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Beneath the Surface

Narrated by: Emma Fenney
Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (78 ratings)

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Summary

I don't know where you are...I don't know what I've done....

Teenager Abigail Ryder is devastated when she gets home from school to find her family gone. Nothing makes sense. Things are missing from the house and her stepsisters' room is completely empty. But the police think she's trouble, and when grandmother Eleanor tells her to forget them all and move on, there's no choice other than face the future - alone.

Fourteen years on, Abi and Adam are a happy couple on the verge of parenthood. But when the past comes back to haunt Abi, the only way forward is to go back and uncover the truth - and reveal the dreadful secrets a mother has been hiding all these years.

©2016 Heidi Perks (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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I loved it. Apart from the Scottish accent 😂

Great book but the narrator is really bad at Scottish accents. It distracted me from the story at times.

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Great story, awful accents.

I loved this book, but the narrator's attempts at regional accents was toe curlingly bad!

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Not as good as the other books

After reading other books by this author and really enjoying them - this one was a real struggle; in fact I couldn't finish it. Got to chapter 20 and gave up (as nothing much seems to happen); so my 2 star is for the story up to chapter 20. Rather chose Three Perfect Liars / Now You See Her.

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Not bad but not great

In a nutshell, started off interesting, but weakened as the story evolved. Also the narrators dodgy accents were somewhat off-putting! Not a gripping read.

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Could this be any more boring??

What would have made Beneath the Surface better?

Better story. Better narration.

What could Heidi Perks have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Given it a story?

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Emma Fenney?

Anyone else.

Any additional comments?

I really struggled with this. I was hoping it would get better but it really, really didn't. I found myself drifting off and thinking of something else, only to realize that I hadn't missed any of the story. I seriously think it was the most boring book I've ever purchased. I should have sent it back. Narration was TERRIBLE too.

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Great read

Really enjoyed this one... I was surprised how much my opinions of the main characters and what had actually happened to them had changed from the start to end of the book. At first I thought it was a story of a split relationship but by the end I was really hoping for a happy ending for Abigail. The book revealed all of the twists at a nice pace and kept me interested right the way through. Enjoyed the narration too.

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What a great story!!

Wow, this one was a bit of a rollercoaster & probably one I would read again! I’ve never cried at the end of a book before, but had a lump in my throat with this one

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A good read

I loved this book, I didn’t want to stop reading . I read it in a day 😁

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Excellent gripping couldn’t put it down

Loved this lots of strands of intrigue. Shall read more of perks writings and highly recommend

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The WORST accents I've ever heard!

A pretty good story almost ruined by TERRIBLE accents by the narrator! The worst Scottish accent I've ever heard!

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  • Getshotzi
  • 16-10-17

Wow!

This is an emotional roller-coaster. Trigger warning for anyone plagued with a tumultuous mother - daughter relationship, but excellent none the less.

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  • Thomas
  • 10-10-17

Tremendous storyline!

Emma fenney Was superb in her narration. It’s the best book I have listen to the Sphar out of my 30 book library. I must read! 🌴🌞🌈 THOMAS, in Sarasota Florida

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  • Lisa Willett
  • 06-05-18

Predictable and boring

I am a huge fan of psychological thrillers, but this one, please save ur money. There's maybe one or 2 unexpectedthings, the rest were predictable, the narrarator wasn't great, and it didn't hold my attention. I even fast forwarded where there was too much background given, or conversations that went on forever. Save ur money and get "The wife between us" That's a great book!!!!

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  • Meli Novelli
  • 29-10-17

I just wanted it to end

I liked the performance but this story was a bit boring with zero payoff. It's as if the author had this idea for a premise but then forgot to develop it. Elena was the only interesting character yet she didn't feel real at all. Katherine was ridiculous and I'm a little annoyed that her condition wasn't researched further so that it could feel like it actually belonged in the story and wasn't just thrown in there for added spice. So annoying when authors just touch on important issues like that without really doing the work. The whole thing was seriously not good or satisfying in any way. So glad I got the audiobook. The performance was the only good thing about it.

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  • YOANKA
  • 20-05-18

What a fantastic read!

This was a very different book from my usual mystery’s and thrillers but so very capturing and entertaining from the very beginning. A definite must read.

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  • ROBIN
  • 02-04-18

So glad I stayed with it !

Not a good beginning, and characters I could not relate to at all. Even the narration made me wonder at times if the reader was that bad or if the character was just that annoying . But I'm so glad I stayed with it! The story and the characters developed into a very interesting, original, and well read book

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  • Go Go Granny
  • 20-01-18

I really like this book

The storyline was riveting. It’s not an off the hook, meaning I caught your attention immediately. I don’t want to spoil your reading so I won’t go into too much detail so I will just say it was a great book.

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  • Monkey-sue
  • 22-12-17

it was interesting.

the narrator struggled with the male voices, and the book was a little convoluted at times. But it was well worth the read, I enjoyed it. I hope you will too!

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  • Jenn
  • 10-09-17

interesting twists and turns

This was a captivating story, there were many instances where I couldn't see where the story was heading but everything always ended up being cohesive. I was expecting a more dramatic explanation of events because as the story unfolded I had a hard time seeing such circumstances happening in real life. But if you can get past that, it's a decent book overall.

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  • James E. Claunch
  • 11-05-20

Fascinating excellent story

I couldn’t put this one down! This author did a wonderful job creating a fast story line that held my attention every minute. Surprise twist at the ending and I highly recommend it!