Review: Undertow

Book Title: Undertow

Author: Elizabeth Heathcote

Published By: Quercus on September 1st, 2016


Rating: ★★★★



Summary: “Carmen is happily married to Tom, although she knows she’ll always live in the shadow of another woman—the mistress who ended his first marriage: Zena. Mercurial, mesmerizing, manipulative Zena—a woman who, Carmen begins to discover, had the potential to incite the darkest of emotions. Zena, who drowned in the sea late one night.

Zena seems ever-more present, even in death, and when Carmen unknowingly stumbles on evidence that her husband has not been telling her the whole truth, she can’t shake her unease. As she uncovers documents and photographs, a very different tale than the one Tom has led her to believe begins to unfold, and she finds herself increasingly isolated and paranoid. As the twisted events of that night begin to come to light, Carmen must ask herself if it’s really a truth worth knowing…even if it destroys her and the lives of the people she loves most.”

This book really tricked me! I don’t find myself saying that to often, I can usually solve the crime or main conflict pretty quickly just from reading so many crime/thriller novels but this one had me right until the last chapter. Just when I thought I solved it..BOOM, I was wrong. I gave this book 4 stars because although it was a great book and the character development was great I felt as though the ending just sort of fizzled out. I would definitely recommend this book but maybe as a library pick up instead of a purchase.

I was concerned/disappointed by the fact that it kind of reminded me of “Girl on the Train”, not that I don’t LOVE that book, I think it was just the fact that a lot of the crime/thrillers novels out right now always make the woman to be unemployed with all this time on their hands to go and find something wrong with their relationship and do all this crazy digging around. Don’t get me wrong, I love the books like this and thoroughly enjoy reading them but, I just wish it could be a little more realistic. Or that at least some authors start changing it up a bit because I feel as though I’m reading the same books over and over again.

Even though I felt that I had read a book just like this one many times this one had the ability to completely catch me off guard and turning the pages faster than I though imaginable. I particularly like that this book involved children and even an ex-boyfriend of Carmen’s. I felt as though Carmen was a fabulous character. Elizabeth Heathcote did a great job developing her character throughout the book and I mostly loved that she was portrayed as a great step mother. This book wasn’t very graphic and had very modest violence (meaning great description without being gory).

Once again, overall I would definitely recommend this book to friends and family looking to read a mystery/thriller and will also be looking forward to reading another one of Elizabeth Heathcote’s books!

They said her death was a tragic accident. And I believed them…until now.