Under Currents
For both Zane and Darby, their small town roots hold a terrible secret. Now, decades later, they've come together to build a new life. But will the past set them free or pull them under?Zane Bigelow grew up in a beautiful, perfectly kept house in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Strangers―and even Zane’s own aunt across the lake―see his parents as a successful surgeon and his stylish wife, making appearances at their children’s ballet recitals and baseball games. Only Zane and his sister know the truth, until one brutal night finally reveals cracks in the facade, and Zane escapes for college without a thought of looking back...Years later, Zane returns to his hometown determined to reconnect with the place and people that mean so much to him, despite the painful memories. As he resumes life in the colorful town, he meets a gifted landscape artist named Darby, who is on the run from ghosts of her own. Together they will have to teach each other what it means to face the past, and stand up for the ones they love.

Under Currents Details

TitleUnder Currents
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 9th, 2019
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
ISBN-139781250207098
Rating
GenreRomance, Romantic Suspense, Fiction, Suspense, Contemporary, Mystery, Contemporary Romance, Adult, Thriller, Audiobook

Under Currents Review

  • Corina
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsYES YES YES!!!This book checked all of my boxes.I read it over three days, and I WISHED I could have curled up on a Saturday and read it all in one piece. This book deserves your uninterrupted attention - that's how good it was.First of all, at 17% I already teared up.The book was a motional powerhouse, well written, and as always very well plotted, Under Currents was one of my favorite Nora Roberts books to date.Different than other books, the deeply developed characters carried the en 4.5 starsYES YES YES!!!This book checked all of my boxes.I read it over three days, and I WISHED I could have curled up on a Saturday and read it all in one piece. This book deserves your uninterrupted attention - that's how good it was.First of all, at 17% I already teared up.The book was a motional powerhouse, well written, and as always very well plotted, Under Currents was one of my favorite Nora Roberts books to date.Different than other books, the deeply developed characters carried the entire story. They were through the roof and awesome in every sense. The author took the time, and built a backstory that wove throughout the entire book. It wove in and out, until it all came full circle and was much more than expected.Under currents - literally all the small things that bubble under the surface, hard to see until they explode and bring the ugliness to the foreground and for everyone to see.What I loved about this book was numerous.I loved how much time Zane and Darby had as a couple. It's not often that a relationship is getting enough time to really establish itself. Half of the book was all about Zane and Darby, their relationship, and their connections with his family and the Lakeview community - I loved it all.Some of the side plots really surprised me by the way they were resolved. I was Half of the book was all about Zane and Darby, their relationship, and their connections with his family and the Lakeview community - I loved it all. I was always wondering what was to come next - this is not all, more is coming. It really kept me on the edge of my seat.Zane and Darby were fantastic together. Their trust in each other, to accept the other's independence, to support and build each other up - it truly was the heart and soul of the entire novel. They were a couple that worked for me from beginning to end. I'm a big lover of banter, well written dialogues, sarcasm and quick retorts - and this book had it all.Also the community, and especially Zane's family, their friends and the supporting cast was exceptional. I loved them ALL!!! If these kind of small towns really existed in real life I would be moving STAT!The underlying message was powerful, important, and never gets old.Abuse in any way, verbally, emotionally or physically is just not ok, and this book covers it all. It's heartbreaking at times, but there is always a hopeful and uplifting message right along. The entire plot was beautifully crafted. From the suspenseful to the emotional - Under Currents had it all.A true winner if you ask me, and one of her best one yet.✵ ✦ ✷ ✫ ✷ ✦ ✧ ✵ ✧ ✵ ✦ ✷ ✫ ✷ ✦ ✧ ✵ ✧ ✵ ✦ ✷ ✫ ✷ ✦ ✧ ✵ ✧ ✵
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  • jv poore
    January 1, 1970
    Wherein Ms. Roberts delves a bit deeper into mystery/suspense and casts diabolical characters with few redeeming qualities. Balanced by the easy-to-see, beautifully landscaped backdrop and admirable characters that the reader wants to be friends with, Under Currents is the quintessential drop-everything-and-bury-your-head-in-a-book read.
