Book Review

Book Review | Love Lies Beneath by Ellen Hopkins

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Tara is gorgeous, affluent, and forty. She lives in an impeccably restored Russian Hill mansion in San Francisco. Once a widow, twice divorced, she’s a woman with a past she prefers keeping to herself.

Enter Cavin Lattimore. He’s handsome, kind, charming, and the surgeon assigned to Tara following a ski accident in Lake Tahoe. In the weeks it takes her to recover, Cavin sweeps her off her feet and their relationship blossoms into something Tara had never imagined possible. But then she begins to notice some strange things: a van parked outside her home at odd times, a break-in, threatening text messages and emails. She also starts to notice cracks in Cavin’s seemingly perfect personality, like the suppressed rage his conniving teenage son brings out in him, and the discovery that Cavin hired a detective to investigate her immediately after they met.

Now on crutches and housebound, Tara finds herself dependent on the new man in her life—perhaps too much so. She’s handling rocky relationships with her sister and best friend, who are envious of her glamour and freedom; her prickly brother-in-law, who is intimidated by her wealth and power; and her estranged mother. However perfect Tara’s life appears, things are beginning to get messy. (via Goodreads)


Title: Love Lies Beneath

Author: Ellen Hopkins

Published: July 21st 2015 by Atria Book

Rating: 3 stars

Review: I’ve read all of Ellen Hopkins’ young adult books that are currently published. I don’t normally read her adult books but there was just something about this book that interested me. So I bought it. And I didn’t love it.

I’m not sure why but the story just didn’t flow for me like her other books usually do. Maybe it was because I was reading from a 40 year old woman’s point of view, but I just couldn’t really connect to the main character, Tara, very much. I enjoyed the main character though, if that makes sense. I thought she was a very interesting character, and I never felt bored with her. There were certain things the character said or did that I didn’t like, but overall I thought the main character was okay. I really liked the sexy doctor love interest, and Tara’s sister. I actually enjoyed most of the characters in the book.

The writing of the story is what really made me bored with the book. I usually drool over Ellen Hopkins writing, but she usually writes her YA novels in free verse so maybe that’s why. I’m not used to reading an Ellen Hopkins novel like a regularly written novel. I also just found the writing to be very slow. For a 300-something page book the story feels like it drags. While I was reading it I felt like I had been reading forever but the story was going nowhere. Sometimes when I put the book down and I had little to no desire to pick it back up again; which is probably why it took me a few months to read it. The sexy scenes in the book were pretty sexy, though, and I enjoyed them. I never felt like they were over the top.

Love Lies Beneath wasn’t totally terrible; I have it 3 stars because it has it’s redeemable qualities. I’m still a die hard Ellen Hopkins fan, but I think I’ll just stick to her YA books.

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