Today I’m happy to be a part of the Love Lies Beneath blog tour. I received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.
For those of you unfamiliar with Ellen Hopkins, she is the author of Crank, Burned, Impulse, Glass, Identical, Tricks, Fallout, Perfect, Tilt, Smoke, and Rumble. She writes about tough topics such as drug abuse, sexual abuse, religion, suicide, teen prostitution, perfectionism, and more. She also has two other adult novel, Triangles and Collateral.
Ellen is a favorite of mine, but this book is slightly different than the rest. Let’s take a look.
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Collateral comes a gripping novel about a woman caught in a love affair that could be her salvation…or her undoing.
Tara is gorgeous, affluent, and forty. She lives in an impeccably restored Russian Hill mansion in San Francisco. Once a widow, twice divorced, she’s a woman with a past she prefers keeping to herself.
Enter Cavin Lattimore. He’s handsome, kind, charming, and the surgeon assigned to Tara following a ski accident in Lake Tahoe. In the weeks it takes her to recover, Cavin sweeps her off her feet and their relationship blossoms into something Tara had never imagined possible. But then she begins to notice some strange things: a van parked outside her home at odd times, a break-in, threatening text messages and emails. She also starts to notice cracks in Cavin’s seemingly perfect personality, like the suppressed rage his conniving teenage son brings out in him, and the discovery that Cavin hired a detective to investigate her immediately after they met.
Now on crutches and housebound, Tara finds herself dependent on the new man in her life—perhaps too much so. She’s handling rocky relationships with her sister and best friend, who are envious of her glamour and freedom; her prickly brother-in-law, who is intimidated by her wealth and power; and her estranged mother. However perfect Tara’s life appears, things are beginning to get messy.
Writing in beautiful prose, Ellen Hopkins unveils a new style while evoking her signature poetic form that readers fell in love with in Collateral and Triangles.
As I said above, Love Lies Beneath is different than all of Ellen Hopkins’ usual books. The first noticeable difference is that its title is three words as opposed to one. The second difference is that it doesn’t focus on heavy issues, but instead, deeper psychological ones that are not as obvious as others.
This novel was written in prose, and while it was poetic, it was such a huge difference from her other books that it look me a while to get into the book. Tara starts off really narcissistic, making her not so likable. At first. As the book goes on, Tara slowly starts to unravel and you begin to see new layers to her that you wouldn’t think you’d see when you first open the book.
Tara has been married three times, and on a ski trip with her sister, comes across a guy who seems to enjoy taking very good care of her. At first Cavin seems like a good guy, but as the book goes on, Tara starts to notice strange things happening, like a car sitting outside of her house. Almost as though they are watching her.
The ending definitely has a twist you won’t see coming. For some time during the book, things happen that you question, and the ending sort of clears it up. While the twist didn’t happen until the very end, it’s still somewhat satisfying. But there’s definitely a sequel coming, one I very desperately want to read.
I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars.
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