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  • Jina Bazzar
    January 1, 1970
    Nora Roberts is a word magician. I love the way she can make the reader step out of reality and into her stories, embark in the suspense and tension and love of her imagined characters.That said, I enjoyed this story very much, but I can't say it was amazing – save for part 1, that one was a real jaw dropper. I could have read that part as a stand alone and I'd have rated it a five star.But the rest, I don't know. I think there were many parts that could have been deleted without changing the st Nora Roberts is a word magician. I love the way she can make the reader step out of reality and into her stories, embark in the suspense and tension and love of her imagined characters.That said, I enjoyed this story very much, but I can't say it was amazing – save for part 1, that one was a real jaw dropper. I could have read that part as a stand alone and I'd have rated it a five star.But the rest, I don't know. I think there were many parts that could have been deleted without changing the story, save for the overall appeal. I think the suspense in part 3 and part 4, along with the tension and action could have been made into one part, trimmed down so that the plot would've been... what's the word? A page-turner? That's not the word I'm looking for, but let's keep it, as I think the reader wouldn't have been able to put the book down. But then again, maybe things would have seemed hurried, so I can't say that'd work.Well, put that aside, and we have here a book, an incredible read that could have been a real life story – simple, adorable, witty, filled with love and pain and the darker realities of life. This author holds back no punches!
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  • Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
    January 1, 1970
    Nora Roberts has a gift for writing stories that portray all the intricate dynamics of family - the good, the bad, and the ugly. Her stories often demonstrate the power of family to either destroy or save lives and frequently deliver a theme of nature vs. nurture that I find fascinating. I love knowing when I open one of Roberts books that the human spirit of a character may be sorely tested, but the will to survive and persevere over evil will triumph in the end. And I appreciate that she often Nora Roberts has a gift for writing stories that portray all the intricate dynamics of family - the good, the bad, and the ugly. Her stories often demonstrate the power of family to either destroy or save lives and frequently deliver a theme of nature vs. nurture that I find fascinating. I love knowing when I open one of Roberts books that the human spirit of a character may be sorely tested, but the will to survive and persevere over evil will triumph in the end. And I appreciate that she often tackles sensitive subjects such as child and spousal abuse with grace, respect, and empathy as she does in Under Currents.I'll briefly touch on the storyline, leaving readers an opportunity to experience this book firsthand as it should be. Under Currents is divided into three parts with the first part taking place in the past and the second and third parts picking up the storyline in present time. In part one, readers meet Zane & Britt Bigelow - a brother and younger sister who appear to have it all - a picture-perfect family living in a picture-perfect mansion in a picture-perfect part of town. But looks are deceiving, and readers quickly learn all is not as it appears as these two children are silently suffering the ultimate betrayal at the hands of those charged with loving and protecting them . . . their parents. Until one explosive night when everything changes.Fast forward about twenty years and readers are introduced to Darby McCray - a feisty, spirited newcomer who's opening a landscaping business in a small town in the Blue Ridge Mtns. of North Carolina. After the recent tragic hit & run death of her mother, she's looking for a new start far away from an abusive ex-husband. (This is the first time one of Roberts' romance/suspense heroines has reminded me (in mannerisms & actions) of Eve Dallas, the heroine of her In Death series written as J.D. Robb.) When Zane returns to his hometown to open a law office, the two meet and a slow-burn romance begins to flourish. And now everything is picture-perfect in their lives until ghosts from the past rise to stalk and threaten them. Someone is on a mission of revenge, but who's the target?As always, Roberts flawlessly weaves family and community and the routine of daily life into a story with emotion, laughter, tears, love, and a strong sense of belonging. The characters are relatable and well-developed, each playing their role extremely well. I will say I would have liked a little more reader insight into the inner thoughts of the villain, but I guess the vagueness of him/her adds to the suspense for some. The setting is authentic (I live in N.C. and know the area well) and rich in details that tease the senses. I like the way the title is reiterated in the story as under currents are always present in one form or another, running beneath the surface as evident in this story. There are several twists and turns to keep readers on their toes and guessing until the very end. While you may or may not be shocked by the final reveal, I think you'll enjoy the journey as this book is an addictive Must Read!*A special thank you to St. Martin's Press for a paperback copy of this arc.**Reviewed at: Cross My Heart Reviews
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  • Stacee
    January 1, 1970
    This was my first Nora book and I went in a bit trepidatious due to the subject matter. I loved Zane and Darby. They have a great relationship and just fit together perfectly. Zane’s family is fantastic and I loved seeing all of the built in support. Not to mention the people Darby collects as she gets settled in. The characters were definitely best part of this story. Plot wise, it was a bit repetitive and drawn out. The arc I read was 435 pages long and didn’t need to be. There were so many ra This was my first Nora book and I went in a bit trepidatious due to the subject matter. I loved Zane and Darby. They have a great relationship and just fit together perfectly. Zane’s family is fantastic and I loved seeing all of the built in support. Not to mention the people Darby collects as she gets settled in. The characters were definitely best part of this story. Plot wise, it was a bit repetitive and drawn out. The arc I read was 435 pages long and didn’t need to be. There were so many random tangents, I got to a point where I was just skimming parts that felt unnecessary. I did like that how the story was broken up a bit, even if the first third of the book was entirely about Zane getting beaten repeatedly as a child. And even though I spent the entire time waiting for the shoe to drop {spoiler alert: there are many many shoes and they all drop}, I really wanted to know what happened. Overall, it was the characters that kept me reading. I’m curious about other Nora books, but I don’t think this was the one to start with. FYI: rape and loads of graphic domestic violence **Huge thanks to St. Martin’s Press for providing the arc free of charge**
