REVIEW – Under Currents by Nora Roberts

Under Currents

Published July 9, 2019 by St. Martin’s Press


The past never forgets!

I thought this was another great read from Nora Roberts.

From the outside, everything looked perfect, but sometimes there are monsters where you’d least expect.

1998 -It’s two days before Christmas and Eliza Bigelow has just had a lovely lunch with friends. Eliza is happily married to Graham, the chief surgical resident of Mercy Hospital. She drives home thinking about her family’s upcoming annual ski trip. She has everything she could ever want. Her job is to look beautiful, take care of her husband, and raise her two children well.

It’s a perfect life.

Eliza pulls into the garage and notices that her husband, Graham’s car is already there. He’s in the kitchen and she greets him with a kiss. Eliza chatters on about her lunch, shopping, and her friend Jody.  “Do you think I give a damn about Jody?” His voice is calm, but Eliza knows that he’s anything but…

Fourteen-year-old, Zane and his younger sister, Britt are dropped off after school. They are excited about Christmas vacation. Zane and Britt tease each other good-naturedly as they make their way towards the house. But the second they open the door….they know. Zane tells Britt to go upstairs but she runs towards the noise instead. Zane sees his father heading towards Britt and does something he’s never done before.

And what comes next is horrifying.

“You’re nothing until I say you are. Everything you have, including the breath in your body, is because of me.“

After that horrible night, Zane starts keeping a journal. Every night he writes, detailing everything that happens in his life and in that house. He tells himself that one day he’d be strong enough and brave enough to stop pretending. He tries to hold on to his dreams.

But then comes another terrible night where things go from bad to worse quicker than anyone could’ve imagined.

That night EVERYTHING changes.

“Under Currents” is an interesting story told from many different perspectives. With a gripping plot and well-developed characters (as well as an awesome dog), I had a hard time putting this book down.

I wouldn’t classify this as a thriller though there were some suspenseful moments. I did guess a few things ahead of time but was still very interested in seeing how it all worked out.

The book is divided into four parts and takes place over two decades. I enjoy novels where I get to watch the characters grow. Nora Roberts has a knack for writing these kinds of stories.

At times this was an emotional and gut-wrenching read, but also heart-warming and uplifting.

An excellent domestic suspense novel about family, strength, cruelty, resilience and the power of love.



I’d like to thank St. Martin’s Press for providing me with an advanced copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.

26 thoughts on “REVIEW – Under Currents by Nora Roberts

  1. Deanna, you are amazing reviewer. I have read your reviews before and I exceptionally love them. This one in particular. I have always been keen on learning the topics of domestic violence and this one simply blew me away—What a beautiful review. I will be honest, the way you have written it actually gave me the chills. Can’t wait to buy and read this book.

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