Under Currents by Nora Roberts
Narrator: January LeVoy
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Publication Date: July 9, 2019
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Genres: Romantic Suspense
Length: 14 hours and 36 minutes
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Within the walls of a tasteful, perfectly kept house in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, young Zane Bigelow feels like a prisoner of war. 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. Zane and his sister know the truth: There is something terribly wrong.
As his father’s violent, controlling rages—and his mother’s complicity—become more and more oppressive, Zane counts the years, months, days until he can escape. He looks out for little Britt, warning her Be smart. Be careful. In fear for his very life, he plays along with the insidious lie that everything is fine, while scribbling his real thoughts in a secret journal he must carefully hide away.
When one brutal, shattering night finally reveals cracks in the façade, Zane begins to understand that some people are willing to face the truth, even when it hurts. As he grows into manhood and builds a new kind of family, he will find that while the darkness of his past may always shadow him, it will also show him what is necessary for good to triumph—and give him strength to draw on when he once again must stand up and defend himself and the ones he loves…
This is a difficult review to write. Not only because of the subject matter, but because I don’t want to add spoilers into it.
You’d think that the Bigelow family was perfect. They had a big beautiful house, lots of money, the father is a doctor and the mother doesn’t even have to work! The children are darned near perfect as well! But behind closed doors no one knows the abuse that the wife and children suffer at the hands of the Dr. Bigelow – a monster. The mom does nothing to help her children as she’s fine with the abuse as long as he doesn’t hit her face.
When the son of the family, Zane, is 14 years old his father goes a bit nuts and hurts every family member. When the daughter calls the police, their father blames everything on Zane stating that he went crazy. The police believe the father because he’s a doctor and why would he lie? Ugh.
The story eventually moves on to Zane’s adulthood and him falling for a new woman in town. She also was abused by her husband and is looking for a new life. Zane is now a lawyer and has just moved back to town after working in a large city for years. The story is about them falling in love and adjusting to their new lives. Of course there can’t be a HEA without a villain to try to ruin it all.
This book is told in four parts. The first part was incredible, though very hard to listen to. The abuse was graphic and hard to hear, but it was written incredibly well and narrated perfectly. Unfortunately, parts 2-4 fell flat for me. There were definitely things happening but there was too much every-day life being told. I get that books need that, but not for 3 parts of the book, imho. The parts that had to do with the villain were predictable and not that exciting.
The romance (and I use that term loosely) was truly unimaginative. I guess I just expect more from Roberts. I know this isn’t classified as a romance, but if you’re going to include one in the book then it needs to be done well and I just can’t say that it was.
Overall it was a decent read, but not one I can highly recommend. That said, I adored the narrator, January LeVoy. Strong voice, great characters voices, and just a pleasure to listen to.
Rating: 3 out of 5