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    Having a surgeon as a father, Zane and his sister, Britt, live a privileged life. Or so it seems from the outside. They both live in fear on a daily basis and look forward to the day they can leave for good. Freedom comes sooner than later in one terror filled night.The first thing I want to say about this book is that it deals with domestic abuse and some of the scenes are quite disturbing. This is an excellent story of resilience, strength and family. I gave it a 5 star rating on the character Having a surgeon as a father, Zane and his sister, Britt, live a privileged life. Or so it seems from the outside. They both live in fear on a daily basis and look forward to the day they can leave for good. Freedom comes sooner than later in one terror filled night.The first thing I want to say about this book is that it deals with domestic abuse and some of the scenes are quite disturbing. This is an excellent story of resilience, strength and family. I gave it a 5 star rating on the characters alone. Every character is well developed and likable (well, maybe the bad ones aren't likable). The story moves at a very quick pace and it was refreshing to see Zane and Britt grow up to be responsible, well rounded adults working in professions that help others. The suspense is edge of your seat and although some of the events wrap up quicker than expected, the reader is always waiting for the next shoe to drop. And it does.ARC courtesy of St. Martin's Press, Goodreads giveaway
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    *I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. This review is solely my own.*This story is classic Nora Roberts. It includes everything her readers have come to love in her stories: family, love, mystery, community, and a bit of suspense.My favorite themes in Under Currents are family and community. The sense of family and belonging are interspersed in this book and make it a stand-out story for me.Possible trigger warnings: domestic abuse.
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  • Liz Barnsley
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent and emotional family drama. Full review to follow.
  • Nicole R
    January 1, 1970
    Y'all, I have said it so many times before and I will say it again, no one can write a compulsively readable story (for me) like Nora Roberts. I pick up her books and just sail through the pages. I become completely engrossed in the story, the characters, and the setting. The storylines are predictable (there is no real mystery to who the bad guy is and you know the leads are going to end up together), a bit repetitive (I mean, it is contemporary romance so there is a winning structure), and I g Y'all, I have said it so many times before and I will say it again, no one can write a compulsively readable story (for me) like Nora Roberts. I pick up her books and just sail through the pages. I become completely engrossed in the story, the characters, and the setting. The storylines are predictable (there is no real mystery to who the bad guy is and you know the leads are going to end up together), a bit repetitive (I mean, it is contemporary romance so there is a winning structure), and I go back and forth on whether the dialogue is realistic or a bit choppy (maybe both?). But I don't care.The magic of Nora is that I just sink into the story. I lose track of time and place. I, in equal measures, want to read as quickly as possible to be in the book's world and as slowly as possible so I do not have to leave the characters. And, while the literary merit may be relatively low, the entertainment value is sky high. And, I cannot discount how much I value simply enjoying what I am reading. Okay, now that my gushing over Nora is done (for now), on to my actual review. I'll make it quick.When Zane Bigelow was thirteen years old, living his seemingly perfect life with his seemingly perfect parents, the facade cracked and the abuse that had been happening for years came to light. Flash forward 18 years and Zane now-Walker is back in his hometown, overcoming the shadows of his past to live close to his aunt and uncle and sister once again. And, lo and behold, there is a new woman in town. A woman running from her own abusive past. Looking to start new in a new place where she can find community and friendships. Darby McCray is strong, resilient, but also wary and hesitant to trust again. But, their pasts may not be as far behind them as they hoped. Well, I have already gone on and on about the parts of this book I loved (though, did I mention the super cute dog?!?) but I will throw in a few negatives. There was a lot of abuse in this book. Child abuse, spousal abuse, just straight out assault. And, because this is romance, it does not get overly descriptive, but it was seemed like abuse just followed these people around. It was necessary for the plot, but it bordered on too much.And, spousal abuse is a theme in this book (fair warning). I thought Nora did a nice job of attempting to display the many facets of that and the emotional manipulation that goes along with the physical abuse. But, again, it does not get overly descriptive or dive too deep. I didn't necessarily want it to go much deeper or it would have morphed into a completely different book, but it can irk me when these very serious and complicated topics are smoothed out for story's sake. So, that was a toss up. I also wanted more of the interactions with the family! And that is Nora's own fault because she writes such compelling secondary characters. She writes them in a way that makes me want to know more about them. To explore all of their relationships with each other. And there just isn't space to do that! lolBut, overall, the pros far outweighed the cons. In fact, I am giving it a favorite rating. Partly for the story, partly for my love of Nora, and mostly because it was the exact book I needed right now.Thanks for St. Martin's Press and Macmillan Publishers for an advanced reader's edition of this book in exchange for an honest review!
