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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Review: Below the Surface

Below the Surface
by Karen Harper

Briana Devon knows her twin sister would never deliberately leave her-—but when she emerges from underwater, Daria and their boat have vanished. Fighting rough waves and a fast-approaching storm, Bree doesn't have time to question: if she wants to survive, she has to swim.

Exhausted and terrified, Bree barely makes it to a tiny barrier island, where Cole De Roca, who has also taken shelter, revives her. Bound to Cole by the harrowing experience, she turns to him as she struggles to understand what happened to her sister. What was her twin, whom she thought she knew so well, hiding? What really transpired that terrible afternoon? And what secrets lie dormant…below the surface?

Karen Harper proves yet once again why she is on my "auto buy" list with this latest entry.

Daria and Briana always dive together. After all, it's their business as well as their passion. And, being twins, they share everything…or do they? Briana comes up from a dive to find both Daria and their boat gone and a storm on the way. Convinced in her heart that Daria wouldn't have just left her, Bree strikes out for land in an attempt to save herself.

She's rescued by Cole, who has also taken refuge on the island. He manages to get her back to the mainland and saves her life, but is he her savior or does he have a part to play in Daria's disappearance. Despite everything, Bree feels she can trust him.

However, Briana soon learns feelings can't always be trusted as she begins to learn of secrets her twin has kept from her. Was one of those secrets enough to bring her harm?

Karen has spun a web of lies and deceit around a framework of love and trust in this suspense-filled story of sisters and lovers. As Briana learns she doesn't know who she can trust, the reader is on the journey with her. Possibilities abound in this book and Karen Harper doesn't let you know until the end who you can actually trust and who you can root for. This is another page turner from one of the masters of page-turning suspense.

She puts more emphasis on her secondary characters in this book than in some of the others I've read, but it works. She especially spends some time in Brianna's other sister's POV, which gives an interesting insight into the family relationship we would only know otherwise from Bree's POV.

All in all, this was another excellent book from Karen Harper.

Reviewed by Rose

WE ARE GIVING AWAY AN ARC OF THIS BOOK IN OUR WEEKLY CONTEST! As an added bonus, all comments on this blog post between 2/19/08 - 2/22/08 will earn an additional entry into the contest! -- DRAWING TO BE HELD ON 2/23/08. GOOD LUCK!

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Pam P said...

Looks like I need to check out her books, two great reviews the past couple of days.

Sarita Leone said...

This is a great review for what sounds like a very interesting book.

Karen H in NC said...

I agree with Pam P; must really take a closer look at this author's work.

CrystalGB said...

Great review. This book sounds good.

windycindy said...

What a super review. The books sounds like a very good one! I really think I would enjoy reading it very much!

Laura K said...

Please enter me in this one. Thanks!

Dru said...

Great review. This book is already on my TBR pile.

Jane said...

I love reading mysteries. I will check out Karen's backlist.

Tara said...

Sounds good to me!

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Bebemiqui said...

Count me in!

Estella said...

Karen Harper is also an auto buy for me.

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Cathy said...

Great storyline. Read the excerpt for this one and would love to read it.

Maureen said...

I would love to win this book.


Stacia said...

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blackroze37 said...

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Dena said...

Great review Rose,it has got to be a wonderful read with receiving 5 books.

Meljprincess said...

Crikey! I saw this book at B&N the other day but I held off buying it in case I'm lucky enough to win an ARC. OH, PLEASE LET ME WIN AN ARC! *g* It sounds fantastic! :-)

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Janet H said...

How have I missed Karen Harper? Reading the review, I know I would love a copy of BELOW THE SURFACE.

Janet H

Sue A. said...

A lot of great authors have been brought to my attention here, like this one!

DaffyHercules said...

I'm looking for a good book to read right now and this one sounds teriffic!