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Book Review: Under Currents – Nora Roberts

Rating: 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Contemporary Romance


The past is never far behind, its tentacles reaching into every aspect of your life and coloring your future. The things we go through – good, bad, traumatic – they all shape our lives, and make us who we are.

Nora Roberts’ latest book, Under Currents, emphasizes how abuse can traumatize you, how its effects ricochet and echo through every aspect of your life. The beginning of this book was heart-breaking, watching everything Zane and his sister suffered, things no child should be subjected to. To feel alone and helpless, with no hope of help in sight. It was devastating to see two children in the grip of monsters who wore human faces.

How do you get past such a trauma? How do you pick up the pieces of your life and go on? Zane fought hard to become the man he became. He finally had his life settled but the past refused to let go. Then he meets Darby, who has her own share of ghosts to deal with.

I enjoyed Darby’s style, her way of seeing the beauty in the world, despite the trauma she underwent. She was living proof that you couldn’t just survive something but thrive.

Under Currents was a tale of hurt and healing, of letting go of the past. Though the writing dragged a bit in places, it was a good story, with strong characters and a good plot-line.

Synopsis: For both Zane and Darby, their small town roots hold a terrible secret. Now, decades later, they’ve come together to build a new life. But will the past set them free or pull them under? Zane Bigelow grew up in a beautiful, perfectly kept house in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. 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. Only Zane and his sister know the truth, until one brutal night finally reveals cracks in the facade, and Zane escapes for college without a thought of looking back… Years later, Zane returns to his hometown determined to reconnect with the place and people that mean so much to him, despite the painful memories. As he resumes life in the colorful town, he meets a gifted landscape artist named Darby, who is on the run from ghosts of her own. Together they will have to teach each other what it means to face the past, and stand up for the ones they love.


I'm a die-hard bibliophile and I'm also an introvert. My blog's about books, books and more books. (yep, that was easy) I might, from time to time, write about life and its vagaries. I like taking pictures of books and doing origami.

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