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  • Katie (katieladyreads)
    January 1, 1970
    Typical Nora and felt a lot like The Obsession but it was a nice mix of romance and suspense. The ending was predictable and I could have done without all the “darlin’”s but would still recommend.
  • Anita
    January 1, 1970
    Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher in exchange for an fair and honest review.Very intense beginning which casts a shadow over the whole book. Mystery/Suspense 90% and Romance 10%, and a very sedate, one step up from cozy, romance at that. I love a great Mystery/Suspense and can forgive a lot if the Romance is subpar, but I can't even say this book is in that category. There were intense moments, but you just knew that Zane's psycho dad was going to come back to wreck Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher in exchange for an fair and honest review.Very intense beginning which casts a shadow over the whole book. Mystery/Suspense 90% and Romance 10%, and a very sedate, one step up from cozy, romance at that. I love a great Mystery/Suspense and can forgive a lot if the Romance is subpar, but I can't even say this book is in that category. There were intense moments, but you just knew that Zane's psycho dad was going to come back to wreck havoc, no surprise that. The other baddie, well that was no surprise either. Extra points for Nora Roberts in tackling the family abuse issue. If even one woman makes a change because of this book, it is worth it. The only thing that saved this book was that Nora Roberts is one of the most gifted writers ever and she can take a plot and, even though your know where it is heading, make you enjoy the ride.Zane Bigelow's young life is one big secret. His parents are the perfect couple, he a doctor, she the perfect society wife. But behind closed doors life was hell for Zane and his sister. When the doors are blown off the perfect home in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains, the seeds of a deadly revenge take root and begin to grow. Darby McCray has come to Lakeview, North Carolina looking for a new beginning. The mother she loved, and was a business partner with, is killed in a tragic accident and Darby has fled her own demons. She just wants peace and a chance to grow a new landscaping business. It doesn't take her long to decide Lakeview is the place to plant her roots.Zane has come home to Lakeview and is determined to face his own demons. He and Darby have a rare and precious gift in each other and nothing is going stop them, especially the demons from their pasts. 3 1/2-Stars
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  • Donna Hines
    January 1, 1970
    When broken souls meet up and fall in love....I have never read a more complex situation with so much back flow yet it came together so nicely with the past meeting full on to the present and igniting their future together.Here we have a situation in which Zane's past of abuse and Darby's come together to change both of them for the better.It's not hard to see the writing on the wall. If you've lived in a toxic environment for years you can see the red flags or warnings from across the way but n When broken souls meet up and fall in love....I have never read a more complex situation with so much back flow yet it came together so nicely with the past meeting full on to the present and igniting their future together.Here we have a situation in which Zane's past of abuse and Darby's come together to change both of them for the better.It's not hard to see the writing on the wall. If you've lived in a toxic environment for years you can see the red flags or warnings from across the way but not everyone has that skill so you must be knowledgeable and stay on full alert.I love how Nora shows every facet, interaction, and character persona in full view.Under Currents is the ebb and flow of abuse and the feelings and emotions that accompany such actions.I won't give away too much but safe to say the ending was certainly a shocker and the twist throughout were not expected not even in the slightest.Revenge is in the air so be careful! Proceed with caution. As always watch your back!Never live a life of fear. Live a life without regrets. You cannot control what's beyond your control.
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  • Cathy Bowen
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this book from a Goodreads giveaway sponsored by St. Martin's Press, but I have read many of Nora Roberts' books. This book covered a tough topic of domestic abuse, but balanced it with a strong sense of family and community and the power to heal. This wasn't my favorite Nora Roberts book, but I enjoyed it very much.
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    Another great one by Roberts
  • Charlotte
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to the publisher, St. Martin's Press, for an ARC!! This review is solely my own.I'm a huge Nora Roberts fan and love all her books. I think I love them even more with her current publisher. I really like her more recent books more than her earlier ones. I love that she tries to not be as predictable has she has been in the past. The only reason that I didn't give this book 5 stars is that I was a little annoyed by the plot. Poor Darby and Zane, I mean seriously, how much violence can o Thank you to the publisher, St. Martin's Press, for an ARC!! This review is solely my own.I'm a huge Nora Roberts fan and love all her books. I think I love them even more with her current publisher. I really like her more recent books more than her earlier ones. I love that she tries to not be as predictable has she has been in the past. The only reason that I didn't give this book 5 stars is that I was a little annoyed by the plot. Poor Darby and Zane, I mean seriously, how much violence can one poor couple or in Darby's case, one poor person really deal with. How did she end up the focus of so many abusive people. I think it was just one or two people, The Drapers, too many. I get how it adds to the story at the end but that started to take it a bit too far for me.As always, I loved her writing and flew through the book as I normally do. It kept me entertained and at the end I wanted more. If this had been the first in a series that follows a whole family, I definitely would be reading the next one. I think this is definitely one will be in my personal top 5 of Nora Roberts books.
