Susan P. (Boston, MA)
Beneath the Shadows
A story of a young couple who have inherited a house and move to North Yorkshire, a place where the husband spent a little time in his youth. (The place itself seems also to be a character in the book.) He disappears one day and the book covers the wife's determined plan one year later to find out what happened. It's a subtle but mesmerizing story that's hard to put down. You will want to read it in one sitting, as you're slyly pulled in, somehow knowing there's something dark somewhere. I loved it. If you enjoyed Rosamund Lupton's SISTER and AFTERWARDS, you'll enjoy this one.
Carole P. (framingham, ma)
Beneath The Shadows
As a lover of gothics, I was a bit sceptical when I started this book. Having grown up with REBECCA, I knew what a true gothic was. Happily this lived up to my expectations. It was indeed suspensful and haunting. Sara Foster gives you everything. Two brooding men, a heroine you care about and a tragic mystery. The setting in the North Yorkshire moors was just an extra bonus.
Becky M. (Crumpler, NC)
A good start
I've struggled with writing this review because I liked the story, I really did. I didn't figure out the ending which is always a good thing when it comes to mysteries. The setting proved to be a character in itself; that's a plus in my book. But the narrative lacked a sophistication I've come to expect in a British mystery. I'm sure experience is the key to improving this. Conversation seemed a little simplified and didn't flow in a way that felt normal or expected. The plot headed in the right direction but sometimes seemed filled with gaps--a little more exploration into personalities and details would have enhanced the read. Still, the basic premise was intriguing and I wanted to finish the book, so I lean on the positive side of a 3 for this debut novel.
Theresa R. (Sierra Madre, CA)
I was excited about getting to review this book - it sounded very interesting. The book grabbed me from the beginning, making me want to continue reading to find out hat happened. The author was great at bringing the characters to life. I just thought that it started to drag a little bit toward the end, and then all of a sudden, the twist was there and then the book ended.
Overall, it was a decent book and I'd be interested to read another book by this author.
Kate G. (City Island, NY)
This mystery is set in the northern wilds of England. Grace's husband disappeared a year prior while out walking their infant. The baby was returned unharmed in her carriage, but her father never came back. While Grace is trying to find some answers, she discovers she may not have known her husband as well as she thought she did. In a nice touch, while staying in this scary, old house she reads Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.
Lesley M. (Mesa, AZ)
Beneath the Shadows: A Mystery Set in the Moors
I enjoyed this book because I like a good scare and the author, Sara Foster, was able to do this by creating an eerie setting that was described as cold, remote, and spooky with a plot and set of characters that were wrapped in a mystery. The book kept my attention, throughout, but the ending was a little too neatly sewn up. It was a pleasure read, but not one that would lead to a hearty book discussion. Foster is a great descriptive writer, though, and I would like to read other books by her; maybe something in the horror genre.
Melissa P. (Greenville, New York)
Beneath the Shadows
Grace and Adam move to the cottage once owned by his grandparents on the Yorkshire moors. Grace is not really thrilled with the setting but she has no idea what is to come. Adam mysteriously disappears after going on a walk with their infant daughter Millie. Millie is found safe in front of the cottage but there is not a trace of Adam. Grace returns to the cottage months later to finalize things and to see if she can find any answers to the burning question: what happened to Adam?
This book had good twists and turns and I did not really see the ending coming. The characters were interesting and complex. I felt for Grace and wanted her to get some sort of closure about her missing husband. This book was a good mystery and had some hints of romance in it as well. I recommend this book.