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17 April 2014

Review: Pulled Beneath by Marni Mann

What happens when you uncover years of secrets and find out everything you thought to be true was a lie?

Drew Stevens finds her world turned upside down when her parents are brutally murdered. Soon after, she learns she inherited a property in Bar Harbor, Maine from recently deceased grandparents that she believed had died when she was a baby.

Drew travels north to settle her grandparents’ estate, but finds more questions than answers as the truth starts unravelling. What she didn’t expect to find was Saint, whose reputation was as tumultuous as his past. But the very thing that brought them together was the same thing that kept them emotionally caged.

With Saint’s scars so deep and Drew’s so fresh, can the pair heal from their painful wounds or will they be pulled beneath the darkness of their pasts?

5 Words: Grief, heartbreak, attraction, uncertainty, love.

At first, I wasn't sure I liked this book. Despite that killer first chapter, I didn't click with Drew. I wanted to know what happened, I wanted to read on, but I didn't particularly want to get to know the main character better. Cue me liking and then disliking her over and over.

And so this was a very up-and-down read.

It's based on choices and what-if's. I found myself really thinking over a lot of things, about the choices Drew was making and how things could have been different. And then I spent far more time thinking "what if" than actually reading, so it took me ages to finish. But it's good when a book makes you stop and think. It means that there must be something in there, some little chain of thought or plot device that grabs you and holds you.

Pulled Beneath is very clever - you feel exactly as Drew does about the other characters. You're right there, in her head, wondering what's true and who to trust and what's being hidden. You start trying to figure everything out along with her.

The small community was done well - it's different from any small community I've ever encountered (they welcomed her :O ) but it worked within the story and was right for the personality of the setting.

Overall, I did enjoy it. Drew just wasn't my kind of character. I didn't agree with more than a few of her actions and there was that huge great big turn off - drugs. But despite all of this I read to the end and found that I had quite liked the story and the shocking emotional roller coaster read I'd just experienced.

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