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  • Juli
    January 1, 1970
    I would like to thank the publisher, the author, and the lovely indie bookstore Scrawl Books for my advanced copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.This was a 3.5 stars read for me. It had classic Nora Roberts elements but also new features I haven't seen in (m)any of her books. For starters, it reads more like a family saga rather than her usual suspenseful romances. I really enjoyed getting to know her characters in this novel, how their lives are intertwined and how their todays I would like to thank the publisher, the author, and the lovely indie bookstore Scrawl Books for my advanced copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.This was a 3.5 stars read for me. It had classic Nora Roberts elements but also new features I haven't seen in (m)any of her books. For starters, it reads more like a family saga rather than her usual suspenseful romances. I really enjoyed getting to know her characters in this novel, how their lives are intertwined and how their todays were shaped by their yesterdays. Roberts, as usual, does an excellent job highlighting the intricacies of interpersonal relationships that range from quirky and fun to deeply bonded in good and in bad ways. The book also shines in its characters which are all well-developed, relatable, and real. In fact, the budding love interest between the two protagonists, Zane and Darby, seems normal and like true life. That also is a double-edged sword, because if you're looking to leave reality and immerse yourself in a fairytale type romance (as many of Roberts' books entail), you will be disappointed here. In fact, this novel has the potential for several triggers including domestic abuse, sexual misconduct/rape, and stalking; and thus does make for an uncomfortable read at times.The reason I am deducting points is because this book is marketed as a suspenseful romance but it is lacking suspense (and the romance is a tad too casual, too much of a byproduct or side story). The unknown villainous figure tormenting the town of Lakeview is fairly predictable and not surprising. I have read other Roberts' mysteries that really dug into the mind of the perpetrator and had me on the edge of my seat wanting to find out who did what. This one, unfortunately, did not. It made up for it, of course, by excellently showcasing family dynamics, community, and the need for belonging, and had me devouring the book because of that. In fact, would it had been advertised as such, it would've received 4 or 5 stars for sure. Overall, if you're looking for a book that dives deep into how past events influence what person you become and how a community deals with tragedy, this is the book for you.
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  • Shelby
    January 1, 1970
    This was/is a pretty intense read from the start. The first 75 pages read like its own book. Love the characters in this book.
  • Bailey Ritter
    January 1, 1970
    I received this advanced copy of Under Currents from a Goodreads giveaway and was excited to read one of the latest books from Nora Roberts, one of my favorite authors. The book opens with the reader meeting the Bigelow family, Dr. Graham, Eliza and their children Zane and Britt. The Bigelow family seems to have it all, the perfect house, the perfect family, and the perfect life until one explosive night you learn that things aren’t always what they seem. After a violent and abusive night, the f I received this advanced copy of Under Currents from a Goodreads giveaway and was excited to read one of the latest books from Nora Roberts, one of my favorite authors. The book opens with the reader meeting the Bigelow family, Dr. Graham, Eliza and their children Zane and Britt. The Bigelow family seems to have it all, the perfect house, the perfect family, and the perfect life until one explosive night you learn that things aren’t always what they seem. After a violent and abusive night, the family truths come out and Britt and Zane are able to start the process of healing and overcoming tragedyThe book advances forward about 20 years and Zane and Britt are grown up leading amazing lives with the support of their aunt Emily, her new husband and their grandparents. We then meet Darby, a landscaper with a troubled past who turns out to be quite the badass. The book continues as we see Zane and Darby get close learning about each other’s troubled past, dealing with the trouble and challenges of their present and hoping to learn from their pasts to protect their futures . This book tells a wonderful story of family and community. It dives into the harsh reality of domestic abuse and shows how sometimes there is so much more going on underneath the surface.
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  • Kris Dickinson
    January 1, 1970
    * I read this ARC thanks to the publisher* I really liked this novel. Which is easy to say since I really like most of Nora Robert's books (99%) This was hard to put down and I was finishing the last few pages before I had to leave for work. It has a slight similarity to 'Shelter in Place' with the timelines but otherwise was its own story. Such a powerful read since it involves parental and spousal abuse but it was very well handled. I had about 100 pages left, thought I knew the outcome, could * I read this ARC thanks to the publisher* I really liked this novel. Which is easy to say since I really like most of Nora Robert's books (99%) This was hard to put down and I was finishing the last few pages before I had to leave for work. It has a slight similarity to 'Shelter in Place' with the timelines but otherwise was its own story. Such a powerful read since it involves parental and spousal abuse but it was very well handled. I had about 100 pages left, thought I knew the outcome, could envision the ending. Nope! The ending completely took me by surprise but once Id read it, I though 'oooh, ok!' I will definitely continue to recommend her books, including this one. Thank you St Martin's and my boss for giving me the chance to read this!
