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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Under Currents by Nora Roberts- Feature and Review


From the #1 New York Times bestselling author, a novel about the power of family to harm—and to heal.

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 faƧade, 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…


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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Under Currents by Nora Roberts is a 2019 St. Martin’s Press publication.

Tense and Edgy- Nora Roberts style!

This is an intense novel of suspense from start to finish. However, it is also a novel about resilience, and the power of family and love.

Zane escapes from his abusive parents with the help of his aunt, who then gives Zane and his sister a loving home life. Blossoming into a well- adjusted and successful adult, Zane builds a wonderful life for himself. But, then the shadows of the past rise from the ashes and Zane realizes his battle with pure evil is not yet over…

Nora Roberts is so prolific and versatile. I read my fair share of her books, mainly her romantic suspense novels, before Goodreads, but with so many authors and genres to sample, I rarely reach for a Nora Roberts book anymore. Yet, I know, that when the mood strikes, any book of hers will be a dependable, solid story.

Under Currents is exactly that- solid and dependable. The good versus evil theme is hard to beat. The bad guys are truly horrifying, and some passages are hard to read. I loved Zane and his family, and their values and ethics. The first few chapters are difficult and riveting, but from there the suspense comes from the knowledge that evil lurks in the corners and shadows our heroes can’t see. However, an ultimate showdown is coming...

While much of what transpires here has been done before, at least to some extent, in other novels of suspense, Roberts manages to keep the predictability at bay, hitting the reader with a surprise or two they probably won’t see coming. The subject matter is one that is more than relevant and breaking the cycle is an important message.

This was a pretty quick read for me, because I had a hard time putting the book down! I am also reminded of how much I enjoy reading Nora Roberts’ books and will try not to wait so long to add another one to my list.

*Possible triggers- domestic and child abuse as well as a little out of context language.






Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels, including Shelter in Place, Year One, Come Sundown, and many more. She is also the author of the bestselling In Death series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than five hundred million copies of her books in print.


  1. This was one of my favorites, too! Excellent review, JuliešŸ’œ

    1. Thank you so much, Jonetta!! Have a great weekend!


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