interesting characters.
Meanwhile, surface dwellers are dying from a virus by masses, and it is chaos while WHO initiates a vaccine and cure. The Sanctum dwellers snicker as they watch the sufferings of normal people above ground. Until people starts to die...
It kept me guessing, all the time... everyone has a motive, everyone has an alibi of sorts. No one is really stupid in the book, except Sarita the kid, who is the only one unaffected by this event. With the death of the developer who had the thumbprint to unlock the safe house, everyone is trapped.
The plot is so thick you have to waddle in it, and the characters are well thought out, every one of them, and there are about sixteen (if I counted right) of them. Talk about keeping track of progress. Yes, the ending was good, actually better than good...
Bet you cannot guess who the killer is either.