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    What lies behind closed doors? On the surface the Bigelow family seems to be the ideal family. A dedicated surgeon and a devoted mother, but the children know the truth about what lies beneath. One night their perfect image is shattered and the truth emerges. Zane and his sister break free and start fresh, but the past re-emerges and threatens everything. This was really great and suspenseful, and it looks at abusive relationships from several perspectives. Another page-turner from Nora Roberts!
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  • Darlene Farris
    January 1, 1970
    Nora Roberts is one of my favorite authors and has been for years, especially her stand alone romantic suspense. I was thrilled to get an advance copy from St. Martin’s Press. It was very difficult to keep reading the first part because of the horrific subject matter, child abuse. Then adding spousal abuse just broke my heart and gave me nightmares. Her characters are always likable and relatable or in some cases totally despicable. The story was fluid and touches your heart.I’m glad I read this Nora Roberts is one of my favorite authors and has been for years, especially her stand alone romantic suspense. I was thrilled to get an advance copy from St. Martin’s Press. It was very difficult to keep reading the first part because of the horrific subject matter, child abuse. Then adding spousal abuse just broke my heart and gave me nightmares. Her characters are always likable and relatable or in some cases totally despicable. The story was fluid and touches your heart.I’m glad I read this and also enjoyed all the gardening and landscaping tidbits.
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  • Rick Molitor
    January 1, 1970
    This was a well written story. The characters are very well thought out. The story is very intense. She gives you enough clues to tell where the story might be heading but throws in enough twists and turns to keep it interesting.
  • Tonstant Weader
    January 1, 1970
    was reading two other books when I picked up Under Currents by Nora Roberts while I waited to recharge my e-reader. Well, as always happens when I start reading her books, everything fell by the wayside, including making supper. I read from beginning to end with only a short break when I realized I was very hungry at around midnight.Under Currents begins with the story of Zane’s teen years, living in a hellish home ruled by an abusive father and mother. He was committed to protecting his younge was reading two other books when I picked up Under Currents by Nora Roberts while I waited to recharge my e-reader. Well, as always happens when I start reading her books, everything fell by the wayside, including making supper. I read from beginning to end with only a short break when I realized I was very hungry at around midnight.Under Currents begins with the story of Zane’s teen years, living in a hellish home ruled by an abusive father and mother. He was committed to protecting his younger sister, Britt, and somehow, someday unmasking his parents, a daunting task in view of his father’s wealth and power. It all comes to a head in a violent confrontation that changes the future for all of them.The second part of the book, some twenty years later, introduces us to Darby, a charming woman who moves to Zane’s hometown. She’s one of those people whom other people confide in and is a hard-working, decisive, organized, and ambitous landscaper who soon sees Lakeview is a perfect place to settle. She launches her business landscaping a rental bungalow for Zane’s aunt, Emily. At the same time, Zane moves home to Lakeview, leaving behind his successful career as a prosecutor to settle into a small town general practice lawyer. Sparks fly and attraction blossoms.A recurring theme in Under Currents is abuse and violence. Not only was Zane and his sister abused as children, Darby was abused by her ex-husband. Zane also interviews a potential client whose wife exhibited signs of abuse and he, discreetly, lets her know he will help her if she asks. As grim as the abuse story lines are, they are counterbalanced by the warmth and joy of friendship and family. There is true community here and it is more powerful than the evil it confronts.I love that Under Currents is centered so much on Zane – even more than on Darby. This is a story about both of them. I also love the strong feminist ethos, Zane as much a feminist as Darby, though neither of them really talk feminism, they live it.Here’s the thing with Nora Roberts. She writes about good people. Sure there is nearly always a bad guy or two, but the story is about good people who find each other and who have healthy relationships from the beginning. Women are sexually liberated, unashamed of their passions. Men may want to love and protect, but they don’t want to own and control. People may have suffered trauma and have some lingering hangups and triggers, they get on. They make life work.Under Currents is also understanding how some struggle to free themselves from abuse, an understand of how abusive people undercut their victims. It is compassionate and kind, the same as its main characters. Roberts writes about values, exploring how they are challenged and how humanitarian values can triumph.Under Currents will be published on July 9th. I received an ARC from the publisher through Shelf Awareness.Under Currents at St. Martin’s Press | MacmillanNora Roberts author web site.Official Blog for Nora Roberts and J.D. Robb Readers★★★★https://tonstantweaderreviews.wordpre...
