Book Reviews, Guest Reviews

The Undercurrent ~ @thewriterjude @bloodhoundbooks #Review J A Warnock

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Phoebe and her disabled husband, Martyn, move into a new house in a village on the edge of County Durham. They plan to lead a quiet existence, a set up that suits them both.

Then Anna, who lives over the road and is bored of spending her days alone, seeks friendship with Phoebe and events take a dark turn.

Phoebe has secrets and is haunted by her past and Anna’s arrival in her life may prove to be the catalyst for her undoing.

What is Phoebe hiding and why are she and her husband so reclusive?

When Anna gets caught in a storm and is rescued by Phoebe the truth becomes apparent and Anna is thrown into danger.

Is there a difference between madness and evil?

Some friendships can be murder.

Buy your copy here ~ AMAZON UK

 

About J A Baker 

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J.A.BAKER was born and brought up in the north-east of England and has had a love of language for as long as she can remember.
After gaining an MA in Education & Applied Linguistics with the Open University, she found herself with spare time and embarked on doing something she always wanted to do – write a novel.
She has a love of local history and genealogy and enjoys reading many genres of books but is an addict of psychological thrillers.
In December 2016 she was signed by Bloodhound Books who published Undercurrent. J.A. Baker is currently working on her second novel.
She has four adult children and a grandchild and lives in a village near Darlington with her husband and dog.
You find out more about J.A.Baker by visiting her website at jabakerauthor.com

J A Warnock ~ Guest Review 

‘Undercurrent’ by J. A. Baker opens with an incredible enticement. A stand-alone chapter called ‘The Escape’ which acts as a wonderful hook. A rush of emotion and adrenaline from a character, known only as ‘she’, who finally got away. As we skip back three months to chapter one, we have many unanswered questions; Who is running? From what? From whom? The language of the story that follows is perhaps a little flowery for my taste but sets out the events that lead to that dramatic escape. As the characters are introduced every female is a possible ‘she’ and I found myself looking for clues. Every character is a possible captor who is cleverly referred to as only ‘A dark, sinister figure […] laced with a special kind of madness’. It was perhaps my digging for clues that led me into trouble with this book. You see there are lots. So many in fact that at times I wondered if the reader was supposed to be in on the plot watching the other characters’ react and work it all out. I think I would have enjoyed it more if my role as the reader had been more clearly defined. I was distracted and perplexed by my own unanswered questions. Am I just an unbearable smart arse who guessed the ending? Have I missed a conspiratorial edge? How am I supposed to respond? That aside, the book is nicely paced and J. A. Baker really gets into the psychology of her characters. My review is tainted by my discombobulated response so please don’t let it put you off. If you like psychological crime thrillers, definitely give it a go.

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