- File Size: 384 KB
- Print Length: 188 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Smashwords; 4 edition (June 15, 2012)
- Publication Date: June 15, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008C3HIA2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,040,187 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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From a reader's perspective:
To be frank, Underneath's main character, Hugh, scared the bejesus out of me. But he was so compelling I just had to keep reading. His odd thought process oftentimes gave me chills and made me wonder how many people like Hugh I'd passed by in my lifetime and never noticed. One of the supporting characters, Clare, was also well done, and I found myself identifying with her quickly. She has gumption and drive; both are qualities I admire a lot. The pacing was great and I flew through the book without realizing how much I'd read. I got a few surprises when the same exact words showed up at different times, and it thrilled and delighted me. Something else I liked was the author being from the UK. I learned some new words!!
From an editor's perspective:
I'd like to see a little more refinement of sentence construction and punctuation usage. I can overlook it if there are just a few but this book had a number of them. Short, choppy sentences left me stumbling over the words on more than one occasion. Plotline was bang on. I got the feeling this book was intended to be third person omniscient but it came off as third person limited with head hopping because one chapter would be about Hugh and another about Clare with snippets of other peoples' thoughts or feelings. I really only needed to see the story from two perspectives: Hugh's and Clare's. Quips now and then about random peoples' thoughts or feelings left me dangling (not in a good way). I think more character development of Hugh and Clare could've come from making this one small change.
Now, for my rating:
1 star for a terrifying main character.
1 star for rounding out the two characters I loved as much as was done.
1 star for bringing me to the UK and teaching me; as well as the surprises.
- 1 star for writing style (this is person by person so you may like it. I didn't).
- 1 star for including too many characters' thoughts and for punctuation blips.
3 out of 5 stars. Recommended reading if you like to be just a hair horrified at what could be going on in someone's mind.
The setting is a major city in modern Britain and seemed perfect. Matter of fact, it made me remember my trip to the United Kingdom when he was describing the parks, the ticket machines, etc. I could visualize everything. Also by not naming the city, he gives the "this could happen anywhere" vibe to the story.
Hugh starts in a park describing the people around him while at first glance he is an "every man who likes squirrels" himself, he quickly gets bored and angry. He leaves the park and gets on a train becoming more and more irritated by most things and people he sees--except a young woman named Abigail. Once off the train, he breaks open a car window, steals a coat and then gets infuriated because "it is a cheap copy bought from a no-mark,no-lable and sh**** shop, that sold nothing but cheap s*** for slugs who had no idea what good stuff was." Then he trashes the car.
The two police officers, Clare and Robert, feel realistic. They have their own issues. Robert eats constantly and Clares has aspirations of promotion, as they cross paths with Hugh's rising violent acts. They investigate the car whose owner promptly begins blaming Polish illegal immigrants. Robert and Clare's reactions are perfect. And remain perfect as they move through the story faced with the violence and prejudice of their lives as police officers.
The only negative thing I have to say at all is the plotting felt off. It ended rather abruptly just as the action was about to start. However the tension was high throughout the entire story and it was a decent ending. It simply felt rushed which is why it is getting four stars rather than five.
However a very enjoyable read and a great character study!
Underneath is a story that grabs your attention although it left me with the question "Where was this story headed?" Intrigued, I kept reading.
The story developed with an in depth looks into the thoughts of Hugh, the man behind the erratic actions. He is the person who has the ability to charm with his looks and personality or to use and abuse those who he comes in contact with. Much of his actions are based off a person appearance, his reaction to them and their reaction to him. His mood swings are ignited by even the smallest of annoyances.
The story moves at a consistent speed, not slow and not fast, all the while developing the supporting characters as well. The worried mother, the two police officers, the teenagers looking about for a thrill, and the girls involved are all represented well by the author.
The manner in which the author brings the story to a conclusion demonstrates that the author put much effort and thought into this plot.
After finishing this book, I had to sit for a while and think about how I really felt about the story presented. It does take you to another level of thinking and wondering...What does the person you are in contact with at this moment really think underneath the exterior?
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