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  • Tracie Gutknecht
    January 1, 1970
    I have read almost all of Nora Roberts' books and as much as I love her different series, I'm beginning to think I enjoy the stand-alone novels the best.Under Currents delves into domestic abuse, its effect on family dynamics and the repercussions. Of course, Roberts throws in some mystery and some romance to round out the novel.Zane and Britt Bigelow are the children of a successful doctor and his stay at home wife. They have a lovely house in a beautiful lakeside community, but all is not what I have read almost all of Nora Roberts' books and as much as I love her different series, I'm beginning to think I enjoy the stand-alone novels the best.Under Currents delves into domestic abuse, its effect on family dynamics and the repercussions. Of course, Roberts throws in some mystery and some romance to round out the novel.Zane and Britt Bigelow are the children of a successful doctor and his stay at home wife. They have a lovely house in a beautiful lakeside community, but all is not what it seems at home. There is a unique dynamic to the parental abuse in true Robert's style. Dramatic events take place when the kids are teenagers that resonate throughout the book.Fast forward 15 years and Zane returns to his hometown as a successful lawyer. Also new in town is Darby McKay, a landscaping contractor looking for a new start after her own abusive relationship. As their love affair builds, shadows from both their pasts return to complicate matters.Like many of Nora Roberts' novels the main characters gain strength from their family, community and circle of friends and end up in a relationship because it only adds to the fullness of their lives. This isn't an insta-love story, it isn't a deep thought provoking look at abuse, but it is a contemporary story that most readers will enjoy.
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  • Mel
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked the heroine Darby. She reminded me of two heroines I loved in earlier NR books, Drusilla in Chesapeake Blue and Zoe in The Key of Valour. Her energy and creativity was irresistible and I love stories with women gardeners. The romance is very nicely done and the main hero Zane is my kind of man. The violence was a hard read especially in the beginning, but the author manages to wrap it up in a way I could stomach. The later violence was too much, especially with that stereotypic hi I really liked the heroine Darby. She reminded me of two heroines I loved in earlier NR books, Drusilla in Chesapeake Blue and Zoe in The Key of Valour. Her energy and creativity was irresistible and I love stories with women gardeners. The romance is very nicely done and the main hero Zane is my kind of man. The violence was a hard read especially in the beginning, but the author manages to wrap it up in a way I could stomach. The later violence was too much, especially with that stereotypic hillbilly family and the final villain who I saw coming a mile away. I felt annoyed that the heroine didn't suspect it at all. It was a little insulting of the author to spring it and then drag it to the dramatic conclusion. From the beginning I knew this book was about Zane, but his sister who played a major role in how things panned out when they were teens is a little vague in the rest of the book, she's the token shrink, cuz the book needed one to move the plot along. It's like this started out as a trilogy with Aunt Emily the first book, little sister Britt the second book and then that was axed at the last minute to become Zane's stand-alone. There are many things that didn't work for me but the relationship was wonderful and it reminded of Sea Swept and The Key of Light where the couple know it's meant to be and the journey is just delightful. La Nora is still the Queen of Location in her romances and this one was no exception.
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  • toribuggg
    January 1, 1970
    *I received an arc of this book from a goodreads giveaway*This was my first time reading a Nora Roberts novel, and I’m not sure how I feel about it. I think I will continue trying some of her books, but this book definitely put me off a tad. There was some major triggers at the beginning, including rape. I found it very odd to start a book off like that, but whatevs I guess 🤷🏻♀I like to read these kind of “light” books after reading a heavy fantasy or something like that or just when I’m not in *I received an arc of this book from a goodreads giveaway*This was my first time reading a Nora Roberts novel, and I’m not sure how I feel about it. I think I will continue trying some of her books, but this book definitely put me off a tad. There was some major triggers at the beginning, including rape. I found it very odd to start a book off like that, but whatevs I guess 🤷🏻‍♀️I like to read these kind of “light” books after reading a heavy fantasy or something like that or just when I’m not in the mood to get invested in something new. I honestly skimmed the last 3rd of the book, I just couldn’t handle anymore fucking landscaping and was just over it. This book felt very similar to This Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover, to me. And just bleh.. Thank you to the publisher and goodreads for providing me with an arc of this, maybe I’ll try it again someday 😊
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  • Voracious Reader
    January 1, 1970
    Under Currents, in my opinion, is probably Nora Roberts most powerful book to date. 15% into the story tears were rolling down my face. I don't remember that ever happening to me before when reading a book. I might get a little teary eyed over something here and there but never before have tears just rolled down my face. I took a breather and after getting myself under control went back to reading. Within another 2 percent I was again crying. There was so much passion in the telling of this stor Under Currents, in my opinion, is probably Nora Roberts most powerful book to date. 15% into the story tears were rolling down my face. I don't remember that ever happening to me before when reading a book. I might get a little teary eyed over something here and there but never before have tears just rolled down my face. I took a breather and after getting myself under control went back to reading. Within another 2 percent I was again crying. There was so much passion in the telling of this story, the tears came again and again through out the book. Now they did not always roll down my face and sometimes they were from happiness instead of sadness but in one way or another this book called forth my emotions. My heart broke for Zane and Brit. They were growing up in a picture perfect family with everything it seemed a child could want or so it appeared. Their life behind locked doors was not so picture perfect. The deception came to an end one nightmarish night when Zane happily came home from a school dance 4 minutes late.The early chapters form the background to help understand the rest of the story. The majority of the story takes place when they are adults. It is a very good book, I found it very hard to put down. It contained all the elements that I find make a good book. There were wonderful characters, beautiful descriptions, heartwarming moments, nail biting moments, humorous moments. It was exciting, enthralling, emotional. I believe this is now my favorite Nora Roberts book.
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  • Mandie Crago
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this book!!!!!! Thank you so much for choosing me for this ARC!!!!! Kinda kept me off kilter and not sure if it was the bang up ending I expected, being there were a few sections and they all seemed to end in their own right, but it was different......no character surprises, you kind of, or really knew who was gonna be the bad guy....some of the heroes you could guess, some you couldn’t......
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  • Tracey Anderson
    January 1, 1970
    This book is fairly typical of Nora Roberts which is why I've been reading her books for nearly thirty years. I loved Zane and Darby as a couple. They had a very easy relationship. His aunt was wonderful as were the people who people who rallied to support him and his sister. After finishing the book I realised there had been a theme. Family legacies and the choices people made seemed an ongoing issue. Zane's mother came from a stable loving home, but she and her sister couldn't have been more d This book is fairly typical of Nora Roberts which is why I've been reading her books for nearly thirty years. I loved Zane and Darby as a couple. They had a very easy relationship. His aunt was wonderful as were the people who people who rallied to support him and his sister. After finishing the book I realised there had been a theme. Family legacies and the choices people made seemed an ongoing issue. Zane's mother came from a stable loving home, but she and her sister couldn't have been more different, one being bitter and twisted, the other loving and supportive.The Draper family raising their children in squalid conditions, all but one carrying on the tradition, the oldest breaking away to live a good life.Then there is Zane and his sister raised in terror, both of whom grew up loving caring people. Each made choices about who they wanted to be and took the steps that were needed to make it happen. Thank you to Books With Heart for the arc.
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  • Goldilocks Reads (Jenna Vahue)
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book for free in a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest reviewI started reading Nora Roberts in middle school and I've never looked back. I read most of her double features and then moved on to her solo books, which were hit or miss. I started the Eve Dallas series in college and fell in love all over again. What I've noticed lately with her recent single releases is the recycling of plots and name generating. Each book she has to change the character's childhood memories I received this book for free in a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest reviewI started reading Nora Roberts in middle school and I've never looked back. I read most of her double features and then moved on to her solo books, which were hit or miss. I started the Eve Dallas series in college and fell in love all over again. What I've noticed lately with her recent single releases is the recycling of plots and name generating. Each book she has to change the character's childhood memories to match up with them being 30 in 2019. Example: a character who is 30 now would be reminiscing over Gameboys and Spice Girls in the prologue. A book she wrote in 2009 for a character to be 30 would be reminiscing over trips to the mall and acid washed jeans. Do you get my drift? The author is using placeholders that don't mirror her own experience to make it relatable to her target audience. The last 5 Nora Roberts releases have followed the same formula: nostalgia for accurate time period, trauma-inducing event, violence, and characters fall in love. I can't get further than a few chapters because the violence is too much and the patterns keep coinciding. I won't say this for all her single releases. I liked The Search, Black Hills, and The Witness which were all published ten years ago. It's after that time that they blend together. I appreciated that she tried to write a new trilogy, The Guardians, but the subsequent 2 books were boring and I DNF'd them. Cousins O'Dywer and Inns Boonsboro trilogy drooped in interest too but I liked every installment in the Happy Ever After Quartet. I stan the Eve Dallas series 'til I die but Nora Roberts needs to get her mojo back. I'm itching to read Year One and eat my words. Under Currents couldn't pique my interest but I'm still fighting with every fiber of my being to keep reading Nora Roberts. There's no question for J.D. Robb, but Nora needs to try harder. I'm happy to try and read every book she puts out but I want to like them. There were turbulent waters but I had to call for the literary lifeguard to bail me out of Under Currents.
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